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The Scent of Scandal

by Carole Matthews

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Rose Stevens, accomplished aromatherapist, moves to a small village to escape from her problems, mostly having to do with a guy. In comes Dan, the village handyman / heart-throb, who is also tied down to another woman. Rose tries to win acceptance within the little village but runs into some unexpected problems. Great Brayford is filled with eccentric characters who are all curious about their new neighbor. In such a secluded area there are bound to be rumors and speculation with Rose being in the center of it all. Can she live the peaceful life she wanted or has she simply gone from one set of problems to another?

This is a great British romantic comedy. I got this as an audio book from the library and it was read very well. I really enjoyed listening to this book!
Read more at http://bookloversunshine.blogspot.com/2010/06/scent-of-scandal-carole-matthews.h... ( )
  CrystalJoy04 | Jun 27, 2010 |
The central conceit of this romantic comedy is that all the characters are named after aromatherapeutic oils; even the author of the epigraphic Complete Encyclopaedia of Aromatherapy Oils is the fictional Jessamine Lovage. Furthermore, the characteristics of these people is consistent with the character of their nominal oil. To some extent this caricatures the population of the village of Great Brayford and some of the novel's comedy flows from that. Despite the use of caricature, most of the characters are sympathtically portrayed with an amused tolerance of their obvious flaws. This broad comedy is what moves this from genre romance to chick lit but it does not take it all the way to general comic novel. ( )
  TheoClarke | Sep 20, 2009 |
Very light and fun British comedy romance. ( )
  ilovethebooks | Mar 22, 2007 |
This was a surprise ending. I did not think that that would be the end result. I am so happy to see that true love prevails. ( )
  krystalsbooks | Feb 27, 2007 |
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http://www.carolematthews.com- Love stinks!

It does when you find out that the guy you're head-over-heels about is already married. That's when Rose Stevens decides to escape her problems and flee to a remote country village. All she wants is peace and quiet, but the quaint, eccentric villagers of Great Brayford have other ideas.

Rose is amazed that her occupation as an aromatherapist is causing such consternation among the townsfolk, when what else goes on within the village limits seems so much worse: there's a housewife who's a hooker, a sex-starved neighbour and a troublesome peeping Tom.

Beneath the all-pervasive aroma of garden lavender there's a distinct scent of scandal here, and Rose thinks that her small transgressions seem paltry in comparison - until she starts to get intimately involved with the sexy local builder... and her ex-lover arrives out of nowhere with a shocking announcement... and she unwittingly finds herself in the center of a chaotic, rumor-fed hurricane of scandal that ensures her life is even more complicated than it was before. But maybe that's also because she's in love again.

A riotously funny romance of misunderstandings and mayhem...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060595639, Paperback)

When Rose escapes from London and Hugh - her devastatingly handsome, intelligent and charming ex-lover - she has no idea that her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new country village. All she wants is a bit of peace and quiet, but her weird and wonderful neighbours soon ensure that her life is more complicated and chaotic than it ever was before. Maybe that's because she's in love again...

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When Rose escapes from London and Hugh - her devastatingly handsome, intelligent, charming, witty and good-in-bed ex-lover - she has no idea that her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new neighbourhood. All Rose wants is a bit of peace and quiet, but instead shes the cause of sensational gossip. Soon her life is more complicated than it ever was before but maybe thats because shes in love again...… (more)

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