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The Secret Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #3) Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 0440423325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440423324
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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Both main characters were developed well and made the story come alive.
Sue Beaumont
I really didn't like the hero in this book and thought he was going to be a huge bore, which he was was for a lot of pages.
C. A.
I will always buy Mary Balogh's books and hope to read more like The Secret Mistress in her new series.
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Format: Hardcover
Well, if you like Mary Balogh and you liked the two Dudley brothers' stories (Jocelyn in MORE THAN A MISTRESS and Ferdinand in NO MAN'S MISTRESS), you should not pass up the opportunity to read this, the prequel to those two books. In this one, their younger sister Angeline is 19 years old and coming to London for her come-out. No suspense here, of course, if you've read the older MISTRESS books, because she's long married in those, which chronologically take place after this new one.

However, it is a nice story (not thrilling, or exciting, or passionate or sensual, just nice) about how Angeline meets and falls in love with Edward. It's also totally predictable. You have a somewhat flighty and fun-loving heroine and a staid and respectable (dare we say almost stuffy and boring?) hero. What we know should happen, does happen. But it's sweet and pleasant and nice. And I must say I found myself liking both the characters. (They're very nice.)

My favorite part of this book is actually what happens between two secondary characters: Edward's longtime friend Eunice Goddard, who he is convinced should be the woman he marries, and Lord Windrow, a rakish friend of Angeline's brothers. That's a bit more fun and I would have liked to read more of their interaction.

So, this is worth a read for a Balogh fan. Her writing is still much better than the majority of HR writers'. Not worth the hardcover price, however. Get it from the library like I did, or wait for the paperback edition.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mary Balogh is, in my opinion, one of the better authors of historical romance out there, and I always look forward to her latest offering, even if the books have perhaps been becoming a little samey recently.

I was very pleased to receive my copy of "The Secret Mistress", the third in a trio of books of which the first two ("More than a Mistress" and "No Man's Mistress") were written back in 2000/2001.

I wasn't sure which way the book would go. I love "More than a Mistress" and think it's one of Mary Balogh's best books and it's one that I often re-read. "No Man's Mistress" didn't work for me at all and I won't bother reading it again. So what would the third book in the trio, the story of the Duke of Tresham and Ferdinand Dudley's sister Angeline, be like?

This books starts with the slight problem that we already know Angeline will marry Heyward because we have seen her with him in the previous two books. Thus the timeline of this story is that it is the first of the three books, although it has been written last. Not that readers are often in doubt as to who will marry whom when reading the blurb on the back of these books, but still.

Angeline appeared as a bubbly, garrulous but overall appealing character in the previous books and Heyward was quiet, reserved and possibly henpecked. The author has kept to this theme in that Angeline does seem garrulous in this book and Heyward quiet and reserved, although this time obviously we learn much more about him.

Angeline is a young debutante and fixes almost instantly on Heyward as her chosen suitor when she meets him, mainly because he is very much unlike her brothers - he is the consummate gentleman. But what could Heyward see in flighty Angeline?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sb99 on July 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful conclusion (or prequel in fact) to the Mistress trilogy. I loved Angie and Edward. So refreshing having a hero that did not think fighting made him a man. I love most of Balogh's books but this went right to the top (almost bumping Slightly Dangerous from favorite Balogh book).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mkath on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I own everything she has ever written so maybe I'm a little biased, but this was wonderful. No spies, snarky relatives, crazy old people, former loves, or serious childhood issues to be resolved. Just two people who slowly realize they deserve love, and deserve each other. Two nice people, no overbearing alpha intent on seduction here, just a well mannered man who wants to be a good person. The heroine is sweet and slightly confused, she isn't a super woman, or who loves all animals and is a super healer, just a young woman who wants friends and to be loved. If you like to visit the Regency era and like to watch people fall in love this is the book for you.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cabinet of curiosities on July 14, 2011
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There's real heart in this book - which, as much as I like and enjoy Mary Balough's writing, has not been true for me in a while with her most recent books. They've had a sort of flat, rushed feel, like they were just churned out in haste. I know mine is the minority opinion on this. But The Secret Mistress feels like a return to what originally drew me to her writing - emotions that feel real, period-accurate details, and psychological realism rounding out the characters. Plus it was funny.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Need me some tunes on July 18, 2011
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Mary Balogh has written so much that is so well done it seems presumptuous to review her work. Consider this confirmation, then, that she's done it again: Given us a lovely story in incomparably beautiful prose with that exquisite Mary Balogh pacing and one of those I-knew-he-had-hidden-depths heroes. I would have treasured Angeline as a friend if for no other reason than she has a certain wise innocence borne of love for her brothers. She refers to the wicked, sardonic, toweringly self-sufficient Tresham as "silly," which is an insightful way to love a brother who is in fact a difficult man. Angeline and Edward charm the reader as they grow to understand and trust each other, and it's all just so.... Gads, I wish this woman wrote faster!
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