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The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt
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The Secret Woman (original 1970; edition 1971)

by Victoria Holt (Author)

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"One of the best romantic-suspense novelists."â??Associated Press

The ship and her captain were supposed to be her salvation, but they both may end up leaving her in deep water

Anna Brett fears she's doomed to be a governess to an English family for the rest of her life. But when the dashing captain Redvers Stretton struts back into her life, she is whisked away from the bleak English countryside forever. But is that such a good thing?

While the charming blue-eyed captain makes Anna forget her troubled past, he is hiding dark secrets of his own. It's no coincidence that Stretton's ship is named The Secret Woman. During their voyage to the South Seas, with a murder dogging her steps and the mystery of a missing treasure haunting her dreams, Anna is forced to confront the clever captainâ??a man who may have just as many secrets as she… (more)

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Title:The Secret Woman
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It’s been along time since I read a novel by Victoria Holt. This one wasn’t my favorite. The protagonist is Anna Brett and she has a challenging childhood and is basically raised by her spinster aunt who deals with antiques. Anna is somewhat naive and definitely alone. Her only friend turns out to be the other main character in the book, Chantel Loman, the nurse. Chantel is an interesting woman who seems to get whatever she wants. Luckily for Anna, Chantel likes her. The love interest for Anna is Redvers, a married man. Lots of details and descriptions of scenery etc. Anna becomes a bit tiresome and the book drags in places. Definitely a clean story with intrigue and forbidden romance. ( )
  LuLibro | Jan 22, 2024 |
Para todas as aparências Anna Brett era apenas uma jovem mulher, capaz e tranquila, cuja única ambição era dar continuidade ao rentável e antigo negócio de antiguidades que herdara da tia solteirona, mas na realidade ela vivia acalentando a lembrança de um momento de sonho em seu passado que compartilhara com um belo homem de olhos azuis. De repente este momento volta para assombrá-la e para mudar o rumo de sua vida, conduzindo-a por caminhos cheios de perigo, ódio e amor.
  bibliotecapresmil | Sep 6, 2022 |
The Secret Woman was my choice for a classic romance for the pop-sugar reading challenge. It delivered as promised. All sorts of meaningful looks, a couple of passionate kisses and years of thwarted love. Enjoyable but definitely old school romance. ( )
  101ReasonsWhy | Jul 12, 2021 |
So maybe I should stop reading Holt? Cause the last few books have been underwhelming to the extreme. I had high hopes for this one, but when it turned into Chantal's journal entries (alternate title) I lost interest in this book. Holt or her publishers should have pushed forth this book is focused on two main characters (Anna and Chantal) and that most of the book is told by Chantal's point of view. I guessed some of what was ultimately revealed. And as Moonlight said elsewhere, this book really isn't Gothic. It's a messed up romantic suspense with barely developed characters besides Chantal.

Holt follows her formula of a main character left orphaned cause of reasons. The main character of Anna is thrust upon her aunt who makes Voldemort look cuddly. Anna's aunt is something of a big deal in the antiquities and starts to teach Anna cause apparently she has no prospects besides taking care of her aunt and her home called the Queen's House.

When Anna is 12 she meets a young man named Red who she finds is the half brother to the heir of the Crediton fortune. Anna for no reason falls in love with Red and can't wait to see him again. She doesn't til years later when he randomly shows up for reasons. Eventually it comes out Red is married and was probably playing with Anna's affections, she becomes resigned to taking care of her increasingly ill aunt til a nurse comes along named Chantal. Chantal is everything Anna is not, lively, pretty, and intelligent. The two become friends and Chantal gets them to both write journals in which they exchange for the other one to read. Chantal demands they be honest with each other in all things and seems interesting t on knowing Anna's every thought.

When Anna's aunt dies leaving suspicions on Anna, Chantal has to find more work which leads Chantal to become employed by the Creditons.

The whole book is mostly Chantal's thoughts on the Creditons and her increasingly affections for the heir, named Rex. Anna at more than the halfway point cause of even more ridiculous reasons is employed as a governess to Red's child and goes on a voyage back to Red's wife's island home.

The writing really wasn't great. It didn't seem written in the correct time period. How Chantal and Anna speak feels wrong. The reactions Chantal has to things reads wrong too.

The flow is awful. I got sick of reading this at the 50 percent point. I was tempted to skip to the end cause I honestly didn't care for anyone and despised Red and Anna and their bs love story. He's still married and you're making excuses. Bah to you both.

The ending which reveals all was kind of a joke. I mean I read the letter and shook my head. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but whatever. This book had way too much going on. I think when we get to the end with Anna, I thought her HEA was tainted as anything. Holt seems to think Gothic books were just terrible men and women who loved them. There is nothing that screams Gothic to me in this book. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This story is different from her other books. It has the same aura as Jane Eyre but contains more secrets and scandals. I suspected who the villain was so I wasn't utterly surprise when it was announced. But I was surprised on how much secrets this person confessed to! It started slow in the beginning but soon picked up. I didn't like that Chantel's narrative was almost half the book but I love the depth this story falls into. ( )
  Headinherbooks_27 | Apr 25, 2018 |
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Bennett, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When my Aunt Charlotte died suddenly many people believed that I had killed her and that if it had not been for Nurse Loman's evidence at the inquest, the verdict would have been one of murder by some person or persons unknown; there would have been a probing into the dark secrets of the Queen's House, and the truth would have come out.
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Fiction. Mystery. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

"One of the best romantic-suspense novelists."â??Associated Press

The ship and her captain were supposed to be her salvation, but they both may end up leaving her in deep water

Anna Brett fears she's doomed to be a governess to an English family for the rest of her life. But when the dashing captain Redvers Stretton struts back into her life, she is whisked away from the bleak English countryside forever. But is that such a good thing?

While the charming blue-eyed captain makes Anna forget her troubled past, he is hiding dark secrets of his own. It's no coincidence that Stretton's ship is named The Secret Woman. During their voyage to the South Seas, with a murder dogging her steps and the mystery of a missing treasure haunting her dreams, Anna is forced to confront the clever captainâ??a man who may have just as many secrets as she

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