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A Secret Affair

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,546 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Seeking some much-needed rest and relaxation after a long stint as a TV-news war correspondent in Bosnia, 33-year-old Bill Fitzgerald travels to Venice. There he is struck by the dark beauty of a young American woman, Vanessa Stewart, a 27-year-old glass designer from New York.Unhappily married, she welcomes a no-strings friendship with Bill. Soon they embark on an illicit ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Avon (first published 1996)
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Apr 08, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it
A rare storyline that is desired and has believable unexpected and touching ending..recommend to all (paperback!) fantastic movie!
May 06, 2016 April rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I do not normally read books that are classed as "romance."

And this book was horrible.

Not just the plotline (LOL WHAT IS THAT) but the writing.

If I wrote a plethora of sentence similar to this, but more boring, I would be like Bradford. You wouldn't understand why I am so well known, and would view me as annoying, frustrating, and a pain. The sentences I write are never complex, just very long-winded. You'd almost call them tedious, perhaps even boring. Maybe you'd say that I need a
Mar 29, 2011 Jg rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
I think what annoyed me the most about this book - and this makes me sad to say it, because I *loved* Barbara Taylor Bradford's Emma Harte series (the first three only, the rest were like afterthoughts) - is because BTB's characters in this book are American, yet despite her best efforts, they still hopelessly sound like Brits (same thing with her novel Everything To Gain). It just strikes me as utterly unbelievable that a thirtysomething American guy would describe a cute-as-a-button little gir ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Marian rated it it was ok
I feel this book was just so-so. Nothing much exciting happens. It reminded me of just an ordinary story.
Nov 25, 2013 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
boring and very repetitive... lacked imagination and a tired subject.... 2 stars because it gave me something to do for a total of 1h and change
Very disappointing, not one of the best BTB books, but I don't think any of her books will be as good as the Emma Harte series. Didn't enjoy it at all.
Pam Go
Oct 11, 2015 Pam Go rated it really liked it
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Imogen Woods
Oct 23, 2010 Imogen Woods rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan Shearer
Aug 06, 2014 Susan Shearer rated it it was amazing
This is a must read!!!! A love affair with a surprise ending. A television war correspondent, Bill Fitzgerald and a glass designer, Vanessa Stewart meet in Venice and start an affair. She is married to a man that work and money is more important than her, finds love and solace in Bill. Bill is willing to have her an any terms. They meet in Venice and New York when they can. Bill has a daughter being a widower, who lives with Bill's mom. When they all meet the connection is obvious. Bill is makin ...more
Mary Hall-Rayford
Jul 25, 2013 Mary Hall-Rayford rated it liked it
This is one of my favorite authors. Having said that, I was greatly disappointed with this book. The storyline, while believable leaves a lot to be desired. There is no opportunity to get to know the characters—Bill and Vanessa—other than through their lust. I’m used to a much broader storyline that allows the reader to get involved with the characters. Other than the travel—since Bill is a news journalist reporting events in war zones—until he dies—there’s no real way to get engaged—deeply invo ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
A 33-year-old tv war correspondent who recently did a stint in Bosnia, Bill Fitzgerald decides to go to Venice to relax. While there, he meets 27-year-old Vanessa Stewart, an American woman who is a glass designer from New York. Unhappily married, Vanessa begins a no-strings attached friendship with Bill which quickly blossoms into an illicit affair. The lovers agree to meet each other as much as possible after they return home. However, on the third rendevous one of them doesn't show up. I thou ...more
I am dumber for having read this book. In regards to reviewing this book there is the potential for me to rattle on and on forever - but I'm going to keep it short. This is the Kmart of romance novels. One step up from Walmart but not that far up. It read like a Dick and Jane book. "Bill is a successful man. Bill is a journalist. Bill said, 'Darn it!' Vanessa makes beautiful glass decorations, is unrealistically successful and visits Venice. Yay, Vanessa!" Just so overly simplistic you could fee ...more
Virginia Markhart
Oct 15, 2016 Virginia Markhart rated it it was ok
I have never liked cheating women. This book was about a woman who cheated on her husband so I was immediately disgusted with her. The story line was predictable. The woman divorced her husband, kept meeting up with the boyfriend for rendezvous. The ending was different than I had imagined, but still, the overall story was uninspired.
Bev Taylor
Oct 10, 2013 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
very short - approx 180 pages of paperback

surprised there wasno mention of bill's funeral

also how could his daughter spend the summer with vanessa - what aboout school?

perhaps it was just for the summer holidays

no brain needed for this one!

Ada Iaboni
Jun 09, 2013 Ada Iaboni rated it liked it
Although a sweet love story, it did not allow me to totally see the depth of their claimed love. I thought it needed more shared times and feelings of the two main characters for me to get sucked into it. I liked it, but I did not love it. Not even with Venice as the backdrop.
Mar 26, 2013 Calatasde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mutsuz sonlardan nefret etsemde arada bir değişiklik iyi oluyor.
Kitabın sonu beni gerçekten durduramadığım bir şekilde ağlattı,Kahretsin!
Harika bir kitap,harika bir maceraydı,gerçekten 5 yıldızı hakediyor.

Kitap Bir savaş muhabirinin yaşantısını,aşkı nasıl bulduğunu anlatıyor.
Çarpıcı bir kitap.
Jun 09, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
I like this book, but not as much as the Emma Harte series. Additionally, the ending is not what the reader would expect .
Heather Morris
Feb 05, 2016 Heather Morris rated it it was ok
Bad ending. Who kills off the main character and then ends a book. Too depressing
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Sathish Subramaniam
Jul 26, 2015 Sathish Subramaniam rated it really liked it
My first one of Barbara Taylor.
She kept it crisp and brief, Usual one but never missed the sad,happy and close to heart feel.
Feb 07, 2016 Cathy added it
Jan 14, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy, 200-pgs, romance, venice
Back in the day and I loved the sweetness in this story.
Jun 16, 2010 Gina rated it liked it
Unexpected ending definitely made it worth reading. The rest was kind of predicatable.
shawn stapleton
Nov 27, 2007 shawn stapleton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks
a chick book which even nausated my wife because on the ending.
Gail Mclinn
Sep 09, 2009 Gail Mclinn rated it liked it
This is just a fun read, nothing special...
Lindsay Nelson
Oct 06, 2012 Lindsay Nelson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Not a good book. Romantic and sad, but rushed and unfinished.
Dina Elkomy
Aug 07, 2013 Dina Elkomy rated it liked it
a great novel. a sad ending that i broke out crying.
Jan 04, 2013 Seadaz rated it did not like it
Boring boring boring.
Generally have liked BTB's other books, but this one I couldn't get into at all. Have to admit I did not finish this book.
Charice Lind mehring
This was an okay book. It was not one of her better books. It has a good story but it could have been a little longer and had a little more substance to it.
April Suter
May 12, 2014 April Suter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A typical 90's "love" story trying to glamorize travel, inf1delity, and doing it all to make yourself happy.
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman ...more
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