21.5.10

Book Review: A Whiff of Scandal by Carole Matthews


Rose Stevens has left her London life behind her to settle in the quiet village of Great Brayford. She has bought a little cottage where she can live and run her Aromatherapy business from. Rose is looking for a fresh start away from her complicated past with her ex-lover Hugh. However, things don't quite go to plan due to the nosy neighbours jumping to the conclusion that she is offering far more than a back massage and essential oils. Plus she meets Dan, who she is instantly attracted to but he is already spoken for by one of the village's most beautiful and high maintenance residents.
A Whiff of Scandal is another great book from Carole Matthews. The writing is very witty and engaging, I loved all of the characters. Angelica and Anise are the two elderly sisters living opposite Rose, Anise is the driving force behind convincing the other villagers that Rose is actually a lady of the night. I warmed to Dan too, Rose's arrival in Great Brayford makes him realise that his long-term relationship has not been right for a long time. Rose ties all of the characters together and I enjoyed the fact that she had some flaws too. Rose is not proud of some of her past actions yet she appears to be heading towards making the same mistakes all over again.
I think that Carole Matthews really showed eccentric British village life. Rose has to prove who she really is so that the other villagers can't keep jumping to conclusions however comical the results. A Whiff of Scandal is a good, entertaining read that I would recommend.

10 comments:

verity said...

This sounds fun, and another one to look out for at the library. Carole Matthews can always be relied on for something fun.

Dot said...

Verity- I think Carole Matthews is great, this was a lovely read.

Shan said...

I've never been that interested in her books, but this one sounds like it will be fun.

brizmus said...

really eccentric british life - sound intriguing. Sounds like an adorable read!

Cupcakes And Peonies said...

Oooh this sounds really good! I am going to read this soon xx

Dot said...

Shan- It was fun, I've enjoyed all of her books so far!

brizmus- It was, made me want to sell up and move to a nice country village!

C&P- You would like this one!

Kim said...

This sounds like my kind of book. I like reading stories set in British villages, reminds me of home! I will look out for this one. Thank you for the review, Dot.

Nadia said...

This sounds delightful! I will definitely be adding it to my list of books to buy. Carole Matthews seems to have a knack for writing such fun and interesting stories! So glad you have reviewed her works, because now I have a new favorite author. Cheers!!

Jules said...

I just bought a different one of her books 'A difference a day makes'. I think i might have to look out for this one as well.

Great blog, i've been hanging around in the background for a while now.

Jules

Dot said...

Kim- You would like this one then! I am really enjoying catching up with Carole Matthew's past books!

Nadia- That's good to hear, it's great to find a new author.

Jules- A Difference a Day Makes is really good, hope that you enjoy it!

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