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

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

by Judith Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781441202789
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Postcards from Pullman Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 303,182
File size: 862 KB

About 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 writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at

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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 0 ratings. 89 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
Most of the book was "good" some areas slow. Hated the ending. Every book should base an end. If you want a series create a new set of circumstances. Don't do a "to be continued" book. As an avid reader I cross these authors off my list
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
Anonymous 5 months ago
Interesting history from the real person’s perspective. One forgets how far we’ve travelled from the rigid days of not so long ago. Yet, the Gospel woven into everyday life is still as solid and applicable today as it was then
scarpettajunkie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The premise of this book is kind of hard to pick up. A lady and her maid are running away to America to catch the father of the lady's unborn child who is an associate of the Pullman's who make the Pullman train cars. One grows to abhor but understand Lady Charlotte and worry over her maid Olivia who feels compelled to lie constantly to cover for her mistress. It is a race to the finish as you get to see which story elements conclude and which will be left for volume two. This book is more for young adults hence only 4 1/2 stars. Otherwise I enjoyed seeing Olivia snare herself and then see her way clear of the web of lies she spins. A very fast light read for historical fiction and glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was decent but she abruptly ended the story! I did not realize the book had ended until I scrolled to the next page. She did not give a good leading into the next part of her story. How am I to be sure she will finish the series decently?
Pa_Sue More than 1 year 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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