A Widow’s Guide to Scandal

A Widow’s Guide to Scandal by Hallie Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Widow’s Guide to Scandal was a delightful childhood friends to lovers romance with a bit of Revolutionary War intrigue on the side! I believe this was my first US Revolutionary War romance, which made for a very interesting setting to Henrietta and Marcus’s story. Actually, to be honest the war (which hasn’t actually been officially declared as a war in A Widow’s Guide) plays a pretty big role throughout the story. And by pretty big I mean it’s almost equal in importance to the relationship between Henrietta and Marcus. But, I surprisingly didn’t mind.

Henrietta is a widow that is stuck between rock hard abs and a hard place. As a widow with no capital and no real marketable skills, she is forced to live on her Tory uncle-in-law’s charity, of which there is very little. When Marcus, the boy she kissed when she was 15 who didn’t kiss her back – even though he kissed everyone, happens back into her life and on her roof and then OFF her roof, her life gets that much more complicated. Suddenly she’s housing an invalid she can’t decide if she wants to slap or kiss, a domineering British soldier on her uncle’s command, and letters containing sensitive information she must encode or lose the roof over her head.

Marcus is a proud member of the Sons of Liberty and the last thing he needs is 1.) to be incapacitated for weeks with a broken ankle while 2.) being forced to share a living space with a British soldier who’s more likely to shoot him than anything. At least Hen’s there to make his days a little brighter. And if he can make up for his mistake all those years ago when she shocked him by gifting him with her kiss? He’ll take that and then some. But when danger comes for him and his own, will he be able to turn to Hen for assistance or will she be the instrument of their destruction?

In her debut novel, Hallie Alexander explores second chances, loyalty, grief and what it means to be free.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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