Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Secrets and Suitors Review and Giveaway!!

Reluctantly returning to London for yet another Season, shy Nora Hamilton has nearly given up hope that she will ever find the love match she longs for. After all, the one man she does harbor feelings for—her closest friend, James—has made it perfectly clear he views her as just that: a friend. With James traveling half a world away and Nora's father pressuring her to marry for wealth and status, Nora is forced to set aside her desire for love and accept the future she has always dreaded.

Until James returns unexpectedly and Nora's feelings once again rush unbearably close to the surface. Determined to save what is left of their friendship, Nora ignores her own heart and allows herself to be swept up in the London Season, soon finding herself the object of two very different gentlemen's affections. Though she should be thrilled, both men come with a glaring fault: neither is the one man who holds her heart.
But there is much more at stake than heartbreak. When long-kept secrets are laid bare, Nora must face the fears that have plagued her all her life and decide what true love is worth.

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review!
"A young woman’s desire for a chance at real love is portrayed with tantalizing restraint in this charming Regency romance by Barker. Nora and James’s relationship brings out the confusion and complexity of human emotions, and their observations about love and relationships are timeless. This elegant and thoroughly gratifying romance will satisfy the most discerning Regency romance reader.

My thoughts: Honestly, it has been a while since a Regency era story blew me away like Secrets and Suitors did! I love how original the story is! Shy, underestimated Nora Hamilton is easy to love as she struggles to find happiness with her lot in finding a match when her heart is already engaged to a man she can't have. As she attempts to take her destiny into her own hands, the results are surprising! I loved the twists and turns of this story, as multiple secrets come out as Nora navigates the Season. I highly recommend Secrets and Suitors!
I received this book from the author. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

About the Author:
​Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.
Visit her website here.

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