The Lady's Secret

The Lady's Secret

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by Joanna Chambers
     
 

London, 1810

Former actress Georgiana Knight always believed she and her brother were illegitimate—until they learn their parents were married, making them heirs to a great estate. To prove their claim, Georgy needs to find evidence of their union by infiltrating a ton house party as valet to Lord Nathaniel Harland. Though masquerading

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London, 1810

Former actress Georgiana Knight always believed she and her brother were illegitimate—until they learn their parents were married, making them heirs to a great estate. To prove their claim, Georgy needs to find evidence of their union by infiltrating a ton house party as valet to Lord Nathaniel Harland. Though masquerading as a boy is a challenge, it pales in comparison to sharing such intimate quarters with the handsome, beguiling nobleman.

Nathan is also unsettled by Georgy's presence. First intrigued by his unusual valet, he's even more captivated when he discovers Georgy's charade. The desire the marriage-shy earl feels for his enigmatic employee has him hoping for much more than a master-servant relationship...

But will Nathan still want Georgy when he learns who she truly is? Or will their future be destroyed by someone who would do anything to prevent Georgy from uncovering the truth?

93,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426892578
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
11/07/2011
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
454,383
File size:
920 KB

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October 1810

The Camelot Theatre, London

"I don't think we need it," Max said. "The shipwreck takes place offstage."

Georgy continued pulling at the voluminous dust sheets.

"Bring the light closer, will you?" she said. "I can hardly see."

Max sighed. His cane tapped as he drew nearer and the faint light from his candle grew stronger.

"Aha!" Georgy exclaimed as she finally wrestled the sheets away. "Look, didn't I say this would be perfect?"

It was an eight-foot replica ship, tall-masted and intricately rigged. Just a prop, and quite useless on the high seas, but pretty for all that.

"I'll paint a new backdrop," Georgy went on. "We'll use the mechanical waves and some lightning flashes. A musical thunderstorm. Can't you just see it, Max?"

"I still don't think we need it," Max said, but he sounded less definite now.

"Of course we do. We need some thrills and spills. A little bit of a spectacular for the cheap seats. That's why they come to the Camelot."

"Maybe."

"And it'll barely cost anything to put together," she added—her trump card.

There was a long pause before Max spoke again. "All right then, but it had better not cost much."

She grinned at him, triumphant. "Do you want to see the costumes I've chosen so far?"

Max shook his head. He began walking towards the stairs and she followed him. "I need to speak with Lily. I have a feeling she's going to be unhappy with me. She'll be expecting to play Viola. She's getting Olivia."

"But why? She'd be wonderful as Viola!"

Max halted on the first stair and sent her a steady look. "Talented as Lily is, her posterior is simply too large to play a breeches role. Audiences will allow us certain liberties with the truth but I'm afraid that Lily's bottom would be pushing them too far."

Georgy grinned. "You're not going to tell her that though, are you?"

Max gave a small smile. "Of course not. I'll talk her round. I'll tell her that only a truly great actress can show Olivia's sorrow in what is essentially a comic play. By the time I'm finished with her she'll be begging to play the part."

They began climbing the stairs together, Max going slow. His hip must be paining him today. She kept well back, giving him plenty of space.

When they reached the ground floor, the daylight streaming through the windows made Max's candle redundant. He blew it out.

"So who's playing Viola?" Georgy asked.

"Funny you should ask," Max said, turning to her with a smile. "I was wondering if you would consider taking the role."

Georgy stared at him, stunned. In the face of her silence, he went on.

"You make a magnificent boy. When you played Dick Whittington in the pantomime—"

"I can't believe you'd even ask me," she interrupted.

Max frowned. "Georgy, it's been two years."

"I'm never going back on stage. I told you that and I meant it."

The mere thought of it made her feel sick. Years of training and bit parts had led up to her one and only leading role. But when the whole show rode on her performance, she had discovered that her usual sickening nerves turned into a paralysing, wrenching fear that had her sweating and vomiting before every curtain.

"But you were wonderful," Max said, looking genuinely puzzled.

Meet the Author

Joanna Chambers studied law, became a litigator, married and had two sons before she began writing. She knew she wanted to write since she was eight years old but never seemed to get beyond buying notebooks and sharpening pencils. Fortunately, after about twenty-five years of sharpening pencils, Joanna found her muse when she rediscovered her love of the romance genre.

Joanna lives in Scotland with her family. When not working, cooking, cleaning, packing schoolbags or writing, she can be found with her nose buried in an ebook.

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The Lady's Secret 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is well written, the plot is interesting and the characters are well developed. I only gave it a 4 star rating due to the distasteful use of the "f" word. If profanity in a book disgusts you I would not recommend this book for that reason. I appreciate knowing that when I read a review because it often deters me from purchasing a book that uses offensive language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read. Had tears in my eyes a few times. 500+ pages.
GGW More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read. Well written, an unusual point of view, and I actually believed the heroine could pull off posing as a man for so long. I look forward to more books by Ms Chambers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a new auther for me....like her writing style...this book has passion. A few f bombs...the book was good, just a little to long for me..over 730 pages...times it draged. But i will look forward to try her books again..
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A really fun read -- and at a good price, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An authentic feeling, intelligent, elegant historical romance. If you love Jo Beverley, check this out.
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