A Lady's Secret [NOOK Book]

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When Robin Fitzvitry, the fun-loving Earl of Huntersdown, encounters a cursing nun in a French inn, he can't resist the mystery. He offers to help Sister Immaculata reach England, expecting amusement on the tedious journey home from Versailles.

Petre d'Avernio is not exactly a nun, though she has spent years in an Italian convent with her mother, whose death has left her in danger. She must find the only person who might protect her-her true ...
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A Lady's Secret

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Overview

When Robin Fitzvitry, the fun-loving Earl of Huntersdown, encounters a cursing nun in a French inn, he can't resist the mystery. He offers to help Sister Immaculata reach England, expecting amusement on the tedious journey home from Versailles.

Petre d'Avernio is not exactly a nun, though she has spent years in an Italian convent with her mother, whose death has left her in danger. She must find the only person who might protect her-her true father, an English lord who does not know she exists. The gorgeous earl Robin Fitzvitry will be a dangerous ally, but she's glimpsed her pursuers and must race to the coast. She will resist him, use him, and eventually escape him with her virtue and secrets intact-she hopes.
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In danger after the death of her mother, Contessina Petra Maria d'Averio dons a nun's habit and is on her way to England in search of her natural father when her swearing catches the attention of Robin Fitzvitry, the Earl of Huntersdown. Robin suggests that he see her safely to England, and Petra accepts, never thinking that they will fall in love along the way or that Robin will end up in danger because of her. Well-matched, charming protagonists banter beautifully as they play a game of double deception. This cleverly plotted story rewards readers with a captivating blend of thrilling adventure, steamy sensuality, and gratifying emotion, as well as a surprise link to some of Beverley's earlier titles. Another flawless Georgian gem. Beverley (Lady Beware) lives in Canada.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101211854
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 102,142
  • File size: 352 KB

Meet the Author

Jo Beverley
Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Morecambe, Lancashire, UK
    1. Education:
      Degrees in English and American Studies, Keele University, Staffs, 1970

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    With wit and humor, Jo Beverley proves a wonderful eighteenth century romance

    In 1764 the ennui that engulfed Earl Robin Fitzvitry ends when he observes a sight he never would have imagined ever seeing. While dining at the Tete de Boeuf Inn in Abbeville, France, he observes Sister Immaculata in the courtyard mumbling curses like a sailor in apparently several languages. Unable to resist her paradoxical profanity, he learns she needs an escort to take her to England intrigued, Robin agrees to take her. ------------- Sister Immaculata is actually Petra d'Averio hiding in a nun¿s outfit. She feels guilty because she is attracted to her escort while wearing a sister¿s garb. He also proves to be hiding something from her as he risks his life to keep her safe. Petra may love Robin, but leaves him so that her enemies will leave him alone. Robin refuses to accept that his beloved just left as he needs her safe and at his side.------------------ With wit and humor, Jo Beverley proves a wonderful eighteenth century romance starring two amiable lead characters whose first encounter is one of the best in recent memory. The tale is filled with non-stop action as the rake and the nun fall in love, but out of her fear for his safety she leaves to keep safe while due to his feelings he needs to keep her protected. Jo Beverley provides a tremendous historical due to the antics of this lead couple.------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Robin Fitzvitry, new Earl of Huntersdown, has yet to settle into his title and cast off his rakish ways.

    Traveling under an assumed name with a Papillon terrier in his pocket and fresh from doing some undercover work in France for his country, Robin spies a nun and hears her cursing in Italian. He's intrigued, and even more so when he sees her beautiful face. She's on the run - not from the convent - but from her cast-off Italian lover whose henchman is trying to stop her from getting to England. Now that her mother has died, Petra d'Averio is hoping to find succor from her unknown English father. Robin offers his carriage and Sister Immaculata accepts (she fears the henchman more than she fears Robin's sexual pull). They keep their main secrets from each other: who he really is and her father's name. But they get to England, and save her Robin does, getting wounded in the process, giving Petra the opportunity to set out alone on her mission. His mission now is to find her. A rompful of adventures - some potentially dangerous - in the French and English countryside, ending happily ever after with a reformed Robin and Petra, a newfound member of the Malloren family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    EXCELLENT

    The last review was utter nonsense. As far as romance goes this one has very quickly gone to the top with all of my favorites in this genre. I read many novels and found this to be an exciting but fun page turner that I couldn't put down until it was finished. I loved Coquette - how simply joyful to have her intertwined in this charming story. Absolutely loved it! LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Hated it.

    The heroin had too many names into me disguises. The hero had no purpose in life, he's just wondering around with a dog. I couldn't even finish half of the book.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Jo Beverley is a WONDERFUL author. I absolutely loved this book.

    Jo Beverley is a WONDERFUL author. I absolutely loved this book. Beverley is so great at characterization that you can't help but love the hero and heroine. This particular book had more plot than some of them. Indeed, my heart POUNDED during the scenes were the heroine was abducted or in peril. Once I started, I just couldn't stop reading this book until I got to THE END. I say WELL DONE, Ms. Beverley!!

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