Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
January 30th 2018 by Published : St. Martin’s Paperbacks Edition
ISBN13: 978125010990 Series: Studies in Scandal #3
As a dedicated artist, Miss Sophia Hastings could care less about finding Mr. Right then finding the correct angle of light for her paintings. However, when she overhears a conversation indicating that there was danger for local artists she had to get involved. It appeared that someone was making forgeries of famous works of art and passing them off as the originals. What she wasn’t anticipating though was having to accept the assistance of the new impossibly handsome vicar who insists on accompanying her in her quest for more information.
Reverend Lord Benedict Lisle feels that Sophia is no damsel in distress, but he is not about to let her wander off alone either. He finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature extremely alluring and he is planning to save her from herself before she she gets further into a situation that is becoming more and more dangerous, and he was beginning to feel that he wasn’t about to lose the one woman who stirred more than just his heart!
*** I simply love a good mystery and romance and find it even better when the two protagonists seem so completely polar opposites. However, one thing Benedict did realize right from the start is that no one should ever keep Sophia’s art interpretation’s from being shown at the upcoming art exhibition. Sophia’s art might be a bit disturbing but it was life and not just the lovely landscapes most genteel young woman were supposed to paint.
Their relationship grew throughout the story and it was a lovely development from regard, to valued friendship, and obviously a great passion for one another either wasn’t ready to admit to. I must say that this story was great, the culprit who was actually producing the fake masterpieces was quite a twist I never saw coming. All in all, a wonderfully engaging story.