- 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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A Shameful Secret Paperback – March 17, 2008
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As stated good story line but sentences were structured as if a second grader were reading the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
I like the book,enjoy reading new books.I rated high be cause I liked the book,thanks for kindle books to read.Published on August 2, 2014 by Gaynell Perdue
THIS IS A WONDERFUL STORY OF LOVE AND FORGIVENESS. NO MATTER WHAT MISTAKES WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE, OUR WISHES AND DESIRES WILL HAPPEN. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by TERESA
Regency Era romance. Hester was raped when she was 17 and bore a child out of wedlock that she was told was stillborn. Her father despised her for the shame. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Panda Fan
You can't help but really feel for the heroine in this story. She is such a broken down mouse in the beginning, but you quickly learn there is much more to her. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Liloshadow
I loved every thing about this book. It was a love story with substance with a mature hero and heroine, for once.Published on April 12, 2013 by Ariel Taylor
After two days of being unable to put this book down for anything, really nothing got done in this house, until I could get to the very end of A SHAMEFUL SECRET by Anne Ireland. Read morePublished on October 29, 2008 by Caffey