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The Secret Wedding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    Ugh, did I hate this

    The writing is fine, the imagery is fine, the plot could have worked. The characters are disastrous! The female protagonist is VERY questionable...who sleeps with a man that she knows nothing about and thinks is 1)a killer 2)a fortune hunter and 3)terrorizer of women? Could we respect her at all? A woman who was raped years ago and has finally overcome those fears not by meeting someone kind-hearted and patient and loving her but a man who seduces her in a space of 5 minutes. Ugh, hated it.
    The male protagonist is reckless, thoughtless and only has his looks to recommend him. He also has no problems with one-night stands and relies on the "pull-and-pray" method for contraception. There were other methods at the time and I hope no one reading this thinks its a great idea...there were tons of deadly diseases then too.
    Their great passion made me feel gross...there's certainly less magic than lust. Even when she thinks he is all wrong for her, she sleeps with him often. When she finds out they're married, suddenly she can't do anything until she knows he's the right one! Talk about putting the cart before the horse. "Sure, I'd risk pregnancy with a stranger and embarrass my fiance before but now it just seems wrong."
    There's a random poisonings, oddly coincidental mad murderesses, self-righteous companions, and unnecessary side characters. My least favorite scene is when he drags her about because he thinks she's an assassin...FOR NO REASON. She rants about his ridiculousness and then gets caught being naughty with him in a public place. Yes, they are two adventurous hearts who have finally found each other and shake up the future earldom, etc. But pity the kids that could come from these selfish wack-jobs.
    Sorry for the rant. I've read Beverley before and thought her palatable if not my favorite. This made me roll my eyes and wonder at her popularity.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Decent Read

    The book lagged a bit in the middle. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to those who are die hard romantic readers. It just wasn't that page turner you often get from Jo Beverley, but it wasn't a bad or boring book. Middle of the road - great for a rainy day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Not a good as I'd hoped from past stories

    After reading "A Lady's Secret" and admiring how secrecy of pupose and identity worked with the story line, I looked foward to how a 'forgotten' marriage could be used to bring the two people together. Instead what we got were two adolescents in adult roles. All through the story, each thinks the worst of the other without really bothering to find out the truth.
    I will keep it for the collection but wouldn't want to take this journey with them again. Bring on the last of the trio's story, the Captains'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    A fabulous intelligent tale

    Heiress Caro Hill believes she is a widow, but has no definitive proof her spouse died. Since the wealthy Caro is considering remarrying, she needs to learn whether Jack Hill died as she assumes he did.

    Army officer Christian Hill, Viscount Grandiston, is concerned as he hears rumors about someone asking questions re Jack Hill. He can answer the probe personally since a decade ago back in 1754 in Yorkshire he as Jack Hill married Dorcas Froggatt after killing her fiancé Moore; he admits to himself he never gave his bride a second thought until now as he believed he was a widower. Now he wonders whether Dorcas is alive. In London going by the name Mr. Grandiston he investigates the investigator looking for Jack Hill while Caro masquerades as several people to thwart any threat to her owning a cutlery business.

    The second not so "Secret" Georgian romance (see A LADY'S SECRET) is a fabulous intelligent tale starring two lead characters masquerading as others in order to conceal their true identity while falling in love with their spouse. A comedy of manners, misconceptions and mistakes, Jo Beverly provides an amusing historical with a touch of suspense and a hint of scandal as you like it.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Jo Beverley is always a good read.

    All round good, just took to long for them to figure out who each other was, drove me crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Buy this!

    Jo Beverly is one of my favorite authors. I look forward to every book she writes. This one is very good. Lots of plot!

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