Book review: ‘Secrets of a Lady’

By Nicole Garibaldi
November 15, 2007

What would you do if the world you once knew to be perfect began to crumble around you? What would you do if the people who you would trust your life have betrayed and deceived you since the moment you laid eyes on them?

“Secrets of a Lady” is a historical fiction novel full of mischief, abandonment and deception. It is a riveting story of a world where reputations are destroyed, and loyalty is a word no one has ever heard of.

This story’s setting is in Regency London, in the year 1819. Melanie Fraser is the woman that all other women are compared to. She is beautiful, charming and head over heals in love with her husband Charles, the grandson of a duke.

Do not be fooled by this false appearance of courtliness, under that exterior lies a world of deceit. Melanie is not the “perfect wife” as she seems to be.

Melanie is a woman of many secrets, ones that can shatter her elegant life forever. These secrets can take away the one thing that matters most to Melanie in her life, her family

The only way to preserve this ideal life is to search for a “heirloom ring surrounded by legend and power.” Melanie and Charles go on a quest in search of that prized possession in a world they do not know.

The novel has many excerpts of Shakespearean poetry and is quite a roller coaster. The two characters, Melanie and Charles, have extremely strong and intelligent personalities that make a reader only want to know more about their history.

Secrets of a Lady is a book of numerous twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. It is a thriller that keeps you entranced in the novel, until the very end.

Originally published under the title Daughter of the Game when it first came out in 2002. Tracy Grant reworked the novel and was published during the summer of 2007.

“Secrets of a Lady,” is the type of book you can not put down. I felt as if I was part of the story. The author draws you into the novel.

Tracy Grant is a profound author that brings the genres of history, love, mystery and a thriller in one. I recommend Secrets of a Lady to any persons interested in any of those areas of reading.

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