Secrets of a Lady

Secrets of a Lady

by Tracy Grant
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Secrets of a Lady 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
EraCG More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. I loved it.
JLdeBrux More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Tracy Grant and I was pleasantly surprised, I usually don't like suspense novels, but this one was wonderful!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was also published as Daughter of the Game.
Amanda84 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't really that impressed with this book. In my opinion, it was way to long and for some reason, the two main characters Charles and Melanie, just didn't do anything for me. But this could just be me, I have also read Tracy Grant's other book, by her other author name: Teresa Grant, Vienna Waltz, and I had the same issue that I had with this one.
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MariaIK More than 1 year ago
Good fiction is something that has always inspired awe in me. Writing fiction - especially good one - is the ability I myself do not possess and, therefore, admire even more in others. Tracy Grant's "Secrets of a Lady" (the first novel in the Charles and Melanie Fraser series) is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of fiction. It is intelligent, painstakingly researched, and beautifully written. Not only does the book have a plot that keeps one turning the pages and not wanting to set it down until the very end, and the characters that are complex, three-dimensional and supremely alive, but also a kind of edge that is frequently missing from historic adventure novels written by female authors. While clearly fond of her characters, Tracy Grant is not afraid of being hard on them and of putting them in situations that leave emotional and physical scars that may not ever heal, even if the situations themselves eventually become resolved. She reminds that the good old England and, specifically, its capitol that we tend to romanticize so much based on Jane Austen novels, had a meaner, darker and grittier side to it. There were splendid mansions and elaborate gatherings, where the wealthy tried to outdo each other in showing their style and sophistication. But there were also rat-ridden slums, drunken brawls, prostitution, theft, rape and murder. As the story progresses, the author puts her heroes through every circle of hell that was early 19th century London, stripping away the layers built up in the course of their recent upper class life, and forcing them to resort to skills and habits acquired during their more distant and far more bloody and dangerous past. This last bit of information is intended specifically for the male readers of historic adventure fiction, who might overlook this book, mistaking it for yet another romance novel filled with corsets, heaving bosoms and not much else of substance. Having grown up reading Dumas, George Sand, Maupassant and other masters of historic fiction enhanced with vivid real-life details, I am glad to see that the genre is not only remembered, but very much alive and well in contemporary literature, Tracy Grant being one of its most staunch sentinels.
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I actually read the original printing of this book (Daughter of the Game). I loved how you think you know the characters and their relationship at the beginning, but continue to learn their secrets with many twists and turns throughout the book. I can't wait for more of Charles and Melanie's adventures!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is really good, however the writer often rushes events and occasionally it is hard to follow the diaologue. all and all it is a fun read! Great for something to keeping your mind from going numb this summer
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1819 London, members of the Ton think highly of Melanie and Charles Fraser, who seem to share a perfect scandal free relationship. Both dote on their six years old son Colin while the aristocracy assumes this is a love match and.----------- However, on a foggy November evening, tragedy strikes when Colin seemingly vanishes from their elegant home. The kidnapper demands a special ring that allegedly has mystical power. It is to be brought to the criminals immediately in exchange for their son. Melanie knows she is the cause as she has hidden her real past from Charles, the grandson of a duke, but he also has hidden some of his Napoleonic War dealings from her. As the couple begins a desperate search to save their son, Melanie escorts Charles into a different side of London where brothels and gaming halls rule and anyone including your mate might be the one to knife you in the back she is unaware that he knows his way around this seedy part of town.------------ SECRETS OF A LADY is a fascinating Regency amateur sleuth thriller with whimsical hints of the paranormal. Readers will feel they are accompanying the lead couple as the dark underbelly of early nineteenth century London comes to grim yet vivid life. Filled with twists and red herrings, deception even between Melanie and Charles is the norm. Tracy Grant provides a dark fresh take on Regency England with this tense character driven thriller.------------------ Harriet Klausner