A Scandal by Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell is a very sweet historical romance. It is so refreshing to see the female lead with the disability. We always see the ‘damaged hero’ who finds a woman who will look past his problems. Here we have a ‘damaged heroine’ who finds a man who will see her for who she is rather than her physical disability.
Ms Bell sensitively dealt with a physical disability that be classed as a form of spina bifida. She was able to demonstrate Julia’s courage in managing the physical disadvantages of the condition and these were portrayed with class and dignity but without shying away from the more day-to-day elements of the condition.
Ms Bell had a lovely writing style. Her world building was very good and her characterisations were excellent. It was too easy to really like the characters of Julia and Jasper and hope for their HEA.
I’d recommend A Scandal by Any Other Name for anyone who enjoys a light historical romance with truly likeable characters and a story line that is just a little bit different, and all the better for it.
A Scandal by Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell is released 30 January 2018.