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Secret Promise

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Falsely imprisoned as a blockade-runner during the American Civil War, Edward Mason yearns to go home. But when after seven years he finally returns to England, the life he expected is gone. His parents are dead, his home destroyed, his father’s legacy stolen, and his girl—his girl is now the single mother of a child Edward never knew.

Abandoned by the man she loved and dis
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 30th 2015 by The Wild Rose Press
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Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Marin McGinnis is a brand new author for me to read. Someone recommend this book to read. While I do not read as many historical romances anymore, I did find Secret Promise to be an enjoyable read. There are loads of drama, romance, secrets- past and present, along with danger and suspense.

The plight of Edward is not so far-fetched as to be unbelievable if fact there are probably many who were jailed unfairly during the Civil War. Anna’s story is not quite as believable. For Anna to become a bus
Sharon Hatt
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good storyline involving a seven year separation of two young lovers caused by unfortunate circumstances. At eighteen Edward leaves England to deliver a ship to Virginia, leaving his love Anna with promises to return quickly and an unexpected pregnancy. Seven years of hard living follow before Edward finally makes his way home, however what he finds is beyond his worst nightmares. Anna is not sure how she feels about Edward and she never told their son who his father was, a fact that hurts Edwar ...more
Anna Swedenmom
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Its a buy. I will point out some of the least favorable aspects to be fair but all in all this is an enjoyable read by a new author to me.

While reading I found a lack of some details that would of brought the story to my heart more. However, having said the negative lets focus on the rest.

This is a book written by a very talented writer. There are so many levels of a story line that it was engrossing. I had everything from suspense to pathos, to love, to loss and then romance and a happily eve
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Edward Mason left his ship in England for a trip home, only to find nothing as he’d left. Not knowing where to turn he heads for the family homestead, only to discover it was not in the shape that he remembered. Everything was different and no one around except a few people from his childhood that told him the truth about everything. He ends up on a new path, with a new title that he didn’t expect. It was really good and you actually like him when you first meet him and sympathize when needed. T ...more
Fast paced Victorian Historical Romance. Filled with secrets, secret promises, murder, danger, betrayal, romance and finding true love. Well written. The characters are engaging and endearing. A brilliantly written tale with a few twists and turns. I absolutely enjoyed this tale of second chances, forgiveness, healing and love. An enjoyable and satisfying read! A wonderful Historical Romance!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courte
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, fun read. Good historical detail, and enjoyable characters.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Received this free for a review. I felt like I was reading an outline for a story. The book's romantic leads take up the majority of the book all other characters have very small roles. There is little description of the physical settings in the book - houses, clothing etc. You would need to know the era to fill in the blanks.The hero returns after seven years to find his sisters house has burned, his home has burned but the elderly servants don't mention what has happened to the woman he loves. ...more
3.5/5. This book by an author new to me is about lovers reuniting after 7 years apart. The hero struggles to reassemble his life after his long forced absence sees him returning to find his parents dead, his estate in ruins, the family business taken over by another and the girl he left behind now a grown independent woman and mother of a young boy bearing his face. While entertaining and moving along at a relatively fast pace, the author fails to reel me in emotionally. The details are lacking ...more
Suz Jay
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Secret Promise tells the story of Edward, brother to Dora, the heroine of Stirring Up the Viscount. Edward returns from America to find a very different world than the one he left behind seven years ago. He vows to regain all that was taken from him including his love Anna. This book is another great installment in the historical series.
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A lawyer in real life, Marin McGinnis feeds the more creative part of her soul by writing romance and mystery. She's spent almost half her life in a tree-lined, unabashedly liberal suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She's been married to the same great guy for over 20 years, and has one teenage son and three standard poodles.

While her very first manuscript will forever languish under the bed, the next one

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