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Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (Windham #5)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,997 ratings  ·  191 reviews

And she's been perfectly capable of keeping them...until now. When she's threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she's set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until
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Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Blodeuedd Finland
Burrowes books are always so easy to read, they just flows, even when you get annoyed at the characters ;) But then again it would not be that easy to get me to marry you either if I just met you.

Maggie is the bastard daughter, still she is adopted and loved. Oh and she is 30, oh yes 30, I loved that. She is firmly in the shelf and she does not care cos she wants her independence. And with a mother who was a courtesan *coughs whore* I do get why she wants her freedom. I like an author that takes

4.5 Stars

If you are a fan of historical romance and you haven't read any of Grace Burrowes' books yet, what are you waiting for? Her books are so romantic, so emotional, and full of a great big loving family of characters. Her fantastic characters are what makes me keep coming back for more with each new book. I love the style of series where a huge family is interconnected through many different books. Even though this is technically part of the "Duke's Daughters" series, all of the characters
Lovely hero and some nicely-written parts, but somehow the whole thing didn't really gel for me.

Lady Maggie is supposed to be a financial genius and a decisive, strong woman, but these sides of her were never really shown, just told. In fact, other than her hiring of the hero to retrieve her missing reticule (and it turned out she had a pretty good idea who had taken it, but she never told her sleuth that), Maggie is almost completely passive in the story and the relationship, much like the her
This was a very slow read and it felt unnecessarily long. The hero is of the sweet and giving variety. Most of the plot related to a worry of the heroine's that the hero could've helped clear up right away. Since the worry is not really actually based on the heroine's actions, the title might be more accurate as "Lady Maggie's Annoying Tendency to Wallow in Helpless Martyrdom." I guess it's not as alliterative and snappy, though.
REVIEW: What an interesting character Maggie was! You couldn’t help but admire the strong character of this woman who was basically sold to the Duke, who wasn’t even sure that she is his child, yet accepted her as such and loved her as much as all his other children. Only a loving father would be so perceptive about his eldest daughter to say this.

"She’s in want of… dreams, I think. My other girls have dreams. Sophie dreamed of her own family, Jenny loves to paint, Louisa has her literary scribb
Sia McKye

I'll be the first to say I've gotten tired of the rash of Regency period stories. Grace Burrowes reminds me why I loved the period. She writes the kind of historical novel I love to read. Rich on details, the setting of the time, dialogs, and nuances. Good story, great characters with lots of inner conflict and insecurities, a mystery to solve, time running out, and an ending that brings a smile to your face.

Maggie is the illegitimate but adopted daughter of a powerful Duke and while she is acce
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Secrets rule the lives of both Lady Maggie and Ben Hazlit. They're motivated by the same need—to protect family! The sensual, soul-satisfying love that twines itself around their hearts and holds on tight through the confusion and conflicts brings them from their shadowy personal lives.

Maggie, the illegitimate but adopted daughter of the Duke of Moreland, is a much-loved daughter and sister. But her early life still influences her act
Another nice regency by GB. I felt the writing was very well done, the plotting was good and tight. The characterization was good. I loved the hero. Very competent and very much in love with the heroine. This book revolved around conversation mostly with some action but not really very much description. For example there wasn't a lot of telling me what color the morning room walls were and etc., that sort of thing can become very intrusive. So the book was fast moving and I really enjoyed it.
Lady Wesley
I liked Maggie a lot, which put this book a notch above the sisters' stories.

See my review of the series at
Kat Latham
Maggie Windham needs help. Her reticule has gone missing, and it contains several letters which could expose a scandal that would humiliate her father and adoptive mother.

So she hires an investigator her family has used before, Benjamin Hazlit, to find her reticule. But she can't tell him why she's so desperate for its return because as she grows to love him, she also realizes that she needs to protect him from the secret too.

I had high hopes for this novel, but to be honest I had really mixed
Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance –May 1st, 2012
4 stars

Grace Burrows sparkles yet again in another heartfelt story between mature characters who find love.

Lady Maggie Windham is the well loved if illegitimate daughter of a Duke. Strong and independent she has taken care of herself, but this in direct contrast to the fear and anxiety she feels about some disturbing notes which she has recently been receiving. When her reticule is stolen, she worries that what it con
Lady Maggie Windham had the good fortune to be brought up in her father’s household, even though she was born out of wedlock. And she repays that good fortune by keeping her nose clean and her name out of trouble. Then she meets Benjamin Hazlit, and decides to ask him to find something for her.

He’s surprised when he agrees to take on the task. But how could he refuse? She’s beautiful, even if she withdraws from Society. She’s smart as a whip – scandalously so. And she’s hiding something.

I loved
Good book. Lady Maggie is the Duke's oldest daughter. She is also illegitimate, though he did adopt her. She has been an important part of their family all along. Maggie is very independent and is determined that she won't marry. She has her own household and is a bit of a financial genius. When her reticule (purse) goes missing with some very personal items in it she hires Ben Hazlit to find it. Ben has worked for her family before and Maggie has always intrigued him. In order to find her missi ...more
A. R., this book really should only have 2.5 stars....I was kind and rounded up because I thought it had a terrific story line. It had mystery, drama, blackmail, great characters, good dialog....I loved the story, but couldn't get past all the cliche romantic moments. Maybe I am outgrowing the traditional romance genre because I have read two in recent weeks and have been sorely disappointed with the romance element in both.

When I read regency romance - I want regency romance with all its pol
Amanda The Book Slayer
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4.5 Stars

Recommend : If you enjoy Historical Romances then give this book a try. You don't have to read the other 4 books to enjoy this book. It can stand alone or enhance the last 4 books of the series.

I fell in love with the Windham's from the very first book The Heir. Maggie is the oldest of the Windham daughters. She also has been firmly put on the shelf for several years and therefore has learned to live a peaceful life in her own home with her
Grace Burrowes has hit another one out of the ballpark! The book starts out with a great "hook". "The BLIGHTED, BENIGHTED, BLASTED, PERISHING thing has to be in here somewhere." It would seem that Lady Maggie Windham, the natural (and adopted) daughter of the Duke of Moreland, has "misplaced" something that is very important and valuable to her. She hires an investigator to locate the item. Enter our tortured hero.... Mr Hazlit.
Much of the Windham family make appearances and some are major co
The actual scandal was too close to a Big Misunderstanding for my taste, but I really enjoyed the h/h - they were very sweet together and generally kind.
Lynne Tull
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"Burrowes is an unconventional storyteller who knows exactly how to touch a reader's heart and reach deep into the soul."—RT Book Reviews

Lady Maggie Windham Has Secrets

And she's been perfectly capable of keeping them...until now. When she's threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she's set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a di

I did enjoy Benjamin and Maggie's story. Benjamin is an investigator with honor. He is also an Earl with secrets. Maggie is an illegitimate daughter of a Duke, who with his wife adopted her from her wicked mother as a child. Maggie has never felt as one of the family but it is her not the family that promotes this feeling. She is very intelligent financially but not so much emotionally. She hires Benjamin to help her recover her receptacle which has letters she is desperate to get back. She does ...more
I think my problem with this book was that I just didn't really like ANY of the characters. I was just incredibly annoyed with everyone. Maggie was just too much of a self-sacrificing martyr and Ben was equally annoying, with his "secret" earldom. I've found the Duke and Duchess's meddling interference annoying throughout this entire series. I've used the word "annoyed" three times already and that just sums up how I felt when I finished this book!
Have you ever read a book teetering on the edge of DNF? Little things bother you, such as choppy writing, too many side charcters because in a family series we must get to know each member of the family in every single book? Yet, you keep going because you like certain aspects of it (hey, who doesn’t love a red-headed heroine who’s a financial wizard) and you keep thinking it has got to get better. And then you get to the end and not only do you want to throw the book against the wall, you want ...more
Betty Strohecker
This was one of my favorite books in the Windham family series thus far. The heroine, Maggie Windham, was portrayed with class, dignity, and intelligence. She is the first woman in this series that I was truly able to like. While all of the other women in the first five books were supposed to be strong and independent, they made foolish choices, and at times were too whiny to be believed or liked. Sometines being strong means understanding when to accept the help of others. Maggie rises above an ...more
I just couldn't connect with this story. Also felt a bit overwhelmed with all of the characters and everything that was going on with everyone. I felt out of the loop. I think I need to go back and start with the author's first book and make my way back to this one, because I liked the author's voice I just felt lost.
Author: Grace Burrowes
First published: 2012
Length: 5523 locations, 373 pages
Setting: London, Regency.
Sex: explicit, reasonably frequent, intimate, outdoors.
Hero: Private Investigator with a secret Earldom.
Heroine: Illegitimate daughter of a Duke. Daughter of a Courtesan. Thirty years old.
Series: Book 5 of "Windham Series". Book 2 of "The Duke's Daughters".
Includes: A family tree. Excerpt from Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight.

You know how you'll sometimes have a book just sitting on your kindle, wa

What the hell kind of hero is this? Hazlit obviously had a thing for Maggie the way he was always sniffing her hair (cringe) and keeping mementos of her (3 strands of her hair coiled into a circle and tied with string, double cringe). Then he would chastise her and call her a dollymop! He came across as a total creep with a hair fetish. Would you find it romantic to discover a lock of your hair surreptitiously cut off with a pen knife? He got better when they became more acquainted but he was th
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Cardyn Brooks
The three stars reflect story pacing issues rather than writing quality, story structure or characterizations. Because Maggie and Ben's relationship is initially adversarial, the deep emotional intimacy between them is delayed for nearly 100 pages. The other element that diluted my enjoyment was Maggie's dithering in the face of dire consequences that mandated immediate action, especially after what she witnesses in the park.

G.B. continues to expand the cast of family, friends, and allies to in
This was the second book from The Duke's Daughters series and the fifth from the Windham series. I have read the four previous books and I like the daughters books much more.

This is the story of the oldest Windham daughter, Maggie, the adopted illegitimate daughter of the duke. While Maggie loves her family, she has kept her distance. She does this thinking it will help protect her family from the shadows of her past.

Ben Hazlit has been a secret finder and keeper for the Windham family for many
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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Windham (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Duke and His Duchess (Windham, #0.6)
  • The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1) (Windham, #1)
  • The Soldier (Duke's Obsession, #2) (Windham, #2)
  • The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3) (Windham, #3)
  • Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (Windham, #4) (The Duke's Daughters, #1)
  • Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (The Duke's Daughters, #3) (Windham, #6)
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  • Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (The Duke's Daughters, #5) (Windham, #8)
  • Morgan and Archer: A Novella (Windham, #8.5)
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