Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow passenger - the cool, reclusive Lord Deal.
For years David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has avoided the society of others. Even so, he's drawn to his lovely shipmate, like him, the victim of family tragedy.
As the voyage nears its end, Lord Deal is compelled to propose. But on their wedding night, Rosalie gets an unwelcome surprise: Her handsome husband is strangely reluctant to consummate the marriage. Does she fall short of her groom's expectations? Or is he hiding a secret past that only she can unlock?
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By Lady Wesley on 02-03-2015
Beautifully written; nicely performed
The audio book was just as good as the written version. Courtney Patterson is a new-to-me narrator, but I would gladly listen to her performance of other books. I suspect that she may be an American, as her English accent occasionally wandered away. That did not detract from my enjoyment of the audio, however.
This is a lovely story about a true marriage of convenience, where both the husband and the wife consider themselves unworthy of the other.
Rosalie believes herself to be unattractive, unsophisticated, and a poor match for her husband, the toplofty, dour and reclusive Lord Deal. Deal has cut himself off from society and considers himself to be "utterly depraved" and no fit mate for a sweet innocent like Rosalie. Deal has enough honor left that he has promised himself that he will not consummate the marriage until he has confessed all to Rosalie, at which point he expects her to flee in horror. She, on the other hand, has no idea why he shows no interest in making love to her in the days and weeks after their marriage.
Deal's secret, which goes back to his youth, is indeed shocking, yet when he finally confesses, Rosalie is horrified only by what he has had to endure. In return for Deal "rescuing" her aboard ship after her father's sudden death, she helps rescue him from his demons.
The story is beautifully written, without the intrusion of modern language or attitudes. Extreme patience is required,however, as the reader does not learn about Deal's secrets any sooner than Rosalie does, which is near the end of the book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By sandy on 20-10-2013
the narration was great
the narration was great, the secret seemed to take forever to uncover, and then the story ended abruptly, leaving me with a feeling of indifference over the whole book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 03-01-2017
A story with heart that is well read
This tale suffers from some of the flaws common to the genre, a sometimes slightly silly heroine and an inevitably drop dead gorgeous hero. Yet it rises high above them. In away the heroes outward strength, polish and urbane manners actually make the revelation of his demons all the more shocking. even the heroine's occasional silliness makes more sense than it usually does in these books. Her unconventional childhood and life as her father's young carer have made her at once more motherly and less sophisticated than most young women her age. It has imbued her with greater goodness and depth, yet also left her unconscious of her charms and somewhat naive.
There are some truly touching moments in the narrative and some genuinely sweet and funny conversations between characters.
By Periwinkle Munro on 01-04-2014
What made the experience of listening to Lord of Secrets the most enjoyable?
I thought I knew what was going to happen and maybe I had an inkling but I didn't really believe it would be the case. The only thing that really disappointed me was the resolution came too quickly with out really dealing with the heroes feelings and the road he would have to travel. That said, it was a good story.