The Spinster's Secret [NOOK Book]

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The Spinster's Secret by Emily Larkin

Penniless spinster, Matilda Chapple, lives at isolated Creed Hall, dependent on the austere charity of unloving relatives and under pressure to marry a man twice her age. In an attempt to earn enough money to escape this miserable existence, she writes a series of titillating 'confessions'. Her secret is safe -- until battle-scarred Waterloo veteran, Edward Kane, reluctantly accepts the commission to uncover the anonymous author's...

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Overview


The Spinster's Secret by Emily Larkin

Penniless spinster, Matilda Chapple, lives at isolated Creed Hall, dependent on the austere charity of unloving relatives and under pressure to marry a man twice her age. In an attempt to earn enough money to escape this miserable existence, she writes a series of titillating 'confessions'. Her secret is safe -- until battle-scarred Waterloo veteran, Edward Kane, reluctantly accepts the commission to uncover the anonymous author's identity. While staying at bleak Creed Hall, Edward finds himself unaccountably drawn to his host's lonely niece. Can Matilda conceal the secret of her scandalous writings, or will Edward discover that the spinster and the risqué authoress are one and the same person? And when Matilda feels the need to experience sex as her fictional courtesan does--will she lose her heart to Edward, along with her virginity?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622668816
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/24/2013
  • Series: Entangled Scandalous
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 312,577
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Emily has been a rehabilitation instructor, a library assistant, a postie, a waitress on the Isle of Skye, and even (briefly) a field assistant in Antarctica and worked in the wine industry. She loves to travel and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe, and journeyed overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. She lives in Marlborough, New Zealand and worked in the wine industry, though currently she is working in the “bush” -- rostered out to civilization every couple of months.
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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    The Spinster's Secret by Emily Larkin The story takes place sev

    The Spinster's Secret by Emily Larkin

    The story takes place several months after the Battle of Waterloo. 

    Edward Kane arrives at Creed Hall, the dark and dreary childhood home of his friend, Toby. Wrapped in guilt, he has come to return his friend's effects. Where Edward had been horribly wounded in the battle and expected to die, it was Toby who had, in fact, never come home.

    Also in residence at Creed Hall is Matilda Chapple, niece to Sir Arthur Strickland and cousin to Edward's friend. Orphaned at nineteen, Mattie came to live with her uncle and, though she is grateful for his charity, she longs to escape the cold, uncaring manor house.

    To escape, Mattie needs money; to make money, she pens the scandalous, fictional, and immensely popular confessions of "Cherie", a worldly courtesan. But in the early 19th century, decent women do not read such things and they, certainly, don't write them. So if her uncle ever finds out, Mattie knows he'll disown her and throw her out.

    When circumstances reveal that "Cherie" lives nearby, Sir Arthur is determined to find her out and remove her from his village. And Edward agrees to help, not knowing that the woman he is coming to care for is the object of his search.

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    One gets a feel for the end of the Georgian era in The Spinster's Secret. Evocative of Austen, life is structured and behaviors are strictly controlled. Young women were constantly reminded of their place and the expectations of them.

    Mattie, as so many heroines of the era, flies in the face of these expectations - to a point. She is always dependent on the goodwill of her sternly religious uncle. Her blossoming physical relationship with Edward, not to mention her writings, were cause for removal from the family.

    This is simply a lovely story. A woman, believing herself plain and destined for spinsterhood, finds love and acceptance from - and for - a man so disfigured that he believes no one could ever look fondly on him again. 

    I marveled at Larkin's choice of main characters. These are not the 'beautiful people' one expects to find in a romance novel. They are physically and emotionally scarred, which only makes their story that much sweeter.

    ~*~*~

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from the publisher [...]. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    THE SPINSTER¿S SECRET is a historical romance set at dreary and

    THE SPINSTER’S SECRET is a historical romance set at dreary and depressing Creed Hall in Soddy Morton. Matilda, or Mattie, is thankful for the generosity of her uncle, Arthur Strickland, but is looking forward to the day when she can live on her own. She writes a series of stories about the events of a courtesan and plans to use the money from her writing to secure her freedom. She’s not far away from achieving her dream when her uncle learns that the famous “courtesan” lives in Soddy Morton. Edward Kane, a Waterloo veteran, is visiting Creed Hall out of respect for his slain friend and fellow Waterloo soldier, Mattie’s cousin, Toby. Feeling guilt over Toby’s death, Edward agrees to help Arthur find the courtesan. As Edward spends time at Creed Hall trying to discover the identity of the courtesan, he finds he is drawn to Mattie. When Mattie makes a shocking proposal, Edward begins to find himself again. But can Edward and Mattie find their way to each other?

    Overall, I enjoyed reading Emily Larkin’s book. The characters of Edward and Mattie were well-developed and I liked that neither of the characters were pretentious or arrogant. The tone of the book; however, was rather dark and depressing. The descriptions of Creed Hall helped paint a clear image of just how depressing Creed Hall was for Mattie. Both Emily and Edward were rather sad characters trying overcome obstacles from their past. I liked the easy friendship between Mattie and Edward, but I caught myself wondering how Ms. Larkin was going to transform the friendship into something more. Both Mattie and Edward found pity for the other. Edward pities Mattie for having to live in dreary Creed Hall, and Mattie pities Edward for his battle scars and wounds. She made it work however, and I found myself happy for the two of them in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that depicts more real life characters and who struggle with life events. I look forward to reading other books by Emily Larkin.

    Rating: 4

    Heat Rating: Mild

    Reviewed By: AprilP, My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Loved this, too fun

    An injured Waterloo vet meets a woman without a dowry who is secretly writing scandalous "confessions" to earn a living. Both main characters are likeable and believable. The secondary characters add to the fun. Will the vet discover the secret identity of the writer? This angle wasnt forced and drawn out artificially. Period research into clothing, households, war injuries, transportation and food made this novel come alive. I will definitely read more from this author.

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