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

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,313 Ratings  ·  84 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
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Signet
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Jacob Proffitt
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy
I picked this as my next Jo Beverley experiment because while it's the middle of the Malloren saga, it's the start of the "Georgian Secrets" triplet. I'm pretty sure I'm going to pause that and go back to the start, though, because I enjoyed this so much. Also, the Malloren's played a major role in this book so now I want the backstories.

The high rating in this case was because I fell in love with both main characters, almost from the start. Robin is daring and competent without being a jerk and
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Continuing on with my read-through of the Mallorens series. I enjoyed this one quite well. It was interesting, and funny at times, cute at others. Both the heroine, Petra, and the hero, Robin, were likable and well-written characters. The beginning chapter hooked me right away, and I was eager to find out what was the deal with the nun/not-nun, and if Robin would ever be serious. Kidding, with that last bit, but really, that was part of his charm. Where some of the heroes in this series are cool ...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
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Ana T.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: jo-beverley
First time I read this I could not get past the scene with the evil French brothel-keeper - it has horrible characters, a disgusting setting and it goes on for way too long - just couldn't stomach it. After re-reading Jo Beverley's "The Secret Wedding", and enjoying it even more than the first time, I decided to see if maybe this book, the first of a series with a common title theme of "Secret", would be OK if I got past that awful scene. Managed to finish it this time, but only because of Rothg ...more
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I like this author for nice stories and easy reading in between the "heavy" books.
Lots of twists and turns.
Lake County Public Library
#8 in the series, and the verbal swordplay just keeps getting better! Of course some (many?) of the situations strain credibility but hey... it's fiction!

-- Karen, Merrillville Branch
Admito que no sé hasta qué punto esta crítica es justa. La traducción al castellano me ha parecido francamente mala, tanto que me sacaba continuamente de la historia. Así que no sé si los defectos que le encuentro al libro los estoy valorando justamente o lo estoy exagerando por culpa de la traducción (si lo hubiera leído en papel habría acabado lápiz en mano y corrigiendo, de verdad).

Al principio me perdía un poco en los diálogos, pero no sé si es de la traducción o que a mí me cuesta seguir e
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-georgian
Enjoyable, but the hero and heroine seemed to waver a lot between finding ways to decide not to be together. It read better as an adventure caper than as a romance; there wasn't a lot of chemistry between them. The ending also felt a little bit like a cop-out - (view spoiler); it didn't really work as a stand-alone novel.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very entertaining story! The journey and all the struggles they went through together was intriguing. My favorite from the Malloren series! <3
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Mia Marlowe
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2008 rated it liked it
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May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spočiatku som nad knihou váhala: Prečo autorka našla taký atypický dôvod spojenia hlavných hrdinov? Konkrétne mám na mysli, prečo sa vôbec sestra Immaculata, za ktorú sa Petra vydávala, dala do reči s cudzím človekom - Robinom? Prečo ju Robin vôbec oslovil? a prečo s ním nakoniec odišla? Trochu mi to nedávalo zmysel. Veď väčšinou je to v knihách tak, že dáma pred niekým/niečím uteká a gentleman jej ponúkne pomoc, no v tomto prípade táto zjavná príčina na začiatku chýbala - Petra v podstate nemus ...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
ZaBeth  Marsh
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Kiki Belle
Oct 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I always give Jo Beverley's books a chance and I don't know why. Some of her books are passable enough, and some of them I enjoyed until I finished and thought about what I just read. Her books are so deeply steeped in misogyny, more so than any author I've ever read. She romanticizes spousal abuse and sexual harassment/assault and constantly drags her female characters through the gutter without any knowledge of how their pasts would affect them and influence their actions. It's romance steeped ...more
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
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I *still* love the Malloren series, even when the Mallorens are only tangentially related to the plot. This one is fun because much of the action takes place in France, and the view point is very different from the preceding stories. Also, this book has a ton of fantastic little historical tidbits -- people, events, turns of phrase -- which I love. Jo Bev gives her references in the afterword. Who knows, perhaps one day I'll go and read some of the primary material myself.
Mary Craven
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has secrets, lots of them. The lady in the title doesn't know who to trust. The Gentleman who rescues her is not giving too much information about who he is to anyone. A nun, an abduction, and the search for a father weave into one of the best page turners that Jo Beverley has written so far. Add to that a lovable, loyal and brave little dog to give the lady someone to commiserate with.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Mallorens & Friends (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • My Lady Notorious (Malloren, #1)
  • Tempting Fortune (Malloren, #2)
  • Something Wicked (Malloren, #3)
  • Secrets of the Night (Malloren, #4)
  • Devilish (Malloren, #5)
  • Winter Fire (Malloren, #6)
  • A Most Unsuitable Man (Malloren, #7)
  • The Secret Wedding (Malloren, #9)
  • The Secret Duke (Malloren, #10)
  • An Unlikely Countess (Malloren #11)
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