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Unraveled by the Rebel (Secrets in Silk) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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"A sweeping story of Highland clearances and London society." —FreshFiction.com
Praise for Undone by the Duke, Book 1 in the Secrets in Silk Quartet:
“Well written, aptly conveying a strong sense of family among the sisters, the quartet shows great promise.” —4 stars, RT Book Reviews
"A tender, exquisitely romantic tale..." —Connie Brockway, New York Times bestselling author
Top Customer Reviews
When the story opens, the hero and heroine share a friendship tinged with adolescent attraction that is later supposed to turn into love. Despite the number of flashbacks, it's not shown how the feelings grew through the years of separation. Five years is a really long time to be apart, and given the trials both characters had gone through, it's likely that they don't even know each other all that well.
To be fair, the book does a good job showing that, in fact, they don't. Granted, after they marry, toward the last third of the book, they start building a relationship, but beyond their combined efforts to bring about the downfall of the villain, the development is hidden from the reader because the timeline jumps seven months into the future.
I've taken issue with more than a few plot twists, on which I cannot elaborate without spoilers, so if you'd rather not read them, skip the rest of this review, but keep in mind that the book includes triggers.
The hero is a crofter's son, whose father is hanged for the crime, of which neither he nor the father is guilty. After the tragedy, his mother sends him to his father's family in Edinburgh, where he learns that his father was the youngest, disowned son of an old viscount, and that he's the heir presumptive - not heir apparent as he's called in the book - to the current viscount, his uncle.Read more ›
The story proper opens in 1811 as Paul Fraser, a crofter's son and now an Edinburgh doctor, attends the wedding of Juliette Andrews's sister. The crofter families have been forced off the land by a rich landowner to make room for more profitable sheep, with Napoleonic wars pushing up the price of wool, and the people are camping out in bitter weather as they try to rebuild their lives elsewhere.
Since Juliette's father, an officer off fighting, came into his title, there is an uneasy situation and she tells Paul that he should not be interested in her. Juliette has a secret in her past however, that she was attacked by the rich landowner and she believes that Paul deserves a wife who could give him children as she cannot.
Paul is determined to ruin the landowner but Juliette just wants to live quietly in London now and help her sisters sell silk and satin undergarments to a shop for ladies, to shore up the debt her father inherited.
I always like the details and history in Michelle Willingham's books. However I was surprised that it was not mentioned that the men at balls all wore regimental or navy uniform at this time. Indeed the ladies found it difficult to wear a dress whose colours did not clash with some of the brightly coloured uniforms.
Drama and continuous suspenseful danger captivates the reader's attention throughout and allows the reader to get to know the characters on an emotional level. It draws the reader into the story and keeps them guessing as to what will happen next as they cheer the couple on to find that second chances of happiness do exist; you just have to find your way to the end of the rainbow.
The sisters of this series are strong and willing to take necessary steps outside the conventional socially acceptable box to survive and keep themselves and those under their responsibility out of poverty. This is Michelle Willingham's second book in the Andrew sisters Secrets in Silk series, of which I hope is not the last book of the series. This book can be read as a stand-alone but once started will make you want to read the first book, Undone by the Duke. You will discover, if this is your first time reading, Michelle Willingham is a top notch and not to be missed author!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put this book down. Powerful love story. Perfect amount of conflict. I love the bond between the sisters.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
The trials two people have to endure to come together after years of separation comes full circle with the evil man who wants to keep them apart.Published 8 days ago by Kitten
This book began as a slow read but quickly sped up. It was difficult to put the book aside once Juliette made her mind up about marrying the "rebel" Paul! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary
I was actually thinking about skipping this book and let's just say that the books's description is inaccurate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mYing_ers
I truly love the idea of an early 19th Century physician understanding the need for extreme cleanliness and sterilization techniques. Read morePublished 8 months ago by miriam preugschat
I've read 3 of the 4 books of this series and this one wasn't my favorite. Juliette was annoying. Her fear over the things that happened to her just bugged me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Danielle