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A Lady's Secret (Mallorens & Friends #8)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  957 ratings  ·  63 reviews

When Robin Fitzvitry, the fun-loving Earl of Huntersdown, encounters a cursing nun in a French inn, he can't resist the mystery. He offers to help Sister Immaculata reach England, expecting amusement on the tedious journey home from Versailles.

Petre d'Avernio is not exactly a nun, though she has spent years in an Italian convent with her mother, whose death has left her

ebook, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
How can you not enjoy a book that begins with a cursing nun? OK, so she's not really a nun, but HE doesn't know that for sure until quite a bit further in the book. "A Lady's Secret" is a wonderful reunion with Jo Beverley's Malloren family, one of my cherished keeper series. It was my own stupidity that had this book sitting in my TBR pile (which should more correctly be called 'the Alps' vice 'pile') as even after reading the back cover blurb, I didn't connect it with the Malloren family. But ...more
Elis Madison
It takes awhile to figure out how this all ties into the Malloren series. Even when it seems obvious, what you think you know about the protags of previous books will keep you from totally buying it until the very end.

At a little inn in France, Robin Fitzvitry comes upon a young nun who is cursing a blue streak. Instantly intrigued, he discovers that she's been pressed into service as a nanny/companion to a shrill, neglectful mama and her ill-behaved brats. He also suspects she's not really a n
I like this author for nice stories and easy reading in between the "heavy" books.
Lots of twists and turns.
I really liked the beginning of the book and the interaction between the hero and heroine. The problem came when the two separated. Then, it just lost its spark.
In Jo Beverley's A Lady's Secret, Robin, the Earl of Huntersdown, is returning to England from Versailles when he comes across a swearing nun. Convinced that the beauty in nun costume is an adventuress, he offers to provide her an escort looking forward to some amusement over a long journey.

Petra D'Averio or Sister Immaculata, aforementioned nun, is at wits' end. Rejected by Milanese society since she is the bastard of an English lord, she has no friends to support her after her mother's death.
I read this book shortly after reading THE SPYMASTER'S LADY, and there are a few similarities between the two. Mostly that both books are "road trip" books from France to England with bad guys chasing them. However, this story takes place at least a generation earlier, in the Georgian era. It opens when the hero hears a cursing nun outside the French inn where he's stopped for the moment. He's traveling, bored and the nun offers possibilities for amusement. She's traveling with an awful, horrid ...more
Mia Marlowe
Oct 25, 2008 Mia Marlowe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
I just finished reading Jo Beverley's A LADY'S SECRET and found it enchanting. If you've read any of her Malloren stories, you'll be glad to be swept back into that world. The premise of a nun and a rake reeks a bit of medieval pornography, but Ms. Beverley would never be so common. Her characters are definitely passionate, but they are also well-rounded human beings with devotion to their faith and family, as well as each other.

As always, her stories are chockful of witty repartee and a true s
This was a very enjoyable book. It started out a little differently with a nobleman becoming fascinated with a cursing nun. Sister Immaculata, or Petra as she is later found out to be, has been traveling from Italy and is trying to get to England. Enter Robin; a nobleman who has just come from Versailles and is on his way home to England. They decide to travel together (which stretches credulity) and we are treated to a fun journey filled with half-truths, insults, and desire.

I very much so like
Ana T.
After reading a few of Beverley’s Company of Rogue’s books last month I decided to start this latest installment in the Malloreen series.

It is a light and nice read about a nun on the run and the nobleman who helps her. Of course, Petra is not really a nun but she is on the run from an Italian duke who wants her to be his mistress. When we meet her, she is decided to travel to England in search of the father she never knew, having been raised by her mother and acknowledged by her mother’s husba
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Apparently I have not read anything by Jo Beverley since I started keeping track here four years ago. It is about time to rectify this. Those books that I have read in the Malloren series have been enjoyable romances.

A Lady's Secret met all my requirements of historical romance. I especially enjoyed the interaction between Robin and Petra because Robin was not a typical romantic hero. His sense of humor made the book a fun read.

I should say that I really don't have a good grasp on this particul
I wanted to read this since the 2nd book of the Malloren series, but I held out so that I would be done with at least Rothgar's story. I'm glad I did. This book was worth the wait. It was fantastic and difficult to put down.
Robin is my type of hero, generally careless and seemingly self-serving, yet very protective and lovable. Petra is a wonderful heroine. It has been a long time to come across a heroine who was not virginal or previously married. I think, her foreign background also made her
I haven't ready any of the other books in this series (though I have read other Jo Beverly books), but after this one I will. There is just the right amount of humor, action, and of course, romance. The leading lady is humorous and immensely likable; the hero has a heart of gold underneath his carefree and slightly foppish exterior. My favorite character may well be his adorable dog whom he obtained to try and get a lady at court, but who now seems to be his loyal companion. For all the complain ...more
Lady of the Lake
A well written romance...and the narrator of this audiobook, Jill Tanner was excellent.
This is number 8 in the Malloren family series by Jo Beverley and as far as I can tell it did not matter that I had not read any of the other books in this series so it's fine as a stand alone historical romance. Good characters, I liked both the H&h they are very likable and you want them to get their HEA. Add that to a fun storyline and it made for 13hrs and 13 minutes of time well spent.
I will defini
On a loan from Alex... another (unexpected) Malloren story... great read. I was sad when I reached the end of the Malloren series, but as I generally enjoy Jo Beverley's stories was happy to borrow this one - and only realized once well into it that some of the names were starting to sound familiar. Of course, once Petra arrives at Rothgar's home, all is revealed... Very enjoyable read, and glad to have been able to borrow it! In the acknowledgements, a Maria Rosa is thanked for help with the It ...more
Self-assured, witty historical romance. The characters were well-drawn if a little stock as the beautiful ingenue and dashing, experienced rake. I found myself wishing at the end that everything didn't turn out quite so well (of course the bastard daughter is accepted into the bosom of her perfect new family!), but then, I think I'd need to be reading something other than a well-written, if standard Georgian romance novel.

Another one of the freebies I picked up from RWA (I don't actually read t
Jul 12, 2009 ZaBeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ZaBeth by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
This might be one of my favorite of the Malloren series. It doesn't take long to figure out who Petra's father is when you see she her strong-willed, spirit and need to protect and orcherstraight everything. She is as strong a personality for Robin is and these create a heated passion.

Jo Beverly's research and attention to detail has created a great road trip adventure and the people that Petra meets along the way makes you feel good about the world even though you learn to look out for evil at
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Annabel Joseph
Oh god, I LOVE THE MALLORENS! And I loved this story. I have a massive crush on Rothgar so I think my favorite part of this book was seeing him interact with his newly-discovered daughter, but the plot, romance, all of it was just spectacular as a whole. A+++ and straight to my keeper shelf. If you read the earlier Malloren books you just have to read this one too.
Andrea Malarkey
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An adorable earl. Too happy-go-lucky with a miniature dog always at his side. A desperate woman on the run pretending to be a nun. They are on the road to London. She is seeking for her father. Along the way they encounter adventures after adventures. This book is so much fun. And the hero and heroine will never disappoint you.
Mary Vilarino
Loved reading this book from page one liked the hero especially. Also enjoyed that not everything went right and that the heroine also got to rescue her man. And the reporters between the two is just what I like on a book. This book did not dissapoint will be a keep on my bookshelf.
I don't think I will ever tire of re-reading this book. the laughs from each misunderstanding, and the rescues...and the work of fate-all end up creating a nice ending. it could have been stronger-Rothgar punching Robin, or something, so that he could be rescued by the lady.
Donna Hatch
The hero was a sorta ne'er do well but he was likable and had a code of honor that kept me rooting for him. The heroine was strong and independent but not so headstrong that she didn't need people. I liked them both and cheered for them right to the sweet end.
Really 3.5 stars. The adventures these two have in France and the crossing to England make this book better than many, but the book gets so much better when they are separated, which is a bit odd, but the last 25% of this long tale is the best.
If it were food this book might be a cream puff. But a good one, with delicious pastry cream filling. It's fun, it's sweet and tasty, not particularly filling or complex, but it's so much better than the ones filled with reddi-whip.
A cursing nun, a bored nobleman, and a papillon round out the cast of this darling story. The plot's far-fetched, and the book itself fits squarely in the light and fluffy category, but Beverly does light and fluffy with style and humor.
This amusing tale is non-stop action from beginning to end. Add in a dash of great historical references and it proves to be a most interesting novel. I had fun reading it and would definitely recommend it to others and read it again.
Not one of Beverley's better books. The hero is a lightweight and the connection to the Mallorens isn't shown until page 200. Still, I enjoy reading Beverley, even when she's not at her best.
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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