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By Love Unveiled

(Restoration #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Miss Marianne Winchilsea is running for her life from those whom she believes have attempted to kill the king. Forced to disguise herself, she trusts no one—especially not Garett Lockwood, the Earl of Falkham, who usurped her family home and who seems to be her most dangerous enemy.

And what Garett sees behind her masquerade is a beautiful half gypsy enrobed in mystery, de
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Pocket Books (first published May 1st 1993)
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Sheila Majczan
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was a book I bought a few years ago at a Used Paperback Store (which has closed). This genre is one in which I have read hundreds of books over the years. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and consider it well written. There are statements in other reviews that this is a rewritten/reworked book of an earlier novel by this author.

This story has not just your usual good guy/quasi bad guy with whom the leading lady falls in love but also has political maneuvering, lots of intrigue, angst
Sandy Digger
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I so enjoyed this book by Sabrina Jeffries. It was really tough to put down. It starts out with the main character of a young woman by the name of Mina. She is a genteel lady but is forced to masquerade as a gypsy (or half gypsy) because she was falsely accused of being a party to poisoning the king. She escapes with her gypsy aunt back to her family's country home. She thinks she can find out who set her father up to take the fall & added poison to the medicines he is about t ...more
Lynn Spencer
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Normally I'm a fan of re-releases. So many romantic novels have entirely too short a shelf life, and I've been able to read some wonderful books I missed the first time around. However, there are some books that probably deserve to stay in the past, and By Love Unveiled is certainly one of them. In the opening notes, Sabrina Jeffries mentions that she enjoyed having a chance to revise this early novel of hers. However, the changes don't seem to have gone far enough.

The setup of this book is an i
Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
Listened to this on audio. The narrator was great. She's the main reason I pushed through the first half of this book.

I really liked that this book takes place during a time in history that historical romances aren't normally set in. This was set in 1661, Charles II was king, so it's a couple of monarchy's after Elizabeth I. However, it took forever (at least from what I remembered) to mention that Charles II was king. He was just mentioned as "the king" and there wasn't anything mentioned abou
Dec 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
1 Star

Deborah Martin is Sabrina Jeffries. I've always enjoyed her books, but this one was horrible. I gave up at 40%. No real storyline, most of it was Marianne aka Mina trying to hide a family secret from Garett, and him pawing, mauling, forcing his attentions on Mina. He won't let her leave the house until she reviles her truth but turns around and pushing his desires on the point practically accosting her. Oh, and on top of that he thinks she's a spy for his uncle, but then he procee
Elis Madison
Marianne Winchilsea is the daughter of a man who supposedly tried to kill King Charles II. She was implicated in the plot as well, so she faked her own death and now lives with her gypsy aunt (her mum was a gypsy—her father loved the woman so much he married her anyway).

But she's not on the run. Nope. She's gonna find out who framed her and her father. She's hanging around her father's estate, which was usurped by Garrett Lockwood, the Earl of Falkham. He gained from her father's arrest and dea
I usually enjoy the work of Sabrina Jeffries, but I wasn't able to connect with the character or the flow of this story. I read through Chapter 8 which gave me plenty of "hope" for improvement.

Mina's temperament with the Earl ran either hot or cold - which grew very tiresome. And her constant jumping to conclusions with Garett also grated on my last nerve.

I knew where this storyline was headed with the evil Uncle and his equally clueless wife. Garett's continuous lame seductions of Mina and her
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I have not read the original version of this book, this rating is based on the rewritten one. I love Deborah Martin's writing style. I will read other books by her but I will not reread this book. The story felt incomplete, there was some aspect of the book that I felt could have been better with a different approach, other than that it was a descent read. ...more
Dither, dither, dither. This was such a slow story. I got so frustrated with the characters lack of ability to communicate with each other, suspicions and slow pace of the story. I only finished it because the reader was superb.
Nola Arganbright
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent Historical Romance by Sabrina Jeffries. I loved the character's, the intrigue and the romance. Miss Marianne Winchilsea is a feisty heroine and Garret a strong yet somber hero wanting to know her secrets. A great read for Historical Romance readers! ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm glad I didn't start with this book because it is my least favorite Sabrina Jeffries novel. It dragged on and on and had very little humor. ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really cute book! Great storyline with a rugged handsome Earl and a stubborn noblewoman/gypsy healer. If you like historical romance I recommend it!
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story takes place after the defeat of Cromwell and the return of Charles ii and his exiles. The h at 8yrs old watched his parents murdered and his inheritance stolen by his Uncle (a truly evil villain). Though his property is returned he still wants revenge.

The hr father is framed for attempted murder of the king and She is a suspect as well. She tries to solve the crime.

Both have secrets but what stops the book from being great is the hr not trusting the h with the truth. You jus tut want
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the intrigue in this story.
I am disappointed that there's alot of tell, especially concerning Garreth's childhood, his time in France and working as a spy for the King.
However, the characters and setting are well rounded. Not fully fleshed out but better than one dimensional.
I have already began reading the next novel, Silver Deceptions, which features Garreth's friend, Hampden.
That story seems to have a darker tone.
3 solid stars for this ebook.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I normally love Sabrina Jeffries (pseudonym is Deborah Martin), but this one is definitely not one of her best. Some of the scenes pushed the boundaries of consent, which made it difficult to connect with the hero. I'm not a fan of 'no means yes'. Stick with her later work; the quality is much better. ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 This retelling of Beauty and the Beast was not my favourite from Jeffries. In fact, I had to check the publication date because some of the behaviour exhibited by Lord Lockwood is borderline, and certainly not what I expect from Jeffries. That said, the story brought things around for me. Is this one I'll read again? No. But overall not bad. ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Really cute, super easy read.

Loved the gypsy aspect, but I generally do. Wish there was a little more of that background it is. I liked Garret and I liked Mina, and I loved them together.

I just wish they learned early on that communication is the key to any relationship, but alas, there wouldn't be much of story then would there? :)

It was a good read.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was interesting enough to keep me reading to see what would happen in the end. However, I didn't really get the sense of any romance between the hero and heroine. Their relationship seemed more about lust than love. There are better books by this author. ...more
novel had potential but he held onto his distrust too long. their love was not believable. Can't have love without trust. ...more
Annette Meier
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to be in a different era for this story. Excellent narrator kept the story lively and engaging.
Di Schlenk
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raunchy but full of mystery and intrigue.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
It was ok
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Neither of the main characters were all that interesting. I actually liked the heroine's aunt best. ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A masked heroine, an emotionally wounded hero, all the angst and sweetness you could hope for. What more could you want from a romance?
Ezrah (I Heart Romance)
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Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sabrina Jeffries does it again, with a love story that is miles beyond others of this genre.

Garett Lockwood, the Earl of Falkham, and the King's loyal friend is seeking revenge against his unscrupulous uncle who he believes is the force behind his parent's murders and his exile in France. When he returns to England to reclaim his land he is reluctant to trust anyone, especially a mysterious gypsy healer who is anything but forthright with him. Can this beautiful girl be another of his uncle's s
Trudy Miner
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A re-release and written under her pen-name, "By Love Unveiled" is a historical romance which takes place in Charles II court right after the time of Cromwell and the Roundheads. It's a times of distrust and treachery. Miss Marianne Winchilsea is in disguise because her father was accused of trying to poison the king and was arrested and everyone thinks he died in The Tower. The daughter of a gypsy mother and an English baronet, if she's caught, she could be hanged or imprisoned. However, Mina, ...more
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
I truly enjoyed this book.
Mina is looking for answers, yet is a mystery herself. She doesn't trust nobility, and Garett trusts no one.
Garett is out for revenge and that is his purpose in life.
Mina is a great character in this book. She make Garett think, she also distracts him. He wants to protect her. Her aunt, Tamara is spicy and protective. I loved her, and her character.
I do love how the story was played out, with so many secrets and the thirst for revenge. Mina and Garett try to fight thei
Margaret McGovern
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars This is a wonderful recency romance that includes intrigue, suspense, treachery, deceit and honor. Garett is the heir that many considered dead for years. His parents and a young Stanley were killed. Garett grew up in exile and became friends of the king. With his help the king regained his throne and Garett regained his inheritance. Soon after he arrived home he meets Mena who wears a mask and claims to be a gypsy. Garett is reluctant to let her go due to his desire and for fear she w ...more
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Pseudonym of Sabrina Jeffries, under which she wrote eight historical romance novels, Moonlight Enchantment, Creole Nights, By Love Unveiled, Silver Deceptions, Dangerous Angel, Stormswept, Windswept, and Creole Bride, and contributed to two anthologies, A Dance with the Devil, and One Night with a Rogue. ...more

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