Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: The Beautiful One (The Scandalous Sisters #1) by Emily Greenwood

Tomboy Anna Black has no idea how a book containing nude drawings of her is traveling around town. Everyone’s calling the woman in the drawings the “Beautiful One,” but Anna knows that if her true identity is revealed, she’ll be ruined. To escape scandal, she becomes a temporary companion to the outrageous teenage ward of Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville.

Will wants nothing but to be left alone. When cheeky Anna unexpectedly arrives with his scandalous ward, suddenly he has two intolerable women filling up his once-quiet manor. But as Anna’s charms begin to soften Will’s hard exterior and uncover his shrouded heart, she hopes that love can fully blossom before her scandal erupts…

The Beautiful one follows a woman named Anna. Anna has never been fully immersed into English society since her father was a local doctor and she was able to have free reign of the countryside with her brother. But all of her hopes and dreams of someday teaching and wedding someone were dashed when a wretched man took it upon himself to draw scandalous pictures of her. Anna grabbed her ugliest dresses, a big hat and ran off to hide herself as a seamstress within a local girls school. Keeping her identity hidden didn't last long enough, soon she is found to be within the presence of someone who could blow her cover to kingdom come.

I'm always on the lookout for a new historical romance author and I think that I've found one that I will follow from now on. The Beautiful One is the first book in a new series from Emily Greenwood. I've not had the opportunity to read anything from her before this but I will be making sure that is corrected very shortly. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this novel. I loved how you are just dropped into the middle of an ongoing story and it takes you a few chapters to figure out what in the world is going on. Starting a novel that way definitely kept me intrigued and wondering what would happen next. The way that Greenwood developed the characters was pretty perfect. I wouldn't have changed one thing. The brooding way about Will was endearing and you felt nothing but compassion for this poor man. I think that some of my favorite parts were when Will was stumbling all over himself trying to say and do the right thing and the way that Anna interacted with him was EXACTLY what I was wanting when I met these two characters. 

There weren't any lags in the story or any need to skip long-winded sections. I actually found myself rereading certain passages because I just liked the way things were worded and while I couldn't get back that first-read magic, these sections still made me smile or laugh.

I'll be picking up another novel by this author and she's been put on my list of must-read authors. I'm excited to see how she will continue the story with other characters. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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Available: June 2nd, 2015

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