A Scandalous Matter by Margaret Locke
Independent, spirited Amara Mattersley may live under scandal's shadow, but at least the nineteenth-century Regency society judging her is familiar. That’s all about to change when she finds herself in twenty-first-century Charlottesville, Virginia—and locking horns with one very befuddling, very male, UVA professor.
Computer science professor Matthew Goodson has no time for love—no time for anything, actually, but his quest for tenure and his obsession with the screen. The last thing he expects is to get side-swiped by this adorably odd British miss. Yet something in her calls to him, pulls at him, in a way unknown—and uncomfortable.
Can the past and the present blend together into a mutual future? Or will old wounds and new complications sabotage any chance at a twenty-first century happily ever after?
Length: 416 pages
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Comments (no spoilers): This time-traveler romance is a joy to read. I loved the fact that, even though from a time in history when women were expected to be meek and had no rights to speak of, the heroine in Locke's novel (Amara) is anything but. She knows what she wants; an education and the freedom to be herself without being judged by her gender. I also liked that, because she came from such a different time in history, she struggled with the idea that she could indeed be emotionally involved with someone and still be free to do as she wished. It showed a true vulnerability which endeared her to me personally. And her love, Matt, captivated me with his geekiness and good heart. Can't wait to read another book by Margaret (which I already bought, lol).
This review originally appeared on the A Scandalous Matter pages on Goodreads and Amazon.
Natalina Reis wrote her first romance at the age of 13 in collaboration with her best friend. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes. She’s the author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, Loved You Always, Lavender Fields, and Blind Magic. After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she’s taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit. Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.
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