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Catriona's Secret

(Borderland Ladies #4)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  34 reviews
From USA Today Bestselling Author Madeline Martin comes another steamy, suspenseful full-length novel in her Borderland Ladies series where dangerous lands make dangerous ladies...


When he was but a boy, Sir Geordie Strafford was abandoned at Werrick Castle, his life meant as payment for his father's deceit. Lady Catriona Barrington saved him by pleading with
Published August 27th 2019 by Madeline Martin (first published August 26th 2019)
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Barbara Rogers
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series: Borderland Ladies #4
Publication Date: 8/27/19

This world would be a much, much better place if there were more Geordies in it. Every woman wants, needs, DESERVES, a Geordie in her life. He is a perfect hero and I am so glad I got to meet him. We’ve read about young Geordie through the first three books in the series, and now, finally, we get to meet the grown-up Geordie and he is truly spectacular. Who would have believed that the frightened young boy who faced what he thought was his imp
Maggie Whitworth
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Royal court is ever the place for Dignitaries, Rogues and Scoundrels as Catriona finds out to her detriment.

When her best friend, and the man she’s always loved return from war , she realises the only way to save him is to let him go .
She can’t tell him why , the truth must stay hidden , she knows he’s going to hate her , but what choice does she have.
If she tells Geordie what she’s done, and who is responsible for her dilemma, his life will be ruined just as hers is .
She doesn’t
Tracy Emro
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Catriona Barrington reveled in her time at court, as a younger sister in a family of beautiful women, Cat often felt overlooked and gloried in the attention she received from the courtiers, but when one flirtation goes too far, Cat is eager to return to Werrick Castle and try to keep that awful night a secret.

But now that she is home, she soon learns her secret is even bigger than she thought and will not remain that way for long. But in the midst of her despair, her dearest friend Geordie
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catriona's Secret
Borderland Ladies #4
Madeline Martin

Sir Gordie Stafford was only a young boy when he was left, abandoned at Werrick Castle. His life for his father's deceit, but things turned out better as Lady Catriona Barrigton saved him. She pleaded with her father, Lord Werrick for a stay of execution which was then given. From that moment on, Geordie and Cat we inseparable, until he left on a four year campaign for the king. Now Geordie is back at Werrick Castle, but he has returned a
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When he was but a boy, Sir Geordie Strafford was abandoned at Werrick Castle, his life meant as payment for his father's deceit. Lady Catriona Barrington saved him by pleading with Lord Werrick for a stay of execution. From that moment on, Geordie and Cat were inseparable, until he left on a four-year campaign for the king. Since they were children, Catriona has always known she wanted her best friend by her side. When Geordie comes home from years of battle, her feelings blossom into a passiona ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Catriona's Secret by Madeline Martin is book 4 in the Borderland Ladies Series. This is the story of Catriona 'Cat' Barrington and Geordie Strafford. I haven't yet read the previous book but did read the first two but I did feel this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Cat and Geordie became best of friends after Geordie was left at Werrick Castle as payment for his father misdeeds. Cat saved him and from there on until he had to go into battle for the King. So in their present day ...more
Lori D
1341 Brampton, England Werrick Castle.
Sometimes early in life the heart knows what it wants, even though that connection may be pulled apart or at least wounded.
Lady Catriona Barrington had been taken in by the grandeur of court life when she had visited. Feeling beautiful and caught up in the lifestyle, it only took a short time to be seduced and left, with no one being the wiser. That is except when she returned home and realized she was with child.
Geordie Strafford was finally returning home
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catriona’s Secret is the fourth book in the Borderland Ladies series. I have loved every book in the series, and I wasn’t disappointed with this one. I love that each book has been unique to each sister and their exceptional talents. I had been looking forward to Catriona’s story and am so glad that Geordie was in it. Catriona had gone to court naïve and innocent but returned home ruined and pregnant. Geordie had been away at war for four years and returned hoping to gain a home and land so he c ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cat's story brought me to tears. I cried for her and I cried for Geordie. They both went through so much. There is a lot of angst in this story and a lot of intrigue. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. Ms. Martin has a great way of creating overwhelming feelings. This book is not to be missed!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned as a young boy at Werrick Castle as payment for his father's betrayal, Sir Geordie Strafford spent his childhood with the daughter of the Earl of Werrick, Lady Catriona, after she saved his life by pleading with her father on his behalf. Geordie and Cat remained inseparable until he left on a four year battle campaign with the king to earn his spurs as a knight. Now, with that goal accomplished, he hopes to win the heart of the only woman he's ever loved, but Cat is keeping a secret th ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, the Borderland Ladies series stories just keep getting better and better! This one was so touching and emotional it was difficult to put down. Catriona is such a strong and determined woman, she never gives up on her love no matter the danger. It is impossible not to admire her and love her for that alone, however there is so much more to her. She is honorable, selfless and caring to say the least. Sir Geordie is just as honorable, but will they be able to be together when everything seems ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catriona’s Secret by Madeline Martin is Book 4 of The Borderland Ladies Series.
A fantastic READ! This historical romance is intense and powerful.  Catriona and Geordie have loved each other since they were children. After 4 long years of fighting for the King, Geordie has earned a knighthood and comes home to Werrick Castle in hopes of being worthy enough to ask for Cat’s hand. Cat can’t believe Geordie has survived war and has come home to her. If only her life had not been ruined only two mont
Brenda Hughes
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMGoodness!!! This has to be my favorite of this series. But, I have said that after reading each book. This is Catriona and Geordies story. Geordie has been away fighting in the war and earning his knighthood so he will be worthy of Cats hand. For four long years. Cat was waiting and while at court she made a foolish mistake with a known Rake and womanizer. When Geordie returns home she acts distant. He knows she’s hiding something but hasn’t got a clue as to what. She returns to court to confr ...more
Amy Alvis
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Geordie has waited 4 long years to finally see Cat again. He has returned a knight and is almost ready to propose to her. But every time they get close to one another, Cat pulls away. Geordie can tell that she is hiding something from him, but can't imagine what it is. When he is asked to take Cat to court so that she might meet a potential spouse, he is heartbroken.

While Gordie was away, Cat had enjoyed time away at court. That is until, she is assaulted and her virtue taken. She learns that sh
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Rachael Keefe
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the book I most anticipated in this series. Geordie is a “beta” hero (good guy), who is genuinely warm and kind and affable and supportive, and this is the type of hero I personally have a soft spot for. The friends to lovers trope is also one of my favourites. Having said that, I was very interested to see where Madeline Martin was going to take this book... It wasn’t at all in the direction I had imagined but I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Catriona and Geordie’s story was powerful an ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catriona’s Secret is a wonderful addition to the Borderland Ladies stories.
It touches so close to the heart of any person who has done something stupid and not knowing how to deal with the consequences.
Cat has always cared for Geordie and it was reciprocated by Geordie.
I felt so sorry for Cat, I could step into her shoes and feel her pain as she tries to plan and make the best of what she feels in losing everything she had ever wanted.
Madeline Martin has looked into the soul of a troubled girl
Anna Holmes
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Caitriona is a smart, strong, beautiful woman. Her best friend is Geordie. Geordie has been gone and has become a knight and Caitriona has gone to court. While at court, something happens that can ruin her future. Geordie comes home, as does Caitriona and they discover what they have is special. Is it special enough to withstand what happened at court? You must read and find out!! Madeline writes amazing characters that you fall in love with
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A love built over a lifetime, from childhood to adulthood. Catriona and Geordie have been separated for four years, she helping to run her father's keep now that the older sisters are all married, and he out serving the King and earning a well deserved knighthood. If only things were still as simple as being best friends.
Geordie wants to marry her, he wants to earn his way to prove that he can provide for her. Catriona is still a bit naive and fell pray to a court married (unbeknownst to her)da
Marina Leonard
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What another beautiful story. I have not been disappointed in any book I have read by this author. You call in love with the hero and heroine as they finally realise the friendship they had growing up turned into love. Thank you for another amazing story in this series.
Marta Cervantes
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one !!

Ms Madeline continues the series with Cat's story. The poignant events that surround Cat can not deter the love Geordie has for her. But will a murder keep them apart ? You'll want to read through the night to find out!
Maxine Wilson
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The fourth book in the series of the border line ladies.

As there is more to come in this series I should not have a favourite but unfortunately I do Catriona comes across as an amazing lady who at a very young age adore Georgie.

The trials this lady goes through makes you feel good that you have meet this two amazing people.

Stand alone but once again the series is amazing.

Highly recommend all.

I bought this book in appreciation of the authors work.
Candy Laine
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Geordie and Catriona have been friends since the day she prevented her father from executing him. The young boy is totally devoted to Lady Cat and is best friend and loyal protector rolled into one. In order to make himself worthy of her, he leaves to become a knight.
Their friendship grows over passing correspondence in letters over four years. They may have grown up, but have they also grown apart? Then Cat goes to London and attends court. Things go horribly wrong and now she can't be with Geo
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets and lies

Cat and Geordie were made for each other. But four years of battle for Geordie and a time at court for Cat tears them apart - as it did my heart. I love this series.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Geordie Stafford and Catriona Barrington have been close ever sence he came to Werrick Castle they were friends as young children. But now they are grown and secret's could keep a new love that develops between them apart.

Geordie new he wanted to be a Knight to earn the trust that his slimy father broke he serves his King for 4 long years threw many a war. And now he cant wait to see his friend Cat again. But Cat has grown cold there is something wrong how can this be the same girl grown to a wo
Colleen Perry
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful Love Story

I wish There more stars because they would have earned them. This was a very different kind of story. It brought tears at times. I felt such sympathy for both Geordie and Catriona. Geordie had me adoring him, There are too many excellent qualities to name all. He is my favorite hero for all the HR books I have read. HE was perfect. I shed tears at times, but also felt elated with their good and sensual loving ways. I was biting my fingernails the whole way. It kept me
Linda Maxfield
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
My favorite book so far from this series!! Catriona and Geordie's love story is timeless and I loved every minute of it and did not want to put it down. I'm looking forward to the final book in the series. It is well worth reading, you won't regret one- clicking. I read an Advance copy with NO expectation of a review
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Once I again I was blown away by fisheries and how .ugh I love Madeline 's writing !! Cat and Geordie were everything because the passion and love was oh so amazing!! I am so ready for Lelia'as story!!
Jennifer Yeakel
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Catriona and Geordie have been life long friends.
Over the 4 years Geordie has been away from Werrick Castle, (fighting for the king) he has secretly been in love with Cat.
While Cat is at court, she becomes infatuated with Sir Gawain. After 1 careless night, her whole life turns upside down.
When Cat returns home, she is devastated when she discovers that she is pregnant.
Unbeknownst to her, she soon finds out that Sir Gawain is married.
To her surprise, Geordie finally comes home and declares h
Debbie Glenn Brown
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sir Geordie Strafford and Lady Catriona Barrington are childhood friends and he’s return home after the war. Geordie has been away earning knight hood and Lady Catriona aka Cat has revealed by her time at court where she was romance and especially one night has left her with regrets. Sir Geordie returns home to Werrick Castle and to Cat hoping to win the heart of the woman he loves. Cat is determined to return to court to find a quick husband and Geordie id summoned to court by the King. A great ...more
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Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them.

She lives a glitter-filled life in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions) and a man so wonderful he's been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She loves Disney

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