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Hawk, or the Duke of Hawkinston as he is known, has very firm ideas about who belongs to the wealthy, acceptable, respectable social class. Little does he expect to fall passionately in love with a woman whom he has warned his nephew, Jared, will always be an outcast because of her lowly origins.
Through no fault of her own, Violet Durbin carries a tainted reputation, somewhat redeemed by the marriage of her mother to Viscount Kelly. While her mother was known to be a mistress, Violet carries a shameful memory known to too many and wonders if she will ever be seen for her real inner worth. But the love of her father and mother has left her with some pride, a gift that rises to the occasion as Hawk becomes more and more besotted with her.
Once one passes the phase where both male and female characters all initially seem like cads and phonies, the plot quickens and speeds along in a fascinating manner. For Hawk is neither the only one yearning to unite with Violet nor the only one to go far beyond the norm to get what he wants. There are some fascinating scenes where the secrets of the rich and famous are starkly depicted, be it gambling or drinking or just plain wicked conniving.
Midpoint in the novel, the plot becomes intriguingly complex and never slows down until the expected and unexpected ending the reader will never forget. A light and pleasant read for the summer, Known to All has much to say about life being far from what it seems. Gloria Gay inserts plenty of suspense, humor and provocative romance for many memorable hours! Nice work!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 14, 2007