Lord Sebastian's Secret

Lord Sebastian's Secret

by Jane Ashford

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"Delightful Regency romance.. this is one I will reread again and again. 5 Stars. TOP PICK"—Night Owl Reviews

In an arranged marriage, Duke's son Lord Sebastian Gresham and wealthy heiress Lady Georgina Stane are in the unusual position of being in love. But Will the secrets that brought them together tear them apart?

Proud. Cunning. Battle-hardened. Lord Sebastian Gresham is the epitome of military might and excellence. He's wealthy. The son of a Duke. There's just one problem: he can't read. It's those damned words. He doesn't see them in the same way everyone else does. It's a secret he'll never tell, certainly not to his new bride-to-be.

Brilliant. Witty. Beautiful. Lady Georgina Stane has always known she'd make the perfect bride, that is, if her eccentric family didn't scare off every potential suitor from London to Bath. After carefully orchestrating a London season with her parents out of the picture, she secured an engagement to an impeccable gentleman. And when Lord Sebastian arrives at her family's estate to meet her parents, she's not about to let their antics ruin her perfect marriage.

But what happens when these two learn that some secrets aren't so easy to keep?

The Duke's Sons Series:
Heir to the Duke (Book 1)
What the Duke Doesn't Know (Book 2)
Lord Sebastian's Secret (Book 3)
Nothing Like a Duke (Book 4, coming May 2017)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492621621
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: The Duke's Sons , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 231,913
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 3.70(d)

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely. She's written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published all over Europe as well as in the United States. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Find her on the web at www.janeashford.com and on Facebook. If you'd like to receive her monthly newsletter, you can sign up at either of those sites.

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Lord Sebastian's Secret 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Sebastian Graham is a brilliant strategist on the battlefield, but completely out of his element in society and libraries. For years he has struggled to hide his difficulties with reading and deciphering the written word, but hand him a battle plan overview and he’s everyone’s golden boy. He’s convinced that if the woman he is utterly in love with discovers this secret, he’ll lose her forever. Georgina Stane is gorgeous and bright, and fortunately her family is rich enough to be considered eccentric rather than utterly crazy. For they are – wholly unconventional and outrageous. Two terrible parents who veer wildly from utterly absent to so present and imposing that one can see how Georgina is able to accept a bit of ‘unusual’ in her life. And then as a couple – I had real issues. This story is overburdened with too many characters, al placed for one or another reason that may have been in earlier books – but completely unfathomable reasons here when we consider the plot moving forward, and I would have much preferred more dialogue between the two. Their connection, physically, was problematic, as their sensual scenes felt awkward and hesitant. In my opinion, the story would have been better served with the removal of those scenes, as they are written as if the author is uncomfortable, and would have preferred to leave them out. There wasn’t a ton of emotion in here unless one considers Sebastian. He was struggling and moving on, trying to find compensations for what would now be diagnosed as dyslexia, and he’s still determined to be kind, protective, and happy in spite of those worries. It just wasn’t a book that carried a flow for me, making the story a bit more difficult and longer to read. With humor that comes more from the antics and behaviors of others that borders on crazy unrealistic, this is a story best enjoyed by those who enjoyed earlier titles in the story to have some background on the ‘events in London’ that appear to have such an influence on the couple. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So funny in parts and a true picture of dermined love!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise of the story, but I just wasn't feeling this story. The whole reason to read a romance is to watch the H/H fall in love. By the time we join the H/H in the story, they have already fallen in love and are engaged. I wish the story had included the beginning of the relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series that I have read. I enjoyed it, but I felt it was a bit slow at times. I thought the characters were nice enough, and seemed like a perfect fit for one another. I have to say, that at times it was a bit far-fetched, but overall I thought it was a sweet book. I would read more in the series.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Jane Ashford's regency romance series, The Duke's Sons, continues in Lord Sebastian's Secret. Sebastian Gresham is prepared to marry Georgina Stane, the young heiress he met during the past London season. At Stane Castle though, Sebastian and Georgina face secrets and a quirky family that threaten their relationship. The story itself was not as exciting as I thought it would be, but it had some moments of levity that set it apart from other regency novels I've read. While some are stuffy and focus more on setting the scene through lengthy descriptions and fancy dialogue, Lord of Secrets is quite the opposite. The story is very character based, so all the attention is on Georgina and Sebastian, and Georgina's quirky family. The Stane family is quite unconventional and a threat to the marriage. Georgina is worried that Sebastian will be turned off by them, but Sebastian is hiding a secret that he believes will cause Georgina to regret their pending nuptials. Georgina and Sebastian were so obviously into each other from the very outset of the novel, so their doubts and insecurities about the marriage started to feel repetitive. If I as the reader felt doubts about their relationship I think it would have added some suspense to the story, but it was really plain how the story would play out. The road to get there, littered with obstacles from various members of the household, is another matter entirely. From pugnacious pugs to an obstinate father obsessed with reincarnation, something comes between Georgina and Sebastian over and over again. After a certain point in the novel I felt like I was reading just to get to the end. I didn't expect any surprises, but sometimes when you start a novel it's easier to just finish it. Maybe the fourth book in the series, Nothing Like a Duke, will be a little more wild and unpredictable. *eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Lord Sebastian Gresham is hiding a secret, he can’t read. So far, he’s been able to hide that fact, but now he’s engaged and must figure out how to hide it from his fiance. Lady Georgina Stane is now engaged to Lord Sebastian. He’s coming to her home, but once he meets her family and the secret on how eccentric they are, she’s afraid he will end their engagement. This had an interesting premise, but unfortunately I just couldn't’ get into it. I got about ⅓ of the way in and, considering Sebastian ran smack into Georgina’s secret with the first few pages, it just seemed to drag with no hope of really picking up. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord Sebastian Gresham, son of the duke of Langford, is engaged to Lady Georgina Stane and is heading to Stane Castle in Herefordshire before their wedding to meet her parents, Charlotte, Marchioness of Pembridge and her father, Alfred the Marquess. Georgina’s mother loves Pug dogs and breeds them. The woman’s life seems to revolve around the dogs and Georgina’s father loves local history. Sebastian meets Georgina’s two sisters, Emma and Hilda, and her brother, Edgar. Sebastian and Georgina spend as much time together alone as they can, but the Pugs running around coupled with the eccentricity of the Marquess and the nosiness of Georgina’s younger sisters, make things difficult for them. They enjoy stealing a chance here and there to kiss one another wishing they could do more. Georgina has been left a rich heiress by one of her deceased relatives. This is one of the big things that drew Sebastian to her. But after getting to know her more, he has found her to be intelligent and kind in addition to being beautiful. When Georgina and Sebastian ride out to visit a waterfall, Georgina falls into a ravine and Sebastian climbs down to rescue her. But they both become stuck and it takes days for them to be found. But Sebastian’s secret is about to be revealed when he needs to contact his family to let them know that he and Georgina are fine. Will they be able to get through the next few weeks until their wedding? I did not care for this story because Georgina’s family is a serious bunch of nutcases. I have enjoyed the author’s books in the past, but this is not one I can recommend. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ordinary breeds extraordinary. What that means to me is that a person is so much more than the skills they lack. They are special because of who they are. In the long run a pure heart and an open mind are all that matters. Sebastian was a smart man but he failed to see that because of a misinterpreted flaw. He was a man of action. He could create a plan and carry it out but with intelligence and skill but when it came to understanding the reading, writing and curriculum, he felt like fish out of water. Lord Sebastian's Secret deals with a prevalent subject in a time when not much was known about it. Still to this day dyslexia is still look at as a weakness, in our ever changing world. Ms. Ashford examines the subject with gentleness and a great deal of insight. Through the eyes of Sebastian, the author allows the change to understand the frustration and shame of an individual dealing with the not knowing and the fear of being different. Lord Sebastian's Secret is an eye opener. The message is clear: "Every journey is unique, but we all have struggles to overcome." Sebastian was stronger than his fear and with the love of a good woman like Georgiana, he learned that he was more than his disability.