Updated: Dec 22, 2022
I would like to start this post off by saying that I was sent this book by A.M. Westerling to give my honest review.
Title: Her Proper Scoundrel
Author: A.M. Westerling
Publisher: Books We Love, LTD.
Publication Date: 2015
Threatened with an unwanted marriage, Lady Josceline Woodsby escapes London to take a position as a country governess. When she discovers the job is no longer available, Josceline vows she will do anything to avoid returning to her previously dismal life - even if it means coercing the ruthless Captain Sharrington into providing her with employment. Spurned by a father he never knew and sent off to sea at a very young age, Christopher Sharrington leaves a promising naval career determined to make his own mark on society as owner of a shipping enterprise. The only problem is, hiring the alluring Lady Woodsby as governess for children he doesn’t even have, is definitely not part of his future plans. Josceline soon realizes Christopher is under the mistaken impression her social connections will help him attain his dream. Will he cast her out when he determines she is more a hindrance than a help? And what of the devastating secret he harbors? Will it destroy any chance they have of building a future together?
First off, I loved this book. I love the visual aspect that A.M. Westerling brings with her writing. The way that the words really paint a picture is amazing.
I love the way that Josceline really stuck up for herself. While she was truly ashamed of her father and of her life in general really she had this air about her that made you truly think that she was a Lady and deserved that title.
I also really enjoyed "watching" the romance blossom between Christopher and Josceline. Even though they came together under odd circumstances, he (in my opinion) truly saves her and keeps her best interests at heart. Josceline and Christopher meet fairly early on in the book so you spend the entire time seeing them grow together and become a true force to be reckoned with. Now I can't say much more without giving away quite a bit of the story line but I will leave you with this quote from the book that truly stuck out to me.
"Love can grow," said the housekeeper. "It is like a rose bush at the end of winter. Cut off the dead parts and water it and nurture it with garden scraps and the like. Over time, it will turn from brown, dead branches into something green and beautiful, with handsome flowers full of color and fragrance."
All in all I loved this book and read it in 2 hours :) I simply couldn't put it down.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Have a great day :)