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The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda: A Summersby Tale (Summersby Tales Book 3) Kindle Edition

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Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.


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  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (November 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UPGREQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parson's School of design, but most impressive of all - she's been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion - writing.

When she's not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cocktails and Books on June 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I believe the first sound I made when I started reading this book was ""squee!"" Why? Because I thoroughly love a book that involves: Headstrong ladies debuting in society; wayward Viscounts, Dukes, Lords, etc. and engagements by trickery. Sophie Barnes' latest installment of the Summersby series had all of those things and thus the makings of the perfect guilty pleasure.

Barnes tells this story from the differing points of view of both Lucinda and William. Something she does successfully, I never felt like I was bouncing from one unfinished plot thread to another as I sometimes do when a story is told by multiple characters. Further, Lucinda and William- have distinct voices. As a result, I felt that I got to know each one individually. This made the story more interesting and well rounded.

The blurb and the first chapter implied that the story would immediately involve spies, vengeance, murder and a trip to Constantinople. Unfortunately the story remains firmly in England and the couple does not embark on the promised journey until late in the novel. Barnes instead builds the mystery surrounding Lucinda and her motive for marrying William. By slowing down the pace of the book she focuses on the growing relationship between Lucinda and William, which allowed me to become invested in them as a couple.

This departure from the direction in which the story was originally, although necessary, was a bit of a distraction from the story because for several chapters I kept waiting for the ""trip"" to occur. By the time the villain makes his appearance at a house party I was somewhat disengaged from the underlying mystery. In addition, there were certain plot points toward the end that were contrived and outrageous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I felt like there was so much potential for this book, but it just fell flat. WAY too wordy in some areas. I felt like at times there was zero dialogue it was all feelings and descriptions and ugh I get it! Honestly, I haven't even finished the book yet and I'm not sure I will. It's one of those books I can put down and forget about, which is never good! Snooze fest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlithelyBookishReviews on December 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda is the third book in Sophie Barnes' Summersby series. It's a charming, romantic, sexy story full of mystery, adventure, humor, and some burn up the sheets lovin'.

Lady Lucinda Blackwell has a secret - and a mission - and she'll do whatever it takes to see it through, even if it means tricking the only man who can help her into marriage - which she does! Afterall, as Lucy surmises, it's not like they'll have to stay married for long, because if they just refrain from consummation, their marriage can be annulled. Simple as that, that!

Lord William Summersby has decided it's time to take a bride and the woman he's decided to marry will make him the perfect wife. Lady Annabelle Forthright is proper, pretty, intelligent but unassuming, healthy... surely she'll provide him with plenty of good looking heirs. His life will be as it should be - quiet and uncomplicated. But when William finds that he has compromised a woman he's never laid eyes on before, he does what he and his family believe is the right things to do - he marries her instead, turning his well ordered life into one of chaos and intrigue. As the days pass and he gets to know his new wife better, William starts to think that maybe Lucy really is the better match for him - and she thinks to avoid the marriage bed? Not likely!

From the very first page when it grabbed hold and broke my heart, to the very last when I was left smiling from ear to ear, I absolutely enjoyed this story. The close knit Summersby family made for some great times with their teasing banter and obvious love for one another. While Lucy's plan to ensnare William was rather silly, given the time period it was also ingenious, and had me giggling from the irony of it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Lord William Summersby has decided to marry a nice, quiet young lady, one that is proper enough for a future earl and will provide the requisite heir. So when he suddenly finds himself engaged to one bold Lucy Blackwell, a woman he doesn't even know until they share a dance, he knows his duty and will marry Lucy but will not be happy about it! The only thing he asks of her is to have no secrets... Lucy has her own reasons for trapping William into marriage. She needs the former spy to help her find her parents murderer but she knows he does not trust her, nor does she blame him for this fact, and she finds it hard to try and build a new relationship while keeping her true life secret. When it becomes clear that the murderer has found her after all these years and takes drastic steps to ensure her silence, William notices the cracks in her composure and pressures her for the answers. Can Lucy find a way to tell the truth while protecting all those threatened? Will William be able to forgive another lie and find a way to protect the woman that is slowly becoming so important to his life?

I have enjoyed all of Sophie Barnes novels and this one is no exception! The beginning will grab you and then the craziness of Lucy's plan will keep you turning the pages and watching Lucy and William attempt to find some common ground in their very unconventional marriage was a delight to read. Seeing the horror of Lucy's past first helps you get a better understanding of her reasons to need William's help, since the plan is bold and crazy and thankfully, the family stands by her even though they distrust her initially. William is strong, proud and underneath the gruff, caring and protective. I liked the twist of her past catching up to her in England instead of in Constantinople.
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