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In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,423 ratings  ·  133 reviews
The truth could cost her everything....
Olivia Mott didn't intend to lie. Somehow, it just happened. And wasn't it all Lady Charlotte's fault anyway?
Now Olivia's position as assistant chef at Pullman's elegant Hotel Florence is dependant upon her keeping her secrets. And sometimes lies have a way of leading to other lies. Should Olivia admit her real past and accept the c
Paperback, 381 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Bethany House Publishers
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URGH!! This book was SO incredible! It totally captured by attention from page 1 and continued to grab me til the end. And now I'm so frustrated that I don't have books 2 & 3, Whispers Along the Rails & An Uncertain Dream.

Aside from an adult-level threat given in chapter one, In the Company of Secrets was SO clean! As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I so very much appreciate a wholesome, clean love story that doesn't go into unnecessary details.

Olivia Mott seeks to run from a nasty s
Noran Miss Pumkin
the plot was not intriguing. I actually find myself not liking Olivia-the lead of the story. She has many chances to come clean from her lies, with all in her life-but she does not, and the usual ramifications at the end of the book. You could see the ending after the first few chapters. I did like seeing the town of Pullman, nicely described. I had the delight of dining at the restored Hotel Florence a decade ago, being a birthday dinner with my brother Anthony. Snowy Feb. evening, just added t ...more
First, Let me clarify my rating as "did not finish" rather than "could not finish." The author is a fine writer and the plot was intriguing however, read on for my explanation for why I "did not finish."

Based on my perusals of reviews on, I steadfastly refuse to get drawn into another trilogy or series of books that require the reading of all the volumes for some sort of resolution! I put down Daughter's Inheritance by Tracie Peterson for that same reason. It is apparent that this
In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Book #1) by Judith Miller has the potential to be a stellar book. There could be complex characters with an intricately woven plotline however, in the end, it collapses under the weight of the excessive moral lessons and faith-based guilt. The characters are one-dimensional, the story is predictable and overall it is just a very lackluster book. It was an average book until after Olivia Mott (the protagonist) takes a day trip with Mr. Samuel Howa ...more
Rachel Dixon
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I read this book in one day - snowing in Iowa in May.

I did not know about Pullman, Illinois. I hope to visit the town.

It is easier to tell the truth - one false statement leads to another. These girls have told so many lies they have to write a list to remember them all. Even though she had " 'fessed up " to her employer, when her boyfriend found the list there was damage to their relationship.

All sin is forgiven, but there are still consequences. you cannot put the egg back in the shell - no
Historically interesting look into the town of Pullman. George Pullman not only invented things like the Pullman railroad car, he also invented the "perfect" town. Smacking of socialism, it was seated just outside of Chicago.

As with so many social experiments meant to improve things for all mankind, with no saloons, no independent newspapers, strict codes to adhere to for the public good, etc., Pullman was far from perfect under the surface.

Into this town comes Olivia Mott. Newly escaped from a
This book was what I was looking for. Something that is an easy read, with some history and a little romance thrown in. I enjoyed the story, but I often think that author's overplay guilt. I also think that Fred's responses and reaction to certain things were a little over the top as well... who wants to date a guy that is suspicious of your feelings from the outset, before ever having a reason to distrust you? Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others who enjoy historical Christian ...more
P S Karr
Olivia Mott wants to be a chef. She works in the kitchens of an Earl but does not enjoy the lascivious advances of the chef. She runs off to America with the truant daughter of the Earl, Lady Charlotte, and they end up in Pullman. Olivia is happy because her cousin Al lives there. Charlotte plans to meet her beau Randolph Morgan and is planning her wedding. But their world comes crashing down when they learn Randolph is a married man. Now Charlotte is in a delicate condition and poses as a widow ...more
In the Company of Secrets had all the makings of a book that I would enjoy: a historical setting, an interesting synopsis and characters I would imagine to be strong willed and determined. Unfortunately this first book in the Postcards from Pullman series missed the mark.

Olivia’s charade would have gone a lot smoother had she been a good liar. However before I reached the half way mark, I was getting pretty annoyed with her. I didn’t feel as if the reader got a sense of who she was beyond all t
This book was awful. It was intolerably slow, the plot almost non existent till the end. There was zero character development, and I felt no connection to any of the characters whatsoever. Everything is exaggerated from a small offense to something life ending-ly horrible. The writing style is stiff, and in no way enjoyable. 0 stars.
I stuck with this book, even though I think it could have been more of a period piece (our British girl did not speak at all in the dialect of a Brit) and the writing could have been tighter with fewer loose ends. It occurred to me only at the end of the book that the writer was setting up the unanswered questions for a second book in the series. I may go ahead and read it, as I would like to know what will happen to the characters; I am not enjoying the series nearly as much as the recently rea ...more
Holly Wood
The writing in this book was excellent. I enjoyed the setting as well as the Christian themes, but I had to give it three stars based on the ending. I can tolerate a gaping end in a short serial, but after investing time in a full-length novel, I want most of the loose ends tied up. To me, the end almost felt like a marketing ploy to force me to buy the next book to find out what happens, rather than a genuinely intriguing storyline. I won't continue with this series, but I was impressed enough ...more
The book itself was very addictive in an indescribable way. I found the character of Olivia both naive and true to her time, but also cowardly and indecisive. If the author had of used more plot within this book it would have possibly been a better success. I did find the description of the Pullman town interesting, and the character of Mrs De.Vault an excellent asset to the story. I will also read the next two books with the hope of an improving plot line and the maturing of Olivia's character. ...more
Trudy E
Oh, what a tangled web we weave..... When Olivia can no longer stay in her current job, she tries to figure out a way to join her cousin in America. The daughter of her employer decides that she would like to go as well and paves the way for Olivia to go as her companion. Though it appears all is on the up-and-up, Olivia finds herself blackmailed in order for Lady Charlotte's agenda to move forward. One lie leads to many others and the burden of keeping it all straight becomes nearly unbearable. ...more
**3.5 STARS**

I started this book 3 times before actually settling in to read it. To be honest, I can't pinpoint the reason why or the reason it took me twice as long to read as it should have. The writing was good, the subject full of lies and deception constantly on the brink of upheaval, and the main character torn between duty and passion, yet, my previously mentioned snares existed. I'm hoping the second installment will beg to be devoured, as I am also hoping the cream puffs and scones reci
Barb Nifong
What a tangled web we weave. Olivia didn't mean to lie, but as often happens one lie leads to another. It was all Lady Charlotte's fault. She was protecting Lady Charlotte. Olivia had plenty of opportunities to tell the truth and recant her untruths. She seemed to be of weak character, unable to stand up for she wanted, and was often led by circumstances. We are all given choices each day. The thing is which way will we choose? Right or wrong? Easy way out or the right and moral way? We also nee ...more
An engaging read of a young naive woman who wishes to be a chef. Her dream is realized but not as she expects. The story, written in the third person, is a realistic and relatable look of what happens when one seeks to reach your dream and how life can intervene. Olivia is immature at the outset and slowly gets wise. There are some hard lessons which she learns and it is written without being preachy. The story develops at a slower pace than I would like but it is a series. The plot is though so ...more
Olivia worked in the kitchen for a Lord in England. When the chef threatened that she would be his mistress or she would be fired, Olivia and Lady Charolette decided to go to American to the city of Pullman. Olivia finds out that Lady Charlette is pregnant by an American. Upon arriving, a fake letter from Lady Charloette's mother gained Olivia a job in the hotel kitchen. One lie led to another and another with a tangled web being made. Two men showed interest in her which only serves to confuse ...more
Sep 30, 2008 Cali rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to Cali by: my mother- in- law

Sir Walter Scott said, “O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” Within her book, In the Company of Secrets, Judith Miller constructs this kind of “tangled web.”

Olivia Mott is a helper in the kitchen of an earl and his wife in London, England. When she is advanced upon by the chef, she decides it is time to leave. The earl’s daughter has the perfect idea for both of them to escape, but her plan requires many lies.

The two women end up in Pu
Betty Ost-Everley
"What a wicked web we weave when first we practice to deceive." In this first book of the Postcards of Pullman series, we find that Olivia Mott learned this lesson the hard way, suffering some unintended ramifications. Along the way, Olivia comes to understand the gift of forgiveness from her Savior, as well as the unforgiving nature of humans. Judith McCoy Miller introduces us to the very orchestrated lives of the residents of Pullman, Illinois at the turn of the century, and how George Pullman ...more
Heather Rae
This was a cute, easy read. I was a little disappointed that the story didn't end with the book. I didn't realize it is part of a three book series, all with the same female character. Olivia is an somewhat interesting character, but her infatuation with Fred was ridiculous. I did NOT like him, though I tried to. He lives with his mother, he pouts over everything and oh, he has a temper? How nice. I much preferred Mr. Howard over Fred. At least he seemed to have a kind heart and the courage to p ...more
Miller, Judith. 2007. Postcards from Pullman: In the Company of Secrets. Bethany House. 382 pages.

Run! Faster! Hurry!

Historical fiction. Set in 1892.

Wanting to escape the advances of a malicious Chef Mallard, Olivia Mott, a mere scullery maid, finds herself tangled up in an ever-growing web of lies when she accepts help from Lady Charlotte Spencer, the daughter of the Count and Countess of Lanshire. Lady Charlotte temporarily rescues the young woman with culinary aspirations, but it comes with a
Liz melia

when Olivia needs to get away from England, she is roped into taking lady Charlotte with her, as Charlotte is hiding a secret, she believes by going to Chicago will end all her problems, they create a web of lies when things dont work out for Charlotte, she's spoilt, selfish and pregnant, Olivia HSu secured a position as a chef in the hotel Florence in Pullman the "perfect town"....but her recommendation was all lies and soon chef rène soon discovers Olivia is not all she let on to be, b
I kept hoping this would get better. But it didn't. The hazards of reading something based on the cover, I suppose. I was hoping for something steampunk-y. Instead, I got a slow moving story about a servant who escapes London with the daughter of her employers (the Earl and his wife) and travels to a company town in Illinois. Her lady is looking for the father of her child. The story is promising. The execution was less than I had hoped. The writing was ponderous and stilted. The main character, ...more
I thought the story was ok. It had some good ideas, and I am interested to see what happens in the next book, but not connected to the characters enough to pay for the next one. I couldn't decide which guy I even liked, and which one I thought she should be with. Overall, not a 4 star story for me. I really felt no connection to any of the characters. It was very clean, and an easy read.
Pamela T Lindau
Nice historical read

I liked this book, but was disappointed with the abrupt ending. It is a very good depiction of this time of the century and the Pullman company. I just wish it didn't leave me hanging. I believe the ending could have been a bit further along without ruining the next books in the series. But, that being said, I haven't read the next ones yet.
Margaret Metz
Well, I love historical fiction and truly enjoyed all the descriptions and the food talked about in the book. I wasn't totally sold on the romance -- I actually thought Fred was a bad guy in the beginning of the book because of his temper and constant tirade against her boss (I mean Pullman - and we never meet him). I had some trouble "bonding" with Olivia as well. I'm not sure why that is -- her choices, the interaction with other characters . . . I don't really know why.

It's a matter of choice
3.5 egh.

The cover doesn't fit the book.

/Where did this train come from????/

3.5 rating

The book focused less on romance than I was expecting, but as a series, it was to be.... expected.

Instead, the book focuses on struggles and overcoming them and poor choices (quick fixes) and their consequences, both important topics. Who hasn't had these on there mind late at night?

I found it hard to get into the book (Olivia's feet hurt after a long day a handful or more times) but by the end feel anxious to
Olivia is a young women of England who wants to become a chef. While working for an earl, his daughter decides she has a reason to travel to America and needs Olivia to be her chaperone. The ladies soon realize they have things that must be kept secret. How will this affect their lives? I can't wait to get the next book in this series!
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Judith McCoy Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.
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