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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Amira Press (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934475564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934475560
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,546,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By saral on October 29, 2012
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The two previous reviews of this book are from 2008. I looked at the reviews and thought this book must be really good. Needless to say I was disappointed in what I read based on those reviews. I had trouble enjoying this book for many reasons. First off the hero and heroine cant make up their minds on things. The characters kept changing characteristics. One minute one was a villain then good then villain ect.. ect.. it was annoying and the hero and heroine excepted it like it was no big deal. Rape is rape in my opionion not something you can easily forgive and except. Also I had trouble reading due to editing. This could possibly be because of the way the book downloaded onto my kindle but words were stuck together, words were missing, and I'm not a specialist in proper English dialect, however this book had some modern day word usage in it. I could be wrong but I don't believe they said rest rooms at that point in time. All in all I'm being generous in giving the book a 3 instead of a 2.
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I gather that the writer was looking to create more sympathetic characters, but I was quite annoyed by the treatment of characters in this book. Our h suffers for years from a rape and magically forgives him. The rapist starts off with evil thoughts but becomes a sort of off-colored hero. The H's mother is continuously described as kind but she is actually quite cruel in the book and the characterization hardly fits. The story felt lukewarm, the reader involvement so very lacking. The entire story was passive, uninvigorating, and it was hardly helped by the overzealous forgiveness--honestly, the h seems to ask for her hardships, a victim persona without boundaries. Her friends are nowhere to be found when she needs them. Even the scenes of passiom were passionless. The best I can do is say itsa watered down attempt at something much greater. Another reviewer revealed that this is the work of a veteran writer and it left me stunned--as I was much more willing to forgive this book of a novice with big dreams and room to grow. I won't say i am impressed to try this writer's other works.
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A SHAMEFUL SECRET is a regency romance filled with secrets and intrigue but the real secret for readers may be that the book is copyrighted by Linda Sole, AKA Anne Herries, a popular Harlequin historical romance author. Sole has more than a few literary nom de plumes. The book was offered free from Amazon for Kindle so despite one bad review, I downloaded it.

The previous review dwelt on formatting errors so I can only assume that that reviewer had a bad copy as I saw only one or two (the word Ann with a strikethrough prior to the story actually beginning and some double spaces (once or twice) between words.

The novel was well written and entertaining. For the most part, the author remains true to the period for a regency novel with only a few slips into a too modern dialect. The story entails the "ruination" of a 17 year old and the love she finds after years of mental cruelty from her father. The hero is stalwart and brave. The heroine rediscovers her heart and mind after both are abused by a young lover, a self-righteous father and an abused subservient mother.

I agree that "rape is rape" but forgiveness is also forgiveness and both our hero and heroine offer it to others as well as the man who "ruined" her. The only unredeemable villain is the one who showed no remorse or ability to change his plotted course. The author (Ireland or Sole or Herries) offers layered complex people as heroes and villains as well as secondary characters to support the story. I enjoyed the read. It's a historical romance so the HEA is a given. The reader's enjoyment comes from the journey. The author did not disappoint.
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3.5 stars. The heroine has been secluded by her family after being ruined at 17 and giving birth to a child. She is continually reminded of her shame and her spirit is nearly broken. Now that Hester's unforgiving father is dead, her mother's cousin, Charlotte (Lady Danbury), convinces Hester's mother to allow Hester to accompany her to Bath. Lady Danbury introduces Hester back into her rightful place in society where she gets to know Captain Paul Crawford and they fall in love. Captain Crawford is also investigating a mystery which plays a major part in the story. The man who ruined Hester does a decent job of repenting and redeeming himself. So who is the villain?

The writing was occasionally stiff. I liked the characters and the plot was pretty good but I didn't love it. I guess I never felt drawn into the book, there seemed to be something holding the reader at a distance. Wish I could rate it the extra half star, it's a solid 3.5 for me.

** This is a clean romance.
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Really, I do!

Ok maybe I am just frustrated because of the writing style. EVERYTHING in this story is told to the reader third person by a narrator. We get to experience none if it, we are just told. This author does not know how to write inner dialogue. There are pages of endless paragraphs narrated to us.

I just cannot read this anymore. At 36% I am giving up and moving on. I have no clue why anyone besides the author's relatives would give this a good review. If you like historical romance, and are a regular reader.....then skip this one...even for free.
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