Saturday, November 28, 2015

In Search of Scandal Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to the In Search of Scandal blog tour!

Title: In Search of Scandal
Author: Susanne Lord
Series: London Explorers, #1
Pubdate: December 1st, 2015
ISBN: 9781492623502

All of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret—until Will meets Charlotte Baker.

Vivacious Charlotte Baker also has a mission—to find a man whose bold spirit matches her own. When she meets Will Repton, she immediately recognizes him as her soul mate, and she’s naively willing to turn her back on the rules of propriety to ensnare him. Will is torn between his fascination with Charlotte and his vow to finish his quest. He knows what it is to risk life and limb—but what if his most perilous adventure doesn’t lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?

Susanne Lord is a writer of Victorian-era romance and author of the London Explorer series published by Sourcebooks.  Originally from Okinawa, off-base and on, she now makes her home in Chicago where she is an active member of Chicago North RWA.  When not writing, attending theater or reading, she enjoys hiking the English countryside and visiting historic homes and gardens.

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I asked Susanne Lord what her five favorite historical scandals are and these are her answers.

1.      What are your top 5 favorite historical scandals?

They’re all rather sad, so I’ll call them my most memorable instead.

1.      The “courtship,” abusive marriage and divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore to Andrew Stoney is a hair-raiser.  Wendy Moore’s book, ‘Wedlock,’ recounts the poor woman’s story.

2.      The life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, fascinates and saddens me.  Her willingness to allow Lady Elizabeth Foster into her marriage and the child Georgiana had out of wedlock with Charles Grey seems shockingly scandalous, yet she seems to have made the best out of both situations.

3.      Oscar Wilde’s claim of libel against the Marquess of Queensbery that led to his conviction and ruinous imprisonment for gross indecency.  The jailing, torture, and subsequent premature death of one of the greatest talents of the 19th century is among England’s greatest injustices.

4.      Adele Hugo, the tragic daughter of Victor Hugo, developed a romantic obsession with a British officer, Albert Pinson.  Pinson had once proposed to Adele, and she had rejected him.  A change of heart, and deepening mental illness, led her to pursue Pinson through the years, even following him to Nova Scotia and Barbados.  When she was finally returned to her family in France, she was committed to a mental institution until her death at the age of 85.

5.      ‘Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace,’ by Kate Summerscale, was a fascinating book about the Victorian-era divorce petition filed by Henry Robinson against his wife, Isabella.  Henry Robinson suspected his wife of adultery after reading his wife’s diary and her fantasies regarding a married doctor among their social circle.  

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  1. How interesting! I think I've only heard of #4 but I think I will look into the rest because I love learning about that kind of stuff. This book seems interesting too!

    1. There are a lot of interesting facts the author mentioned. It is very entertaining so far!