Miss Leslie's Secret

Miss Leslie's Secret

by Jennifer Moore

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Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for . . . After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself . . ..

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ISBN-13: 9781524404512
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 216,776
File size: 1 MB

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Miss Leslie's Secret 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Utemom5 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story, set in the stunning Scottish Highlands. One of my favourite places on this planet is the area around Glencoe, Glen Nevis - Fort William & Glenfinnan. You can imagine my delight when I discovered that Jennifer Moore had set one of her stories here. She has developed a consistent reputation for doing her homework. Always thorough with her research, you can be sure that Miss Leslie's Secret will follow suit. I was impressed with her use of the language and the local dialect. While I'm not a fan of too much written speech in the form of the way it would be spoken, because no matter how skillfully done it can be difficult to read and follow as a reader. Especially one you are not familiar. I think the 'thoughts' of the character are better written without the dialect. It works here though, which is mostly used in the spoken text. To a certain extent it adds to the authenticity. What do I love about this book in addition to the location that just sets my mind wandering through all my memories of walking through these places? The originality of the plot. The villagers of Dunaid are written into the life of the heroine, Aileen Leslie. They have been her sole support system for almost 8 years. Posing as a widow with the son of her best friend who died, she has been hiding from the boy's father. Sergeant Conall Stewart is back from the war, a hero and ready to return to his homeland. A place he always felt the need to escape as a young boy, he now feels that longing to return. His family are gone and he intends to do what he must in the interim while he waits for news of their whereabouts. They emigrated to America, and although he has the opportunity to live and farm in the Highlands in fairly comfy able circumstances - he dreams of the day when he will see his family again. Aileen and Conall are thrown together almost immediately and he thinks her a soft woman who refuses to see the true nature of her son. There is every element of a good story within the pages. History, danger, survival, mystery, hope, joy and romance. This one was hard to put down. As ever the covers just seem to be getting better, I've LOVED the past two. In addition - I was not surprised in the slightest to discover (in the acknowledgements section) that Carla Kelly is an inspiration to Jennifer. You very much get the feel of a Kelly book as you read Moore's. That same quality and certainly both of their deep love for history, and writing beautiful stories with it. Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant for the eARC. This is my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was disapointingly not the author's best effort. The characters' relationships and the plot were rather abrupt as well as poorly developed and executed. Reasonably well written and generally within historical bounds. Clean and chaste. There was an interesting introduction of new characters to follow and the possibility of a big leap forward in story time. Plus, the sneak peek was intriguing.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Miss Leslie’s Secret is a heartfelt historical fiction romance that takes place in the Highlands during the 1800s. When Sergeant Conall Stewart returned home after the war, he was devastated. His hometown was in ruins, and his family was missing. Conall rented a place temporarily, in Dunaid until he could locate his parents and sister. But, the town of Dunaid began to grow on him, especially, after he met Aileen Leslie and her son Jamie. Conell’s relationship with the two, however, had a rocky start. Cornell was furious and confronted Aileen when he found Jamie wandering around his library, supposedly looking for a cat. That lie was exposed, much to Aileen’s dismay when she came upon Conell’s war medal in Jamie’s pants. Conell took Jamie under his wing and was surprised when he found himself developing a strong bond with the boy. Jamie idolized the Sergeant, and although Aileen was happy to have a positive male role model for Jamie, she was ashamed of how jealous she became of their relationship. But, Conell Stewart was an easy man to like and trust. Aileen, even found herself falling under the Sergeant’s spell. She wanted to confide in the man and confess her secret to him. But, Aileen could never find the right time or words to tell him. Her indecision cost her. Aileen’s silence had not only broken hearts but also put her son in danger. Miss Leslie’s Secret is a superbly written story. She paints a stunning picture of Scotland’s scenery and history, using authentic details, customs, and dialect. I felt as if I was transported back in time to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Thank you, Covenant Communications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I Loved it!
hmgreen More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this one as well as her other books. I liked the characters well enough, but the story line was really slow. I kept waiting for something to happen to make it pick up. I enjoyed the little bit of history and I was glad it was clean. It just wasn't a book that I couldn't put down. I also thought a different title would have been better because most of the book isn't about her secret. It's only really an issue toward the last quarter of the book. I wouldn't read this one again.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
What lengths would you go to in order to protect your biggest secret? In a story of tumultuous history and a need to survive, Aileen shows extreme bravery. She will do anything to shelter her young son, the precocious Jamie, from danger. Aileen is easy to cheer for and adore, as her charm shines through her mama bear tendencies. Conall, an unlikely hero, reminded me to not base everything on first impressions because mine weren't that great of this man. He quickly wormed his way right into the center of my heart, right along with that darling Jamie. This story obviously has fantastic characters, but a realistic portrait is also painted of Scotland. It's not all sunshine and roses, as hard times are shown. I loved the way age-old traditions were explained and entwined into the plot and sweet romance. The setting makes me want to pay this country a visit, especially if I could travel back in time and see things as they were about 200 year ago. Content: mild violence; mild romance. *I received a copy from the publisher, which did not affect my opinion in any way.*