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Wife in the Shadows

3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  363 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
"The private face of a public marriage"The manipulative machinations of the great Manzini family have locked Elena Blake into marriage. The reluctant groom is Italy's most infamous womanizer, Count Angelo Manzini.

In society's spotlight, Angelo bestows dutiful kisses on his shy new countess. But behind closed doors, his apparently biddable bride refuses to stand in the shad
Paperback, Harlequin Presents Extra #166, 192 pages
Published September 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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It’s April, the cruellest month, and Elena is getting ready to go to a party. Her maid Donata is dressing her in some gown thing Elena hates, and helping with Elena’s makeup (which is a waste of time because Elena is so plain) and doing Elena’s hair, which she’s actually pretty good at. Elena is miserable about Donata, because Donata clearly thinks she is hopeless and Elena agrees, but nobody bonds over personal criticism, so these two just aren’t getting along. Then Elena emerges from her boudo ...more
Jul 28, 2011 RLA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Elena and Angelo. Angelo has recently ended an affair with his married lover (Elena's cousin) and she is angry with him. Out of revenge she sets home up and he unknowingly goes to Elena's room one night, whilst staying at the home of an important business associate who is also the husband of Elena's godmother. Elena is shocked by events, especially the knowledge that her cousin set her up, but realises the need to avoid a scandal. To help this her godmother suggests that she ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Nonieღserenity2bliss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-b
I'm really disappointed, especially after the synopsis on the back cover sounds very promising. I'm not a fan of the author's style of writing, to be really honest. I find it lacks necessary dialogues to convey the tension and duress the characters are in. Instead, it is written in inner-thoughts style that is very boring and dull. Until the end, I find the characters lack in personality and emotional depth.
The author raised her game three-quarters of the way in by implementing a "shady" literary device which had me holding my breath. I can't complain because I started to enjoy the book more: Ellie shed her frigid persona, the angst and passion increased, and when it was nearly over, I finally believed our protagonists could achieve a happy ending.

I would have rated the book as average before this crucial change in tone occurred, mostly because it was hard to warm up to Ellie who acted so aloof wi
Sep 14, 2014 Primadonna rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Meh. I don't get the chemistry. I dislike the hero's unscrupulous bed-hopping, esp. with other people's wives. Since I cannot respect him, it's hard for me to like this book.
May 04, 2012 Yui rated it liked it
3.5. I enjoyed this very much.

Elena is a wallflower compare to her yr-older glamorous married cousin. I liked that she didn't seem bitter about this and still managed to remain loyal to this very selfish relation of hers so much so that when she and Angelo Manzini sprang the trap of uniting them in marriage and learned that her cousin orchestrated a humiliation in revenge to her former lover who ended their affair and picked her to take the fall, She still agreed to a marriage to a man she actua
Jul 17, 2013 Vanessa rated it did not like it
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This is funny how can you tell from one book that you love author. I could tell it about Sarah Morgan and Olivia Gates and now Sara Craven.
This story was almost a five-star. The only problem was that Elle always said aloud the opposite of what she thought. But if that was it the story would be much shorter. Or not there at all.
I hated that cousin of hers all the way trough the book. What a harpy! And I pitted Angelo cause he desperately tried to make it right but she was too strong and too agai
Fanny Roswita Ria
Just confiusing with this line story so I give 2.5 star for this novel.

Menggunakan alur maju mundur membuat di beberapa bagian kehilangan kaitan ceritanya sehingga gw sempet agak bingung, even di awal2 sangat menikmati bagaimana karakter heroine-nya dituangkan. Gw berasumsi akan bertemu dg sosok heroine yang pendiem dan menyeh2 alias terima nasib wae kalo diinjek dan diabaikan, tapi salah besar rupanya..sang heroine adl sosok yang tangguh walopun sikap pasrahnya dg ketidakcantikannya begitu meng
Fiona Marsden
Feb 09, 2016 Fiona Marsden rated it it was amazing
Sara Craven used to be one of my favourite reads back in the dawn of time. Then I got so sick of her sleazy, manwhore, adulterous cheating anti-heroes that I gave up. The most recent one I read The Santangeli Marriage started with him committing adultery after his marriage with a married woman and blaming it on the way his very youthful, inexperienced wife treated him. Which she only did because she'd found out what an adulterous manwhore he was. That book was such a downer in so many ways.

Mar 23, 2014 Missy rated it liked it
A interesting twisted storyline - Count has mistress who happens to be your only relative, your married cousin who is pissed at the count for ending the affair. While away at thier godmother's for weekend the cousin decides to get revenge on the count by wrecking his business deal that he there trying to close. The cousin tricks the count into one last fling & sends him to the heroine's room only to caught naked in bed by everyone forcing them into a pretend engagement to save his business d ...more
May 17, 2013 Roub rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it got 3 stars only bcoz sara craven is a very talented author n she keeps u entertained and interested in what would be happening next. unfortunately i did not care much for the story as i disliked the heroine very much. she acted like a cold fish for most of the if she was frigid
Overall was not a bad story, just for me alil hard to follow at times. Until the end when the author must have felt that more needed to be explained and it did, she dumped all this information. At times I found myself having to re-read pages because I felt lost.
Mahareni Sukadi
Baca harlequin lagi gara-gara tergiur sama sinopsisnya, kayaknya bakalan bagus bangeeeeeet. Nikah terpaksa kemudian pelan-pelan jatuh cinta beneran.

Heroinenya, si Elena, bikin jengkel poooool. Ditindas sama sepupunya kok diam saja. Bisanya kabur kemudian sembunyi biar gak ditemukan Manzini. Kalau daku yang jadi Elena sih, udah aku uleg-uleg tuh muka si Sylvia, and ora sudi daku menutupi aib-aibnya. Trus kalau ada ganjelan di hati soal hubungan Sylvia+Manzini, udah kukonfrontasi si Manzini langsu
Consuela Rossetto
Nov 25, 2015 Consuela Rossetto rated it liked it
Shelves: harmony
Il lato privato di un matrimonio pubblico non sempre è come lo si può immaginare... Le macchinazioni della ricca famiglia Manzini hanno costretto Elena Blake in un matrimonio di facciata. E lo sposo altri non è che il noto playboy italiano Angelo Manzini. In pubblico Elena accoglie timidamente i baci di circostanza del marito, ma in privato si rifiuta di restare in disparte. Intrigato dal comportamento di aperta sfida di sua moglie, Angelo si scopre affascinato dall'idea di sedurre realmente la ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Makii rated it really liked it

Casi muero con toda la parte de Luca!! Cruel pero diferente!!!
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Resti  Triyuliandha
Dec 09, 2011 Resti Triyuliandha rated it it was ok
this book depressing me...
Mwana Mali
Mar 14, 2015 Mwana Mali rated it did not like it
This is the stupidest book I have ever read. Elena's inner monologues border on selfishly neurotic and are ridiculous. This writer may as well have written the book in first person narration. It was a waste of time and eyesight. Sara Craven... This book was a joke. Seriously. Elena is a mess. Angelo was inexplicable. Silvia was unnecessary. The whole thing was like a B list soap opera. I wish I could forget it. Especially that silly little Elena's monologues.... AAAAAARGH!!!
Jan 02, 2012 Cecilia rated it liked it
Shelves: elibrary-books
I almost really liked this - classic HP, with overbearing hero and apparently powerless heroine; however, the overbearing hero doesn't always get his way and the heroine is no dimwitted doormat.

What kept it from being a 4 was a couple issues. First, the narrative perspective starts out split between hero and heroine, but then part way through the book abruptly changes so that it's only hers. This is probably to preserve a twist-esque thing that happens in the middle of the book (though it was o
I absolutely got confused later in the part of the story that i actually skipped a lot of pages especially when shes back in casa bianca. I realized that i have double standards. i wanted the h to remain faithful and the H no matter what. good thing everything was explained at the end.
Jan 06, 2013 HÜLYA rated it liked it
Gölgelerde Saklı - Sara Craven
Yakışıklı Kont Angelo Manzini ve Utangaç Genç Kız Elena Blake
Her zaman umumadık taş baş yarar sözünü sevmişimdir bu roman tam da o sözü anımsatıyordu..
Son metresi ile ilişkisi deşifre olan Angelo'Nun dışında gelişen bir takım entrikalar dönmekteydi ortada bu özellikle metresi Silvia ve büyükannaesi tarafından yürütülmekteydi..Ama bu entirkalara gösterişsiz sade Elena'da dahil edilir..Bir takım ayak oyounları ile ikili önce nişanlanmak sonrada evlenmek durumunda kalı
Feb 21, 2015 Romance_reader rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. It started out slow and then took a completely different turn by way of a twist that I didn't really see coming. I certainly didn't regret staying up to finish this one.
Nov 09, 2014 Glandrie rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
This was such a depressive read... seriously. I had so many issues with this book, that if I started listing them... that list would be very long. I didn't like the characters, he wasn't interesting and she had no backbone whatsoever. And then that really weird shit that started happening somewhere halfway in the book! I didn't understand it at all. I though she had some sort of disorder or something. Well I'll be deleting this one from my Kindle, not worth re-reading.
Sep 15, 2014 Esme8987 rated it it was amazing
This story was truly great! It doesn't get the credit it deserves. I loved the tailspin towards the end and of course the ending!
Nov 03, 2015 Val rated it it was amazing
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Maria Esther
Jan 04, 2015 Maria Esther rated it it was ok
Shelves: leido
La verdad es que me ha gustado bastante , esta esposa en la sombra
Monica Komen
Dec 28, 2015 Monica Komen rated it it was amazing
always great good description of scenes.
Oct 28, 2014 Pravana rated it really liked it

loved the Luca and Helen bit
Jess the Romanceaholic
While I enjoyed all of the lovely angst brought about by the unconventional marriage, the author played a nasty trick on the readers in the middle, and honestly, this one was |thisclose| to being a wallbanger. My own sheer stubbornness was the only thing that kept me from slapping it firmly into the DNF pile with a look of disgust, and even though the ending was quite lovely, it wasn't nearly enough to make up for the middle.

2.5/5 Stars, only that high because of the author's writing skills -- p
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Anne Bushell was born on October 1938 in South Devon, England, just before World War II and grew up in a house crammed with books. She was always a voracious reader, some of her all-time favorites books are: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Middlemarch" by George Eliot, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell and "The Code of the Woosters" by P. G. Wodehous ...more
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