Dark secrets, lies, and a far too enticing widow threaten to destroy the orderly world Benjamin Weston, the illegitimate son of the late Baron Albryght, has made for himself…and Mrs. Philippa Keates might just also hold the key to unlocking his heart.
SECRETS & LIES
Mrs. Philippa Keates thought she’d found her happily-ever-after when she eloped, but two years and no children later she is named a widow. Then a woman claiming to be her late husband’s wife appears, and Philippa demands answers.
Benjamin Weston, the illegitimate son of the late Baron Albryght, has made a name for himself conducting investigations for those willing to pay a high price for discretion. When a childhood friend shows up on his doorstep, begging for his assistance, Weston fears most of all that she will discover the truth…and thus bring further scandal to herself, the only woman he has ever loved. But as he unravels her mystery, as secrets of his own begin to come to light, soon it becomes clear that there is more at stake than just Philippa’s reputation—and nothing less than her heart.
Review: This book is obviously one in a series and it will help if you have read the previous books. It’s not mandatory but there are several references made to earlier events. In that vein, the book starts out somewhat mysteriously. There are comments that don’t make sense and I wondered if, perhaps, I did need to read the previous books. In time, answers are given and all is explained and makes sense.
The story itself was good even though it was short. While it’s sometimes hard to get enough detail into a short story format, I found this story had plenty of information and back-story. This is one of those rare short stories that seemed the perfect length. The writing is excellent and just descriptive enough to keep me interested without boring me.
The one thing I found hard to overcome were the names. Phillipa and Weston are fine, but then there are Artemisia, Prudentia, and Epona. Okay, Epona is a horse but it’s still an odd name. I did a bit of research and they’re all Roman Gods and Goddesses. But I found the oddity of the names hard to overcome.