Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda, A Summersby Tale by Sophie Barnes

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda: A Summersby Tale (Book 3)Historical Romance
Goodreads Summary:
William finally meets his match in the latest Summersby Tale from Sophie Barnes, author of How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back.

Lucy Blackwell is desperate, reckless, and maybe a little bit crazy. That's the only possible explanation for tricking a man she doesn't know into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement—all in the middle of the biggest ball of the year! But Lord William Summersby is the final piece of her grand plan, and she'll do what it takes to make this marriage of convenience work—as long as it's convenient for her. She just never counted on falling in love . 

This is the third book in the Summersby Tale series and I know that you can read them out of order as this was the first one I read.  It can stand on its own with no trouble.
The two main characters are really fun.  William is willing to just settle for a bride and has made up his mind to marry Lady Annabella, the best of the really bad choices.  Lucy Blackwell needs help in finding the man who murdered her mother and father. William is the perfect choice.  Lucy stages a kiss and then announces their engagement before William has a chance to announce his to Lady Annabella.  From there a lot happens, some of it not very good.  
There is the perfect mix of romance, tension, danger and adventure in The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda.  Lucy and William are both strong characters and there is a lot of tension between the two at first.  William’s family adds support for Lucy helping her gain her goals.  In time Williams realizes that he needs to help and protect Lucy.  The interaction between the characters keeps the story moving.
This is a very good series with very strong male and female characters and good plots.  I would recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance.
Harper Collins published The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda by Sophie Barnes in 2012.

I received an ARC of The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda from Edelweiss.


  1. Thanks for the review! It does sound like a good book. :)

  2. This sounds wonderful Jo and I am glad you easily picked up on it with it being the third in a series. Love the sound of the characters. New follower :)


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