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Preview — Secrets of a Lady by Tracy Grant
Secrets of a Lady (Charles & Mélanie Fraser #1)
In the glittering world of Regency London, where gossip is exchanged—and reputations ruined—with the tilt of a fan, Mélanie Fraser is the perfect wife. Devoted to her husband, Charles, the grandson of a duke, she is acknowledged as society's most charming hostess. But just as the elegant façade of Regency London hides a dark side, Mélanie is not what she seems. She has a s...more
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As I said in the review of the chronologically earlier book - what if the Juana and Harry Smith situation had NOT been as ...more
However, something about the 2 main characters bugged me. I didn't find them as enchanting as I was obviously supposed to. They just rubbed me the wrong way, which is a large problem when the two main characters are on almost every page. They seemed too modern, too ...more
Charles and Mélanie Fraser's son has just been kidnapped from his own home. In the search for a priceless heirloom, which is the key to getting him back, the Frasers have to trample in places that no self respecting member of high society would ever be caught dead in.
In their course, the Frasers unearth secrets that have been long buried. The ...more
Only a few chapters in, a Huge Secret is revealed. Most of the time, Huge Secrets are either the end of a novel or are forgiven/forgotten after a single t ...more
Imagine two spies married and in love, their child is kidnapped, and then a lot of surprises get revealed in their mad dash to save his life. Add to that great writing, great character building, and amazing pacing, and you can see why I LOVED this book and was sad when it was over.
And the ending and resolution do not disappoint.
I'm going to keep an eye out for anything else Tracy Grant has in the works.
Not to mention how unrealistic the characters themselves were. More progressive than many people are today, e ...more
Tracy Grant's "Secrets of a Lady" (the first novel in the Charles and Melanie Fraser series) is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of fiction. It is intelligent, painstakingly researched, and beautifully written. Not only does the book have a plot that keeps one turning the pages and not wanting to set it dow ...more
A few too many easy fixes/coincidences for me (like, hey, we j ...more
The only other book in the series I've read so far is Vienna Waltz which is a several books prequel to this one. In that one Charles and Melanie had only been married for about a year and a half and were still learning each other. In this book they've been married for about ...more
Story: Starting with the abduction of their son, the protagonists encounter quite the gambit of physical and emotional upheavals. (view spoiler)[People get stabbed and shot, someone received a severed finger (I will never think of brown papered packages quite the same), brawling, murdering … Oh also there are several betrayals of trust, and a few revelations of an awkward nature. (hide spoiler)]
But, Charles Fraser is no stra ...more
I agree with the reviewer who found Charles too quick to forgive Melanie's betrayals, though the author does a creditable job of making the shocks come so quickly that it's as believable a choice as it ever could be. Roth's actions at the end were also less justified than they needed to be, but the story was as fascinating and well-written, as I've come to expect from this author.
A devoted wife and a prestigious husband have a beautiful family and live the perfect life. That is until their child is kidnapped and Mr. and Mrs. Perfect must solve a mystery in order to get him back. Along the way, ghosts from each of their pasts come back to haunt them, shake the foundation of their trust, and make them question if they know the other at all. Previous acquaintances and favors are “called in” to help and relationships are questione ...more
The author totally tricked me -- twice -- by using the conventions of a novel to make me infer things that weren't true. And it blew my mind. There were regular twists and tur ...more
Though it took me several days to finish this, due to an unusually busy week, I found it to be a remarkable portrait of the complicated emotions behind Charles and Melanie's relationship. Interwoven with their desperate search for their kidnapped son, they struggle to come to terms with all the secrets revealed, & I was strongly touched several times by the emotion. A very revealing look at an amazing couple. They just get better & better.
Tracy Grant, is herself a master at the game of ...more
For a book that was supposed to be "a story that draws you in and won't let go", I had a really hard time with this book. It took me a long time to get really intere ...more
Wow, 400 pages of questions. Besides the fact that I hate when children are used as pawns etc, and some bad language (tho' understandable I guess under the circumstances) it was an emotional journey. I kept ...more
The characters are rich and compelling, the dialogue is sharp, honest and tightly written, and the action scenes are breath-taking. There are parts that were very difficult t ...more