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The Beautiful One (The Scandalous Sisters)…

The Beautiful One (The Scandalous Sisters)

by Emily Greenwood

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Although I liked the slow and reluctant blossoming of love between Anna and Will and I enjoyed the supporting characters a lot, the motivating plot of the nude sketches never gained much traction. It seemed tacked on to provide an excuse for Anna ending up at Will's estate. I could have done without it; maybe just make Anna destitute and working at a school to make ends meet, which would have still provided her with a reason for ending up at Will's with Lizzie. Anyway, ditch that sub-plot and this would have been a four-star book, edging toward five-star. As it stands, though, something supposedly major felt kind of like no big deal, and that affected my opinion of the book as a whole. ( )
  BillieBook | Mar 1, 2016 |
Decidedly different! A treat!

I must admit to being on tenterhooks for a goodly part of this read. When, oh when, would the truth about Anna finally be disclosed?
What stance will Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville, take. Already he's attracted to Anna's impertinent, without artifice character, her matter of fact defence of all things. Will the disclosure of the scandal surrounding her being matters to an unforeseen head?
Anna is bright and betrayed. The dastardly coward who spied on her and drew her naked body only spared a thought for his career and not of the horrendous position he places Anna in. Now she is being pursued by a powerful Lord to be paraded before the ton, alongside a naked portrait, as part of his unveiling of the book, 'The Beautiful One' and the sketches of Anna. Something she must avoid at all costs.
Anna has accompanied Viscount Grandville's ward Lizzie when Lizzie is sent down from school. Grandville's in deep mourning for his wife and wants no truck with anyone, least of all his niece who reminds him of his beloved wife, and definitely not the governess who is making him feel for the first time in the long, long winter of his heart.
Anna of course becomes Lizzie's (and others) defender extraordinaire. But who will protect Anna as she leaps to the rescue?

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  eyes.2c | Jun 5, 2015 |
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The town is buzzing about The Beautiful One, a striking figure in a scandalous book of nude sketches. Only two men know the true identity of the striking woman depicted, and they are scouring the countryside, determined to find her. The unlikely center of the scandal, Anna Black is forced to flee home as disaster looms. Her tomboy's heart and impertinent tongue serve her well when she meets the most brooding viscount ever to darken a drawing room. Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville, has his reasons for pushing people away, and when his outrageous teenaged ward arrives, he presses Anna to take on her care. As Anna begins to melt the Viscount's frozen heart, she knows the more she loves, the more she has to lose. For although Will cares nothing for what makes Society titter, he has yet to see The Beautiful One.… (more)

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