It was instant
attraction for Lady Philippa Knolles when she met daring
American Captain Thomas Dashwell. But even as Pippin and
Dash fall in love, an uneasy political climate eventually
leads to their separation, leaving Pippin with only a
scandalous red dress and two lives growing inside her as
mementoes of the pirate she loved.
years later, Pippin is widowed and the image of propriety.
Then a stranger appears on her doorstep, claiming Dash needs
her. Time hasn’t dulled Pippin’s love for her pirate, but
when she sees Dash once again he is nothing like the man she
loved. Faced with a bitter, drunken lover from her past,
it’s up to Pippin to remind Dash what was and what could
still be; with the help of a certain scandalous red dress,
Of all the books
in Elizabeth Boyle’s Bachelor Chronicles, Memoirs of a
Scandalous Red Dress is the story I have waiting to
read the most. I finished reading the story with mixed
feelings that time and re-reads have not been able to sort
out. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress
weaves in and out of Dash and Pippin’s past and present. On
its own, this would have worked beautifully. Yet as part of
a series, after seeing parts of their love story in earlier
books, the cruelty of their twenty-three year separation
broke my heart. I can understand why Ms. Boyle did it and
even am glad at the resulting introduction of Dash and
Pippin’s children, whom I adored and would love to read
stories for. Still, I mourned the years lost between the
two and never felt the joy of happily ever after was fully
captured. With the older Pippin and Dash certainly fit
their situations, the parts of the book I enjoyed were those
set in the past, where the more daring and hopeful hero and
I do not wish to
imply that Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress
was an unpleasant read, for it certainly was not. It just
did not live up to my expectations for these characters.
However, I am pleased Pippin and Dash did end up finding
their happily ever after together, even if it was delayed.
I am also hopeful Ms. Boyle decides to gift readers with
stories for Pippin and Dash’s sons, John and Nate.