Delightful Regency tale, which reminds me of Jane Austen’s musings. Kate has definitely captured the social scene in England during this period and weaves an intriguing storyline which kept me turning the pages late into the night. I wanted to shake Benedict and tell him to wake up and listen to someone other than himself. Charlotte certainly had a lot of patience when dealing with the unfavourable comments by her family and peers. The dialogue between Benedict and Charlotte is witty, and shows the building attraction between these two lovely people, which seems to remain hidden from them both unfortunately. I loved the final chapters. This book was an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.
A Scandal at Delford is Kate Westwood’s debut novel and for lovers of Jane Austen’s style this novel will suit nicely. From my own perspective I found the pace a little too slow and the prose and dialogue a little uncomfortable. Many of the sentences are exceptionally long, which really slowed things down and made it difficult to remember what the story was about. I found Charlotte, Sir Benedict and his sister Elizabeth to be the only characters I could care about. The others were just supercilious enough to make me want to hit them. I accept that there is a certain skill in writing in the style of Jane Austen but without the acerbic wit for which Austen is famous the prose is somewhat tedious and the dialogue less than sparkling. While I didn’t get swept away by this novel I do think it may appeal to readers who look for a gentler and slower style of writing. I think this author shows promise and has a style that will blossom with time.