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The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding

(Millworth Manor #4)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,066 ratings  ·  161 reviews
The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor. . .

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia "Teddy" Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss th
Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Zebra Kensington
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Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I don't get too excited about this author's writing, but it was a nice read. The banter was fun and it reminded me of something along the lines of Oscar Wilde as far as situational comedy. It's up the alley of a historical romance fan who likes a light, banter-filled read.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: jan-15
This novel is the fourth book in Victoria Alexander's "Millworth Manor" series.
This novel focuses on Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia "Teddy" Winslow, wedding planner to the elite families in England.
Jackson ventures to England to meet his newly discovered family and also meets Teddy at the wedding of his cousin. They dance and the rest is history. Their adventure is witty and the back and forth banter between the two is, at times, hilarious.
However, I ha
Melissa McHugh
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
There is nothing more disappointing than a book that has two engaging leads and a promising setup that completely botches the ending.

I think the problem is that Ms. Alexander failed to set up a decent conflict between the two characters earlier in the book, and by conflict, I mean a believable reason these two wouldn't marry and live happily ever after. Conflict does not equal a series of plot points that get thrown at our leads in order to complicate their lives. First there was the distant cou
Oct 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romantics, 2014, regency
When you read the first 10% of a book and you get the feeling that exactly nothing really happens because there is only endless talking without a lot of wit, you have to stop reading the book because it isn’t worth your time.

That’s exactly what happened to me with this one – which sounded so promising. I mean the title could have meant everything: “The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding” by Victoria Alexander. I haven’t read anything by her before and I am open for good (to me new) writer
Romancing the Book
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Book provided by the author

Victoria Alexander is one of my favorite historical romance authors.  She's a go-to author when I'm in a reading slump since I know I'll be entertained and enjoy every minute of it.  So when I got my hands on a copy of  The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding , I knew I was going on a wild ride.

The book starts of with a bang when Jack learns that his father is not dead and is part of an old aristocratic English family.  So, he decides to postpone
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As is usually the case with a Victoria Alexander book, this was a fun story. Jackson and Teddy are very different people, but those differences balance each other well, if they will just allow it to happen.

Jackson has grown up in New York City with his mother and grandfather. He has become vice president of the family bank and is set to announce his engagement to the young lady who he has grown up with. He is content with his life. All that changes when his father shows up at his family home. Ja
Dec 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding" by Victoria Alexander

I received an ARC of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. The release date for this book is set for 10/28/14.

The story is set in 1887 and moves from the opulence of Fifth Avenue in New York City to the decadence and refinement of the grand estates located in the English countryside.

Jackson Quincey Graham is the Vice President of a prestigious banking facility in New York. He is set to announce his engagement to the
I've really enjoyed Alexander's books in the past, but this one was SUPER slow moving, and I never really felt like I totally connected to the characters. It was very... blah.
Full review to be posted at
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series. The heroines are brilliant and independent and feisty. And the heroes are swoon worthy, and idiots and's all a great mix. Sparks of chemistry in a regents sitting room.
Donna Parker
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Imagine if your whole life you thought one of your parents was deceased and then one day they showed up, alive and well? What if that same parent told you that you were in line to inherit not only a fortune, but a title? Seems perfect, too good to be true, but you know what they say, if it seems to good to be true...
American banker in the late 1800s was a safe, if boring existence, but when Jackson’s life takes a sudden lurching turn that leads him to England, a family, trouble, and love, he has
Kimia Safavi
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding is a delightful and fun historical romance. Victoria Alexander's books are fantastic and funny with honorable heros and strong-willed heroines. Jack is a banker who lives in America with his mother and grandfather until he finds out that his father is alive and an Englishman, he is angry with his mother for deceiving him for 30 years and travels with his father to England to meet his new family.
Teddy is a beautiful strong-willed party planner who is
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great adventure from Victoria Alexander. I have all her books and they are keepers. Jack and Teddy are great characters that think they know the way their lives are going until they meet each other. Victoria writing is witty, I laughed out loud a number of times. Her love scenes are very tasteful and sexy, not too graphic, which is good for me. Her plots are exciting, passionate and very well paced. This one has kind of a surprise ending which I really appreciated. Do not miss this book ...more
Sep 07, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways
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Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Almost your typical historical romance. The end surprised me so not quite so typical. Good strong heroine.
Lynnee Argabright
There was a lot more conversation than I would have wanted in this book, but overall it was an acceptable read, until the end. It was quite a chaste "romance" novel, way more focused on creating character identity than on arousal. The fake engagement premise plot was pretty dumb, but I suspended disbelief for the sake of the plot. The end of the book, however, unnecessarily reversed all of the character shaping that had been done and made the hero Jack uncharacteristically old-fashioned and the ...more
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Jun 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Well, at least the sub-standard writing is balanced by the overwhelming hatred of women! 🙄

"When you find the woman you want, let nothing stop you" the father says.

"Even the woman herself?"

"Especially not her"

Or words to that effect. Mmm love me some rape culture!!

Don't read this terrible book. The writing is stilted and boring. The women are all hateful in one form or another. The men are good but bland. The romance is forced and unbelievable.

The relationships are toxic. The male protagonist's m
Lynne Tull
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the characters and their story, worth 3 stars. However, book seemed to be somewhat 'formulaic'. We have angry, argumentative heroine and a hero that loves angry, argumentative women. There is also someone who was dead, but not really. Of course, lots of filler so H/H could argue and make-up. Last but not least: one sex scene was worked in, needed or not. On to the next book in the series, which I am thinking is the last?
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another wonderful book in the Millworth family. I am highly entertained by the twists and turns of this family. A fun new member appears and fits in perfectly. With some very unexpected twists and usual love wind the day. Do take the time to read this, it does stand alone, but is so much more fun if you have first read "What Happens at Christmas" and the other books that follow , you will have a better understanding of the "players." Happy reading !
Michelle Halber
I loved the beginning of the book, but lost the momentum of the story. The book ended up dragging for me, and I started skimming until the end. However, the book picked up towards the conclusion of the story, and I remembered why I enjoy reading her books.

There was a uniqueness to the main hero in the story -- he's a banker, doesn't really pretend to be anything else, and only discovers all of the skills that the profession has allowed through the story and the heroine.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
this is stupid. it's vapid and stupid. yes, i am aware it's a romance, but that doesn't mean it can't be entertaining. this is not entertaining. it is a chore.

i did not finish it but i think self-inflicted lobotomies are generally frowned upon and i got far enough into it to feel comfortable rating it one star.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a cute, fun romance with mild secrets and deceptions. The characters are a bit stubborn and argumentative as seems to occur in this series, but they are likeable overall and the story is full of the warmth of extended family.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Guy finds out his father is still alive and he is the heir to a fortune.
Meets girl they pretend to be engaged and eventually fall in love.
mindless romance because sometimes you need to read mindless stuff.
Lady Theodosia/Teddy Winslow and Mr. Jackson/Jack Channing share their ups and downs throughout this book but never do they fail to engage the reader so for me this 4th book did redeem the series as I hoped it could.

Linda Rae Sande
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Alexander's characters are always so much fun, with witty repartee and engaging relationships. This story has these in spades. Although I haven't read the other Millworth Manor books, it was easy to follow this Victorian romance.
SueDee McClelland
Good Read !

The story line was delightful. It was pretty much a page turner. However, it did have way too many pages of explicit sex. I much prefer a clever writer who can leave that to the reader’s imagination.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF. The reader learns the secret. The secret is revealed to family. The secret is disclosed to the main love interest. All within the first 25%of the book... It was boring to read the first time and excruciating by the 3rd.
Louiseann Walter

This book was amusing and comical. I laughed at all the antics of Teddy and Jack. And I really liked how they thought love and life was adventure.
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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