Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Scandalous Lady Wright by Marion Chesney

Title: The Scandalous Lady Wright
Author: Marion Chesney
Series: Three Friends, #1 (unofficially named)
Genre: Regency Romance (traditional)
Publisher: Fawcett Crest
ISBN: 0449217620
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 184 pages
List Price: Out-of-Print
Characters: Lady Emma Wright, Comte Saint-Juste
Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Synopsis: Lady Emma Wright is trapped in an abusive marriage to a well-respected member of Parliament. When he is mysteriously murdered, she stands accused until the handsome dilettante, Comte Saint-Juste decides to clear her name. Falling in love with him scares her silly due to the barbarous nature of her late husband.

My opinion: This one, due to the nature of Emma's previous marriage, is not nearly as funny as many of Ms Chesney's other stories. The comte, however, adds a lighter element with his insouciant charm and his best friend, Jolly, is a bit of comic relief. The main focus is on Emma, so we do not get a very good look into the comte's mind. She is a little flighty at times but I suppose that is understandable due to the abuse she's suffered.

Overall: 3.9 stars because I am a Chesney fan and this is probably my favorite series by her because of the element of seriousness that is not often present in her older regencies.

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