In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The truth could cost her everything....

Olivia Mott didn't intend to lie. Somehow, it just happened. And wasn't it all Lady Charlotte's fault anyway?

Now Olivia's position as assistant chef at Pullman's elegant Hotel Florence is dependant upon her keeping her secrets. And sometimes lies have a way of ...
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In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Series #1)

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Overview

The truth could cost her everything....

Olivia Mott didn't intend to lie. Somehow, it just happened. And wasn't it all Lady Charlotte's fault anyway?

Now Olivia's position as assistant chef at Pullman's elegant Hotel Florence is dependant upon her keeping her secrets. And sometimes lies have a way of leading to other lies. Should Olivia admit her real past and accept the consequences or keep quiet in order to preserve her comfortable new circumstances?

Deception seems to be part of everyday life in the company town of Pullman, Illinois, where the grand Pullman Palace Car is manufactured. Samuel Howard, Olivia's friend and the town manager, seems to think everything is fine, but Olivia observes something quite different. Could it be that Olivia is not the only one harboring secrets?
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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
Award-winning author Miller doesn't fail to bring together a story of history, consequences, love and loss in the first of the POSTCARDS FROM PULLMAN series. Readers will identify with Olivia's short-comings and her attempts to untangle herself from poor decisions. Although the pace drifts at times, the author's ability to create surprising twists will hold readers' avid attention. This story also has a satisfying ending that will leave you wanting more.
RomanceDesigns.com
Surprising twists and turns kept this reader turning pages; anxious to uncover Lady Charlotte's secrets, and wondering when Olivia will be caught up in her deceit. I was easily able to identify with Olivia's struggle to maintain her credibility, while being drawn into Charlotte's schemes.... Judith Miller has a knack for historical realism; drawing the reader into days gone by and the company town of Pullman, Illinois with it's contribution in our nation's railway history. A fine addition to the Inspirational, as well as Historical genre, In the Company of Secrets is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
radiantlit.com
The first in the Postcards From Pullman series, In the Company of Secrets takes readers back to 1892 and gives a grand picture of what life was like then. Olivia struggles to fend for herself and finds herself in over her head on more than one occasion.

Readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction will find this book charming.... I highly recommend this book, but warn readers to be prepared to buy the next book in the series as well.
—Jill Hart
dancingword.com
While I knew of the famous Pullman cars, I didn't know much about the town of Pullman. Judith Miller whetted my interest to learn more about this fascinating period of our history. Oliva is a spunky heroine, facing the formidable task of keeping Lady Charlotte in line, while juggling the attentions of two determined suitors. This is book one if Judith Miller's series about the citizens of Pullman. I can't wait until I get to read the next one.
—Barbara Warren
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441202789
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Postcards from Pullman Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,928
  • File size: 842 KB

Meet the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her website at www.judithmccoymiller.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Part 1

    I didn't like that there was no ending. If I want to know what happens, I have to buy the next book. I'm not sure I want to since I was annoyed by the main female character quite a bit. Even though she developed a backbone and the story progressed, the story often got derailed (no pun intended) and she became spineless again. Very frustrating since there was no ending.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    A good read

    This is a very good book to read. The ending left a lot to be desired. It just ended leaving you with nothing. If you were only reading that book and not planning on going to the next book in the series, it would be like reading the whole book only to find the pages at the end are missing.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    An interesting historical tale

    In the 1880s in London, Olivia Mott works in the exclusive Spencer home, but when she rejects the sexual assaults of highly regarded Chef Mallard, she finds herself in jeopardy of losing her position. However, she gets lucky when pregnant single Lady Charlotte Spencer decides to go to America to find the father of her unborn child she wants Olivia along as her companion.------------- They reach factory town Pullman, Illinois where the prime factory is and those who work for the company of the same name live. Under Charlotte¿s direction, Olivia hides her past and obtains work as an assistant chef at the Florence. One lie leads to another and soon Olivia feels engulfed in the well meaning Charlotte¿s web of deceit as she falls in love with sincere town manager Samuel Howard.------------ This is an interesting historical tale that brings to life a company town through the deep support cast and the reactions of the two female English newcomers to Pullman. Olivia is a delightful protagonist who detests the mendacious background that necessity being the mother of invention has forced her and Charlotte to create. Readers will appreciate this Postcards from Pullman tale as Judith Miller vividly brings to life late nineteenth century Americana.------------- Harriet Klausner

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Fun Story Idea

    I enjoyed the book and liked the main character's drive to do her best. There were a few places didn't flow very smoothly. It's a fun, clean story but I was bugged with the main character's lack of honesty. I know that was the reason for the story's conflict but it got annoying maybe developing her conversational conflicts more would help. Overall- a fun easy read. I do want to continue reading the other books in the series.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Disappointing

    It seems I should have read the reviews more closely. Sadly, as with much Christian fiction, this book was preachy and predictable. Don't waste your money or your time.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    This is a great story, even if it does end rather precipitously.

    This is a great story, even if it does end rather precipitously. I guess I'll just have to read the next books in the series to find out what happens!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    This is a keeper!

    This is a part of history that I was not very familiar with and now I am and have learned even more since reading this book. Judith Miller is an author worth reading. Very well crafted literature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Good

    Plan to read the next book in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Great Book!!

    I enjoyed reading about the Pullman cars. I did not know a lot about them before hand. This was an easy read book. Once you got started you wanted to keep going. Looking forward to the next book. I am also interested in visiting the Pullman muscem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another in the series. This is an author I will be looking for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    very disappointed

    this book should be listed under Christian and historical fiction. Intially I thought a nice fiction book on the American RR and exploitation of workers tied in with a nice super easy read to lull me to sleep would be good UNTIL it started incorporating religion.

    This happened with another 'free' fiction book (now I know why they are free). Will stick with ebooks from my library or B&N mystery/suspense

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    A good book

    Great book loved it, but ending left you hanging

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Ok

    For a free book personally wouldnt buy it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    (There are some spoilers in this review) What happens when you

    (There are some spoilers in this review)

    What happens when you build an entire life on a foundation of lies? Consequences!

    Olivia travels to Pullman, Illinois from England with the Lady Charlotte. Charlotte is unmarried and pregnant. In order to be hired for a position as the assistant chef at the Hotel and to protect Charlotte's honor, they fabricate a pack of lies and stories about who they are. As time progresses, Olivia's closest friends Fred and his mother, Mrs. DeVault, as well as her cousin Albert and his girlfriend Martha are all deceived by who they are. In the end Olivia realizes the importance of honesty and seeks the Lord's forgiveness for what she has done. She tries to begin a fresh in her walk with the Lord. However, she keeps the truth about the lies hidden. She is eventually found out and has to face the consequences.

    I am very baffled by this book. It drove me crazy at parts and I wanted to stop reading it, but I was also intrigued to see how it would all play out. I was disappointed in the end that the loose ends were not tied up. I understand that it is a series, however it felt very confusing at the close of the book. The two main characters were the reasons why I wanted to put the book down. Charlotte has her baby and neglects him and eventually abandons him. I know that this happens in the real world, but Charlotte's snobbery is the main reason behind her poor attitude towards the baby. Being a mother of 2 small children, this made me quite upset. Olivia is extremely naive when it comes to men and seems to be quite spineless when it comes to standing up for herself. She constantly lets herself get walked over and lives in complete fear that someone will find her out. I read for enjoyment and I prefer to read about women who are strong, truthful and stand up for what is right. I did enjoy the historical side of this book. Although, I am not quite sure where the "Postcards" come into play, learning a little about Pullman and the railworks in 1892 was quite interesting.

    Even though I have conflicting feelings regarding this book, I am curious to see how Olivia's character progresses. Seeing as how the library does not yet have this series in electronic form though, I will not be continuing. I was able to purchase this book for free at Barnes & Noble.

    Bethany House Publishers

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    DEception, generely turns around and bites you in the backside. And that is with a lot of embarrisment.

    The story was engaging, Olivia and Charlotte were a strange pair. The trouble that they went to to keep their story in line, the people who were a part of this story were funny, strange, and as always there is a hero, even when all of the deception is discovered.
    I think any who likes Mistry, as well as proper lives, is refreshing.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    intriguing book..

    I enjoy her books as they keep you interested in reading rather than putting it down..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Recommemded...

    Nice character development. I enjoyed the story and was left wanting to pick up the sequal to find out more about them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Great Light Reading

    This young girl learns the hard way that lying only makes a web that ensnares rhe liar!! Very good light read, with Christian values thrown in lightly. Ending was totally missing.remnants of "Gone with the Wind's" ending. I give it four stars for good clean light reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Dull and disinteresting

    This book's plot is not only far-fetched, but it is terribly boring. I didn't give a hoot about any of the characters, and I certainly didn't care about the romance between Fred and Olivia. A dead fish has more passion! I don't care enough about the plot to read the next books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Loved it!

    Will be buying sequels!

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