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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263774
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An unconventional tale of strikingly unique characters with realistic emotions and exciting antics. It's always a delight to read one of Burrowes' creations... 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"The characters are spot on, and you'll be transported back to Regency England in grand style." - Night Owl Reviews

" Burrowes has succeeded in building a world of witty, intelligent and engaging characters. Her tale is intertwined with intrigue and the magic of romance..." - BookLoons.com

"Burrowes gave me a story that I could really get in to... " - The Book Binge

"Grace Burrows sparkles yet again in another heartfelt story between mature characters who find love." - Bookaholic Romance Book Club

"Plenty of romance and quite a bit of mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat..." - Sisters Unedited

"Burrowes' exquisite writing style and her focus on the hero and heroine while weaving in subtle side stories make phenomenal reading." - Long and Short Reviews

"Not only hot and steamy but also sweet and tender." - Cocktails and Books

"An author every romance reader should have on their must-read list... Flat-out fantastic!" - Reader to Reader Reviews

"My favorite Grace Burrowes book to date. Light, exciting and with a happy ending that will make you smile." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Burrowes has the ability to have the reader, laughing, sighing, crying and simply in awe of how well the story is told." - Sugarbeat's Books

"The Windham family that Grace Burrowes has developed with us along a wonderful series is one you won't soon forget." - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Burrowes once again captivates readers... This well written and moving historical romance is set in the Regency period and boasts compelling and richly drawn characters, as well as, a unexpected scandal." - Debbie's Book Bag

"Once readers have sorted out who's who, this is a witty Regency romance featuring two engaging protagonists and a villainess determined to bring the charmed Windham family to their knees. Fans of the series can rejoice: there are three Windham sisters who have yet to marry." - Historical Novels Review

"Scandalously good... Stunningly perfect in every way." - The Romance Reviews

"Romantic and a bit sassy... It's always lovely to watch Grace Burrowes' characters fall in love." - Drey's Library

"Burrowes is a wonderful storyteller... Her stories are written with vivid descriptions and a cast of characters who will hold your heart and your attention throughout the story." - My Book Addiction and More

"Another worthy entry in the Windham family saga." - Historical Hilarity

"I adored this book." - The Book Girl

"This is not a novel about monumental moments, but of small gestures: held hands, borrowed riding gloves, stolen locks of hair, tea and creme cakes -- all infinitesimal in the grand scheme of life but utterly essential in the building of love." - Love Saves the World

"A lovely addition to one of my favorite historical romance series." - In the Hammock Book Reviews

"Grace Burrowes is quickly becoming a "go to" author for me." - Books Like Breathing

"Something about Burrowes' characters is intensely riveting, drawing the reader into the lives and struggles of each character... the characters are the truly excellent feature of Burrowes' novels." - NetGalley Reader Review

"[A] tantalizing, delectably sexy story that is one of the best yet from an author on the way to the top. Starred Review" - Library Journal

"A fine historical romance... Well-written and amusing, and has excellent love scenes." - Dear Author

"Another winner--and this reader will be eagerly awaiting the stories of the Duke's other daughters as well as any of their friends and relatives the author cares to introduce us to!" - NetGalley Reader Review

"Deliciously angsty romance-building... swoon-worthy beta hero." - Insta-Love

"Burrowes is at the top of her game perfectly combining great romance with a good mystery." - Laura's Reviews

"Burrowes has succeeded in building a world of witty, intelligent and engaging characters. Her tale is intertwined with intrigue and the magic of romance..." - BookLoons.com

"A light, delightfully told unconventional love story between two passionate and family oriented characters." - Paperback Dolls

"A lovely story that combines sensual romance with thrilling suspense... This book has it all: romance, suspense, high stakes..." - Imagine a World

"Full of mystery and romance. Ms. Burrowes spins enchanting stories, that get better with each book." - Anna's Book Blog

"The more I read by Grace Burrowes, the more attached I become to the Windham family... Burrowes has created an excellent historical romance with endearing characters." - Book Savvy Babe

"Beautifully written and brimming with mystery, witty dialogue, suspense, surprising plot twists and turns, secrets, scandal, passion and love, this story is a delight." - Romance Junkies

"Burrowes paints a picture with words of a time gone by you will feel as if you are a part of the story." - RomFan Reviews

"I really enjoy Grace Burrowes writing and her ability to display the depths of and how genuine the characters' emotions are." - Lush Book Reviews

"Simply a dazzling delight! Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" - Fresh Fiction

"[Burrowes] weaves a tale that will bring out emotion in you you didn't even know a book could." - Seriously Reviewed

"Emotional, witty, romantic, and mysterious... " - The Royal Reviews

"Historical romance at its finest and rife with mystery and intrigue, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal is one of those books you really can't put down." - Romance Fiction on Suite 101

"A witty Regency romance featuring two engaging protagonists... " - Historical Novels Review

"Burrowes is a wonderful story teller. She has great characters with very real emotions." - Reading Between the Wines Book Club

"Grace Burrowes can do no wrong. PERIOD! She writes stories that touch my heart and soul, and this tale is no exception." - Bookworm 2 Bookworm

From the Back Cover

"Burrowes is an unconventional storyteller who knows exactly how to touch a reader's heart and reach deep into the soul."--RT Book Reviews

Lady Maggie Windham Has Secrets

And she's been perfectly capable of keeping them...until now. When she's threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she's set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until they both begin to discover the truth in their hearts...

Praise for The Soldier

"Captivating...Burrowes's straightforward, sensual love story is intelligent and tender, rising above the crowd with deft dialogue and delightful characters."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"There is a quiet, yet intense power to Burrowes's simple prose and such depth of feelings that it will be difficult to forget this marvelous story."--RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month

"Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time."--Booklist

"With lots of humor and steamy romance, these books are always a delightful read, a treat for fans of Regency romance at its best."--Night Owl Romance

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I liked the way Lady Maggie's scandal was not revealed entirely at the onset. It kept you intrigued as you progressed through the story. What I really liked was reading about the male lead in this story: he was actually a kind, decent fellow that was actually not bad to look at. You like him very much as you got to know him. The story was well-written, well-edited, had a good pace. I enjoyed it. How it could be 5 stars instead of a 4 (which is still a very good read) is that there could have been more humour. As well, some of the conversations and actions resulting from Lady Maggie's dilemma didn't ring quite right for the era. Perhaps a little too pat; a little too rosy-viewed... But, then, we don't exactly read these types of books for historical accuracy do we?
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The Duke of Moreland had 10 children, each with their own trials and tribulations. I would advise reading the first 3 before reading Lady Maggie's story. There are a lot of recurring characters. Wonderfully written, I loved this book, although I didn't like Hazlitt at first. He seemed like a creep with a fetish for Maggie's hair. I loved Maggie and the Duchess, she was a good mother and my favourite character in this series.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ca090c) out of 5 stars Excellent characters and a touching romance May 1 2012
By Heather BookSavvyBabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The more I read by Grace Burrowes, the more attached I become to the Windham family. I read the first book in the Windham sister's series (Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish) late last year and met Maggie Windham. When the opportunity arose to read Maggie's book, I found that I was looking forward to learning more about this seemingly independent woman. I really enjoyed Maggie's story, she is a protective, loving woman who is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of those she loves.

In Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Grace Burrowes has created an excellent historical romance with endearing characters and a touch of suspense. This romance read will draw readers in with an independent heroine, a determined hero, and an unexpected scandal.

Maggie Windham is the oldest daughter of a Duke, and a bastard at that. She comes from humble beginnings and her parentage affects her life's choices. When her reticule goes missing, Maggie hires Benjamin, an investigator, to help find her reticule and the damaging contents before scandal can come to her family. Maggie is very protective of her secrets and tells Benjamin the bare minimum needed to find her belongings. The more time Benjamin spends with Maggie, the more determined he is to discover her secrets and protect the woman who has become quite important to him.

I really liked Maggie as the heroine of this book. She is a woman full of contradictions, she is independent but lonely, loyal but secretive, brilliant and wealthy but leads a very modest lifestyle. She is also a beautiful woman, firmly "on the shelf" because of her age, but secretly she dreams of having a family of her own. She sacrifices all of her wants to protect her family, the Duke and Duchess and her siblings. She is very stubborn about protecting her family, almost to a fault. When Benjamin steps in and tries to help, her stubbornness to deal with scandals in a different way almost ruins her dreams. Thankfully, Benjamin is the perfect match for Maggie. He is brilliant in his own way, he has the ability to read people, situations, and uncover truths. The pair are an excellent couple and I loved reading their story.

Grace Burrowes writes a believable and enchanting story with Lady Maggie's Secret Scandals. While the characters are perfect for each other, they are not actually perfect characters. Maggie is sweet, smart, but overly stubborn. Benjamin is also a smart person, but he hides from his own family's problems. Through Maggie's story and the resolution to her problems, both characters have to confront their pasts to move forward. I was very happy how the story unfolded, and I find that I am very eager to read the next book in the series. I am become attached to the entire Windham family, with the protective brothers, caring parents, and the sisters whose actions are never predictable.

I highly recommend this entire Windham family series to historical romance readers. If you enjoy the familial nature of historical romances, such as Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, you will highly enjoy the Windham family series as well. Even though Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. Grace Burrowes does a wonderful job of describing the story and characters from previous books so that new readers will not be lost.

*I received this book for review*
41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42ce690) out of 5 stars Too many inconsistencies Nov. 12 2012
By Jennifer Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing for the most part was crisp,speedy and interesting (until the fluff at the end). However, the period norms weren't followed, and that is always irritating. Regency era Dukes don't adopt their by-blows,and their daughters don't live on their own, run around unescorted, and earn their own income through money management. But the biggest disappointment was that 15 years of "secret scandal" could all have been avoided had the (money-genius financial manager) heroine been able to do some simple calculations. So, while the writing itself was good, there were too many misses to make this a recommended read.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa369c294) out of 5 stars Another "Home Run"!! May 1 2012
By bettysunflower - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Grace Burrowes has hit another one out of the ballpark! The book starts out with a great "hook". "The BLIGHTED, BENIGHTED, BLASTED, PERISHING thing has to be in here somewhere." It would seem that Lady Maggie Windham, the natural (and adopted) daughter of the Duke of Moreland, has "misplaced" something that is very important and valuable to her. She hires an investigator to locate the item. Enter our tortured hero.... Mr Hazlit.
Much of the Windham family make appearances and some are major contributers in the plot that unfolds. There are a lot of twists and turns and enough action to keep the reader focused. Neither Mr. Hazlit or Maggie are looking for a romance, but it does seems to sneak up on them as they work together to solve the mystery of her missing item.
Ms. Burrowes has the ability to bring so much emotion into her writing. You can feel the turmoil or fear, frustration, loneliness, or passion that the character is feeling. As soon as I finish a Grace Burrowes book, I am looking for the next one to be released. (Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight is to be released October 2012)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37df6e4) out of 5 stars Am I missing something? March 25 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this on the basis of the other reviewers. What a yawner. I got tired of reading about how much the duke and duchess loved their children.The ploy of finding a reticule without looking in it was a little far fetched. I am half way through and I am going to continue to plow on. If this picks up, I will write another review. So far, I am having trouble staying awake and don't see what all the five-star reviewers saw.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e1596c) out of 5 stars A bit disappointed. June 6 2012
By Reader Lady - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read all of Grace Burrowes novels, and I've enjoyed all of them, but this is my least favorite. The story dragged for me until about 2/3 of the way into it. I did throughly enjoy the ending, and I will read the next one. This one seemed to have a lot of POVs, the duke, the duchess, Bridget, even the maid. I'm not used to that, but I will say it wasn't confusing.


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