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Love by Secrets (Book 1, Age of Innocence) [Kindle Edition]

Debra Elizabeth
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eighteen-year-old Emily Stanton is excited to attend this Season’s balls and begin her search for a husband. She is thrilled when the dashing and handsome Connor Preston begins to court her. After each ball, Emily finds a love note in her drawstring reticule, and she expects a marriage proposal from Connor any day.

When her father objects and forces Emily to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew, Ethan Richardson instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?

Love by Secrets is ~50,000 words (228 pages)

Editorial Reviews


"...the heartfelt emotion and troubled thoughts of Emily make her as adorable as Marianne Dashwood was to one and all." 

"...Well-written and fast-flowing with interesting characters..."

"Rich with all ranges of emotion, loyalty, heartbreak, and plot twists. An enjoyable, light, yet satisfying romance story."

From the Author

This is a sweet romance about misunderstandings and secrets and the havoc it can cause in a relationship.

Product Details

  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XMZ0NM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but the ending brought the book down January 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
For the most part, this was actually a great and basically clean historical novella. It was written in a very traditional style, with the heroine being a young and innocent debutante experiencing her first Season (the girl makes her come out at the age of eighteen, but I was under the impression that they usually had their Season when they turned seventeen?). As a result of this naivety, she confuses a quick kiss by a fortune hunter as love and part of a courting attempt. It was all a little bit silly from the eyes of a reader, but I thought it did an exceptional job of realistically portraying how many young debutantes might first see things. I also liked that the hero was a shy guy for a change, rather than a rake (as a male reader I like to root for the hero too). I would have given the book five stars, except at the peak of the conflict the heroine's words and actions were simply cruel. Even if she believed she didn't love her husband, she should have tried to at least respect him after agreeing to his marriage proposal. While her behavior probably was still typical of a debutante, it took away from my enjoyment of the story and resolution, as well as from the belief that the characters might actually be in love. In short, I do feel the novella was worth reading to see such a unusual take on the Regency period but I doubt I'll be reading it again.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Begging for a little research and an editor. December 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I knew I was in trouble from the very beginning. There are punctuation problems in the very first sentence. Still, I soldiered on. And found very stilted writing, anachronistic relationships between the classes, and completely unrealistic period details. Let's take the dance card as an example. A dance card for a formal ball would have listed each dance by type and perhaps even musical selection. Partners' names would be written for each polka, quadrille, waltz, etc. Yet the author makes a huge business about dance cards being filled out, and then has the men who have just signed the cards asking the ladies for the next dance.

Writing a decent regency romance is more demanding than replacing "purse" with "reticule," but that's about as far as the research went here. Usage of words like "kick-off," "ladiesmaid" and "ladies-maid" (it's actually "lady's maid"), along with the wretched punctuation and awkward dialogue made me give up on this story halfway through.

Too bad, because the plot premise had promise.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible December 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Quite possibly the worst written romance i've read yet. I've read novellas in which the author is able to both develop the story and the characters so that the read is enjoyable. The heroine in this novella was annoying, weak and silly. The hero appeared so few times that you had no real hint of his personality...other than his apparent ability to write poetry. The writing itself was choppy and quaint, as though the author somehow escaped the last few steps of the editing process.

Do not buy....even though it is cheap....not a good read at all.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun 'Ode' to Austen! November 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As a fan of the incredible Jane Austen who, I believe, did nothing wrong in any of her books, this novella was a real treat for me to read. From the balls, to the tea parties, to having gentlemen sign your dance card, to the way parents addressed each other as Mrs. Stanton and Mrs. Stanton - this era seemed to reek of elegance and dignity (even if there was more than one rake in the pack).

Here we begin with Emily Stanton. Emily has just turned eighteen and the hunt for a husband is on. She is waiting with bated breath for her father to hurry up and get ready to take her to the ball. The ball of Lady and Lord Tisbury which is THE kick-off to the new London season.

Emily's best friend is Mia. Mia has already gone through one season with no offer of marriage. Now Mia is an incredibly sweet girl, just a bit plain in the looks department, so she begins to wonder if she will ever find a man who wants to settle down with her (think Elizabeth Bennett and her best friend, Charlotte).

The stunning gent of the London society is Connor Preston, and when Emily sees him she is swept away by the handsomest creature in the world. His best friend is Ethan Richardson, Mrs. Tisbury's nephew, who is also handsome - but next to Connor Preston, not really all that memorable.

At this ball Emily has both Ethan and Connor sign her dance card, and at the end of the evening she finds a beautiful poem of love hidden in her card that she just KNOWS came from the mind, pen, and heart of Connor. She is practically giddy, just waiting for the boy to come to the house and ask for a private meeting with her father to extend his offer of marriage. She is in love, and with each new ball, there is always a new love letter that she finds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love by secrets June 6, 2013
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I really enjoy recency romances this one was Very well written and kept my interest
It could have gone on with more details about their lives after they got together seems to be a thing with a lot of books on kindle other than that a good read. Would read this author again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good afternoon read! June 5, 2013
By Nikkye
Format:Kindle Edition
Emily Stanton is looking forward to her coming out and finding that perfect husband. And she believes she has when she meets Connor Preston. She believes him to be her true love after reading letters she believes he has written. But when her father forces her to accept a marriage proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew Ethan Richardson, her heart is broken.

Love by Secrets is a charming regency romance. It started a little slow for me but as the story went on I got more into it. I'm not a huge historical romance fan but I would recommend Love By Secrets to anyone who loves a good historical romance. Kudos to Miss Elizabeth on a charming novella.

And to those who want to complain about a few small punctuation mistakes or grammar errors I have found plenty of errors in big name author books. No one is perfect! Happy reading!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love by Secrets review.
I enjoyed reading this book by Debra Elizabeth. She has a style that is easy and fun. I look forward to reading another book by her.
Published 7 days ago by Doris Hightree Binaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a nice story
I really liked this book. It's been a long time searching for a story that was delightful without the filth.
Published 4 months ago by julie mecalo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The writing was interesting based on the time period, but not all of the 'romance' novel as I expected.
Published 9 months ago by W Langston
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful concept but needs work on the execution
Beautiful concept but needs work on the execution.
I loved the storyline of this book, and wish that more authors would write about the distinction between love and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by NE
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just me.....
I really chemistry between the hero and heroine. They barely had a conversation throughout the whole book until the end. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet historical romance
Love by Secrets was a short and sweet novel. I enjoy reading historical romance so this one was right up my alley. The story was captivating, truly well-written. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shane Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Was I ever that young?
Emily Stanton is a brave young woman who falls in love with two things: the poetic words on secret notes from her admirer, and the dashing looks of Connor Preston. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet short story
This is a very sweet historical short story. It' s a little bit predictable but nevertheless a very nice book to read when you' re in the mood for something romantic. Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by summer4ever
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been really good but the editing-yikes!
Mind you I read this book after I got a notification from Amazon that the book had been corrected, which makes me quake with horror as to how bad the editing, grammar, etc. Read more
Published on May 7, 2013 by Loree
3.0 out of 5 stars Love by secrets
I can't buy the heroine word of falling in love with the man that wrote those love letter to her. She was clearly in love with the hero friend.
Published on January 19, 2013 by sheng thao
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More About the Author

Debra writes sweet romance in contemporary romance and historical romance. She enjoys telling stories and has been pouring out her passion for romance since her teenage years.

Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and two kitties.

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