SECRETS AND SUITORS

Secrets and Suitors Joanna Barker
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BARKER. JOANNA
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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.

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21 Total Reviews
Love finds a way.
4 out of 5
Bookworm Lisa
Location: UT
Date: October 11, 2019
I can't imagine what it would be like to live in a time and place where young men and women were supposed to marry someone who could give a better social standing or had a large dowry. Nora is faced with this dilemma. Her father has picked out her suitor and she is to fall in line and obey. Her head cannot reconcile this with her heart. She tries to look at Mr. Weston objectively, but he doesn't compare to her childhood friend. In order to buy time with her father, she strikes a bargain. Now, she needs to figure out a way to extricate herself from a delicate situation. This book is a pleasure to read. I love how Joanna Barker is able to pull me into her story. I had great empathy for the characters and loved the descriptions. Regency Romance is one of my favorite genres because of the pageantry, societal expectations, and love finding a way in spite of roadblocks. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Recommended
Another winner by author Joanna Barker!
4 out of 5
S.Staley
Location: Utah
Date: October 11, 2019
Secrets and Suitors is a very appropriate name for this book. The very shy, and demure Nora Hamilton finds herself at the age of 21 finally with more suitors than she knows what to do with. There are also many secrets being hidden by her, her best friend James, and other family members. I loved how this Regency Romance played out as a mystery at times. The novel is told solely from Nora's perspective, so the reader is finding out secrets along with her. My heart was fully aching for Nora as she is being pressured by her domineering father who wants her to marry ASAP. Nora's biggest problem is she hasn't fully acknowledged to herself or others that she is in love with her best childhood friend, James. Of course, James is the type of man any woman would want but he isn't wealthy enough to gain her father's approval. Many scary and embarrassing situations could have been avoided if only Nora and James had been honest with each other a year before. Though Nora and James are wonderful characters, many other characters bring such light and life to this novel such as the wealthy Lady Worthington and her vivacious granddaughter Harriet. I also adored Nora's siblings, sister Susanna and younger brother, Ralph. The beauty in this novel for me lies in the family bonds that are mended, love that is found, and the overall idea that being honest will always win out over being secretive. This book is another winner for author Joanna Barker.
Recommended
A sweet and romantic read.
5 out of 5
Sydney
Location: UT
Date: October 10, 2019
From page one, this sweet regency romance will charm readers. The story is about high society, London, and the Season and feeling pressured to get married. But it’s also about family, friends, and finding true love amid heartbreaking and trying secrets. This novel is sweet and captivating as readers fall in love with the characters and watch their relationships develop and change throughout the story. This is the type of story that keeps readers engaged and not wanting to set the book down with the wonderful characters, romance, and storytelling. Readers will absolutely adore this delightful regency romance story! Genre: historical, regency, romance Publisher: Covenant Communications Publication date: October 1, 2019 Number of pages: 256 A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Recommended
Romantic Regency Novel
5 out of 5
Sweet Romance Fan
Location: CA
Date: October 9, 2019
One of the things I love most about Ms. Barker's novels is how her words have the power to completely transport me into the story! Poor Nora Hamilton has been in love with her best friend James since childhood, but unfortunately, he doesn't return her feelings. Though I rooted for the pair to end up together, I also enjoyed reading about her adventures with the other suitors. There were times I wished the secrets would be revealed, I will admit that this only added to the story's tension and had me staying up late to see them exposed. I loved how Nora grew throughout the novel and how her personal growth deepened the relationship with her and James. Which brings us to James. Swoon. Oh how I love James! I can't say too much without giving things away, but he was so deserving of Nora's love. I loved every second he was on the page and I know other readers will too. This is a fab addition to Ms. Barker's collection and I can't wait to read more from her. Highly recommend this sweet regency romance!
Recommended
Lovely
5 out of 5
Andrea
Location: Utah
Date: October 9, 2019
4.5 Stars What a sweet story. It’s a story about falling in love with your best friend and not feeling that it’s reciprocated. You try and move on and do what’s best for your family, but then true love conquers all. I liked the characters. It was a fast read with some touching moments. I really felt bad for Nora. She didn’t think much of herself and didn’t think others could love her. Part of that came from how her parents treated her. Many relationships were mended throughout the story. It has a very happy ending.
Recommended
sweet regency romance
5 out of 5
Rachel
Location: VA
Date: October 8, 2019
Sweet regency romance about love, loss, forgiveness & trust. I absolutely loved this story! Nora was an amazing character-shy, quiet, proper but determined to find love in her life. I love reading about the society rules and proper ways of dress and acting during that time period. This author makes this time period fun to read, not stuffy or boring. I also liked seeing the progression of Nora’s family throughout the story and I loved Nora and James friendship and banter back and forth. This story left me smiling and hopeful. Great characters, great story! I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
Recommended
Regency romance with strong themes of family
4 out of 5
Heidi Reads...
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: October 8, 2019
Poor Nora! I really struggled with the first part of the book because Nora feels hopeless and resigned, and the author did a great job of connecting the reader to her emotions- so I was feeling sad and frustrated as I read. Things picked up when the setting moves to London and Nora begins to develop hope for another plan for her future. I found the evolving dynamics of her family interesting and I appreciated that we got to see the more complex layers of her parents and especially her father, who is not the villain he seems to be in the beginning. Nora has a strong bond with her sister and brother, and it added a nice element to the story. Nora also evolves and grows through her experiences and she is a much stronger person for it by the end, where she refuses to let the secrets stay hidden so she can grasp the future she wants with both hands- not just who she marries, but a warm and loving family. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Recommended
A lovely Regency friends-to-lovers story
5 out of 5
Mara
Location: LA
Date: October 7, 2019
Oh my what a lovely Regency friends-to-lovers romance the author has written. When a young woman hides behind large ferns at balls, it's never a good sign although there's usually a good reason for her doing so. Nora Hamilton has several reasons--she's shy, hates socializes at balls, and her father's determined to marry her off to the ever socially correct, but dull Mr. Weston. I think the main reason she was hiding is she missed her best friend James, whom she can't seem to admit that she loves. James Allen left England six months ago to help his family's sugar plantation in Jamaica, but Nora thinks he left because he doesn't care for her as she cares for him. His unexpected return during the ball throws her off balance and leads her to come up with a foolhardy plan to attract someone to offer for her so she doesn't have to marry Mr. Weston. Through it all James is there for her, but will Nora let him back in to her life? I loved this story. All the secrets of the characters that guided their actions had me wondering what would happen next and I was surprised a couple of times. I liked Nora but there were a few times I wanted to Gibbs slap her to shake some sense into her. I loved James and can see why Nora couldn't seem to forget about him. These two were perfect for each other. I'm so glad I didn't live in Regency times. I love to dance but all the strict rules would've had me hiding behind a potted plant too. This is a clean romance. Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are my own. I loved the story so much I bought my own copy through Amazon.
Recommended
delightful
5 out of 5
ae2
Location: Springville, UT
Date: October 4, 2019
Nora Hamilton would rather remain at home in the country than go to London for her third season--and she'd much rather spend time with her friend James, recently returned to England, than Mr. Weston, the man her father wants her to marry. But since James made it clear he doesn't return her feelings for her, she reluctantly tells her father she'll agree to marry Mr. Weston at the end of the season if her younger sister is allowed a season and her younger brother is allowed to accompany them to London. As she participates in the season, she wonders if her feelings for Mr. Weston might grow, and she also attracts the attention of an earl who seems to enjoy her company, but even with two men interested in her, she still can't convince her heart to forget James. Time is running out and she must decide what is the right path for her before it's too late. Big sigh! This was lovely (particularly the last couple of chapters! Swoon!). Timid Nora and charming James were just terrific. I loved the moments when Nora actually pushed through her shyness and let her true self show. I enjoyed the plot; there was more going on than just a romance and the elements all fit together well. The story flowed really well, and it was just a delight to read. I read a lot of Regency romances, but this one stands out--and I've already reread the last couple chapters because they were so perfect! I read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Recommended
Unique twist on regency romances
5 out of 5
Tincan2k2
Location: Utah
Date: October 3, 2019
Miss Nora Hamilton is about to enter her third season but her quiet shy demeanor makes her reluctant to go. After making a few calculated promises to her father, her family is suddenly thrown into the crazy planning of not only her Season but her sister Susie's debut season. Nora loves her sister Susanna and brother Ralph and knows that this season could be the last time she will get to spend time with them before she ultimately marries and moves away. As the Season starts she knows she already has one suitor in Mr. Weston, someone she has nothing in common with, and barely knows. Then finds herself the focus of Lord Worthington's attention. But neither one of them have her complete affection. That only belongs to her lifetime friend James, who seems to want to stay friends. Nora has her secrets she's trying to keep from her family and James, but discovers her parents and James have secrets of their own. Secrets and Suitors is more than a clean Regency romance. It's about family relations and healing through accepting love in our lives, and not pushing it away. This book is well worth the 5 stars I'm giving it. Not only does it have a great story but it has wonderful word play that helps the reader feel Nora's deep emotions. I was given the opportunity from Covenant Communications to read an advanced readers copy, all opinions are my own.
Recommended
I loved this Regency romance!
5 out of 5
Cathy
Location: UT
Date: October 2, 2019
Joanna Barker has a way with writing Regency romance. I love the way she writes her characters, and her plots are amazing! I loved Nora. She’s the character that the reader gets to know in this one. The reader sees everything through her eyes. Nora is the type of girl who has always done what her parents want her to do. But she doesn’t want to anymore. Her parents want her to marry Mr. Weston, but she doesn’t want to. Nora is the type of girl to make a plan, and she plans to sacrifice herself on the altar of marriage to Mr. Weston for her siblings. I loved Nora! I loved the way Nora’s life wasn’t perfect. Nora’s parents seemed really disconnected from their whole family for a large part of the book. That’s due to some secrets that Nora didn’t even know were being kept. And Nora loves her neighbor, but he doesn’t appear to love her back. There were so many secrets in this one. I loved finding each and every one! I loved everything about this book! It made me happy to read it.
Recommended
LOVED IT!
5 out of 5
Shauna
Location: UT
Date: October 2, 2019
I adore Regency period romance novels. They are fun and full of things from times gone by. They speak of love in a whole different way than it is today--which captures my heart. I loved that Nora was willing to do her parent's wishes, yet in the end, she was strong enough to "decide what true love is worth." I completely recommend this book!
Recommended
What a lovely story!
5 out of 5
Marilyn
Location: UT
Date: October 2, 2019
Nora and James have been best friends since childhood and truly care for one another. I always love best the love stories that grow from the foundations of friendship and mutual respect. This book made me feel many things and I even shed a tear, or ten, perhaps more, as I followed along with Nora as she decided for herself the value of family and love, and what she was, and was not, willing to do for each.
Recommended
Secrets and Suitors is a sweet story that also has a lot of deeper meaning.
5 out of 5
TimelessNovels
Location:
Date: October 2, 2019
Nora always wanted to be in the background at social events and after two seasons in London she still hadn’t had a serious suitor. After receiving pressure from her father, she makes a bargain with him that she will marry Mr. Weston (a man she barely knows) if her two younger siblings are allowed to join her for the season in London. She also makes her father agree that she can continue being friends with her childhood neighbor James. After years away at his family plantation, James is suddenly back in Nora’s life. He wants to still be her friend, but there is often a seriousness about him. “A fancy could be forgotten, and I was determined to forget it.” While back for a third season, Nora is torn between her feelings for James, a new acquaintanceship forming with Lord Worthington, and a commitment to Mr. Weston. “James was my best friend, yes, but my heart yearned for so much more. He was the one who understood me best, who made me laugh, who listened to me.” Nora has a completely different relationship with each of her three suitors. She and Mr. Weston are practically engaged, and she doesn’t even know his first name. “He had run halfway across the world the last time I had given signs of having feelings for him. What would he do now if I were to give the slightest hint that he still held a piece of my heart?” When Nora and James are together it feels like the air in the room changes. They are comfortable with each other because of being best friends growing up, but now there is tension and secrets between them. “I would pay dearly for such a skill right now, to peer into his mind and discover all his tightly held opinions and secrets.” This book is told in the first person, so we only know Nora’s point of view. When I first started reading it, I wished it also told James’ point of view. I was often wondering what was going on in his head. As it turns out, I loved that there were things I didn’t see coming. I was truly surprised by some of the secrets, and I liked that I didn’t know what would happen next. I liked that it was not just about the romance, it was also about a broken family trying to find their way. Besides the strong main characters, there were some lovable side characters like Ralph. He was absolutely adorable. Ralph’s relationship with Nora reminds us that we have to be careful with the promises we make, and his relationship with James made them both even more endearing. Secrets and Suitors is a sweet story that also has a lot of deeper meaning. This book earns a well deserved five stars.
Recommended
Secretly one of the best books this year!
5 out of 5
Mandy
Location: UT
Date: October 2, 2019
Secrets and Suitors is one of the best regency romances I have read this year and is sure to be a fan favorite. Full of wonderful characters, beautiful writing, and a fabulously original plot, this novel had me hooked from the very beginning. Nora is easily one of my top female characters. She loves her best friend James, but when he doesn't appear to love her and dealing with family pressure, Nora sets off to find herself a suitor. Only problem is, James (who is just fabulous) seems to be everywhere. I love how the novel takes on the topic of self-worth and what it means to be happy and loyal all while providing all the "feels" and romance one would hope for in a regency romance. You do not want to miss reading this novel, I highly recommend it!
Recommended
So hard to put down, I loved it!
5 out of 5
Melissa
Location: UT
Date: October 1, 2019
You know it is a good book when you get grumpy about life interrupting. Who needs to eat and sleep, right? I loved this story! Some of the secrets I guessed fairly early on, but there were some that really surprised me. I loved the relationship between Nora and James. They were so funny together, but also sweet. Their relationship was deep and they really understood each other. There are several other stories going on around Nora and James that help with the conflict, but also create such a beautiful story. I loved this story so much!
Recommended
One of the best books of 2019, masterfully written!
5 out of 5
BooksAreSanity!!!
Location:
Date: October 1, 2019
Nora's story is one that I will not soon forget. I was pulled into her story and held captive until it reached its end, I could not stop reading. I needed to know what was going on with Nora and James. Was there some misunderstanding or what had happened? And then in waltzes Mr. Weston whom her father wants her to marry but can she possibly find another she would love or can she love him? What of James? This story is not just another regency romance, it is so much more. It is a story of friendship, love, deceit, secrets, and redemption. There are so many layers and watching the story unfold is one of the most beautiful things I have read in a long time. Hands down this is one of the best books of 2019. A story full of depth and masterfully woven, Barker has written a stellar novel. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended
The Best Regency Romance of the Year
5 out of 5
Nikki
Location:
Date: October 1, 2019
I don't even know where to start...Joanna wrote such a fascinating character in Nora. She's shy and reserved, but not necessarily polite and demur. She yearns for romance, but is able to be practical. She can be both selfless and self serving. She was so very unique and yet so very human, I liked her immensely. Each of Joanna's books have immediately pulled me in, to not just the story, but the whole experience. A well written romance usually follows a pattern, and the more of them you read, the more you are able to anticipate the pattern. (ie. Cue appropriate tension, and this is the moment when they recognize their feelings for each other, and this is about when all heck breaks loose, and close with an excellent denouement.) A good story naturally follows this pattern, a great story follows the pattern without your anticipating or expecting it. This is how Joanna writes. I'm always curious where she's going next. On the other hand I never anticipate what's coming, because I'm have too much fun with the page I'm on. That largely has to do with her ability to write with so much emotion. The thing I admire the most about Joanna's writing, including this one, is her stories are not just romances. At their roots, their about love; sisterly love, parental love, family heartbreak and healing. Though the chemistry is there, it's more about connections, and that is what makes a story timeless.
Recommended
Secrets and Suitors
5 out of 5
Stella
Location: Mesa Arizona
Date: October 1, 2019
This is an awesomely sweet Regency Romance. Told in the first person POV it is the story of Nora during a period in history when women were expected to marry for wealth and a good position in society. Nora made her debut in society 3 years prior and now her younger sister is of an age that she needs to enter society but cannot until Nora marries. Her father is forcing her to marry Mr. Weston whom she does not love so she tries to find a replacement that will fulfill the requirements even though she is in love with James her lifelong friend. This story takes many turns and will keep you guessing until the end. And what a sweet ending it is. I highly recommend this book to Regency Romance fans. Thanks to the publisher for this ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
Recommended
Delightful read!
5 out of 5
M Merrell
Location:
Date: October 1, 2019
This book is a must read for any fan of regency romance! The title truly is an apt description of the story. Childhood friends James and Nora promised each other long ago that they would not keep secrets from each other yet as they grow older, romantic feelings complicate things and the promise is not so easily kept. Nora, convinced of her low self-worth, is genuinely surprised to have not one, but two suitors vying for her attention...besides James whom she cannot seem to forget. Family secrets are revealed in time and all of these confusing secrets and persistent suitors force Nora to decide the kind of person she would like to be and how badly she is willing to fight for what she wants. Make sure to keep a box of tissues handy for some of the scenes between Nora and her parents - this sweet, clean romance is sure to give you all the feels!
Recommended
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