- File Size: 4027 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MTU6KNE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Neely is not your typical Pinkerton detective. He is a compassionate young man who shares Hannah’s values.
During troubled times of war, their love flourishes and gives them strength and determination for a better life, away from all this hatred consuming everyone around them.
Genteel Secrets is a heartwarming–heartbreaking story of danger, blackmail, and espionage but also love, hope, and friendship.
This is not the first novel by S. R. Mallery that I’ve read, and like all the other ones, I enjoyed it immensely.
“Genteel Secrets” is not just a love story, even though the romance between the two main characters was one of the things that I enjoyed immensely in this novel, but it’s a meticulously researched historical fiction, which deals with the espionage, questioning of the moral right of one ethnic group owning another, polar views of life by the Confederate South and the progressive North and many more important issues.
I really enjoyed the setting of the novel, which reminded me of “Gone with the Wind” a lot; and just like in this well-known classic our main character, Hannah, is a spirited, fearless girl who is ready to fight for what she feels is right, despite the protests of her family members and general opinion of the southern society of that time. I absolutely loved how well-read she was and how much interest she showed in politics and current events, even though her outspokenness, both in words and deeds, was something that was frowned upon by society. And when she got involved with something much more dangerous than expressing unpopular views, I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to find out how hers and James’s, her beau’s, story would end.
Highly recommended for all fans of historical fiction genre! Absolutely outstanding!
In her synopsis Sarah offers the bare outline of this romance: ‘ What do a well-bred Southern Belle and a Northern working class Pinkerton detective have in common? Espionage . . . and romance. At the start of the U.S. Civil War, while young men begin dying on American battlefields and slavery is headed toward its end, behind the scenes, female undercover work and Pinkerton intelligence are alive and well. But in the end, can this unlikely Romeo and Juliet couple’s love survive, or will they be just another casualty of war?’
Mallery’s way with words is mesmerizing – old names form the past, its of atmosphere that seem only witnesses of the era would know as well, and a taut story that leaves us satisfied but eager for more. Grady Harp, December 16
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