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Secrets [Mass Market Paperback]

Jude Deveraux
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Book Description

Feb. 17 2009
At age twelve, Cassandra Madden fell in love with Jefferson Ames, a young man she met at one of her mother's business conferences. Over the years, during periods of loneliness and struggle, Cassie held on to this unrequited love in order to cope with her isolated heart and the pain of a cold mother. Even when Cassie grew up, went off to college, and met a man she thought she'd marry, her heart yearned for Jeff.

In a decisive moment, she breaks off the pending engagement and travels to Williamsburg, Virginia, where the now-widowed Jeff lives with his young daughter. Cassie becomes the child's nanny, but, even though she sees the object of her desire every day, Jeff has yet to even notice her.

Then, one day, she hears shots coming from the mansion of Althea Fairmont, an eccentric woman who is thought of as the world's greatest living actress. Cassie runs to investigate, and, in an instant, her safe little life is turned upside down. She begins to learn that all the people around her aren't who they claim to be. Everyone has secrets -- and until Cassie unravels those secrets, she and Jeff will never have a chance to be happy together.
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Romance titan Deveraux (Someone to Love, etc.) packs her latest with jagged surprises, but the pieces fail to fall together satisfyingly. At age 12, Cassandra Madden has been in love with also 'tween Jefferson Ames, whom she meets on a business trip with her mother. After college, Cassie moves to Jeff's hometown of Williamsburg, Va., and eventually becomes nanny to widower Jeff's daughter, Elsbeth. Jeff treats Cassie as part of the family, but reserves his romantic feelings for gorgeous Skylar, who despises Cassie and ignores Elsbeth. When she hears gunshots next door and finds aging film star Althea Fairmont lying prone but unharmed, she and the famous Althea become friends. As Cassie begins to archive Althea's Hollywood memorabilia, she uncovers Althea's hidden history and is drawn, with Jeff, into a dangerous web of secrets, lies and murder. The story has moments of humor and romantic chemistry, but they do little to salvage the unruly plot. (May)
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"A sweet love story filled with twists and turns." -- Booklist

"Deveraux's touch is gold." -- Publishers Weekly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par May 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was at times, farfetched and not as well written as many of her books have been in the past.
Usually her books are page turners, this one was not.
It was an old theme which I found not that original.
Her characters were cliché and not that interesting.
It was a disappointment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good potential... nose dive from there... July 28 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Jude Deveraux's books as a guilty pleasure and without any huge expectations. I was excited to read it, as it looked like it had some potential, but soon was lost in all the complicated and unnecessary plotlines. She had far too many things going on (Cassie's early relationship with Jeff, Jeff's role in the CIA, Althea's history and current problems, that weird plotline with Charles and on and on). I dragged myself through the second half - and to be honest, basically skimmed the last couple of chapters, just to finish the darn thing!

If you want a guilty, summer-read...look someplace else! This one is far too convulted and poorly written! It's times like these that I wish I were an editor!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Got dizzy! April 25 2009
By gladz27
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would personally like to rate this as 1, but due to my loyalty, i decided to stick as close to neutral as possible without being overly biased...

it started out great...i kinda liked the idea that the heroine was being ignored by the man she loved even though she's right under her nose, but then, all these characters come up one by one and i began to get confused about who was who and what their parts where...

It was a long read for me, i didn't quite like it and how the characters ended up together was a little too abrupt and anti-climactic than what I would have liked...

The best part i liked was when she went out with another guy and her boss got jealous...

Still... Velvet Series and A Knight in Shining Armor hold my heart...

This was not the greatest book, perhaps i'll try to read it again one day, but only after i've finished with everything...

P.S.
I'm writing this two weeks after i read the book, i can't really remember the names now...
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been kept a secret! May 3 2008
By Ginny, not Hermione - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a huge Jude Deveraux fan, have read all her books, some several times, but this is a meandering, wandering collection of loose ends. No romance at all, first kiss about 20 pages before the story wraps up.

There's young love, CIA, murder and nothing to grab onto, everything is glossed over and rushed when perhaps something, ANYTHING good might have happened.

It has to be the oddest book I've ever finished- I would suggest passing this one up. A total disappointment.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Letdown From Great Author May 5 2008
By Mary Beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been a Jude Deveraux fan for years and have read most of her books. I will buy a book just because it has her name on it. This is the first time I have been disappointed, and it was a major letdown.
The opening chapters had the potential to become a good story. Unfortunately, it quickly became a maze of confusing story lines that went nowhere interesting and were populated by characters that were undeveloped and boring shells. Most of the dialogue was trite and just plain silly.
I advise you take a pass on this offering and hope Ms. Deveraux's next book is more up to her usual standard.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring May 3 2008
By PJ'S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've read almost all Jude Deveraux wonderful books. " Secrets", should have been kept a Secret from her
readers. Boring, Boring, Boring
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trapped on a jet with this book! Aug. 23 2008
By ajax - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently traveled to a conference and purchased this book to read on the flight and in the hotel. There was a glimmer of promise in the beginning, but, it skid downhill from there. With 90 minutes left on the flight home, I gave up and could not bring myself to continue to read this drivel -- I set the book aside and picked up the inflight magazine which was better reading.

I was very disapointed. If you feel compelled to read this book because you are a Devereaux fan, get it from the library. Save your money.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be kept a secret May 21 2008
By goldd1gger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Ms. Deveraux's books. I have collect and/or read, if not all, of her books. I even re-read several of her books. But this was a major disappointment. It started with a promising storyline then it just deteriorated. First time, I had to "force" myself to finish any of her story. By the time, I got to the end ... I was lost and the twist and turn of the story got so wacky that I didn't take the time to try to figure out the twist. I was just glad I was able to finish the book. And THAT was THAT -- an end of this sad story. I won't be picking up this one to re-read that for sure. Don't waste your money on this uninspiring, disappointing story.
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