28 August 2012
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Rating: 4 Cups
Corrina Houghton is supposedly alone after her great-aunt dies. Her family, however, may do her harm if they found her. Her brother protects her by arranging a secret marriage to his best friend, Edward, before they leave for India. Since Edward ignores her after her brother’s death, Corrie accepts a position as governess in the home of Edward’s brother, the Duke of Warrington, hoping to discover what she can about her absent husband.
Lord Marcus Waring returns to London under a cloud, after eight years in India. Life has been difficult since his best friend Douglas’s death, and the family notifying him that Douglas’s parents and Amy have died in a carriage accident. In London, he discovers that he is the heir to his maternal grandfather’s restored earldom and to a fine estate in Cornwall.
Edward arrives at St. Ayers to meet his family and check out the new estate his brother has managed for him. He is immediately attracted to the governess who reminds him of little Amy, the secret wife he has not seen since she was fourteen. Corrie, whose girlhood crush on Edward has grown, reveals her identity to him and also to the Warings who welcome her into the family. Before they can settle into their marriage, however, both must reveal secrets and confront enemies from the past.
In Family Scandals, Ms. Patrick pens a fascinating tale of two people who have lived isolated from the rest of society. Although many characters from Ms. Patrick’s Gypsy Legacy books appear in Family Scandals, which could be a bit confusing for those not familiar with the series, it is a pleasure to follow the couple as each sheds their fears to achieve their happily ever after.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More