Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Winter Scandal (St. Dwynwen #1) by Candace Camp (Goodreads Author)

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.

 First I must say I love this book cover with the deep red gown on the cover. I really liked this book and really liked Gabriel and Thea. Gabriel Morecombe at first look is the typical rake but when Thea shows up with a baby and his sisters brooch you realize there's more to him. I loved the scenes with Thea, Gabriel, and the baby. Reading as Gabriel and Thea fall for each other is a beautiful thing to read. I really felt like I got to know both Gabriel and Thea very well. The mystery of the baby and the brooch kept me guessing as the book went on. I liked how the attraction between Gabriel and Thea developed. Thea was reserved without being cold which doesn't often happen. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves historical romances with a touch of mystery.

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