In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Series #1)

In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Series #1)

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by Judith Miller

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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…  See more details below


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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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.
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.
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
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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Baker Publishing Group
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Postcards from Pullman Series , #1
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Patsy Glans
"This was a charming story. Nothing seems to be the way it is, people are not the way they appear. There are layers and layers of storyline to pull apart and determine what is true and what isn't true. It also leaves unanswered questions, which this reviewer hopes are answered in the next book. Judith Miller is a most talented author. This is the first book in her new series, Postcards from Pullman. Don't miss this book."-(Patsy Glans,

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In the Company of Secrets 3.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Inad More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plan to read the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
623PilgrimSS More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another in the series. This is an author I will be looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book loved it, but ending left you hanging
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a free book personally wouldnt buy it
Pa_Sue 24 days ago
Olivia Mott and Lady Charlotte must both leave home and head to America for very different reasons. Together they fabricate their past and tell what start out to be little white lies and turn into whopper stories. What they learn that even if lies may help in the beginning, they will make life complicated later. Discussions about the bible, prayer, and telling lies also enhance this book making the reader think about their own lies along the way.
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Sweatheart68 More than 1 year ago
Judith Miller weaves rich characters and amazing settings that make you want to go back in time and be one of the characters in her books. I have loved each and every book this author has written and learn more about history with her attention to detail than I would if I were to try to study it on my own. 
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Good Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never appreciate books that just end without so much as a minor wrap-up. The main character was annoying and without strength. While the book seemed like it could have been good, it was to bogged down in minor details. Will not be reading further installments.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
(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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redKnightMT More than 1 year ago
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.
katia60 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy her books as they keep you interested in reading rather than putting it down..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice character development. I enjoyed the story and was left wanting to pick up the sequal to find out more about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!