The Scandalous Summerfields miniseries is about a group of siblings who are trying to overcome the humiliating behavior of their parents, but before they can find lasting love, they have to prevail over shameful events in their own lives. The half-brother of three sisters constantly lives with the humiliation of being illegitimate, and now a new incident will just add more gossip about him. Whether Edmund Summerfield can prove that he is a worthy hero will depend on how he responds when he finds himself in the same position as his father once did. Diane Gaston makes BOUND BY ONE SCANDALOUS NIGHT emotionally compelling.
Belgium is being invaded by Napoleon and his army, so Lt. Edmund Summerfield knows he will soon be fighting this hated enemy. But as he is preparing to report for duty, he sees a woman being dragged away by a man with wicked intentions. After chasing away the attacker, he discovers the individual he saved from being harmed is Amelie Glenville, someone whom he already knows. Though Edmund is fascinated with her, he realizes her social status is too far above his own to even think about courting her. Yet the event has upset her, and he stays around to talk which leads to them spending several hours together before he must return to his regiment.
When Edmund and Amelie meet up three months later at a family gathering, he vividly recalls the night they were intimate. But when she confides to him that she is carrying his child, he is stunned but does not hesitate to do what is right. Edmund has always been called a bastard, and there is no way his son or daughter will suffer as he has over the years. While a quick wedding may solve future problems, it does raise all kinds of current questions that could still cause disgrace.
While many people living in England during the early 1800’s would have always seen someone like Edmund as inferior to them, he proves the nature of a man is much more important than social standing. He faced one hardship after another when he only tries to be honorable, and I had a great deal of sympathy for him anytime some new difficulty arose. What I truly respected about Edmund is how he tried to rise above what others thought of him, and he often seemed a better man than those in a higher class. His relationship with Amelie is very bumpy from the start, and so much interference from others just adds to their troubles. There were numerous times when she could have spoken what was in her thoughts but missed the opportunity, and I feared how this would affect things between them. Many emotional issues must be worked out before the marriage of Edmund and Amelie can turn genuine.
Different historical locations come alive in the story, and a country setting is especially enjoyable as various activities are observed. Lots of secondary characters are very likable, while a few are individuals with despicable behavior and are easy to despise. BOUND BY ONE SCANDALOUS NIGHT entertains with intriguing circumstances and a wide range of sentiments. Diane Gaston creates a number of emotional situations for her romantic couple in the second Scandalous Summerfields novel, where feelings are conflicted and doubts are hard to erase.
Copy received from author
Series: Scandalous Summerfields
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Releases: March 22, 2016
Author website: http://dianegaston.com/
Rating: 4 Stars