The second novel in Amanda Weaver’s Grantham Girls series, "A Common Scandal" was a wonderful follow-up to "A Duchess in Name"! Just as with Andrew and Victoria’s story, I was quickly hooked on the story of Nate and Amelia. Weaver gives us a glimpse of Nate and Amelia’s childhood, establishing their connection.
The novel is very scenic with great descriptions of the hustle and bustle of Portsmouth compared to the more refined elegance Amelia finds herself in as an adult. Weaver brings back some minor characters, but overall this can easily be read as a standalone novel.
Amelia is a sassy lead character with a lot of spunk and a big heart. She’s quite clever and I like how she handled people and the situations she found herself in. Her position is sympathetic as she tries to please her parents but also herself.
Nate is another intriguing character with tragedy in his life. But I have to say, probably my favourite character was Julia, one of the sub-characters of this novel. I found her backstory particularly interesting and thought she was quite a standout character! I hope she makes another appearance in the subsequent books!
I loved the dialogue in this story, very quick and sharp. The plot moved at a quick pace and had some interesting turns. However, I felt that it could have wrapped up a little sooner. While there were loose ends that needed seeing to, I felt that the end of the story dragged on a little bit. Overall, though, A Common Scandal is a great read!
Amelia Wheeler knows exactly how to perform as a lady thanks to her training as one of Lady Grantham’s girls, even if she doesn’t always want to! Initially raised in the hustle and bustle of Portsmouth, it’s been a struggle for Amelia to feel comfortable in the role of a lady of society. To honour a promise to her ailing mother, Amelia will do everything in her power to marry a title and ease her mother’s concerns, and if that means acting a part so be it. But that task becomes more difficult when a childhood friend makes an appearance. Although Nate Smyth is no longer a little boy…
Nate Smyth returned from his time at seas not only fully grown, but rich and undeniably attractive. Amelia can’t help but be drawn to his charm. However, Nate has plans of his own for his future and Amelia has no place in them. Their mutual attraction consistently pulls them together. The more time they spend together, the less time they want to spend apart. But when a dastardly plot threatens Amelia’s welfare, their romance is the least of their concerns.
Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it's time for Amelia to keep her promise to her late mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.
That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.
Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia's problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she's promised to become?