Miss Augusta Meredith went to Bath with her ailing friend
the Countess of Tallant. Bath seemed an ideal town for
Augusta's plan: she requires a lover. The heiress to the
Meredith Beauty's cosmetics fortune is not quite accepted
by the ton; she comes from -- gasp! -- trade.
Happily, in Bath, she'll be able to proceed anonymously
under the name of Mrs. Flowers, a flirtatious merry widow
of ordinary means.
Everything goes well until she is recognised by Josiah
Everett, who is the man of business of his cousin, Lord
Sutcliffe. The exotic-looking Mr. Everett, Joss to his
friends, and Augusta, whose bosoms could launch a
thousand ships, quickly come to an agreement. Sutcliffe
is being blackmailed, that's the reason for Joss's
presence in Bath; Joss does not want Augusta to become
intimate with just anyone, and Augusta knows people who
can help him with his cousin's problem; thus begins their
SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is the perfect conclusion
to the splendid Matchmaker Trilogy. From the
first lines, I was swept away by the elegance and wit of
Ms. Romain's incandescent and exquisite prose. What
begins as a delightfully wicked, clever, and hilarious
farce slowly gives way to provocative, profound and
fascinating existential questions: can one flee one's
true self, can one escape the confines of one's birth?
SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is filled with
unforgettable, colourful and intriguing characters: from
the determined and sinfully delicious Augusta, "the dear
fake widow", to the honourable Joss who is a hero for the
ages, and everyone in-between.
SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is an astonishingly
brilliant work of art. Ms. Romain's prose is sheer
perfection: effortless, flawless and luminous; the
dialogues are sparkling and witty. SECRETS OF A
SCANDALOUS HEIRESS made me laugh, cry, think, smile, and
wish for the next book by the incomparable Theresa
Romain. I could rave for pages, but I will merely
conclude with these words: SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS
HEIRESS is happiness in a book.
Heiress Augusta Meredith can't help herself-she stirs up
gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she
pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic,
darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and
uncovers her charade.
Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a
secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous
pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and
condemn them, they begin to see that being true to
themselves is not so bad...as long as they're true to each