Review: A Winter Scandal

Posted 30 January, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

A Winter Scandal (Legend of St. Dwynwen #1)
By: Candace Camp
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church’s nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among the child’s clothing, she is certain the dissolute rake is to blame. Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord—only to find herself utterly swept away.

Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea’s flashing gray eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamantly maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more entranced every day.

Even with whispers of winter scandal swirling around them, they cannot deny the longing in their hearts. A longing which promises the best gift of all: a shelter from the storm . . . in each other’s arms.

I first heard about this book from Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook and thought it sounded really interesting so I decided to check it out 🙂

I thought the mystery of the baby appearing in the manger was quite intriguing in that it unfurled many more facets and themes than I had anticipated in this story. It wasn’t just about the mystery of whose child it was (pun intended?) or the romance between Gabriel and Thea, but there were also themes of friendship and the relationship between siblings, of failures and betrayals, social ambition and being true to yourself. It was interesting to read about Gabriel’s struggle with the relationships around him, which made him a far more nuanced character than he first appeared to be (and that Thea believed to be for the first half of the novel). You root for Thea who obviously deserves better than what her social standing and situation expects of her.

The romance itself was okay, though I admit at the time that I read this I wasn’t 100% focused on the book as I just had so many things going on x_x I wasn’t wholly blown away by the romance, Thea’s opinion of Gabriel in the early parts, whilst understandable, was rather tiring after a while, as well as Gabriel’s aloofness. But when their feelings were finally made known and it shifted, it was interesting enough.

Overall I enjoyed A Winter Scandal. The mystery had me guessing, and I enjoyed the running themes and the character interactions. The romance was okay, nothing in particular stood out for me but overall it was a good read.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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