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SECRETS OF A LADY
TRACY GRANT
ISBN# (10): 0-06-128488-2 / (13): 978-0-06-128488-5
August 31, 2007
Avon (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Paperback
$13.95 U.S./$17.50 Canada
467 Pages
Fiction/Historical
Rating: 4 Cups

Charles Fraser was a Member of Parliament and a grandson of a Duke. He lives with his beautiful wife, Mélanie, and son Colin, and daughter Jessica. Charles lost his parents during the Spanish War. He feels his wife, Mélanie, is the only one he can trust and will not betray him. Neither expected six-year-old Colin to be taken from his bedchambers.

Inspector Jeremy Roth got the call about Colin’s disappearance. He will do what he can to find the young boy. The first thing Roth notices when he goes to the home of Charles and Mélanie is how composed Charles is. If it were his child, Roth is pretty sure he would be pulling his hair out. It appears there is a legend of a ring involving the Carevalo family and it is believed that Charles knows something about it or either has the ring. The kidnappers will exchange Colin for the ring.

Charles is blissfully happy with his life and family, but after someone enters their home and takes their son, Colin, the desperation of not being able to help puts a strain on everyone. At first, they all thought Colin was possibly hiding but careful observation proved otherwise. Mélanie feels like she should be out searching the streets and screaming Colin’s name. She is sure the Bow Street Officers are doing all they can, but just sitting around makes her feel helpless. Roth feels both Charles and Mélanie may know more than what they are telling him with the investigation. As the three of them begin their own search, there are some secrets that even Mélanie holds that Charles never knew in his perfect marriage.

I found Secrets of A Lady a breathtaking enjoyment. Mélanie and Charles are outstanding players in this suspense that has the reader sharing the same desperation that the parents emit after Colin is taken. It is a helplessness that speaks boldly in the pages. I thought this Regency was very interesting with some little surprises along the way I never expected. Tracy Grant pens a refreshing read in history that is quite imagery in its own way. She breathes life into the London area while making the secondary characters well-developed in this consistent tale. I like the way she ties in a bit of fraudulence and family secrets, then weaves a few twists and turns that keeps the reader almost nail-biting.

Cherokee
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