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Product Details

  • Series: Windham Series (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263774
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Something about Burrowes' characters is intensely riveting, drawing the reader into the lives and struggles of each character... the characters are the truly excellent feature of Burrowes' novels." - NetGalley Reader Review

"An unconventional tale of strikingly unique characters with realistic emotions and exciting antics. It's always a delight to read one of Burrowes' creations... 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"The characters are spot on, and you'll be transported back to Regency England in grand style." - Night Owl Reviews

"[A] tantalizing, delectably sexy story that is one of the best yet from an author on the way to the top. Starred Review" - Library Journal

"Burrowes has succeeded in building a world of witty, intelligent and engaging characters. Her tale is intertwined with intrigue and the magic of romance..." -

"A light, delightfully told unconventional love story between two passionate and family oriented characters." - Paperback Dolls

"Grace Burrows sparkles yet again in another heartfelt story between mature characters who find love." - Bookaholic Romance Book Club

"A lovely story that combines sensual romance with thrilling suspense... This book has it all: romance, suspense, high stakes..." - Imagine a World

"Plenty of romance and quite a bit of mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat..." - Sisters Unedited

"Historical romance at its finest and rife with mystery and intrigue, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal is one of those books you really can't put down." - Romance Fiction on Suite 101

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. The Heir was also named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011, and Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish was named Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 by RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. All of her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

More About the Author

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at

Customer Reviews

Excellent plot, story line and character development!
If you haven't read a Grace Burrowes, and you enjoy historicals, you really should check out her series on the Windham family.
Sia McKye Over Coffee
I plan to read the whole series and any other books I can find by her.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Heather BookSavvyBabe on May 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The more I read by Grace Burrowes, the more attached I become to the Windham family. I read the first book in the Windham sister's series (Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish) late last year and met Maggie Windham. When the opportunity arose to read Maggie's book, I found that I was looking forward to learning more about this seemingly independent woman. I really enjoyed Maggie's story, she is a protective, loving woman who is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of those she loves.

In Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Grace Burrowes has created an excellent historical romance with endearing characters and a touch of suspense. This romance read will draw readers in with an independent heroine, a determined hero, and an unexpected scandal.

Maggie Windham is the oldest daughter of a Duke, and a bastard at that. She comes from humble beginnings and her parentage affects her life's choices. When her reticule goes missing, Maggie hires Benjamin, an investigator, to help find her reticule and the damaging contents before scandal can come to her family. Maggie is very protective of her secrets and tells Benjamin the bare minimum needed to find her belongings. The more time Benjamin spends with Maggie, the more determined he is to discover her secrets and protect the woman who has become quite important to him.

I really liked Maggie as the heroine of this book. She is a woman full of contradictions, she is independent but lonely, loyal but secretive, brilliant and wealthy but leads a very modest lifestyle. She is also a beautiful woman, firmly "on the shelf" because of her age, but secretly she dreams of having a family of her own.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Reed on November 12, 2012
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The writing for the most part was crisp,speedy and interesting (until the fluff at the end). However, the period norms weren't followed, and that is always irritating. Regency era Dukes don't adopt their by-blows,and their daughters don't live on their own, run around unescorted, and earn their own income through money management. But the biggest disappointment was that 15 years of "secret scandal" could all have been avoided had the (money-genius financial manager) heroine been able to do some simple calculations. So, while the writing itself was good, there were too many misses to make this a recommended read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bettysunflower on May 1, 2012
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Grace Burrowes has hit another one out of the ballpark! The book starts out with a great "hook". "The BLIGHTED, BENIGHTED, BLASTED, PERISHING thing has to be in here somewhere." It would seem that Lady Maggie Windham, the natural (and adopted) daughter of the Duke of Moreland, has "misplaced" something that is very important and valuable to her. She hires an investigator to locate the item. Enter our tortured hero.... Mr Hazlit.
Much of the Windham family make appearances and some are major contributers in the plot that unfolds. There are a lot of twists and turns and enough action to keep the reader focused. Neither Mr. Hazlit or Maggie are looking for a romance, but it does seems to sneak up on them as they work together to solve the mystery of her missing item.
Ms. Burrowes has the ability to bring so much emotion into her writing. You can feel the turmoil or fear, frustration, loneliness, or passion that the character is feeling. As soon as I finish a Grace Burrowes book, I am looking for the next one to be released. (Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight is to be released October 2012)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader Lady on June 6, 2012
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I've read all of Grace Burrowes novels, and I've enjoyed all of them, but this is my least favorite. The story dragged for me until about 2/3 of the way into it. I did throughly enjoy the ending, and I will read the next one. This one seemed to have a lot of POVs, the duke, the duchess, Bridget, even the maid. I'm not used to that, but I will say it wasn't confusing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anotherbibliophile on March 22, 2013
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Fairly well written, and very well edited. Yes, it is a romance for adults. The "bedroom scenes" are graphic. I am not a great fan of romance novels, but I like the occasional quick read for entertainment. I was almost ready to dislike this book, but it was better than expected. As others have noted, it's not great literature and has inconsistencies including words that seem to be a glaring contrast to the language of that period. However, if you like racy trysts and contrived situations reaching toward a happy ending, you will enjoy this.
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31 of 44 people found the following review helpful By romance lover on October 18, 2012
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I'm no novice to romance novels, and I also don't believe you need to finish the entire book to write a review. If you only get 1/3 into a book and don't like it, I think that merits a stop to your reading.

I didn't get any sense of chemistry between our two characters. Early on in the book, I also get no sense of what the 'issue' is between Maggie and Hazlit. He's obviously into her, and she is into him, contrary to what she tells others. She's now 30 years old and 'on the shelf'. Not any kind of impediment to marriage, certainly.
Also way too much emphasis on the siblings and the other characters from past books. When you open a book and see a freakin' family tree right there in the beginning, you know it's going to be annoying like that. I'm not a fan of those sort of books. Sure you can bring some characters back. But keep it really, really minimal. Their stories are over.

The author has absolutely no desire to research etymology, I'm guessing. I was left with the vaguest of vague ideas when this book took place, but I'm guessing it's regency. the use of the word keyboard to reference a piano didn't take off until 1819. the use of the term 'hot pink' didn't start until the 1940s.

And other thing that bugs me- the cover shows a girl with brown hair, not red hair. Does anybody give a crap about these kind of details anymore? I'm seeing worse and worse cover 'art' out there, and all the while these books are getting more and more expensive.

Of course I expect some 'unhelpful' votes from those readers who had the patience to get through this book, but you know what- I'm someone who had read at least a thousand regencies. And I just didn't feel this one.
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