A Lady's Secret

A Lady's Secret

by Jo Beverley

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ISBN-13: 9780451224194
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 654,143
Product dimensions: 4.46(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jo Beverley was the New York Times bestselling author of the Rogue series and numerous other romance novels. Widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today, she was a five-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members of the RWA Hall of Fame. She also twice received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She had two grown sons and lived with her husband in England. Jo Beverley passed away in May 2016.

Date of Birth:

September 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Morecambe, Lancashire, UK

Education:

Degrees in English and American Studies, Keele University, Staffs, 1970

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A Lady's Secret 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
srbSH More than 1 year ago
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.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 28 days ago
How can you not enjoy a book that begins with a cursing nun? OK, so she's not really a nun, but HE doesn't know that for sure until quite a bit further in the book. "A Lady's Secret" is a wonderful reunion with Jo Beverley's Malloren family, one of my cherished keeper series. It was my own stupidity that had this book sitting in my TBR pile (which should more correctly be called 'the Alps' vice 'pile') as even after reading the back cover blurb, I didn't connect it with the Malloren family. But then again, it was kind of like putting on your favorite jeans and finding a $20 bill in the back pocket! An unexpected, but serendipitous event.Robin, Earl of Huntersdown, is on his way back to England from a mission in France. He's still the fun-loving and adventurous man from earlier books, but with his father's death he knows it's only a matter of time before he's forced to face the responsibilities and accompanying boredom of life as The Earl. So when he catches sight of what appears to be a nun and hears her utter Italian curses, he's intrigued. And when he sees her face, he's captivated. She's a mystery and an enigma...and Robin is rather bored at the moment.Petra is on a flight for her freedom. Disguised as a nun, she's trying to reach the father she's never met, and who knows nothing of her, in England. It's either that, or become the mistress to a spoiled and dangerous nobleman back in Italy. All that protects her is her ingenuity, her bravery, and her nun's habit. Then she's surprised by a teacup of a dog...and her life will never be the same.Coquette the papillon dog is unarguably one of the funniest, and most endearing, secondary characters in this book. There are many scenes where she stole the show and I loved it. Petra is an astonishing woman for her time and it was hard not to admire her bravery, even during the times I thought she was foolhardy and rash. But overall, she's one of the more interesting heroines I've read so far this year. And once her father was revealed...well, enough about that. You'll have to read the book to find out. And Robin? Oh the confusion and consternation Petra brings to his life. I can't think of anyone more deserving and I am awed by the way Beverley uses his situation with Petra to silently spur his emotional and mental growth. Two characters, well three if you count Coquette, who will stay in my memory for a long time.Beverly's Malloren series is set in the Georgian era and her depictions are fabulous and fascinating. The action never really slows over the 409 pages of the entire story. Fans of the Malloren series MUST buy this book and I would guess those who read this without having read other books about the family will find themselves searching out the previous reads. Sexual tension, mystery, and suspense all liberally interspersed with heaping doses of humor and witty dialogue are all, for me, trademarks of a Jo Beverley story. "A Lady's Secret" didn't disappoint and if those tags sound interesting to you, I can't recommend this one enough.
Catherine331 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This was a very enjoyable book. It started out a little differently with a nobleman becoming fascinated with a cursing nun. Sister Immaculata, or Petra as she is later found out to be, has been traveling from Italy and is trying to get to England. Enter Robin; a nobleman who has just come from Versailles and is on his way home to England. They decide to travel together (which stretches credulity) and we are treated to a fun journey filled with half-truths, insults, and desire.I very much so liked Petra and her outlook on life. Here finally was a heroine who was presented as level-headed and actually stayed level-headed. Even though she occasionally indulged in fantasies of Robin and got distracted at times, she always came back to herself and continued with the path she had set. I liked that she didn't abandon all her plans and become unable to think beyond Robin the minute she met him. I also liked the lack of woe is me about her past with Ludo.Robin was a pretty good guy, even though he didn't seem to be able to take anything seriously if they weren't in immediate danger. That isn't a bad thing though. His light hearted attitude gave the journey a very fun feel to it. I think Petra's attitude toward his obligatory stroking and petting was very realistic and in keeping with her level-headed attitude. The aftermath of the first love scene emphasized her feelings on that very well. One thing that bothered me about him was his interactions with his mother. She was very interfering and felt a bit spoiled. Robin made her butt out on some points and hired someone who wasn't her spy, but he didn't seem to mind her prying conversations that much. I couldn't help but think mama's boy and get a little sneer.The only major problems I had with the book started when Petra got to her father. I never got a sense of adjustment or any real closeness to them. I read the author's note and apparently the family is part of a series, so maybe I was supposed to care about them and know how they would feel already? If so, it doesn't really help her new readers. Petra's lack of upset about her father's lack of attachment toward his past with her mother was refreshing.I liked the dueling views of what was going on with Petra and Robin while they were apart. I was irritated by the fact that they were separated for so long though. I also never got a real sense of why Petra had to get to her father alone. I would fear rape if I were traveling alone like that. When Petra and Robin reunited I was left feeling dissatisfied. All of a sudden everything will work out without any reservation or problems? No more discussions and growing as a couple? I couldn't help but be reminded that they had only spent a few days together and start to doubt the strength of their attachment for the future.Overall a good book with enjoyable characters and well written prose. The relationship seemed a little weak, but the bones were there and it would have been great if they were built on a little more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RomanceReaderForever More than 1 year ago
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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