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Diana is a young woman trying to build a successful railroad line and the only female doing this. Her brother is the main owner but we do not really see much of him as he has gone back home to be with his wife. Diana is bothered by many men wanting to own their own railroad business. They all have the idea that if they court and woo her she will marry them and they can then take over for her. Diana is a very strong-willed woman for her day and wants no part of any of these men – she just wants to get approval from Parliament for the construction of her railroad line to begin. In a moment of desperation, she approaches Lord Bryant, London’s most famous rake, a man known for ruining a girl's reputation, and asks him to pretend that they will soon be engaged. The plan almost works and the two form a strange and caring friendship.
I found A Proper Scoundrel by Esther Hatch to be everything the book description said and more. This book is the perfect example of a romantic historical Christian novel. A Proper Scoundrel has all of the elements needed to make this book a number one winner. Esther Hatch has given us characters that are impossible not to like, a plot that keeps moving forward, and she has a really good fix on the events and times of the day. To tell you more would reveal too much of the story that you must read for yourself and enjoy. I highly recommend A Proper Scoundrel to fans of historical romances.