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- ISBN-10: 0440423325
- ISBN-13: 978-0440423324
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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The Secret Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #3) Hardcover
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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.
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?Read more ›
It is an incredibly sweet story. There is very little male posturing, sex and over manly behaviour (you know... thinking about sex, females as sexual objects and crude (sexual) words). However, the story matched the characters and I thought that though it was quite an innocent book, I really liked that slow and steady development and reveal of how these two people fit together.
I bought the audio version, and the narration was well done.
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Was there a ghost writer writing this book? Because I felt that it wasn't her writing! I'd just finished "THE ARRANGEMENT" by her and LOVED IT!!! I might read it again! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanna E.Lopez
The plot is boring. I would say she had a ghost rider and signed her name without reading this book for no one would have their name on this book.Published 4 months ago by Linda Smith
Mary Balogh is one of my all-time favorite authors. I enjoy her stories so much, I'll read them again, and some I already have, such as this one.Published 5 months ago by Kathy Ann
Wonderful. This is the third book in this series. Set complete !!Published 6 months ago by Joan P. Edwards
Not her best -- and she is a favorite! The "bonus" is just an attempt to get more money for not muchPublished 8 months ago by Cecilia M. Neumann
I totally love Angeline and Edward story. It was beautiful in every way. It seems to be the last book in a trilogy series and I must say that it has made me curious about the story... Read morePublished 9 months ago by migdismla
A very enjoyable comedy of errors with several surprises. I was smiling throughout and often laughing out loud. In addition it was a very sweet love storyPublished 10 months ago by Suzanne Hall