A Lady’s Secret by Sarita Leone

A Lady’s Secret by Sarita Leone
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Heat Rating: Sensual
Length: Full Length (219 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Aghast that she fell into the arms of a scurrilous rake, Lady Amy Spencer tries to find a solution that will save not only her pride but her reputation as well.

Lord Oliver Gregory realizes as he watches from afar that his childhood friend is no longer a child and his affections have changed.

Can love bloom among the roses, or will the past ruin any chance for a happy future?

A Lady’s Secret is a gentle love story that is in the undercurrent, but foreshadowing lets the reader know it is there just waiting to bubble out at an emotional time. The ebb and flow of the writing makes this story a pleasure to read. It entices one away from the modern world and into seventeenth century England.

Gracious me, honest communication could have saved these likeable characters a lot of grief and worry, but then we would have missed the fun of the conflict, and how they finally get up enough courage to speak and the results that follows.

How to understand the workings of women’s minds totally eludes Lord Oliver Gregory. He has a house full of women he feels responsible for. His misspent youth had not prepared him for his “lordly” duties, duties that he now takes very seriously. His story is somewhat a “rite of passage” story. His best friend and manservant is his mainstay as he navigated this passage and continues to be a tried and true friend a he sorts out a doings of the women he cares about.

Oliver is ever so grateful for his contented, efficient mother who keeps the household running smoothly. He senses something is not quite as it should be with his sister and her new husband Nick, the Duke of Waterford. The two family friends, Miranda and Amy Spencer, who are staying with them, keeps Oliver on his toes. Miranda, the bluestocking sister, is besotted with him—how to stay her friend and not get trapped into marriage is tricky business. Amy, usually so independent, adventurous, fun-loving and smiling, has become tired, worried, sad, sick, and weepy. Moreover, she declares “all men are liars” not to be trusted. Talk about a tangled web to unravel—entertaining reading indeed. Bridget, the maid, is another issue. WOMEN!

What’s a man to do? Plus, he finds himself in love—a brand new experience for him. How he manages to win her love makes most enjoyable reading.

This is the third book in A Willowbrook Manor series, but it stands alone beautifully.

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