Gossip and scandal filled the papers during the Regency period just as it does today. Also like the present, some of the tales told during that era were true and some were fabricated. For some bizarre reason, the masses were (and still are) obsessed with other people’s lives – both their ups and downs; though typically it’s their downs most people want to hear about. This Regency set story gives an inside look at just how far that obsession can go.
Lydia, Lady Wexin, has become the object of society’s gossip after her husband’s scandalous death. On top of that, she has been scorned by her family and deserted by her friends. With reporters constantly surrounding her front door, she lives like a recluse and must sneak out if she needs to leave her home. While coming home after having to do just that, Lydia is harassed by a reporter for The New Observer when Adrian Pomroy, Viscount Cavanley, comes to her rescue and offers friendship. During a moment of weakness, Lydia gives in to her passion and desire with Adrian. Several months later, London is all abuzz with the news that the shocking Lady Wexin is expecting! But who is the father? Adrian is pretty sure he knows the answer to that question. He has been waiting for something to give his life meaning and finds the perfect opportunity in offering to do right by the beautiful Lady Wexin, but he didn’t anticipate her fighting him tooth and nail.
This was my first book by Diane Gaston and I enjoyed it very much. Ms. Gaston obviously knows her history because this story is rich in detail with lots of historical facts woven throughout. Lydia and Adrian are pleasant characters whose budding friendship was quite sincere and very genuine. In fact, I felt that their friendship that was more strongly depicted than their actual romance, though they were certainly headed in that direction.
Characters from Ms. Gaston’s previous story, The Vanishing Viscountess, played key roles in this story and when I get a chance, I’m definitely going to be picking up Tanner and Marlena’s book. This tale also contains a very sweet, redeeming secondary romance. And I loved the newspaper article snippet epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. They were a very nice touch.
If you are looking for a good, straight Regency romance with no spies or villains, then Scandalizing the Ton is the perfect book for you.