Louise Allen deftly intertwines dangerous temptation, forbidden desire and outrageous scandal in her enthralling new historical romance, Rumors: Scandal Comes to Wimpole Hall!
Having had her reputation tarnished by a group of scoundrels who had been intent on teaching her a lesson, Lady Isobel Jervis found herself banished to the Cambridgeshire countryside to rusticate with her Cousin Elizabeth and her family in the opulent splendour of Wimpole Hall. With their daughter’s standing in society ruined and any chance of making a suitable match dashed, Isobel’s parents are hoping that an extended sojourn in the countryside will restore her good name in polite society. With no other option available to her, Isobel must reluctantly comply with her parents’ wishes. However, she soon learns that life is far from quiet in the countryside! On her arrival at Wimpole Hall, Isobel is immediately bowled over by her sumptuous surroundings, the warm welcome she receives from a distant cousin she’s never even met – and by the dashingly handsome architect Giles Harker…
Giles Harker’s entire life has been marked by scandal. Born on the wrong side of the blanket to a woman whose lascivious romantic exploits and brazen sensuality had earned her the sobriquet of Scarlet Widow, Giles had been determined not to make the same mistakes which his mother seems unable to stop making. Despite of the shocking circumstances of his birth, Giles’ fierce intellect and awe-inspiring talent had made him into one of England’s most sought-after architects. Having accepted a commission to work in the majestic grandeur of Wimpole Hall, Giles is looking forward to creating his next masterpiece. The last thing he needs is to find himself embroiled in a scandal with an innocent like Isobel Jervis. Yet, the devastatingly attractive architect quickly begins to find himself unable to stop the fiery Miss Jervis from intruding into his thoughts…
After their first calamitous meeting, Isobel had initially written Giles off as a rude and boorish individual, but she had soon changed her mind when she began to see another side to the handsome Mr Harker. Although Isobel had hardened her heart and vowed never to marry, she is surprised by the depth of her feelings for Giles. But how can she possibly even contemplate a future for the two of them when there are so many obstacles standing in their way?
With devastating secrets and powerful enemies intent on jeopardising their burgeoning happiness, will Giles and Isobel have the courage and strength to vanquish the demons that plague them? Or will they allow fear and trepidation to condemn them to a lifetime of loneliness and regret?
A captivating tale of honour, sacrifice and redemption, Rumours: Scandal Comes to Wimpole Hall sweeps readers back to the magnificence and elegance of Regency England and to the astonishing and breathtaking beauty of a stately home in the 19th Century. The fabulous Louise Allen describes Wimpole Hall so vividly that the reader feels as if she is part of the story and not just reading about it.
Louise Allen’s characters are nuanced, well observed and so wonderfully developed that they are sure to capture the hearts of readers everywhere. Isobel is a fantastic heroine whose dignity, humour and strength of character rivals Lizzie Bennett’s and Giles is a wonderfully brooding hero who is simply irresistible!
Written with plenty of flair, vigour and sophistication, Rumors: Scandal Comes to Wimpole Hall is an outstanding historical romance from a writer who always exceeds expectations: Louise Allen!