The Lady's Secret
Former actress Georgiana Knight always believed she and her brother were illegitimateuntil they learn their parents were married, making them heirs to a great estate. To prove their claim, Georgy needs to find evidence of their union by infiltrating a ton house party as valet to Lord Nathaniel Harland. Though masquerading as a boy is a challenge, it pales in c...more
Georgiana Knight isn't the successful actress that she had hoped to be. Stage-fright has relegated her to the behind-the-scenes responsibilities of costumes and sets. Georgy and her twin Harry, are part-owners in the Camelot Theatre in London, left to them after the death of their actress mother. Their late father was heir to the title of Earl of Dunsmore. Without proof of their parents' marriage Georgy and Harry are considered illegitimate, and Harry therefore ineligible to claim...more
Like her actress mother, Georgiana works in a theatre, but is too prone to stage...more
As the book starts, Harry is spending all of...more
Georgiana Knight and her brother Harry are part-owners of London's Camelot Theatre. But in 1810 London, working in the theatre, even owning one, is not exactly respectable. And that's the story of their lives. Georgy...more
The conceit of the heroine masquerading as a gentleman's valet is original enough, but what makes this book so different is the quality of the writing, the meticulous attention to detail, the effortless characterisation.
In one of his encyclopaedic studies of human sexuality,...more
On the one hand, I found it highly enjoyable. The author has a way with words that makes it easy for the reader to lose themselves in the storyline and the characters; I literally found myself reading more than I intended to each time I picked it up. The characters, too, are great companions for the ride and grow on you the more you progress.
However, and on the other hand, it’s not necessarily a novel that I would recommend to all and sundry. It has a...more
As a little girl, Georgiana Knight didn't give a thought to whether or not her parents were married. They were her mama and papa and they loved her and her twin brother Harry. They loved each other. Then her father died, and her mother, an actress in London, raised her and her brother in the theatre she loved so much. But her mother died as well, bleeding out in the street after being attacked by a mugger.
Or so the story goes. Georgy and Harry have other suspicio...more
I have read over 200 historical romance books and I confess I didn't completely understand what being a valet entailed. Well, I learned with this book and let me tell you, I didn't realize it was so much freaking work! Just to put it in perspective, being a valet of a stylish Regency gentleman was like being in charge of wardrobe, makeup and styling of a celebrity who needs to be immaculately dressed twice a day, 7-days a w...more
Historical romance at its best!
Would be five stars except for a teensy bit of difficulty believing in the H/h sojourn at a country estate over Christmas ... perhaps a tiny bit too fairy-tale in its intimacy.
On my top three for the year list at Heroes and Hearts: this is what I said, "The Lady’s Secret (Carina Press) by Joanna Chambers. A sensual and intimate delight of a story. Georgy masquerades as a deft and...more
It really is lovely book!
Just love the part when the hero discovers the heroins secret and studies her in silents just to see how had she gone so far with it.
The commitment she has to her role, just to help her brother is so endearing.
Give it a try and you'll love it!
4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this one. I wasn't too sure at first since I'm not a fan of the female-dressed-up-as-a-male trope, but it was well done here. Chambers creates two wonderful characters and gives them ample time and opportunity to fall in love with each other. There were some interesting descriptions of class here, and just a touch of 'Downton Abbey' involved. Overall, a great historical read, and one that I'm fairly cer...more
First I thought this book would be a boring one, because it's take several pages to meet the hero. As per romance book I'm counting on the hero first to release a spark to my spirit for continuity reading ;D
Lastly, the rush ending leave so much unanswered question I think need to be answered in (if there is) the next book....more
Joanna lives in Scotland with...more