A Scandalous Adventure by Lillian Marek
Overview by Publisher:
They’re hiding a scandalous secret
When his monarch’s flighty fiancée disappears, Count Maximillian von Staufer is dispatched to find her. His search leads Max to discover not the princess, but a look-alike who could be her double. Desperate to avoid an international crisis, he conceives a plan that will buy some time—and allow him to get to know a beautiful Englishwoman.
And time is running out
Lady Susannah Tremaine and her young friend Olivia are staying at the Grand Hotel in Baden, where so far the most exciting part of the visit has been the pastries. But when a devastatingly handsome royal Germanic officer asks Olivia to impersonate a missing princess, Susannah finds herself drawn into a dangerous world of international intrigue as she tries to protect her friend—and her heart.
I could totally see this book as a movie. It has all the elements that would make for an entertaining and enjoyable evening of entertainment! What I really enjoyed about this book was that it takes place in a small Germanic country and not England! So that means that all sorts of things can happen that aren’t likely in a typical English novel.
Lady Susannah is accompanying her Aunt and Cousin to a spa on the continent. Her cousin Lady Olivia is mistaken for a missing princess and is convinced to play act the role until the real Princess Mia can be found. Susannah is the voice of reason, but one look at Max and she is swept away!
This book had the feeling of the Bavarian town featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I don’t know why, but I kept imagining the country like that. Things are different and it’s like stepping back in time from modern England.
What makes this story work so well is the evolving plot. From missing a princess to espionage and treason, there is a lot happening in the little principality. At the centre of the storm is the ladies from England and while they were supposed to help for a few days, they quickly become mired in a deeper plot. There is danger and drama – never fear! Max gets to show Susannah why he is captain of the army!
The secondary characters really made the book! Lady Augusta and Lady Olivia helped to round out the plot and were not just ornamental characters. Their back stories and actions were just as important as the role that Susannah played in the book.
If you like historical romance, give this book a try! I found that I really liked a different setting and the characters were well developed. Max and Susannah have immediate chemistry and they turn from battling each other to the enemy.