The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior
A Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Nominee for Best Historical Novel 2015, Love and Laughter Category
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston’s enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart’s desire.
When her reclusive aunt dies, free-spirited Lucy Westmore is surprised to find out she has inherited a falling-down cottage in Cornwall. But even more surprising is the other part of Lucy’s inheritance: a set of old leather journals that provide the details of her mysterious aunt’s life and—for better or worse—gives Lucy all the instruction she needs to live the life of a scandalous spinster.
Lord Thomas Branston has spent the last three years in Cornwall, hiding from his painful past. Nothing has been tempting enough to lure him back to London…until now. He alone knows the real value of the property, and he’s determined to buy Heathmore before Miss Westmore ruins everything and sells it off to the highest bidder.
Emboldened by the guidance in her aunt’s diary, Lucy refuses to sell the property. When the negotiations turn heated, Lucy suspects something more sinister is afoot. Lord Branston is offering her far more than the property seems worth. Worse, he seems willing to stoop to less than gentlemanly means to scare her off the land. But Lucy has no intention of giving up her one chance for independence.
And Thomas has no intention of abandoning his suit. But is it the property or the spinster he truly wants? And what is he willing to offer for both?
What Reviewers are Saying:
RT Book Reviews Top Pick: “McQuiston continues her Seduction Diaries series with another smart, sexy, utterly delightful and insightful tale. There’s emotional depth, wonderful character growth and passion, adding just what readers need to lift their spirits.”
Booklist: Her impulsive nature and his gentle ways will endear the pair to readers, who will be cheering as Lucy and Thomas learn to trust one another and stop fighting their attraction. For fans of historical romance with feisty, feminist female characters who have soft spots for hunky lords.
Reader to Reader Reviews: McQuiston excels at creating characters who experience personal growth throughout the novel, skillfully bringing the reader along for the journey without ever tipping her hand. Witty, sexy and absolutely engrossing, The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior is simply one of the best romances of 2015!
Night Owl Reviews: A charmingly romantic novel that is utterly one of the best love stories that I have had the pleasure of reading this year.
Kirkus Reviews: “Refreshing…complicated…An absorbing read.”
WaPo Sarah Maclean: A charming battle of wills that becomes beautifully romantic as the two are thrown together and soon discover that enemies make excellent lovers. McQuiston’s skill is in effortlessly crafting a world that makes us wish it were more than fiction, and the corners of this story are filled with unique characters and elaborate extras.
Romance Reviews Today: The characters are realistic and the secrets tantalizing…not to mention the fireworks between the highly likable Lucy and Thomas.
Harlequin Junkie: An entertaining romp from London to Cornwall, The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior also taught us about overcoming challenges, falling in love, and how important family truly is. Definitely recommended.
Rookie Romance: A truly charming story that kept me reading into the wee hours and smiling at every page. I’m excited to read the next book in the series!
Seduced by a Book: …such a amusing story that I couldn’t read it in public. I kept breaking into fits of giggles at the most inopportune times. Yet despite that, the novel managed to hold a good deal of depth which I found to be a lovely combination. It’s the sort of story that puts you in a good mood with a smile on your lips for a good long time after reading it.
Buried Under Romance: An elegant, witty, and very entertaining romance about a reformed rake and a hoyden that will delight everyone!