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16 November 2021

Book Review: An Italian Scandal by Cecil Cameron *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of An Italian Scandal by Cecil Cameron ahead of the blog tour.

This book took me completely by surprise, and I was whisked away to a steamy historical Italy. I loved every moment and couldn't put it down.

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A captivating story of romance, passion and adventure set in nineteenth century London and Italy.

London 1859. Carina Temple has put away the stifling black crepe demanded by the death of her father – but with it she has also cast aside society’s expectations of what a single young lady should be and do.

When Carina’s uncle summons her to Belgrave Square to inform her that her reputation is ruined, thanks to a certain Lord Danby, he tells her that she must travel to Italy until the gossip recedes and a suitable match can be found for her.

But Italy is a tempestuous place – her grandmother and cousins soon tell her of the fault lines between the states and the dangerous rebels fighting for freedom. Chief among these is Ben Mavrone – and when he and Carina meet, he distrusts her society pedigree, and she considers him a violent extremist.

When trouble comes to Carina’s door, it is Ben who saves her – reluctantly – and as they go on the run, they must learn to understand each other to stay alive.

Meanwhile back in England, Carina’s family has plans for the life Miss Temple should lead – if she ever returns…

An Italian Scandal is based on Cecil Cameron’s own family history and is perfect for fans of the Bridgerton series.

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, betrayal, secrets, responsibility, love.

I couldn't put this book down.

I even propped it up and tried to read while knitting, which I absolutely do not recommend. Because I lost about five stitches in three rows and ended up just giving up and myself giving over to the story. An Italian Scandal deserved every part of my attention.

I loved Carina and how we saw her change through the pages. She is headstrong and I loved seeing her grow into herself. This book feels like an epic adventure as we follow Carina's escape to Sicily and all that occurs. It's a dangerous time, and the pace of the story was driven by the historical setting.

This book was surprisingly steamy. I went in expecting romance, but I wasn't expecting it to be quite so sizzling. It was a very welcome surprise, and I feel it really fit with Carina and how her world was explored. I think the overall tension of the story helped every emotion feel heightened.

Despite the fact that this is set in the mid 18th century, there was something rather Downton Abbey about this - I think it was the mix of style and tone in the writing. It felt polished and refined and almost of a bygone era. And I loved it.

The story tackles class differences, political differences, society's expectations, and it does it beautifully. It was so easy to get caught up in the story and in Carina's slowly changing beliefs.

I can't wait to see what Cecil Cameron writes next, as this was a fantastic debut.

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Lady Cecil Cameron OBE grew up on the Scottish border near Jedburgh, daughter of the Marquis and Lady Lothian. Her grandmother came from Naples and is the inspiration behind her writing. Cecil read renaissance history at London University and subsequently worked for Save the Children in Vietnam and the UK. Married to the Chief of Clan Cameron, she was made an OBE in 2002 for services to children.

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