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Secrets of a Lady (Charles & Mélanie Fraser #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  889 ratings  ·  100 reviews

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

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Paperback, 485 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 1st 2002)
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Estara
Apr 06, 2011 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Beneath a Silent Moon
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2011
This would have been five star if we hadn't had the heavy-handed drama with the surprise villain at the end - otherwise I thought it was an amazing tour-de-force of a marriage of seven years of true feelings, true passion, true beliefs and secrets on both sides finally being thrown into the crucible of the lies and secrets because they endanger the son of Melanie and Charles.

As I said in the review of the chronologically earlier book - what if the Juana and Harry Smith situation had NOT been as
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Julie Barrett
Really my rating is 2.5 stars. I thought the actual mystery was a good one. I did not guess who did it. There were other twists & turns in the story that surprised me in a good way. So Tracy Grant has a clever plot going for her.
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
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Julie
I really liked Vienna Waltz and Imperial Scandal so I wanted to read more books by Tracy/Teresa Grant. Secrets of a Lady/Daughter of the Game was the debut book by the author. I think she wrote it close to ten years ago. The characters in this book, Charles and Melanie Fraser, are supposed to be the same characters in her newer books (Vienna Waltz and Imperial Scandal), but renamed Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. I was really excited to read about what happened to them as the books were not written ...more
Christy B
Oh, boy, this is my kind of book. I loved it. Fantastic Regency mystery. Fast-paced, intense dialogue, all kinds of twists and turns and lots of surprises.

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
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Wealhtheow
Apr 25, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liz
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Oyceter
Shelves: historical, regency
Rich, handsome and respected, Charles Fraser survived the Napoleonic Wars and now has it all: two healthy children, the love of his beautiful and intelligent wife Melanie, and a burgeoning political career. But then his son is kidnapped, and Charles can only save him by plunging into society's underbelly and the bloody past he tried to repress.

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
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Karina
Sep 15, 2007 Karina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of romance, mystery, espionage, and a good read
I loved this book. It's different than my usual fare but it caught me and wouldn't let me go.

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.
Betsy
I felt this was really a great idea but it fell short of its potential. There were too many twists and turns, which is to be expected in a spy thriller, but when everything the characters know is turned upside down so quickly, it feels unrealistic. And the family trees were more twisted than those on Game of Thrones, which is really saying something, but it was handled less realistically.

Not to mention how unrealistic the characters themselves were. More progressive than many people are today, e
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Maria K.
Good fiction is something that has always inspired awe in me. Writing fiction - especially good one - is the ability I myself do not possess and, therefore, admire even more in others.

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
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Lisa H.
Set in Regency-era England (early 19th century) - the young son of a wealthy couple is kidnapped, to be ransomed by the return of a ring, a family heirloom the kidnapper believes the couple has possession of. As they seek to track down the ring's whereabouts, the secrets each has kept from the other come to light, threatening to destroy their idyllic existence and the perfect marriage everyone believed they had - including themselves.

A few too many easy fixes/coincidences for me (like, hey, we j
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Tina
This is my second foray in Tracy Grant/Teresa Grant's Charles & Melanie/Malcolm & Suzanne series. Chronologically I believe this is the last book, although I believe this is the first book written in publication order.

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
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Barb
The place is London and the time is 1810. Charles and Melanie Fraser have been happily married for seven years. They have two children, Colin, who is 6 and Jessica, who is almost 3. Charles is a member of parliament and he is the grandson of a duke. They move in the circles of the upper class but they both have liberalist leanings. One night while they are at a political reception, Colin is kidnapped. He is being held by someone who believes that Charles has possession of a ring he seeks. Actual ...more
Josephine
“a tale of nonstop adventure” - The synopsis certainly has that correct.

Story: Starting with the abduction of their son, the protagonists encounter quite the gambit of physical and emotional upheavals. (view spoiler)

But, Charles Fraser is no stra
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Mary B. Grove
Pushes the bounds of belief, but definitely worth reading

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.
Nichole
A picture perfect family: it does not exist.

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
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Sara
I picked up this book thinking it was a romance novel, but then couldn't really figure out what genre it was. That intrigued me, but I think in general whoever decided to print it as mass market paperback rather than trade paperback did it a disservice. I think it'll get less circulation than it deserves, looking like this.
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
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Carolyn
This book is actually a surprisingly good Regency mystery, historical romance, and adventure story. The main characters are Charles, a grandson of a duke and member of Parliament, and his wife Melanie, a charming member of high society. When Charles and Melanie's six year old son is kidnapped, the two set off to solve the mystery of his disappearance and rescue him, a process that includes stripping away secrets the two of them have kept from each other since the time of their marriage seven yea ...more
Angela


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
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Michelle
(3.5 stars) This suspense novel is set in the Regency period and is set around a couple, Charles and Melanie Fraser. Charles is a politician in parliament, and was formerly a diplomat. He met his wife while working as a diplomat/spy, rescuing her while he was on a mission. When their young son is kidnapped, it turns out that Melanie's past is not what it seems and the mission that Charles was on to retrieve a fabled ring is what the kidnapper is after. Unfortunately, neither Charles nor Melanie ...more
LeiAnn
Dec 12, 2011 LeiAnn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Melanie and Charles Fraser aren't your average Victorian couple. Almost forced together in the aftermath of the Peninsular War, both have scars and untold secrets. When their son is abducted, the secrets must make their way to light to save him. In a relationship based on lies, will their love be strong enough to save their marriage?

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
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Ann Boytim
A couple have their son kidnapped from their home in London and go to many extremes to find the boy. The ransom is a ring that was stolen a long time ago. Both parents are not what they seem and discover they both have been spies on different sides. Eventually the young boy is found but not until after the kidnappers have severed his little finger and sent it to the parents
Jennifer
I thought the plot of this book started out quite well, but by the end of the book all I could think was, "drama, drama, drama!" Too much like a soap opera. A little too much religious swearing as well.
Dee
2 1/2 stars. Well, the protagonist couple are incredibly good-looking, brilliant, and inhumanly devoid of any character flaws whatsoever, so this must be... A ROMANCE NOVEL! I was apparently not looking close enough when I picked it up at the store. However, it turned out to be a passable page-turner when I was stuck at home with a wicked bout of food poisoning. The plot moved along and included a twist or two. The author tosses in some early 19th century London atmosphere, too. The bad parts: l ...more
Natalie
Mar 17, 2011 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women sixteen years and up who enjoy a good mystery and an interesting romance.
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
This novel is rather dark and absolutely fascinating. Charles and Melanie are two of the most interesting characters I have ever read about. They are both strong, intelligent, determined people who have suffered true horrors in their lives. The interaction between them is probably the most important part of the story. They trust each other's abilities completely, as well as their mutual devotion to their son, Colin, but when Melanie reveals that nearly everything Charles knew about her was a lie ...more
Lynn Spencer
Really 4.5 stars for me I first read this book close to 10 years ago, and it's one that has stood up to subsequent rereading.
Sue
Loved it. It was so intense. I just could hardly put it down. The mysteries were twists here and there. Why was a child kidnapped? Who was trying to kill Melanie and Fraser? Who actually is the father? What really happened in the mountains? Will this married couple be able to make it together?
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
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Jennifer
May 22, 2011 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Shelves: historical, mystery
Whew...ok, wow. Any review I try to give here would not do this book justice. Suffice it to say that I absolutely loved it. This book had so many twists and turns (including one moment where my mouth literally dropped open in surprise), that my head was spinning pretty much the entire time...which is definitely a good thing.

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
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Kristin
Better written than many of the mystery/romances in this vein, with an interesting set of main characters.
Patty
Very interesting series, but the author wrote the books in random order so the three books I have in my hands Vienna Waltz (chronologically first of the three), Daughter of the Game (retitled Secrets of a Lady and the third) and Beneath a Silent Moon (second of the three) are related and I suppose could be read in any order, but my sense of order does not like that idea so much. I would recommend the chronological approach, but the stories and the histories of the characters are pretty convolute ...more
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Also writes under the name Teresa Grant. Aka Anna Grant and Anthea Malcolm with Joan Grant.
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