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Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agre Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse. It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.


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Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agre Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse. It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.

30 review for A Proper Scandal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    99 cents on Kindle 5/6/20 https://amzn.to/2YIIO8a Grace is in quite a mess! I loved her tenacity despite her discomfort with her circumstances. She desperately misses her parents, but realizes that nobody is there to save her, she must make the best of it and choose the path that will determine how the rest of her life turns out. She has her sights set on Nate, and even though he is determined to never be taken advantage of by a scheming woman again, he can't resist her sweet personality and genui 99 cents on Kindle 5/6/20 https://amzn.to/2YIIO8a Grace is in quite a mess! I loved her tenacity despite her discomfort with her circumstances. She desperately misses her parents, but realizes that nobody is there to save her, she must make the best of it and choose the path that will determine how the rest of her life turns out. She has her sights set on Nate, and even though he is determined to never be taken advantage of by a scheming woman again, he can't resist her sweet personality and genuine compassion. They had a fun meet-cute that set the stage for the informal banter they enjoy for the rest of the book. I loved the contrasts in the characters and story that makes them question what is real, what are everyone's secrets, and how on earth is everything going to turn out?! Strong characterization and the steady pace of the interesting plot made this a book I couldn't put down! Highly recommend!!! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    This was such a charming book! I wondered by the title how it would turn out, what with it being a "proper" scandal and all. But I was utterly charmed by Grace, our heroine and the many adventures and scandals she found herself in. Especially her initial meeting with Nate Barton, our hero. I giggled many times at Grace's antics. Maybe because I feel like she and I are similar in many ways. Not necessarily her "scandalous ways" but her personality. Ok, I put scandalous in parantheses because she This was such a charming book! I wondered by the title how it would turn out, what with it being a "proper" scandal and all. But I was utterly charmed by Grace, our heroine and the many adventures and scandals she found herself in. Especially her initial meeting with Nate Barton, our hero. I giggled many times at Grace's antics. Maybe because I feel like she and I are similar in many ways. Not necessarily her "scandalous ways" but her personality. Ok, I put scandalous in parantheses because she doesn't know how to be anything but proper and watching her attempts to flirt with Nate was very humorous. Grace finds herself in London, living with her aunt and her recent(ish -by a couple years) husband and his daughter Georgina. Grace is an orphan and had been living with the vicar and his wife after the death of her parents several years prior. But she finds that she must move on and upon arrival at her new home, discovers she will have to be quick on her feet as well as secure a marriage quickly if she wants to remain safe. (yes I'm being vague on purpose) ;-) There were many secrets and twists throughout this story that I felt added to the whole of the story and had me enjoying it even more than I initially thought I would. Especially every scene with Grace and Nate in it. From the misunderstanding of identity, to the garden party, to the parasol malfunction, to Mrs. Stetson and her antics, to a fast paced horse ride at the end, and the scandal of arguing on the street in front of everyone. Oh, how I loved these two! There are a couple other characters whom I didn't care for. A couple whom I wasn't sure if I would care for them and I came to find them charming and quite entertaining...as well as the possibility of a future story hidden in there. Hmmmmm... I can't wait to see what Esther Hatch is working on next for us reading fans! This is a delightful read that I highly recommend picking up and enjoying! My oldest daughter discovered it was on my Deseret Bookshelf subscription and she listened to it before I was even halfway done with it. She had some big smiles and giggles and was constantly asking me what part I was at. Then she'd give me a knowing smirk and say to me to hurry up faster and finish it! Silly girl! Content: Clean. Some mild innuendos but nothing graphic. A character is kind of creepy and follows Grace around making her feel uncomfortable. An attempted attack on Grace by that character but nothing happens and it is not a graphic scene. Some kissing and talk about marital relations but nothing in detail. I received a copy from the publisher, Covenant Communications, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    SO MUCH FUN!!! This is not your normal same ol' regency romance, this book is fun. I loved sweet, stubborn, blunt Grace! Could there be a better character! She was so great. Nate was just perfect for her. There romance was such a whirlwind of fun. There is some subject matter that could have made this a fairly dark book, but the author did such a great job of giving it levity and keeping it light. This was different then her first novel and I am so glad this author can think outside of a formula SO MUCH FUN!!! This is not your normal same ol' regency romance, this book is fun. I loved sweet, stubborn, blunt Grace! Could there be a better character! She was so great. Nate was just perfect for her. There romance was such a whirlwind of fun. There is some subject matter that could have made this a fairly dark book, but the author did such a great job of giving it levity and keeping it light. This was different then her first novel and I am so glad this author can think outside of a formula. So happy I found her books!! Just really loved this one and I'm going to have to read it again soon. This is a proper romance with a bit of heavy subject matter of attempted rape. This is something I would still give my teens to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    First, I love the cover of this book. Second, the title is interesting--how can a scandal be proper? Once you get to know Grace you'll understand. Grace is an utmost beauty, most likely a diamond of the first water, but because she was orphaned and spent the last 6 years living with the vicar and his family she doesn't know the proper ways of London Society, how to converse with men, or how to flirt. Her lack of knowledge about these things leads to many awkward and sometimes hilarious incidents First, I love the cover of this book. Second, the title is interesting--how can a scandal be proper? Once you get to know Grace you'll understand. Grace is an utmost beauty, most likely a diamond of the first water, but because she was orphaned and spent the last 6 years living with the vicar and his family she doesn't know the proper ways of London Society, how to converse with men, or how to flirt. Her lack of knowledge about these things leads to many awkward and sometimes hilarious incidents. It also impedes her ability to get a husband in the short time she's been given by her aunt and uncle. Poor Grace--it seems she can't win for losing. She's forced out of the vicar's home because the vicar and his wife are afraid with her beauty she'll take all the men's attentions and their daughters won't be able to find husbands. Thus she's sent to live with her aunt only to find her aunt's new husband is a rake who owes money to everyone, and he's going to use Grace's beauty to do away with one of his debts that's due. Grace's first meeting with Nate is funny, and her first attempt at flirting with him is hilarious, as is the parasol & hat incident at the garden party. Grace is sweet, and has been shuffled from one place to another--all she wants is to belong to a family. Nate is such a gentleman, but he was deceived and hurt so he's very protective of his heart, although Grace seems to be able to crack the wall he's built around it. She's unlike any woman he's met in London--she's smart, speaks her mind and is truly interested in his railway project. I liked Nate's mother and that she and Grace both enjoyed polishing the silver. Who would've thought?! I liked Grace's Aunt Bell and how her life turned out in the end. Oh, and Mr. and Mrs. Stetson--such a cute couple. Of course there's at least one awful character everyone hates and we cheer when they get their comeuppance. For all the formalities in Society, a woman really had to watch out which men she befriended back then. I found this to be a lighthearted read mostly because of Grace's antics. Thank you to Covenant Communications via NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts expressed in my review are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    Beauty can't give you everything in life, as Grace comes to discover. Unbelievably gorgeous, she's an orphan and has been asked to leave the vicar's home to allow for his daughters to find a match. Her aunt takes her in, but the situation there is dreadful. Her only option is to marry, which is easier said than done. Grace is utterly adorable! She doesn't know the first thing about flirting and her attempts made me laugh out loud. Her first encounter with Nate was so hilarious, yet charming at th Beauty can't give you everything in life, as Grace comes to discover. Unbelievably gorgeous, she's an orphan and has been asked to leave the vicar's home to allow for his daughters to find a match. Her aunt takes her in, but the situation there is dreadful. Her only option is to marry, which is easier said than done. Grace is utterly adorable! She doesn't know the first thing about flirting and her attempts made me laugh out loud. Her first encounter with Nate was so hilarious, yet charming at the same time, and I couldn't stop smiling (and swooning) as they kept running into each other, especially with Grace's bumbling efforts at snagging herself a match. She definitely isn't comfortable with her situation, but she spares nothing in her endeavors to find her place in society--happy and secure, freedom to be herself, and free from annoying rakes. I was completely enchanted with this tale and didn't want to put it down. I loved the whimsical characters (and even enjoyed hating the slimy ones) and the story line was a pure delight. This author has a fun writing style that really captured my attention and didn't let go. Content: mild romance *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Beautiful inside and out! Both Nathaniel & Grace are gracious, principled & conscientious individuals. She has frustratingly found herself at the mercy of her guardians since the early death of her parents. No matter who they are, her life has not been her own. Finding herself in a situation that goes against all of her inner morals, it is no surprise that she cannot bring herself to follow through - without confiding in Mr Nathanial Barton to some degree. A man of gentleman standing, and headin Beautiful inside and out! Both Nathaniel & Grace are gracious, principled & conscientious individuals. She has frustratingly found herself at the mercy of her guardians since the early death of her parents. No matter who they are, her life has not been her own. Finding herself in a situation that goes against all of her inner morals, it is no surprise that she cannot bring herself to follow through - without confiding in Mr Nathanial Barton to some degree. A man of gentleman standing, and heading up a newer faster way of railway building - Nate is heavily focused on attracting investments for his business. He has no time nor the inclination to become involved in the marriage scene, that London is so famed for. A chance meeting on a train station with a beautiful young lady will turn his carefully orchestrated world upside down. I loved everything about this story. Fresh & original plot line mixed with a carefully detailed story. There is none of the skipping and jumping around, and it keeps you engaged as the reader. Esther Hatch has yet again, captured the imagination perfectly and beautifully. I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book & then proceeded to purchase my own paperback copy. I love the matt texture and the cover artwork. This is my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I love it when I find a great book that I don’t want to put down. This was definitely one of those! I loved everything about it from page one. The characters were amazing, the plot was perfect, and the little trains in each chapter were adorable. And I can’t even tell you how much I love the cover! Let’s start with Grace. She’s gone through some hard times. Her parents died, leaving her to live in the vicarage in her town. But now it’s time for her to move on. One thing about Grace is that she ju I love it when I find a great book that I don’t want to put down. This was definitely one of those! I loved everything about it from page one. The characters were amazing, the plot was perfect, and the little trains in each chapter were adorable. And I can’t even tell you how much I love the cover! Let’s start with Grace. She’s gone through some hard times. Her parents died, leaving her to live in the vicarage in her town. But now it’s time for her to move on. One thing about Grace is that she just wants to have a place for just her. She’s been removed from her home by the man who inherited her father’s estate. The vicar and his wife wanted her to move on. She just wants to be loved. It’s a bit ironic how she escapes the crazy man on the train only to be in her uncle’s household. I loved this aspect of the plot. For Grace, it’s kind of just one unfortunate event after another. And she must work to get herself free of them. That’s where Nate comes in. I loved Nate. He’s a gentleman, even when Grace is not quite acting as a lady ought. I loved his humor. And the way he goes out of his way to watch over Grace, even when he has no idea why. This book is amazing! Make sure to go grab your own copy. It’s a perfect summer read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I hope you love Grace and Nate as much as I do.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A wonderful, sweet story. Grace is an excellent character - I love her yearning for independence, for the love of a family and for a home, as well as her pragmatic approach to things and her appreciation of a hard worker. It certainly is quite amusing to see her as a self-conscious and upright girl trying to go along with a rather devious plan. The predicaments it puts her in and the completely understandable confusion on the part of Nate make for some funny moments. Her situation is truly dire, A wonderful, sweet story. Grace is an excellent character - I love her yearning for independence, for the love of a family and for a home, as well as her pragmatic approach to things and her appreciation of a hard worker. It certainly is quite amusing to see her as a self-conscious and upright girl trying to go along with a rather devious plan. The predicaments it puts her in and the completely understandable confusion on the part of Nate make for some funny moments. Her situation is truly dire, though (her uncle is vile) so it makes it exciting as she tries to make Nate understand. I'm only so frustrated it takes him so long! A very good read, and makes for a very pleasant afternoon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charissa

    I’m blown away. This story is a mega-winner. The plot, characters, and conflict are complicated and multi-layered. It’s not your typical, dry Regency romance. Grace Sinclair is sent to live with her aunt and step-uncle in London. All she wants is a family, since her parents died 6 years ago. She wants to be loved and accepted for who she is, not her sizable dowry. But when a terrible man on the train ride to London makes overt advances (after learning about her dowry), she strikes up a conversat I’m blown away. This story is a mega-winner. The plot, characters, and conflict are complicated and multi-layered. It’s not your typical, dry Regency romance. Grace Sinclair is sent to live with her aunt and step-uncle in London. All she wants is a family, since her parents died 6 years ago. She wants to be loved and accepted for who she is, not her sizable dowry. But when a terrible man on the train ride to London makes overt advances (after learning about her dowry), she strikes up a conversation with a stranger, calling him Uncle, to escape the man’s less than honorable intentions. Nate Barton is attracted to the beautiful woman who uses him to escape another man at the train station while she waits for her real uncle and aunt to arrive, but he’s been betrayed by a beautiful woman before and has no use for women. Though of noble birth, he works with a railroad laying tracks and doesn’t need a distraction. But when circumstances throw the two together days later, and the beautiful Grace tries to get him alone to compromise him and force his hand to marriage, he refuses to succumb to her charms. She will not win this game. He knows a woman like her could never love him for himself, and he won’t be played again. I won’t give more of the story, because it is so delicious you need to experience each twist and turn of the plot for yourselves without being warned. But I read it in 2 days, though I had given myself a week to get through it. To me, that shows the beauty and brilliance of this story. The author basically hijacked me and held me ransom until the end. And I have Stockholm syndrome and will applaud my literary hijacker’s skill and authority. Bravo, Ms. Hatch. Thanks for kidnapping me and taking me along for Grace and Nate’s marvelous ride.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    A PROPER SCANDAL is definitely the proper title for this story. It's full of almost scandals as the heroine tries to have some control over her life and find safety. Romance readers who like their stories heavy on the romance will enjoy this one. Grace was a really fun character. She is sweet, smart, and beautiful, but also quite naive. I had to laugh at some of the dialogue as well as some of the predicaments she gets herself into. The scene with the hat and parasol was probably one of my favori A PROPER SCANDAL is definitely the proper title for this story. It's full of almost scandals as the heroine tries to have some control over her life and find safety. Romance readers who like their stories heavy on the romance will enjoy this one. Grace was a really fun character. She is sweet, smart, and beautiful, but also quite naive. I had to laugh at some of the dialogue as well as some of the predicaments she gets herself into. The scene with the hat and parasol was probably one of my favorites from the book. Hilarious and swoon worthy at the same time. I loved Nate! He was a fabulous leading man and I loved how he interacted with Grace. Together, they made an entertaining couple. They faced some difficult things and when they did, that's when I felt my emotions engage. There was heartache and distrust, but thank goodness there was a happily-ever-after in the end. Having read this author's last book and most historical romance from this publisher, this story surprised me a little. I wasn't quite expecting it to push the line with the romance so much. It's still clean, but I think because I started it with different expectations, that threw me a little. I also didn't quite buy the urgency and the way things played out for Grace, particularly that her cousin and aunt didn't confide in her more and that she went from a proper young lady to someone who would ask inappropriate questions and push scandal so easily. In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this. I would have liked more development and not quite so heavy on the romance, but I really liked the characters and it was definitely an entertaining read. Recommended to romance fans. Content: Attempted rape and innuendo. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    A Proper Scandal wasn't anything like I expected. The plot was not only unique but fun and delightful. Due to her unideal situation, Grace finds herself having to woo a proposal from a stoic stranger in two weeks, a task made more challenging when her victim is a man who has sworn off women. Due to her persistence and his reluctantly being drawn to her despite his best intentions, the two repeatedly find themselves in one unexpected situation after another. Grace was adorable! I loved her. She w A Proper Scandal wasn't anything like I expected. The plot was not only unique but fun and delightful. Due to her unideal situation, Grace finds herself having to woo a proposal from a stoic stranger in two weeks, a task made more challenging when her victim is a man who has sworn off women. Due to her persistence and his reluctantly being drawn to her despite his best intentions, the two repeatedly find themselves in one unexpected situation after another. Grace was adorable! I loved her. She was such a sweet and innocent character. Her bumbling flirting attempts were awkward and hilarious, yet charming. I also really liked Nate. He was such a good man doing his best to be honorable, despite the near-scandalous situations Grace repeatedly puts him in. I loved how he both tried to avoid Grace and couldn't help but want to be near her and protect her. I loved their banter and their gradually deepening relationship. The plot was thoroughly engaging. I didn't anticipate the plot twist halfway through the story, which was a lovely surprise, and it made an already interesting plot even more so. The only thing that hindered my enjoyment was all the unwanted male attention Grace frequently receives (especially from her uncle) as it made me really uncomfortable. Other than that, everything else about the story was super cute, fun, and thoroughly delightful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ‘A Proper Scandal’ is about beautiful young Grace Sinclair who has spent her teen years with the vicar and his wife after her parents’ early passing. She has reached marriable age and is unceremoniously shuffled off to an aunt and uncle’s home who also have a daughter that is pretty much in the same husband-hunting boat. The uncle is a creepy letch that has ruined the family finances with his gambling debts. The only way to solve his money woes is to basically sell Grace to a particular target. ‘A Proper Scandal’ is about beautiful young Grace Sinclair who has spent her teen years with the vicar and his wife after her parents’ early passing. She has reached marriable age and is unceremoniously shuffled off to an aunt and uncle’s home who also have a daughter that is pretty much in the same husband-hunting boat. The uncle is a creepy letch that has ruined the family finances with his gambling debts. The only way to solve his money woes is to basically sell Grace to a particular target. Creepy uncle must force Grace to do her part in trapping the one he has chosen. I really liked Esther Hatch’s first book, and this one started out promising, but I found the whole mix-up with the two cousins with the same names very confusing. When it got to that whole fiasco I had questions, things that didn’t make enough sense to me to understand that part of the plot. (It could be just me; there are not enough reviews yet to see if I was the only one that found it confusing.) There are bright spots in the story, but it is not a keeper for me. However, I won’t give up on author Esther Hatch as I think she has much promise. ‘The Roses of Feldstone’ was very good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Sadly, this was just a miss for me. It’s very much a Victorian-lite type of read. The dialogue, wording, behaviors and actions of the characters just came across very modern to me, it really took me out of the story and made it hard for me to enjoy. I had a hard time getting into it and was disappointed that the historical aspects were so lacking and didn’t give me the historical feel I look for when reading in this genre. I gave up around 25% Content: Clean

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    What a charming historical! I really enjoyed this story and the way the relationship developed between Grace and Nate. Grace is at a crossroads in her life. Her parents are both gone and the family she's been staying with has arranged for her to move in with her uncle and his wife. Grace tries to make the most of her new situation but she soon discovers it's not the best, although she does have allies. Rather than waiting for her fate, Grace takes it into her own hands and decides Nate is the ma What a charming historical! I really enjoyed this story and the way the relationship developed between Grace and Nate. Grace is at a crossroads in her life. Her parents are both gone and the family she's been staying with has arranged for her to move in with her uncle and his wife. Grace tries to make the most of her new situation but she soon discovers it's not the best, although she does have allies. Rather than waiting for her fate, Grace takes it into her own hands and decides Nate is the man for her. Nate is a gentleman and rebuffs Grace's advances, and that make for some humorous situations. Fortunately, they see each other for who they are, and are able to get past the problems. This is a great story with an original take and I highly recommend it. Very good writing too, and you all know how picky I am about good writing. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    From the turn of the first page, A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch is an absolute delight. This story is about a young woman who is in a not so good situation and is forced into finding and catching a husband within a couple of weeks. This speed in which this must take place is in part because of the main character’s uncle’s advances. The way this situation proceeds is charming, funny, and engaging. Readers will love the personality of the characters as they work through this frustrating situatio From the turn of the first page, A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch is an absolute delight. This story is about a young woman who is in a not so good situation and is forced into finding and catching a husband within a couple of weeks. This speed in which this must take place is in part because of the main character’s uncle’s advances. The way this situation proceeds is charming, funny, and engaging. Readers will love the personality of the characters as they work through this frustrating situation. This is a fun, easy, and light story that readers will thoroughly enjoy! Genre: historical, Victorian, romance Publisher: Covenant Communications Publication date: May 1, 2019 Number of pages: 222 A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I read this ages ago, and was in the mood to revisit it. Holy cow, it's such a fabulous story!!! I love the strong, yet kind main character Grace. I love how she falls in love and all the complications that go along with it!!!! Read this. Can't wait for more from Esther Hatch!! I read this ages ago, and was in the mood to revisit it. Holy cow, it's such a fabulous story!!! I love the strong, yet kind main character Grace. I love how she falls in love and all the complications that go along with it!!!! Read this. Can't wait for more from Esther Hatch!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Flipped Page (Susan K)

    Romance, clean; period This was gorgeous read. While Grace's actions weren't perfect for me as a reader, I loved how the story progressed and some of the social justice issues that were brought out, as well as some of the side characters. While Grace's naivete might be a drawback to some modern sensibilities, I think her desperation, her want to escape the hardships, disappointments, and true danger that she is facing in her Aunt and Uncle's home with his unsavory character, insinuations, and mac Romance, clean; period This was gorgeous read. While Grace's actions weren't perfect for me as a reader, I loved how the story progressed and some of the social justice issues that were brought out, as well as some of the side characters. While Grace's naivete might be a drawback to some modern sensibilities, I think her desperation, her want to escape the hardships, disappointments, and true danger that she is facing in her Aunt and Uncle's home with his unsavory character, insinuations, and machinations as a selfish and unprincipled person. Grace and Nate's interactions, frustrating, comical, awkward, absurd, pushing limits, but still with a side of sweetness, interest, chemistry, and sincerity as they thought about each other after their moments made for a lovely, heartfelt read. One of my favorite kinds of books with honest hurting hearts, and beautiful attraction. So many lovely scenes and moments to savor after this read, while it wasn't perfect, it was still a fun escape. The cover is gorgeous too. Another plus for me as a reader. I could envision this scene in my mind just from the gorgeous cover. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review, my opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I laughed often reading about Grace's situations! She is true to herself and with her being so kind, liking to work, and honest she has a hard time trying to flirt! She gets herself in these predicaments and she just makes me smile!! She knows whom she wants and she tells Mr Barton she is trying to make a scandal! Mr. Barton, although trying to fight it, is slowly falling for her too! I was missing something in the beginning and I couldn't figure it out until over half way through the book! And a I laughed often reading about Grace's situations! She is true to herself and with her being so kind, liking to work, and honest she has a hard time trying to flirt! She gets herself in these predicaments and she just makes me smile!! She knows whom she wants and she tells Mr Barton she is trying to make a scandal! Mr. Barton, although trying to fight it, is slowly falling for her too! I was missing something in the beginning and I couldn't figure it out until over half way through the book! And an interesting twist it was. Some of the men in this story are disgusting! Just sayin... If you are looking for a book with a little scandal, seeing that a lot of men were disgusting in the 1800's, that makes you laugh, finding a real love where you care about what each other's lives are about, family, a home of your own and a happily every after then here it is! As for me, I want to reread it again!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I loved this fun clean romance! It kept me reading into the night, just like the author’s last book - Roses of Feldstone. Grace was my favorite character! She was witty and I could relate to her. Nate was perfectly described - a little rugged and a little outside the box. I wish they had connected sooner, which is what every clean romance is about, right?! The uncle in the story got under my skin. Ugh! I hope this author comes out with more books soon. Perfect reading for the beach, or on the we I loved this fun clean romance! It kept me reading into the night, just like the author’s last book - Roses of Feldstone. Grace was my favorite character! She was witty and I could relate to her. Nate was perfectly described - a little rugged and a little outside the box. I wish they had connected sooner, which is what every clean romance is about, right?! The uncle in the story got under my skin. Ugh! I hope this author comes out with more books soon. Perfect reading for the beach, or on the weekend. Going to share this fun story with my sisters at our next book club.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Miss Grace Sinclair has lost her parents, but the local vicar and his wife have taken her in. Unfortunately, Grace's beauty is overshadowing the vicar's daughters and their come-outs, so Grace is shipped off to her aunt in London who has recently remarried. Even worse, when Grace arrives, she's told she needs to marry immediately, mostly because her new step-uncle is a lecher and has his eye on Grace. Grace is between a rock and a hard place, but might have found a knight in shining armor in Mr. Miss Grace Sinclair has lost her parents, but the local vicar and his wife have taken her in. Unfortunately, Grace's beauty is overshadowing the vicar's daughters and their come-outs, so Grace is shipped off to her aunt in London who has recently remarried. Even worse, when Grace arrives, she's told she needs to marry immediately, mostly because her new step-uncle is a lecher and has his eye on Grace. Grace is between a rock and a hard place, but might have found a knight in shining armor in Mr. Nate Barton. But can she be honest with Mr. Barton about why she needs to marry in haste? Or will he deem her just another pretty woman trying to entrap him? I really enjoyed all the twists and turns this story took. Grace should have an easy time finding a husband with a good dowry and a beautiful face, but instead, both of those things make her chances of finding a love match extremely difficult. Grace is put in an impossible situation that quickly goes from bad to worse with both laugh out loud and cringe-worthy moments. Our hero, Nate, is sweet, protective, unsure and stubborn. He makes some pretty big assumptions about Grace that lead to some awkward and funny situations, but he's fighting some demons from the past and readers will sympathize with him. The push/pull between Nate and Grace is great and it is easy to root for them to find true love. To top it all off, there was one last twist at the end that will keep the reader guessing as to how it will all turn out. Another great read by Ms. Hatch!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    A Proper Scandal is such a fun new take on a Regency Romance. Grace is such a cute, naive girl that is thrown into a precarious situation to save herself from the clutches of a slimy step-uncle. I like how Grace stumbles about in her attempt to ensnare a husband. Nate never sees her coming. Between her stunning looks and her innocent charm, Nate never stood a chance. This romance was a fun one to watch unfold, with witty dialogue and humorous situations throughout. There is an element of danger A Proper Scandal is such a fun new take on a Regency Romance. Grace is such a cute, naive girl that is thrown into a precarious situation to save herself from the clutches of a slimy step-uncle. I like how Grace stumbles about in her attempt to ensnare a husband. Nate never sees her coming. Between her stunning looks and her innocent charm, Nate never stood a chance. This romance was a fun one to watch unfold, with witty dialogue and humorous situations throughout. There is an element of danger and going against social norms if caught, but nothing too nefarious. This story does keep you guessing as secrets are revealed and you keep wondering how in the world everything will be resolved. I loved how the hero in this story is a wealthy businessman and not a member of the nobility. This unique story-line is a very refreshing change in the world of Regency Romance. ****Come follow me at my blog to read more reviews: https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot...*** ***Like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhyNotBecaus...***

  23. 4 out of 5

    NaDell

    This is only Esther Hatch's second book, but I'm a huge fan! I wasn't quite sure what to expect with the title, but I enjoyed the book as it started to make sense and then it had interesting twists and turns that made me try and figure it all out again. I think there are slightly more scandalous parts (just wishing and kissing) than I'd like to share with my teenage daughters, but it was still very clean. Looking forward to another book by Esther Hatch. This is only Esther Hatch's second book, but I'm a huge fan! I wasn't quite sure what to expect with the title, but I enjoyed the book as it started to make sense and then it had interesting twists and turns that made me try and figure it all out again. I think there are slightly more scandalous parts (just wishing and kissing) than I'd like to share with my teenage daughters, but it was still very clean. Looking forward to another book by Esther Hatch.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Poor Grace! As soon as this story started I felt such sympathy for her and the impossible situation into which she is thrust. After leaving her hometown near Bristol and moving to London, Grace discovers that her new home is full of danger in the form of an uncle with no morals. After being given an impossibly short two weeks to ensnare a husband, Grace is pointed toward Nate Barton, a businessman in the rising railroad industry. Despite her impertinent questions and her social awkwardness, Nate Poor Grace! As soon as this story started I felt such sympathy for her and the impossible situation into which she is thrust. After leaving her hometown near Bristol and moving to London, Grace discovers that her new home is full of danger in the form of an uncle with no morals. After being given an impossibly short two weeks to ensnare a husband, Grace is pointed toward Nate Barton, a businessman in the rising railroad industry. Despite her impertinent questions and her social awkwardness, Nate is drawn to Grace against his better judgement. While desperate to find an honorable husband, Grace is still hesitant to let anyone into her heart due to some abandonment issues. How they overcome their unconventional introduction and arrive at their happy ending is both romantic and dramatic! I really enjoyed their unique storyline and circumstances. This book is a fresh take on the marriage of convenience, and I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the author and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa Kae

    With more depth than your typical regency love story, Hatch gives weight to the female plight while sending our hearts aflutter with the rush only young love can give.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    First of all, this cover is beautiful. It really sets the tone for the book, and what a wonderful book it is! The title is intriguing too, how can a scandal be proper? I absolutely loved it. It is so charming and Grace is a fantastic character. Nate is great too, a very patient man to be sure. Grace had me smiling quite a bit, but I enjoyed her immensely. I couldn't turn pages fast enough, all while not wanting the story to end. Very well done. I can't wait for more from this talented author. First of all, this cover is beautiful. It really sets the tone for the book, and what a wonderful book it is! The title is intriguing too, how can a scandal be proper? I absolutely loved it. It is so charming and Grace is a fantastic character. Nate is great too, a very patient man to be sure. Grace had me smiling quite a bit, but I enjoyed her immensely. I couldn't turn pages fast enough, all while not wanting the story to end. Very well done. I can't wait for more from this talented author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Wagner

    This book was such a dishy read. Sometimes the characters could be so frustratingly stubborn but it had me invested. I received this as an ARC copy but my review is my own

  28. 5 out of 5

    Winnie

    I was immediately captivated by this charming novel by Esther Hatch. The setting in England, the cast of memorable, vividly-drawn characters, and the creative, complex plot of this book drew me right in. Grace and Nathaniel’s story reminded me a little of a comedy of errors. It seems like they were at cross purposes much of the time and victims of misunderstandings. Nathaniel, reluctantly and unwittingly, was drawn into Grace’s necessary scheme of finding a husband quickly. Grace, with little ex I was immediately captivated by this charming novel by Esther Hatch. The setting in England, the cast of memorable, vividly-drawn characters, and the creative, complex plot of this book drew me right in. Grace and Nathaniel’s story reminded me a little of a comedy of errors. It seems like they were at cross purposes much of the time and victims of misunderstandings. Nathaniel, reluctantly and unwittingly, was drawn into Grace’s necessary scheme of finding a husband quickly. Grace, with little experience at dealing with attractive young men, finds herself in the middle of several misadventures. The relationship between Nate and Grace was delightful and funny. I loved the banter and the humorous ways that Grace tried to capture his interest. The premise of this story is very creative, and it was refreshing to have the hero be a builder of railroads, instead of a titled nobleman. I loved the imaginative story line and Hatch’s clear, well-crafted writing. This novel has a bit of everything—intrigue, history, suspense, romance, and a dash of humor to round things out. I’ll definitely be looking forward to more books by this writer. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This was a very sweet romance. The relationship building was excellent. This plot could have so easily slipped into the we-have-a-misunderstanding-that-could-be-resolved-in-five-minutes-but-we-refuse-to-talk scenario, but hallelujah! It didn't. Of course there were misunderstandings, because they didn't know each other well and they were in a tough position, but it didn't drag on endlessly, and I never wanted to slap any of the characters. (You'd be surprise how often I have violent thoughts dir This was a very sweet romance. The relationship building was excellent. This plot could have so easily slipped into the we-have-a-misunderstanding-that-could-be-resolved-in-five-minutes-but-we-refuse-to-talk scenario, but hallelujah! It didn't. Of course there were misunderstandings, because they didn't know each other well and they were in a tough position, but it didn't drag on endlessly, and I never wanted to slap any of the characters. (You'd be surprise how often I have violent thoughts directed to characters). The plot moved forward from one obstacle to another, and the characters grew along with their relationship. There was some very nice romantic tension, but it was a good, clean read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I have read The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch and knew I wanted to read her second book, A Proper Scandal, as soon as I heard about it. I went into reading A Proper Scandal with high hopes, and I was not disappointed! I even stayed up until 5am reading it, and then I had to tell myself to stop thinking about the book so I could get some sleep. Grace Sinclair never wanted someone to be interested in her only for her beauty and dowry. She is forced to leave the home she grew up in, and she is I have read The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch and knew I wanted to read her second book, A Proper Scandal, as soon as I heard about it. I went into reading A Proper Scandal with high hopes, and I was not disappointed! I even stayed up until 5am reading it, and then I had to tell myself to stop thinking about the book so I could get some sleep. Grace Sinclair never wanted someone to be interested in her only for her beauty and dowry. She is forced to leave the home she grew up in, and she is taken in by her Aunt and Uncle Bell. Uncle Bell gave off a creepy vibe from the very beginning and only got worse. Grace has to choose between staying with her uncle who wants to take advantage of her or going against her morals by compromising someone into marriage. The meet-cute between Grace and Nate was unusual and adorable. Before she is even properly introduced to Nate, she asks him the most random, inappropriate, and funny questions. Grace has no idea how to attract a man which leads to the most hilarious conversations. I will always think of these two when I have something in my eye. A Proper Scandal is funny, sweet, and romantic and it has a large twist that I never saw coming. I really enjoy Esther Hatch’s writing style. I love her characters; even the side characters are interesting and well developed. Speaking of side characters, I don’t usually like stories where the hero is a rake, but I would love a redeemed rake story for Lord Bryant. He seems like he has a great sense of humor and despite being a rake, I liked his character. He seems to have a good heart underneath it all. I do not know what Esther Hatch’s next story will be about, but I do know that I look forward to reading it. More reviews can be found here.

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