Title: A Scandalous Plan
Author: Donna Lea Simpson
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Regency Romance
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About the Book:
Strong-willed and intelligent, Lady Theresa is tired of spending her days listening to the gossipy village spinsters talk about the mysterious gentleman who just moved into the village. Known to be headstrong, and happily unattached, she takes it upon herself to call on the new resident and find out if the awful rumors about his family are true.
The Honourable Mr. Martindale welcomes life as a recluse. A widower, he’s made his fortune and now hopes to dedicate his time to working the land and raising his two young children—free of interference from the locals. When Lady Theresa comes marching up to his door, it’s the last thing Martindale wants, a husband hunter who thinks she can tell him how to raise his children and, worse, how he should comport himself.
Yet before long Lady Theresa has worked her way into Martindale’s quiet life and hatched an outrageous plan to win the village’s approval for both the man and his unusual children. But what she fails to see is how badly the plan could backfire, or how it could jeopardize her own place in a family she has come to cherish—and in the heart of the man she has come to love.
This novella was originally published under the title “A Father’s Love.”
This was a clever novella, set in the regency period and style with all romance staying in the sweet zone. Donna Lea Simpson has created characters that wholly fit their world, and given us a mission for the very bored Lady Theresa. When she meets Mr. Martindale and his two children, her path is set: get them involved and accepted into the area’s best homes, and help him to make a life for his children.
Martindale is amazingly dedicated to his children, even to the point of spoiling them. His daughter is wholly spoilt with massive temper tantrums and behavior wholly unsuitable. Alternately his son doesn’t interact, at all, with anyone. Theresa is rather ‘heavy handed’ in her proclamations, but her intentions are good even if her plans go astray. With several attempts to prove her worth, slowly the Martindale’s are finding a place in society, and she a place in this very unusual family.
Smoothly written with a quick pace and the gentle attraction that grows between Theresa and James is sweetly believable. This is a story that will help you to pass a pleasant afternoon as it entertains you.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Donna Lea Simpson is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery novelist with over twenty titles published in the last ten years. An early love for the novels of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie was a portent of things to come; Donna believes that a dash of mystery adds piquancy to a romantic tale, and a hint of romance adds humanity to a mystery story. Besides writing romance and mystery novels and reading the same, Donna has a long list of passions: cats and tea, cooking and vintage cookware, cross-stitching and watercolor painting among them. Karaoke offers her the chance to warble Dionne Warwick tunes, and nature is a constant source of comfort and inspiration. A long walk is her favorite exercise, and a fruity merlot is her drink of choice when the tea is all gone. Donna lives in Canada.
The best writing advice, Donna believes, comes from the letters of Jane Austen. The author wrote, in an October 26th, 1813 letter to her sister, Cassandra, “I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am.”