Book Review

‘A Valentine Secret’ by Emily Murdoch

avs emSTORY: The course of true love never did run smooth

Jonathan Brodie, the only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie, has lived in the village of Maplebridge his whole life.

Penelope, the daughter of the local florist, was adopted by the Baldwins when she was just a baby.

They could not be more different and yet, one blustery January morning, their paths collide in a chance encounter that is destined to change their lives forever.

Jonathan soon discovers that Penelope is far from the quiet wallflower that she first seems, but rather a beautiful rose just waiting for its chance to bloom. After spending more and more time together, it’s not long before their feelings for each other begin to blossom.

However, when Jonathan starts investigating Penelope’s past, in order to present her with the truth about her biological parents, his grand Valentines gesture threatens to destroy any hope of a future with the woman he has grown to love.

Penelope begins to doubt Jonathan’s motives.

Is he only concerned with placating his domineering father and convincing him that she is worthy of the Brodie name?

Despite his good intentions, will Jonathan’s Valentine Secret ruin everything?

Or are two people from opposite ends of society simply destined to remain poles apart forever?

A Valentine Secret is a charming regency romance novella about never giving up on true love.

REVIEW: Jonathan Brodie, the only child of Baron Roger and Lady Brodie, is heading into his hometown of Maplebridge to purchase flowers for his mother at the local florist. While discussing flowers and the meaning behind each of them with the proprietor, Mr. Baldwin, Jonathan notices that the man’s assistant is his adopted daughter, Penelope Dryden. Instantly smitten with her beauty, Jonathan invites Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin and Penelope to dinner. Jonathan’s father does not approve of his impulsive action, but agrees to allow the family to come.

Yet, during dinner, his father’s action toward their guests are very pompous and his rude remarks insulted their guests that they departed quickly. The next day, Jonathan apologizes profusely for his father’s behavior and is able to get Penelope to agree to see him again.

Jonathan is quite intrigued about Penelope’s real parents but she has no desire to find out who they are. Her loyalty and love is for the Baldwins who brought her up and cared for her. But when Jonathan goes against her wishes and delves into discovering her parentage, she is furious.

Their class differences and Jonathan not respecting her wishes make for problems. Is there a future for the two of them?

This was a very clean romance that is quite refreshing for a change.

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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


1 thought on “‘A Valentine Secret’ by Emily Murdoch”

  1. “This was a very clean romance that is quite refreshing for a change.”

    A number of years ago, I used to be really annoyed when people made comments like that. And now I *completely* understand – and agree! My religion is nothing like the version of Christianity presented in Christian romances, but sometimes I read them just to get a story without all that sex!

    I should get this one. Actually, I WILL get this one.

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