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Nettie’s Secret

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

Taking one last look around her attic room in Covent Garden Nettie knows there is no turning back, they must run for their lives…

London, 1875. Thanks to her hapless father, Nettie Carroll has had to grow up quickly. While Nettie is sewing night and day to keep food on the table, her gullible father has trusted the wron
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Louise Wilson
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in London, 1875. Nettie Carroll and her father Robert, are on the run from the police. Robert is an artist and he was duped into making copies of famous paintings by a man known as Duke. But Duke sold the paintings on as originals. This is where the adventure begins. We are taken to France, a trip on a barge and we even meet a Contessa. Nettie and her father struggle to earn a living. Robert draws people he meets in the street to try and earn them some money. There are some marvellous chara ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
There’s not been a Dilly Court book I have disliked, until now...there is always a strong female character & yes there was one here in the form of Nettie, but there was really far too many other characters with their own dramas taking over the whole book that Nettie never actually had her own role, she was just there floating about.
The book had no actual story other than the same group of people going back & forth & back & forth from one place to the next, going over the same dra
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nettie's Secret is a standalone book by Dilly Court.

My sister is a huge fan of this author so when I saw a book available on NetGalley by the author I had to request it. I wanted to see what my sister enjoyed so much. After reading this book I believe she and I will have to agree to differ in our taste in books. Proof in the pudding is that it took me 6 days to read the book when normally when I enjoy a book it can be read in one or two days tops. That said, I have read some of the reviews of th
Jane Hunt
This is the first Dilly Court romantic saga I’ve read, and I enjoyed it.

Set in Victorian England and Europe, it follows the adventures of Nettie and her father, as they flee from the law, in the wake of an art forgery scandal. The plot is gently paced with hardships, romance and mystery, all intertwined to create, an easy to read historical adventure. The historical setting is well- researched and enriches the plot with different lifestyles and cultures and iconic cities and countryside.

The char
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by Dilly Court. It took me a while to get into the book and whilst I quite enjoyed it I did think the plot was rather weak in places and the ending was quite predictable.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books from this author and really enjoyed them so had high hopes for this one but sadly like other reviewers I found this one so silly. I found the story unbelievable a lot of the time. How this ever increasing group of random people could travel with no money from one country to another so many times is beyond me. The characters all had their little troubles and Nettie had no real story line of her own. I found her Dad annoying and her love story a bit silly quite frankly. Not ...more
Jenny Cooper
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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It is 1875 and Nettie and her father, Robert, are living hand to mouth in attic rooms in London. Robert is an artist and has no idea how to look after himself, leave along how to provide for a family. Nettie does her best by taking in sewing work when she can but things take a turn for the worse when Robert inadvertently becomes involved in some dodgy dealing and their only hope is to flee the country. Trouble follows them to Paris and beyond but Nettie may have a way to save them.

Dilly Court ha
Susan Page
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, if unbelievable story. There is a large element of farce in the way a group of people run away from London to Paris, then on to other places in France, then Spain, then back to England; with practically no money between them. Nettie is a young woman who tries very hard to look after her father, a painter. He will not let her work at a proper job because the next painting is going to make his fortune. Sadly he is a bit of a wastrel, when he has money it trickles through his fingers ...more
The Breakneck Bookworm
Having never read any of Dilly Court's work, or stories of this style I was unsure whether I was going like the book. It took a few chapters to fully adapt to this writing style as it is very haphazard. The way her characters jump around with their feelings, it almost feels like a farce in the style of twelfth night . I know very little of this era but I'm not sure friendships and your friends status meant you could travel most of Europe even though you are borderline destitute. The characters a ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I don’t usually read period drama but liked the look of this one, and I was not disappointed, I read it in one afternoon! Nettie and her father la poor life, he was an artist who did work for a gallery, not thinking or asking too many questions about what he was producing !! When things went wrong Nettie and her father fled the Country, but not before Bryon, her friend, caught up with them and told her he was going with them! He had his reasons for going so it was an easy decision for him to mak ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I love Dilly Courts books and have enjoyed and read most of them. But this one i couldn't get into, i found my mind wandering whilst reading it. It just didn't hold my interest at all. and some of it seemed unbelievable. It isn't like her other books and i was sorely disappointed, i can't understand where she was coming from with this one and am sad to say i read half of it got bored and gave up. I really hope she goes back to the stories we all love.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another lovely story that you loose yourself in by Dilly Court.
Nettie lives in London with her Father, an artist, they only just make ends meet, sometimes going hungry. Duke Dexter is a con man who uses Robert, Nettie's father to reproduce coppies of paintings that he then sells as originals. When Duke and so also Robert find they are in trouble they flee to France as wanted men. This book as it all, a good plot, mystery, danger, twists and turns and of course a little romance too.
Aileen  (Ailz) Grist
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice, lightweight romance that travels around England, France and Spain. An artist in the clutches of an unscrupulous businessman is copying works of art, supposedly being sold to the middle class as copies, but in actually being passed as originals. He, his daughter and a friend escape and manage to remain one step ahead of the police. All the while Nettie is writing her secret.

I enjoyed this book.
Karen Kingston
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel set in Victorian England, France and Spain. Nettie is a determined young lady who has to deal with a wide range of problems, inconsiderate acquaintances and lots of travelling.

I haven't read any other books by Dilly Court but I will now look at reading more of her novels.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for a digital review copy in exchange for a honest review.

Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although it took me a little longer than usual for me to get into this book I really enjoyed it in the end
Pauline Chamberlain
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A good saga, usual storyline about poverty and overcoming hardship but I do enjoy these sort of books
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read about 60 pages but it wasn't doing anything for me. I thought the narrative was shallow and the characters one dimensional.
Glynis Marshall
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book from start to finish
natalie bowes
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little different to previous Dilly Court. Several story lines going on with an array of characters which took time to get to know. Other than that a good read.
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Dilly Court grew up in North-east London and began her career in television, writing scripts for commercials. She is married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband. She is the author of eighteen novels and also writes under the name of Lily Baxter.