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Product Details

  • Series: The Secrets of Hadley Green
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439175470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439175477
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Harrison Tolly is marrying the wrong sister. As steward at Everdon Court, Harrison would do anything for Lady Olivia Carey. When her husband, Edward, goes berserk because Olivia’s sister, Alexa, returns home from Spain pregnant and sans husband, Harrison steps in and offers to marry Alexa. After all, it isn’t as if Harrison could marry Olivia, despite the fact that the lady needs rescuing from a miserable marriage to an abusive tyrant. While Olivia is extremely grateful to Harrison for saving her sister’s reputation, Alexa is less than thrilled with her new husband-to-be until Harrison receives news that he is heir to the late Earl of Ashwood’s estate. But then Edward unexpectedly dies, and Harrison suddenly has the chance to marry the right sister. But will he earn Olivia’s love by casting her sister aside? In the third book in the Hadley Green series, London provides the solution to the case of the missing Ashwood jewels while delivering an emotionally engaging Regency romance rich in complex, complicated characters and a drama-packed plot. --John Charles

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Julia London writes vibrant, emotional stories and sexy, richly-drawn characters.”
-New York Times Bestselling author Madeline Hunter

More About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series (including The Year of Living Scandalously), the Cedar Springs contemporary series (including One Season of Sunshine), and numerous other works. She is a four time finalist for the presitigous RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance for Dangerous Gentleman. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews

Overall, the book was a great addition to Julia London's solid historical novels.
Bookaholics Reviewer
It's clear her character was created to provide comic relief for the author but I didn't find it to be funny.
Alphalover
I thoroughly enjoyed The Seduction of Lady X and am loving Julia London's Hadley Green series!
Kelly A. Tinder

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kenalouise on April 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really disappointed by the whole series. In this book the most, it wasn't well thought out.The main characters lacked strength in their relatioship. I wanted to slap her sister Alexa. She made me think of most teens today,she's pregnant and refuses help and to face reality. Olivia's husband was a well written jerk,but things were better for the most part when he was alive because everyone became stupid when he died. The ending was rushed, literally her sister waited til the last second to do the right thing. My main problems are as follows: The series was supposedly built around the jewels but now their unimportant? They went to some pawn shop and who cares? The old earl mysteriously vanished to who knows but how are we sure he won't crawl out of some gutter? Did her aunt kill herself or did the old earl stage her death, probably suicide.Where are the answers to the mysteries or secrets of Hadley Green, Julia London forgot to tell you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By llbaker on September 5, 2012
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Here's a story where from the first page, we realize our "hero" is madly in love...quite the opposite of the usual run where the female has to capture her guy. I found myself cheering this guy on, and hoping something nasty would happen to Lady X's hubby so she'd be free to be with her secret admirer. A fun read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on April 20, 2012
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Harrison Tally fell in love with Olivia the first time he saw her, but she was married to Marquis Carey . . . it was not a love match. Carey was a cruel man who was drunk daily. When Olivia's 18 year old sister came home from a tour of Spain unmarried and pregnant Carey refused to lend his support. To give the child a name Harrison volunteered to marry her and she accepted after she found out Harrison was going to be an Earl.

This book was good. It was filled with drama and suspense; I kept turning the pages because I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. If you have read the other books in The Secrets of Hadley Green series you will be happy to know at last we find out were the rubies are.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alphalover on May 4, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was awful. This review contains spoilers. The hero, 29 year old Harrison Tolly, is the steward for Edward Carey. Twenty-six year old Olivia is stuck in an unhappy and abusive marriage with Edward, has been for six years. She's physically, sexually (raped) and verbally abused by her husband.

They find out that her younger sister Alexa (she's eight years younger) is pregnant. Out of nowhere, Harrison offers to marry Olivia when he barely knows her. He has absolutely nothing to gain by doing so. He just doesn't want her child to be a `bastard' like he was so out of pity, he offers marriage. Literally, the entire plot revolves around that. He's in love with Olivia but she doesn't know until much later, after he's offered to marry Alexa. Alexa is a selfish immature character and I didn't like her at all.

Olivia has a young maid named Rue. She's slow mentally and boy, does the author keep reminding us of it. Almost every time the poor girl is mentioned it's because she's doing something wrong. It's clear her character was created to provide comic relief for the author but I didn't find it to be funny.

Olivia and Harrison get their happily ever after and so does Alexa. An unbelievable reunion of sorts happens involving her right at the end that made me roll my eyes. This was not a good story by any stretch of the imagination.

This was my first Julia London book and I don't think I'd read her again.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ~M.K~ on April 4, 2012
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Julia London has set a precedent of great storytelling that wraps around you and displaces you to another time and place. I didn't feel that with this book. It was muddled with more reminiscing than present day events. Mr. Tolly, although created with enough redeaming qualities, i.e. the desire to help those less fortunate, was not a strong and commanding male lead. Olivia's character was no better developed.

I enjoy a book that allows us to become privy to the development of feelings between the two characters. Where you feel almost voyeuristic taking peeks at their most intimate thoughts and feelings. Where love comes slowly and is a revelation to all. Unfortunately, this book begins with each of the characters already in love and yearning for a relationship that neither can possess. This yearning was punctuated with the whiny and selfish inclusion of Olivia's sister.

Because my standards have been set to incredibly high by Ms. London, this book fell very short for me. I hope to find her next work as stimulating and engrossing as her previous books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cohen on June 3, 2012
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very innovative storyline. Book was a very entertaining read although I would have liked to see the women's characters evolving a little more than they did. The characters of the women portrayed were a little wish washy at times and their personalities could have been developed a little more to make the book even more interesting but essentially a good read
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Wow. This was such a well written, substantive and satisfying story -- it's one of the best I've read this year. I'm sorry it stayed so long on my TBR pile! Julia London has created a very "real" feeling to these characters: they have real problems and behave in accordance to their era, social class and upbringing. Wonderful. Though I have given it 5 stars I do have to point out that a couple of plot lines were resolved a too easily and quickly in the last chapter, but it didn't spoil the overall experience for me. I totally enjoyed this book and recommend it.
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