Boyle, Elizabeth. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. New York: Avon Books, 2009.
Mass Market Paperback | $6.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0061373244 | 369 pages | Regency Romance
When I started the series this was the book I had heard so much about and looked forward to. The fact that Elizabeth Boyle appeared to be once again trying something new, illustrating the love, loss, and reunion between Dash and Pippin through sections alternating between past (1814) and present (1837) had me skeptical, but I felt she pulled it off very well and made it simple enough to follow.
I love how she showed the development of the characters. Dash in particular is in not so great of a place when we meet him in 1837, contrasting drastically with the charming rogue in the 1814 sections. And despite the fact that long separation books might not work for everyone, I felt like the reasons behind it were well-defined both in this book and in the prior one, making it all the more rewarding when they can get past their past mistakes and find a way to be together.
I think fans of the series and Elizabeth Boyle’s work will enjoy this book. I would also recommend this one to anyone looking for a heart-wrenching historical where the couple ultimately — albeit after a much longer period in terms of time than most fictional couples — triumphs over their obstacles and gets their HEA.