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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Canadian edition (Feb. 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439131163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439131169
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #918,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x981fbf8c) out of 5 stars 91 reviews
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b8bc0c) 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.
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b8bc60) 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.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b8e09c) out of 5 stars I have no idea what this book is about? Dec 4 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Where do I start? I have no idea what the plot of this book was, and I just finished reading it! Cassie falls in love with Jefferson Ames as a girl of 12, and she carries that love into adulthood. Instead of going out and getting married after college and getting a job she calls off her engagement to move closer to a now widowed Jeff. She weasels her way into his family and somehow becomes his nanny. As far as I can tell this is the only plotline I could understand. Then in a tangled web of events Cassie meets her elusive next door neighbor, an aged movie star (the greatest movie star of all time) who is also a spy for the government. Upon meeting her Cassie she reveals things about Jeff that makes Cassie question her complete devotion to him and all of the things she thought she knew about the man she had loved for most of her life. Jeff's whole life is a maze of secrets and Cassie wants to get to the bottom of them before its too late. There's also several murder mystery plot lines added into this that are tied into the movie star/spy but there's so many odd story threads that its difficult to tell what is actually pertinant to the storyline and what isn't.

This book is horrible! Every so often I got glimpses of what her writing used to be, but for the most part it was just a jumbled mess of confusion. Cassie is so naive and Jeff is so condescending that it made me dislike both of the main characters. Some of the plots she created were just too far out there to be believeable, and in the end it seemed like everyone was some sort of spy for the government (which is apparently easier to write than to actually develop some characters.) I always go out and buy Jude's books as soon as they hit the bookstore but I might hesitate the next time I see a new one of her titles. If you want to read a book by her that's not terrible may I suggest "Remebrance" or her "Velvet" series.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b8e558) 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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