MILD SPOILERS 😉
Celia Scott‘s Rumor Has It is a modern-day Cinderella story where the fairy godmother is not an actual person, but a false rumor that transforms a frumpy heroine into a glamorous new woman who finds her prince.
Well, a British guy anyway. That’s close enough.
Lucinda is a sweet and slightly overweight librarian. Really she’s a voluptuous gal with curvy thighs, big boobs, and full hips. If this book was written today, she’d be described as thicc.
Lucinda lives with her father, stepmother, and model-slim stepsisters. She’s clumsy, nearsighted, and insecure. Poor Luce is constantly berated by her family members. In their eyes, she’s a hopeless mess.
Enter Leo, a dashing Englishman who has business with her father. The family conspires to set up Leo with Lucinda’s more glamorous, slim stepsister. However, Leo’s mind is just on work.
Circumstances lead to Leo and Lucinda being forced to share a one-bed motel during a storm, a typical sitcom/rom-com situation. Except for a brief glimpse at Leo’s butt cheeks, their night is wholly innocent.
Soon after, Leo heads back to England. Gossip travels fast in Lucinda’s small hometown when Lucinda’s family learns the two spent a night together.
Of course, it was purely platonic (Thi but the townfolks’ shocked reaction makes Lucinda let people think what they want. They all wonder what did a hunk like Leo see in a frump like Lucinda?
Lucinda is now viewed in a different light as she blossoms with confidence. She gets a new hairdo. Instead of losing weight, she learns to dress appropriately for her shapely figure instead of what’s dictated as “fashionable.” (Just like Clinton and Stacy on “What Not to Wear” recommend! Remember that show?)
Leo returns and is shocked that everyone, including Lucinda’s angry father, thinks they had an affair.
He then turns the tables on Lucinda and “blackmails” her into pretending they’re a couple. But as they spend more time together is it really pretending?
Final Analysis of Rumor Has It
Celia Scott’s Rumor Has It was a sweet, funny, and very adorable romance. There’s humor, a delicious hero, and a heroine who learns to love herself before love finds her.
It’s an old favorite–probably my most-favorite Harlequin Romance.
It wasn’t a lie, exactly
The rumors about the night Lucinda spent stranded on Marshall’s Island with the dashing Englishman, Leo Grosvenor, simply got out of hand.
Denials of an affair only brought knowing smiles, and Lucinda began to enjoy having people believe someone as glamorous as Leo found her desirable. As the rumors flourished, so did Lucinda.
Besides, she reasoned, Leo was safely home in England. She certainly never expected he would return to South Port and force her to live the lie.Rumor Has It by Celia Scott