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Silk and Secrets Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2001

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Set in the Near East of the Great Game, this sequel to Putney's Silk and Shadows switches focus from Mikhal Khanauri and Sara St. James to the adventures of Sara's cousin Lord Ross Carlisle. Carlisle, now Marquess of Kilburn and heir to the duchy of Windermere, is headed for Bokhara (currently Uzbekistan) for word of the missing Ian Cameron, brother of Ross's young wife who ran away 12 years earlier. En route he is rescued from maurauding Turkomans by his long-lost bride, Juliet, rather improbably dressed as a Saharan Tuareg and the accepted leader of a small Persian fortress. The two embark for Bokhara together, fighting the desert, hostile factions and each other. Putney works hard to get her facts straight, perhaps a bit too hard: considering Ross and Juliet's long acquaintance with Islam, Juliet's observation--"Since alcohol is forbidden to Muslims, there is no problem with the servents drinking"--seems redundant. Yet Juliet is a spunky, happily flawed heroine and nice counterpoint to the godlike Ross.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451204905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451204905
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ross Carlisle, cousin of Sara and best friend of Mikhal from Silk and Shadows, seemed the perfect choice for a sequel to that book. Why was he still single in his thirties? Who was the perfect woman for him? Well, very early in this book, we discover that he is actually married and has been since he was 21. But his wife left him after six months of marriage and hasn't been seen since.
Juliet, Ross's estranged wife, lives in the desert in the middle of Persia, having cut off all contact with her friends and family. But she accidentally encounters Ross when her brother's life is in danger and Ross agrees to try to save him. Long-dormant feelings for Ross emerge, and she cannot allow him to go into danger alone, so she insists on accompanying him into the most dangerous part of Asia to try to rescue Ian, her brother.
On the journey, both Ross and Juliet discover that, however they may feel about each other, strong attraction still lurks between them. Can they somehow overcome the problems which caused Juliet to leave Ross, and the anger Ross still feels at her abandonment of him?
As usual, Putney reveals painstaking research, but presented in such a way that we don't feel lectured at or anything of the kind. Without feeling in any way as if I've been taught, I now know an awful lot about Arab customs and how to survive in the desert! Besides that, she is as good as ever at portraying star-crossed lovers; some of the scenes with Ross and Juliet are fiercely poignant, while others are richly passionate.
What loses this book one star for me is that the setting - the desert, and the thriller aspect of the plot - is not my favourite. It's very Anglo-centric of me, I know (as Ross says at one point in the book), but I prefer those books of Putney's which are set in England, and which are more romance than mystery/drama. Others will certainly disagree, and they'll appreciate Putney's skill in this book better than I will!
Now to read Ian's story...
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Mary Jo Putney has produced a novel which combines several wonderful features. Set in an exotic locale and peopled with complex characters, this book would fall down under its own weight if Mary Jo Putney were not such a great writer. The minor characters are very well-drawn. The setting is evoked in a way that brings the heat right into your living room. The plot makes sense. The book is full of surprises that shimmer with absolute rightness once the shock wears off.
However, these are only bonuses. The heart of this book (as in any romance novel) are the main characters. These are characters who knew each other in the past and are now separated by a series of tragic events. I know, that sounds trite, but these tragic events are so well-motivated and spring so securely out of the characters as we come to know them in this book, that they are absolutely believable. In this book, we are dealing with two complex people who have hurt each other and hurt themselves. Their adventure provides an arena for working out these problems and finding a way to go forward. The hero and the heroine are each profoundly changed by their adventure, and yet the change seems to make each one only more strongly himself or herself.
This book stands up well to rereading. It's a keeper.
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I picked this book up one day while shopping, and read the back cover. It sounded interesting, so I bought it, since I had loved The China Bride by Ms. Putney, I knew she was a good storyteller. Boy, was I surprised, she's not just good, she's wonderful. I fell in love with Ross right from the begining, and felt an instant bond with Juliet, for the struggle to maintain who you are in a marriage, when you feel like everyone wants you to be and do something else can be very hard, I know! I love the setting, and the way MJP wrote about the land and culture, I really felt as if I was there beside them as the traveled in the caravan to Bokhara, or raced in the bozkashi match, or were caught in the sandstorm, and took cover, which lead up to one of the most erotic scenes I have ever read. It had my blood boiling, and me biting my nails until the very last page. The only fault in this otherwise perfect book, was at then end when Juliet revealed her ultimate lie, and the main reason that she never returned to Ross. I felt it was contrived to make a already very believable reason for her leaving him more dramatic. I felt it actually sounded very far fetched, and thought Ms. Putney should have left the explinations of Juliet leaving just has they had been explained throughout the book, and not just have thrown in that last thing just to add more drama. Other then that, this is one of my all time favorite books, and one that everybody should read.
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"Silk and Secrets" is the second book in Mary Jo Putney's Silk Trilogy, and I really would recommend reading the books in order. I say that because I did *not* (I read the third entry, "Veils of Silk", first.) Much of the plotline of "Silk and Secrets" is discussed in the final book, so the plot twists were really no surprise to me and this detracted slightly from my enjoyment of the story.

Lord Ross Carlisle (now the Marquess of Kilburn), the hero of "Silk and Secrets", was introduced in the first book of the trilogy ("Silk and Shadows") as Mikahl's best friend and Lady Sara's cousin. The younger son of a duke who has traveled extensively and written about his adventures, Ross is the epitome of upper-crust British manners and sangfroid. He is also fabulously handsome, intelligent, loyal, brave and amazingly even-tempered (in a word, pretty darn *perfect*.) At age 21, Ross had married the wild, unconventional 17 year old Scottish beauty, Juliet Cameron, against almost everyone's advice and six months later she abandoned him for reasons that Ross still does not understand.

After not seeing his wife for 12 years, Ross is reunited with her (ahem, by *chance*) in Persia when he is sent by her mother to discover the fate of Juliet's brother, Ian, a British army officer who has disappeared in Bokhara and is rumored to have been executed as a spy. Juliet is a great heroine--brave, adventurous, passionate and flawed. She is living in Persia in true Lady Hester Stanhope style--as the leader of a small fortress community. Juliet convinces Ross to take her along to find Ian and the two travel the Silk Road in disguise with a caravan to Bokhara.
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