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The Secret Wedding Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 2009

3.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 9 of 13 in the Mallorens Series

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Caro Hill must do one thing before she accepts Sir Eyam Colne’s offer of marriage: find out if her first husband is truly dead. Ten years earlier, Caro, nee Dorcas Caroline Froggatt, was hastily wed to a soldier calling himself Jack Hill. The next day, Hill left England for Canada, and soon afterward Caro’s aunt informed her that her new husband had been killed in battle. While Caro desperately searches for proof of Hill’s death, Viscount Grandiston suddenly turns up in Yorkshire, inquiring about Dorcas’ first marriage. Two perfectly matched, subtly nuanced protagonists—both with their share of secrets—clash with superbly sexy results in the latest addition to Beverley’s Georgian Secrets trilogy. Set in the same world as her beloved Malloren tales, Beverley proves again that she can be counted on to come up with clever and creative new ways of mixing passion and intrigue to create a beguiling love story. --John Charles

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"Enchanting...A delightful blend of wit...intrigue...and emotional victories."

"A remarkable achievement...Another jewel in Beverley's heavily decorated crown."

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1 Original edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451226518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451226518
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an avid Jo Beverley fan, but I have to admit that this book will not be a reread for me. I enjoyed parts of this story, but by the end I was very disappointed. I think I'm not enjoying this off-shoot of Jo Beverley's Georgian series.

At first I understood Caro's motivation for hiding. Since she thought Christian was a relative who might be her "dead husband's" heir who might take everything from her, I felt her fears were legitimate.

But as we went along, her obsession with maintaining her own wealth for the sake of dead ancestors (rather than dependents) became tiresome. And then her behavior at the masquerade was so appalling -- accusing him before witnesses of attempted rape when she knew it wasn't true -- I didn't blame Thorne for disliking her, and I had a hard time accepting that Christian continued to love her. What a weak man to want to win someone like that over. So both characters were unlikeable for different reasons by the end.

I've had a problem recently with authors letting murderers and rapists off without any punishment whatsoever. Again, we see someone completely insane getting away with near murder. It's as if Ellen's trying to make sure Caro didn't get any of the poison clears her completely. Well, why not? The whole world revolves around Caro and her loot, so why not make helping her avoid the death being dealt to another a get-away-with-murder pass?

I don't love the use of Rothgar and Diana in this trilogy. It imposes on the main characters.
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I've loved many of Jo Beverley's previous books, so I was anxious to read her new one. However, I found it very disappointing. I found the heroine completely unsympathetic. She wants to know if her husband is still alive, but when someone comes who could answer her questions, what does she do? She runs away like a lunatic and spends the rest of the book sneaking around disguised as someone else!

I find it very, very irritating when the entire plot revolves around an "adventure" that could have been avoided by 5 minutes of sensible conversation.
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This book is the second in a trilogy, the first of which was quite good, but the second one, is just too contrived. Ms. Beverley is doing three books, all of which have the same premise of meeting in an inn, hidden agendas, hidden identities, exotic pets, and a long, eventful, if unbelieveable, travel sequence. This book starts out with a rape, murder and forced wedding, all involving a 14 year old girl. However, we are asked to believe that after this event, the same person submits to a very obvious, immature, rake within 24 hours of meeting him. One reviewer said that this story is believable within the context of its Georgian setting. I am very much in disagreeance. If you can believe that a woman who suffered such a trauma could fall into bed with a stranger, what about the fact that she did so within a just a few miles of her home? What about the fact that she valued and very much enjoyed her reputation and station in life which was all important in Georgian times, and which was constantly ad nauseum reiterated in this book? It does not seem that a woman of this history would go for this boring "quickie" seduction, even if she has a "hidden" identity, which could be blown by a neighbor at any given moment. Both of the main characters were not very likeable. The heroine was more worried about her money to the point of ridiculousness, and the hero was very immature, not at all the romance reader's usual expectation. He "forgot" that he was married when that marriage involved a murder, rape and forced marriage? Pl-luh-ease. That is why women read these books after all. To experience at least in books a man who is our romantic ideal. I skimmed at least 35% of this book. I was so bored, I almost quit it altogether.Read more ›
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I found myself pretty bored throughout the first half of this book. I thought a lot of the conversations between the characters were useless and boring. Other than the idea of the story, there wasn't much going on that was very interesting. The second half picked up pretty good and I remained interested in the story til the end, with no desire to skim. The problem in this half, however, was the diminished likability of the heroine. Another reviewer explains it in detail with spoilers so I won't do so here, but I agreed with her assessment. I was appalled at the heroine's treatment of the hero at the party, and overall. My goodness, what he did to protect her, and on many occasions. What an ungrateful wretch she was. She could have been angry with him, and even untrusting, but the way she handles it made her most unlikable, and the end was not enough for redemption in my opinion. I still love the Mallorens and will continue to read these books...they just seem to be a little hit and miss, and I think a good and honest editor could do wonders.
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