The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior was an impulse purchase. I have some of author Jennifer McQuiston’s other books on my Kindle, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. I also enjoy following her on Facebook. I was at the grocery store- of all places- when I spied The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior on an endcap with some other new release books. Well, much to my surprise, the book just hopped right into the cart!
This is the second entry in the Seduction Diaries series, and features Lucy, the younger sister of the protagonist from Diary of an Accidental Wallflower. As the story begins in 1853, Lucy receives her late Aunt E’s diary. But wait, there’s more- she also receives the key to Aunt E’s home. Lucy’s first season is approaching, and she wants no part of the endless social obligations. She sees the cottage as an opportunity to live the life that she wants to live; one that does not revolve around finding a husband with a title.
Lord Thomas Branston is prepared to buy the cottage from Lucy. Her father assures Thomas that there will not be any problems, and that there will be a quick and uncomplicated sale. There’s one unexpected catch: Lucy was not consulted about this, and insists on seeing the house for herself before agreeing to sell it.
When they first meet in London, Lucy is not impressed with Lord Branston. And Thomas has certainly never met anyone like Lucy before. And Lucy’s brusque nature begins to soften, as she realizes that her first impression of Thomas did not give her insight his true personality.
There is quite a bit of bickering before they realize that the connection between them can no longer be denied. I enjoyed the banter between Lucy and Thomas. She is fiercely independent, and has no qualms about resorting to profanity to get her point across.
I would absolutely recommend The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lucy and Thomas were just delightful, and I loved the journal entries from Aunt E; reading about Aunt E’s life was a surprise second story within the main story. McQuiston has a talent for creating unique characters and situations. I especially loved the small role that Lucy’s half sister had, and I earnestly hope that she gets her own book eventually. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series, and the rest of McQuiston’s books.
I should note that although I review a lot of middle grade and YA books, this book is intended for mature audiences.