Love by Secrets (Book 1, Age of Innocence) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Age of Innocence (3 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
Writing a decent regency romance is more demanding than replacing "purse" with "reticule," but that's about as far as the research went here. Usage of words like "kick-off," "ladiesmaid" and "ladies-maid" (it's actually "lady's maid"), along with the wretched punctuation and awkward dialogue made me give up on this story halfway through.
Too bad, because the plot premise had promise.
Do not buy....even though it is cheap....not a good read at all.
It could have gone on with more details about their lives after they got together seems to be a thing with a lot of books on kindle other than that a good read. Would read this author again
I loved the storyline of this book, and wish that more authors would write about the distinction between love and infatuation. I would like to see more of this author's work as she develops as a writer. However, there does need to be a bit more editing, research, and work on dialogue.
There are several grammatical errors such as switched tenses and missing words (seems to be common in ebooks), and there does need to be a bit more research on the time period. There is a difference between modern formal language and period language. This is why Georgette Heyer was such an amazing author-her books could capture the colloquial heart of the Regency Period.
Research needs to be done about the purposes of dueling and the typical etiquette of the duel (a "sawbones" would normally have been present, I believe, and the purpose behind the duel was unrealistic). Also some research should go into the typical commissioning of gowns by a modiste, colors traditionally worn for weddings, and perhaps a bit more about the fashions of the period to better set the date of the storyline. I think this was suposed to be set in the Regency Period, but many details seem more modern and unclear.
Dialogue is a bit stilted and unrealistic. I highly doubt a young, newly married woman of the era would constantly be asking people, particularly servants, to call her by her first name. There is an uncomfortable transition between narrative and dialogue, causing too much telling and not enough action. Because of that, there is also an awkward movement of time instead of a natural progression.
All in all, I have a huge amount of respect for anyone willing to write a book, particularly on such a wonderful subject, but would like to see improvement and more realistic details.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story was just ok, poorly thought out and even poorer portrayal of the developing relationships. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Avid Reader
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This is a very simple yet sweet read. Read more
I enjoyed reading this book by Debra Elizabeth. She has a style that is easy and fun. I look forward to reading another book by her.Published 15 months ago by Doris Hightree Binaco
I really liked this book. It's been a long time searching for a story that was delightful without the filth.Published 20 months ago by julie mecalo
The writing was interesting based on the time period, but not all of the 'romance' novel as I expected.Published on August 20, 2014 by W Langston
I really found.no chemistry between the hero and heroine. They barely had a conversation throughout the whole book until the end. Read morePublished on August 2, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Love by Secrets was a short and sweet novel. I enjoy reading historical romance so this one was right up my alley. The story was captivating, truly well-written. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Shane Morgan
Emily Stanton is looking forward to her coming out and finding that perfect husband. And she believes she has when she meets Connor Preston. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Nikkye
Emily Stanton is a brave young woman who falls in love with two things: the poetic words on secret notes from her admirer, and the dashing looks of Connor Preston. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Linda