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The Abolitionist's Secret (Cotillion Ball #2)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
In 1856 New York, Heather Fitzpatrick, a bashful abolitionist, falls for young Army lieutenant David Whitman, who is tracking a runaway slave - the very slave she and her parents rescued from the hands of the slavemongers a few nights earlier.

Despite their divergent views on slavery, romance ensues when David dances with Heather at the Cotillion Ball and later that night,
ebook, 252 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Crimson Romance
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Rachel T
Combined review of the first three books of this series featured at THE READING CAFE


This book was my fave of the three books and I think it’s because we really start to dig into what ignites the Civil War. Here we meet Heather Fitzpatrick who is northerner, abolitionist, the quieter twin sister to Jasmine, and generally a lovely human being. Heather and her twin sister Jasmine are both comin
Rena Koontz
Nov 17, 2012 Rena Koontz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crimson Romance Author Becky Lower introduced us to the Fitzpatrick sisters in July and we liked that Ginger and Joseph Lafontaine got together. We love that younger sister Heather meets and falls in love with David Whitman, a Southern plantation owner and Army lieutenant tracking a runaway slave in the second of her Cotillion series, “The Abolitionist’s Secret.”

If you liked the first installment, you’ll find the second one warmer, more romantic and a tad nail biting. Ms. Lower escorts us to our
Sharon Lee
Nov 12, 2012 Sharon Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one who enjoys romance
Recommended to Sharon by: my cousin
"The Abolitionist's Secret" is a wonderfully written book by Becky Lower and the second book of the Cotillion Ball series. The author has taken her love of history and woven it into a tale of love that takes place before the Civil War and during the issue of slavery. The heroine, Heather Fitzpatrick, is in love with David Whitman, a lieutenant in the army who comes from the deep south. She is an abolitionist who wants to help slaves, unbeknownst to the hero. Soon, she discovers that David's fath ...more
Amanda Shalaby
Nov 30, 2012 Amanda Shalaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Abolitionist’s Secret is the second tale in Becky Lower’s Cotillion Series, and follows the heroine, Heather Fitzpatrick, through her first season circa 1856 America. Lower first won me over with her first release, The Reluctant Debutante, and this second chapter in the Fitzpatrick Family drama did not disappoint! When Heather’s passion for the Abolitionist Movement is challenged by her love for the son of a slave owner in Georgia, you live her struggles and share in her passion. This is an ...more
Linda Smith
Nov 04, 2012 Linda Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This romantic tale unfolds against the backdrop of increasing tensions between the slave-holding and free states in pre-Civil War America. Heather is a New York debutante beginning her first season alongside her identical but somewhat shallow twin sister Jasmine. The more socially responsible twin falls in love with a dashing young army officer. But Heather is involved with the abolitionist movement and finds her love tested when she learns that David is heir to a Georgia plantation. After she a ...more
Micah Persell
Nov 18, 2012 Micah Persell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will read anything Becky Lower writes, even if it’s a historical re-write of the phone book, so I was excited to see book number two in The Cotillion Ball Series, The Abolitionist’s Secret. I was even more excited to see the book’s heroine was one of the precocious Fitzpatrick twins: Heather. David and Heather fall for each other early on in the novel, and it was refreshing to discover that the central conflict for the characters is not falling in love—as is typical in romance—but overcoming a ...more
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It’s the mid 1850‘s, abolitionists are crowding the streets in certain Northern states protesting slavery, while the South is still holding fast to their traditions and livelihood. Amongst all the chaos Army lieutenant David Whitman has traveled to New York for two reasons; the first to track his father’s runaway slave that skipped town heading North and second to m
Miranda Liasson
Dec 02, 2012 Miranda Liasson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who loved feisty Ginger Fitzpatrick’s story, your wait is over...Becky Lower brings us book two in her Fitzpatrick family saga, focusing on Heather, younger sister of Ginger and twin sister of Jasmine.

Lower again combines a sweeping story set in an America on the cusp of being divided into North and South, and again brings us complex and emotional family dynamics that ring true to real life.

Heather and her boisterous, trouble-making twin Jasmine are just beginning their coming-
A.E. Jones
Jan 21, 2013 A.E. Jones rated it really liked it
I have to tell you that I’m a sucker for a good series. I love becoming part of the lives of the characters and watching the romance come to fruition. But what really kicks a book up a notch for me is when I try to figure out what character will be the hero or heroine in the NEXT installment.

In The Abolitionist’s Secret, Becky Lower’s second book in her Cotillion Ball Series, shy Heather Fitzpatrick takes center stage. She and her over-the-top twin sister Jasmine are starting their Cotillion se
Jan 21, 2013 Gaele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, jeep-diva
Intermingling historical events and places within fiction, Becky Lower has created a clever story that is filled with engaging and infuriating characters, intrigue and a romance that is delightful amidst the struggles are growing in the country regarding the ownership of slaves. While this was the second in the series, I did not feel that there was a great gap in the story from not having read the first book, as the author managed to create a story that was focused on Heather Fitzpatrick and her ...more
Deborah Cordes
Nov 22, 2012 Deborah Cordes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Abolitionist's Secret is a wonderful novel, the second story following the Fitzpatrick siblings of pre-Civil War New York. The Cotillion Ball is the impetus for the series, but these novels are not pieces of fluff; on the contrary, Ms. Lower tackles serious and fascinating subjects through the eyes of her heroes and heroines. In this novel, the abolition of slavery drives the conflict between young and beautiful abolitionist Heather Fitzpatrick and Army lieutenant David Whitman, whose family ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give a bad rating, but really this was a very poorly written book, and I cannot recommend this to anyone. The characters were sorely underdeveloped and the plot sounded promising but just failed to deliver. It reads like a poorly written screenplay for a bad Hallmark movie (and I love bad Hallmark movies, for the record).
Feb 24, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's my review: I intended on reading only the first book in the series and then reading something else before coming back for book two. Instead, I read through all three that I had in three days. Then I found myself searching Amazon for the rest of the series before I even wrote my review. Apparently, I liked them a lot. Now back to Amazon.
Kim Porter
I really like the topic and the fact that proceeds go to the Oberlin Underground Railroad Museum,so I gave this novel two stars, however, the characters were very flat and predictable, and the plot was dull.
Regan Walker
An Unusual Story of the Underground Railroad

Set in 1856 in the decade prior to the Civil War, this is the story of abolitionist Heather Fitzpatrick from New York and Army Lieutenant David Whitman who was raised on his family’s plantation in Georgia. David has come north on an errand for his father—to find a runaway slave—and he meets and falls for Heather, who is having her first Season with her twin sister Jasmine. Unknown to David is that the Fitzpatrick family is hiding the slave he is seekin
Dec 03, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in Becky Lower’s series on the Fitzpatrick family. This tale starts us in 1856 New York at an underground railroad location, Downing’s Oyster Restaurant, and quickly pulls back the curtain on the dark times brewing before the official freeing of the slaves. We travel from New York to the heart of the Plantations in Savannah, Georgia. The story has you turning the page to see what can possibly happen next. As a bonus Ms. Lower is donating a portion of the proceeds to the O ...more
Peggy Bird
Apr 18, 2013 Peggy Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book of the Cotillion Ball series, Becky Lower continues the stories of the Fitzpatrick family. This time, we're learning more about Heather Fitzpatrick. She and her twin sister, Jasmine, are about to come out at the cotillion when she meets a young Army officer who was instrumental in saving the lives of family members in St. Louis. David Whitman is a southerner, however, from a slave owning family. Heather and her family are abolitionists. In fact, the night she meets David in a ...more
May 01, 2013 Suze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed book 1 in this series, which led me to get this second installment and I shall certainly be getting more. I liked book 1 better than this, perhaps because this one had more dislikable characters or I didnt 'get' Heather and David as much as Ginger and Joseph in book 1.
What I do like about these books is how fact and fiction are intertwined so nicely, and I learn more American history. This book features more about slavery in The South and the years before the Civil Wars (set mid
Dixie Flapper Blog
Dec 20, 2013 Dixie Flapper Blog rated it it was ok
As book # 2 in the series I expected more of an update as to what her sister from book # 1 was doing. Would have been the perfect opportunity to flesh the book out more. I also didn't think this one was historically accurate enough and put too much modern language and colloquialisms in the story. She almost lost me when she put in a Phillipe Louboutin character who painted the soles of shoes red. Really? But, I kept going. They are ok books but I just wish there was more historical accuracy and ...more
Charlotte O'donnell
the most predictable book ever. If you enjoy even a modicum of suspense do not read this book. No character development, theme was the same old, same old. So sorry I ever even opened it up as it was a complete waste of time. Star crossed lovers have a falling out and spoiler alert, it all works out perfectly for them. Please, I didn't think anyone wrote this clap trap any more.
Lily M Knight
Sep 09, 2013 Lily M Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heather and David couldn't have been more opposite in their goals in life in the beginning of the story. Somehow, Becky takes them on this amazing journey until they become like minded. It isn't easy, to say the least, especially with a mother-in-law who is bound to destroy her.
Mary J  Semsey
Mar 12, 2016 Mary J Semsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Romantic chic lit that finds it's setting just prior to civil war. Entertaining but predictable. Reads quickly. Part of a series.
Ashley Burner
Jun 28, 2015 Ashley Burner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author does a wonderful job creating the world for this story. Really enjoyed it.
Liz Utter
Jul 27, 2013 Liz Utter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy Becky Lower's books.
R.T. Wolfe
Sep 09, 2013 R.T. Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Looking forward to the next one!
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Other Books in the Series

Cotillion Ball (10 books)
  • An Unconventional Courtship (Cotillion Ball #0.5)
  • The Reluctant Debutante (Cotillion Ball #1)
  • Banking on Temperance (Cotillion Ball #3)
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