The Art of Inheriting Secrets: A Novel

The Art of Inheriting Secrets: A Novel

by Barbara O'Neal

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ISBN-13: 9781503901391
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 100,907
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara O’Neal is the author of eleven novels of women’s fiction, including How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her award-winning books have been published in a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.

Barbara lives in the stunningly beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.

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The Art of Inheriting Secrets: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
booklover6460 25 days ago
While I enjoyed this book at the beginning, once I got halfway through it suddenly became too sexual for my taste. I can’t say that it was one of the best books I’ve ever read, but I was at least anticipating the end of the book. And when you factor in the “F” word popping into the dialogue, it was just too much for me. I didn’t feel like the characters were that well developed. The plot was scattered, the ex-boyfriend was a jerk in every sense of the word, and the new boyfriend/sexual interest was too perfect. Though I felt that they both had unresolved issues. I think I will probably try another Barbara O’Neal book. But I’m not sure how soon I’ll be able to make myself try another one. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
This book pulled me right in and would not let go. Olivia is a powerhouse of a young woman who inherits a very old estate that she never knew existed. It’s filled with great characters and beautiful scenery. It makes you feel like you are right there. I throughly enjoyed this book. It has something for everyone. Romance, history, mystery and intrigue. It’s one that you won’t want to put down until the very end and it will stay with you long after you finish. I look forward to more of this author’s work. Thank you to #Lake Union #NetGalley for the honor of reading this book. A big 5 stars from me.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
How I loved this novel! I tried to read it slowly to savor it, and could not. I loved the descriptions of the castle, the gorgeous roses, the strawberries, the views from the conservatory and especially the descriptions of all the miraculous foods that were prepared. I was walking along Rosemere with Olivia as she inherits this old, dilapidated estate in England that she had no idea belonged to her family. Olivia needs to solve the mystery and find why her mother had fled England many years ago and has never mentioned this life to her daughter. Caroline, Olivia's mother, has left instructions for Olivia, but it's something to be found in a treasure hunt. Of course! It was what Caroline did with Olivia as a young child and now as an adult, giving her a last gift. This is well written and definitely a great book and I think the only thing to do, is to read it yourself!
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! This book was such an unexpected treat for me. The characters and descriptions were so rich I could imagine them as if they were right in front of me. The main character was complex and layered which made her fun to get to know. She was on such an amazing journey and it was fun to go along with her each step of the way as she discovered her mother’s past and her own heritage, uncovering more secrets along the way as she moved toward finding her place in the future. This was my first by Barbara O’Neal, and I am enamored with the way she writes, especially her descriptions. This was a beautifully written story that swept me away, #TheArtofInheritingSecrets #LakeUnionPublishers
mholden More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book. The descriptions of the castle, the gardens, the food and the countryside are riveting. All the characters are compelling and fascinating, not just the primary characters but the secondary characters as well. I would love to read Pavi’s story. Barbara O’Neal has written another book that will captivate and transport you. There is mystery, drama, tragedy, food and, of course, romance. Give yourself the gift of this novel. You’ll be glad you did.
Terri_C More than 1 year ago
I have loved every single book by Barbara O'Neal that I have read. Her writing is such that you have almost no choice but to sit back, slow down and surround yourself with every word. It's like the story wraps you in a warm fuzzy blanket while a snowstorm rages outside. I love the food aspects of O'Neal's writing. This book brought us the joys of the pastries of England and the spiciness of the food of India. It was just one more aspect of the story to savor and imagine. O'Neal's characters and plot are the real stars of the book. The bringing together of the hero and heroine with such different cultural backgrounds was superb and heartwarming. Olivia and Samir were the perfect meshing to show that love can matter more than expectations and prejudice. I am just in awe of this story.
Holly More than 1 year ago
When you first start this book, you think it's going to end with a happy ending but you don't realize what comes in between to get to that ending that will leave a tear in your eye! Olivia's mother just died leaving behind a huge secret that will effect everything that Olivia knows to be true. It's when Olivia travels to England to see the house and legacy that her mother left for her that is filled with secrets of it's own, Olivia will soon realize that nothing will ever be the same again. I so don't want to spoil much about this book but everything that happens in this book will come full circle in the end with Olivia finding her true self in a place that she can truly be happy in. I loved the whole trying to find out what happened in the past but I wasn't expecting that truly shocking secret that came out in the end about what happened to certain people. I will warn you though, this is a book that you will want to finish in one sitting for all that is happening or else it will be on your mind until you finish it!! Thank You to Barbara O'Neal for this awesome story that made me want to read more books by you!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I loved it. The descriptions were so vivid and beautiful - everything from scenery, to food, to artwork, to people. When Olivia's mother passes away Olivia is shocked to discover she has inherited an estate and a title in England. Olivia travels from San Francisco to England and begins to learn about her mother's past. I highly recommend this book as well as this author. I will definitely read any other books written by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Olivia Shaw is the editor of the food magazine, Egg and Hen. Some months ago, she had a car accident that shattered a bone in her leg and has been off from work for some months as she heals. In addition, her mother, Caroline, recently died which has devastated her. The woman had been a very talented artist. Olivia has been living with Grant for several years in a nice apartment in San Francisco. Olivia received a letter from a solicitor in England about a house that had belonged to her mother. It is called Rosemere Priory and it is a vast mansion. However, no one has lived in it for 40 years and it is probably ready to be torn down. It had been lived in by her mother’s family for 3-4 centuries until one day all of the family fled the house. Olivia learns that her mother was actually Lady Caroline and now Olivia is the Countess of Shaw. Finding much of the mansion in bad disrepair, she does find some lovely aspects and one room appears to have been untouched. The grounds and land are enormous with numerous outbuildings. Now, Olivia learns that repairing and rebuilding the place will cost a huge amount of money. However, with the money Olivia can get from selling her mother’s house in San Francisco, she might be able to undertake saving Rosemere. She meets many locals and finds that some seem to have an agenda of their own for wanting her to sell the place. However, a British Indian family take her under their wing and become close friends. One member of the family is Samir. Although he is a few years younger that she is, they share an attraction. What is the mystery surrounding Rosemere that sent her family fleeing it years ago? I enjoyed this book and found the descriptions of Rosemere and its grounds to be well-written. The mystery is a good one and I’m betting most readers won’t be able to solve it in advance. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.