A Rebellious Debutante’s Thoughts on Her (Third) Season

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By Amanda Weaver, author of A COMMON SCANDAL

Victorian Society was all about adhering to the rules. Every aspect of a woman’s behavior was strictly dictated, from the way she walked across a ballroom to the way she held a teacup. Amelia Wheeler, the heroine of A Common Scandal, is pretty terrible at following those rules, and after three Seasons, she’s just about had enough. So here are…

A Rebellious Debutante’s Thoughts on Her (Third) Season:

  1. Behaving is boring.

  1. Kitty Ponsoy had better watch her back.

  1. Proper gentlemen are insufferable.

  1. Where did Nate Smythe learn to kiss like that?

  1. Haters to the left.

What about you? If you had a London Season (or three), would you be a good girl or a rule-breaker?

0516_9781459290631_A Common Scandal_WebA COMMON SCANDAL by Amanda Weaver

The Grantham Girls, book two

Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it’s time for Amelia to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.

That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.

Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia’s problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she’s promised to become?

Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.

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