DE SKANDALÖSA – THE SCANDALOUS
BY AHRNSTEDT, SIMONA
The year is 1685 – golden age of the Baroque period.
The place is Wadenstierna, Sweden’s most magnificent castle.
An ill-conceived bet. A secret revealed. An unexpected alliance.
And a scandalous affair …
A man known for his depraved lifestyle. Earl Gabriel Gripklo has the blackest of reputations. He is no stranger to sin, and entirely without scruples when it comes to sex, women and pleasures – carnal or otherwise.
A woman who has lost everything. Magdalena Swärd is the eternal spinster. Educated but impoverished. Cheated and ostracized. On the brink of ruin, she is forced to accept employment as the companion to a young baroness.
A secret pact…
With her sharp tongue and strict clothing Magdalena stands for all that Gabriel abhors in women. In turn, the decadent Earl represents everything Magdalena despises in men. Will both their lives spiral out of control when a shocking agreement leads to a forbidden, tempestuous affair.
ABOUT THE BOOK
First published by Damm förlag, Sweden 2013
RIGHTS SOLD TO
Germany, Lyx/Bastei Lübbe
Simona Ahrnstedt’s historical romances are a fresh breath of air. A titillating dive into history, on both past and present terms.
Dick Harrison, Historian
Love, entanglements and passion on several different levels, combined with characters that have both self-distance, humour and maturity, contribute to a successful mix and a fun read. Simply put, Romance for 21st Century readers.
Emma Kreü, LitteraturMagazinet