A captivating story of romance, passion and adventure set in nineteenth century London and Italy.
London 1859. Carina Temple has put away the stifling black crepe demanded by the death of her father – but with it she has also cast aside society’s expectations of what a single young lady should be and do.
When Carina’s uncle summons her to Belgrave Square to inform her that her reputation is ruined, thanks to a certain Lord Danby, he tells her that she must travel to Italy until the gossip recedes and a suitable match can be found for her.
But Italy is a tempestuous place – her grandmother and cousins soon tell her of the fault lines between the states and the dangerous rebels fighting for freedom. Chief among these is Ben Mavrone – and when he and Carina meet, he distrusts her society pedigree, and she considers him a violent extremist.
When trouble comes to Carina’s door, it is Ben who saves her – reluctantly – and as they go on the run, they must learn to understand each other to stay alive.
Meanwhile back in England, Carina’s family has plans for the life Miss Temple should lead – if she ever returns…
An Italian Scandal is based on Cecil Cameron’s own family history and is perfect for fans of the Bridgerton series.
18 year old Carina is under the care of her uncle Oliver after the recent death of her father. When Carina’s friendship with Lord Danby (a married man) becomes the gossip of London, Carina’s uncle decodes to send Carina to her maternal grandmother in Palermo, Sicily in the hopes that she can return once the scandal is forgotten about. However, Carina’s stay in Italy will not be a play where she can lay low as Italy is in the midst of the Italian Unification. When Carina meets one of the rebels, Ben her life will never be the same again.
I was really looking forward to reading this book as it was pitched as a historical romance and I really enjoyed it. Carina is a very independent, forward thinking and fiery character so it was hard not to like her. She was like a modern day woman trapped in the body of a character in the 1800s. Carina is a budding poet and I enjoyed getting a glimpse into her poems and what inspires her when she writes. When Carina meets Ben there are clearly sparks between the two. Although they are from different backgrounds they have a recognition in that they both have a rebellious streak. Ben realises from the outset that Carina is like no other woman that he has met and clearly has a mind of her own.
I knew very little about the conflict in Italy at this time, but it was written perfectly. There was enough information to set the scene without making the storyline too heavy. It did prompt me to do some more research into the time the book was set which added more context to the story for me.
A must read for those who enjoy the historical romance genre.
Lady Cecil Cameron OBE grew up on the Scottish border near Jedburgh, daughter of the Marquis and Lady Lothian. Her grandmother came from Naples and is the inspiration behind her writing. Cecil read renaissance history at London University and subsequently worked for Save the Children in Vietnam and the UK. Married to the Chief of Clan Cameron, she was made an OBE in 2002 for services to children.