Childhood plans often fail to come true, and although neighbors Olivia Herbert and Jamie Weston profess their love and devotion to one another, the future they envision is not to be. Years later, widowed Olivia finds herself left with little more than questions with regard to her late husband Henry’s estate. It appears that Henry had nefarious business dealings that Olivia knew nothing of, but one of his former conspirators, Lord Clary, thinks otherwise, and will go to any length to prove Olivia was involved.
It seems the only thing to do is to find out what Henry was involved in and release the hold Lord Clary has on Olivia. Beyond cryptic notes Henry left behind, Olivia has little to go on, but with determination and help from her long-ago suitor, Jamie, Olivia sets off to find the truth. There’s no way Jamie will let Olivia take that risk on alone – after all, his sister Penelope almost died at the hands of the man pursuing Olivia. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse, with Olivia’s life and possible future with Jamie hanging in the balance. As the pieces begin to steadily fall into place, Olivia and Jamie look forward to the prospect of a life together…but first Jamie has some explaining to do!
Six Degrees of Scandal is the final installment in author Caroline Linden’s “Scandalous” series, bringing the story of the childhood friends and neighbors to a final resolution. As always, Linden delivers interesting plot twists and steaming hot romance, underscored by historical events and context that move the adventurous pair to their well-deserved happy ending. The idea of childhood romance that never faded is endearing and sweet, and Olivia and Jamie are quite likeable characters. Linden has tied up any and all loose ends, and brought readers to the end of this wonderful series with panache. Well done!