ARC Review: The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston

Posted December 13, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior
by Jennifer McQuiston

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 24th 2015
Series: Seduction Diaries #2
Published by Avon
Narrator: Lana J. Weston
Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

“Ms. McQuiston has a talent for weaving stories that you want to get wrapped up in.  THE SPINSTER’S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR did exactly that.”
~ Under the Covers

When the first book in this series came out, I’ll admit I picked it up because the cover captivated me.  And then I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it that I had to put Jennifer McQuiston in my historical romance auto-buy list.

This second book in the Seduction Diaries is, as the first one, an unconventional couple in an unconventional setting.  I think that’s what draws me in from the start.  Lucy Westmore has made up her mind that her future lies in spinsterhood.  She knows it can be done as her aunt lived a good and happy life as a spinster and she will follow in her footsteps.  Right down to the fact she inherited her aunt’s cottage and diary.  But Lucy isn’t the only one that wants the cottage for herself.  Lord Thomas Branston left behind a society life of horrors after his sisters death.  He found refuge in Cornwall village and with the help of Lucy’s aunt he quit his drinking addiction.  He also knows the real value of Heathmore Cottage and wants to buy it for himself, as his lifelong quest and to keep him away from London and its temptations.

Right from the start, Lucy and Thomas are in each others’ ways in accomplishing their lifelong dreams.  They are both resigned to a life of loneliness but trying to find the happiness in that lifestyle.  Their personalities, however, play perfectly on each other.  Lucy is headstrong and stubborn and I couldn’t help but love her from the start.  As she slowly peels back the layers that Thomas guards deep, we slowly fall for him as well.  The chemistry is perfect, the banter is lighthearted and makes this book an enjoyable experience.

Ms. McQuiston has a talent for weaving stories that you want to get wrapped up in.  THE SPINSTER’S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR did exactly that.  It was everything I wanted to see in fun historical romance and I didn’t want to put it down.  I fell for both the main characters, as well as the town and townfolk.  It’s full of the charm of country living and small town meddling.  I’m ready for the next one!

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About Jennifer McQuiston

Jennifer McQuiston is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Victoria-era historical romance, including What Happens in Scotland and Summer is for Lovers. The third book in the series, Moonlight on My Mind, will be released March 25, 2014.

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two daughters (who got a pony out of mom’s book deal!), and a house full of pets.

Avon Author BadgeJennifer was a 2011 and a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist with two previous novels. Jennifer is signed with literary agent Kevan Lyon, and works with Tessa Woodward and the amazing team at Avon.

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I’ve read 2 of her books… I liked one but not the other… I will have to look into this some more

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Thanks Francesca for the review

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Sharlene Wegner

The cover is gorgeous! I am a fan of Jennifer’s from way back. LOL. I have this on my reading list for after the holidays! Glad you loved it!

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Thanks for the review.

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Christina Britton

I think I would have picked this one up from the cover alone as well, if not for the clever name! The fact that it’s a great read will definitely have me picking this one up. 🙂