The Marchington Scandal

The Marchington Scandal

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On the Surface, He's a Pretentious Aristocrat
But the Heart Sees More Than Meets the Eye

Lord Oliver Stonendon, or Stone Heart, as the tonrefers him, flirts with every debutante. He's handsome, rich, and quite a catch, but he hasn't proposed--not since Katharine Daltry flatly refused him five years ago. To Katharine, he hasn't changed one farthing from the arrogant, selfish young man he once was.

Katharine prefers to avoid balls, masquerades, and other fripperies of the season, and hones her painting skills at home instead. But when Katharine's country relations come to London for the first time, their ignorance leads to scandal. Katharine steps in to fight the gossips, and Lord Stonendon sees the chance to aid her cause. As they find themselves spending more time together, Katharine starts to realize he may not be the man she thought he was.

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Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Casablanca,, ©1982.
ISBN: 9781402276903
Branch Call Number: FICTION ASH
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 18 cm

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Summerday18
Jun 10, 2018

Engaging drawing room intrigue. Katharine dreads the visit of newlyweds Elinor and Tom, which forces her out of comfortable solitude. The young couple are dazzled by the sights of London, which unfortunately includes for Tom, the flirtatious Countess Standen. His scandalous open adoration becomes fuel for the gossip-hungry ton. Katherine is co-opted to help Cousin Elinor, although her ideas have much to be desired. The dashing Oliver, Lord Stonenden, AKA Stoneheart, also offers his aid. He is roundly rebuffed by Katherine, who once turned down his proposal with the words, “You are the most odiously arrogant man I have ever met!” Katherine’s stubborn streak blinds her to Oliver’s growing affection and changed character. Unlike other Londoners, he is genuinely interested in her time in India and her passion for painting. When an art critic insists that only a man could have created work claimed to be hers, Oliver helps her prove her ability, which involves time together with his handsome self as model. A kind companion, Mary, and friend Eliza, conspire to help Katherine notice Oliver’s overtures, a feat not easily accomplished that keeps the pages turning.

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