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Eulogy's Secret (The Huntley Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Grace Elliot
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Book Description

Greed, prejudice and a stolen identity.

In the four weeks since her guardians’ death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything.
Penniless and alone she seeks the help of her estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin. But Devlin throws Eulogy onto the streets and the mercy of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley, who becomes an unlikely ally. As Eulogy seeks the truth behind her birth, she is drawn into the world of art and artists, where her morals are challenged and nothing is as it seems.

Jack Huntley: bitter, cynical and betrayed in love. He believes women are devious, scheming, untrustworthy creatures - and when he rescues a naïve Miss from being raped, his life is about to change forever. There is something about Miss Foster that haunts him and challenges his emotions. But despite their growing attraction, Eulogy will not share her secret, which means he cannot trust her. Caught in a deadlock, both denying their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as someone seeks to silence Eulogy…forever.
[Completely re-formatted]
Historical romance by Grace Elliot:
A Dead Man's Debt
Hope's Betrayal
Verity's Lie
(The books in the Huntley trilogy can be read as standalone novels.)
Coming soon:
The Ringmaster's Daughter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XD5IBA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. She is addicted to cats and is housekeeping staff to five magnificent moggies; Wallace, Gromit, Pilchard, Widget (pictured) and her daughter Noni.
Grace began writing as a release from an emotionally demanding job. Her debut novel 'A Dead Man's Debt' is a regency romance, a story of blackmail, duty and unexpected love.

To find out more about Grace visit her blog at:
http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com

'A Dead Man's Debt' by Grace Elliot.
Celeste Armitage has a plan...and that plan doesn't include marriage.
After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste's despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess's eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most...if only her blood didn't heat at the thought of him...
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf's life is a façade. Only he can save the Charing's from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother's reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed... facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger....

EXCERPT.
[Celeste accidently finds Lord Ranulf's private sketchbook.]
On the next page a lithe figure rose out of darkness, arms raised as if to dance away. Candlelight played in soft shadows of her sinuous back. But more remarkable than the fluidity of her form was the intimacy of her look, glancing over her shoulder toward the artist with eyes brim full of lust.
Celeste forgot to breath, shaken by the undeniable realisation that these pictures were drawn by a man...and one intimately acquainted with women.
"Oh my." Fascinated, hand trembling, she was unable to turn away.
The next drawing was a naked woman reclining with her back toward the artist. The undulation of her waist, hip and thigh formed a landscape of their own; the rhythmic lines of her body lovingly rendered, observed as if the artist were caressing her form with his skill.
Celeste stays had become uncommonly tight. If her mother wished her to be more broad minded then surely such sketches were educational...besides, the artist's skill was admirable, to study his technique would help her own poor efforts.
Sucking her top lip, Celeste once again opened the sketchbook. Dipping back in, devouring the images greedily, this world of shapes and shadows, or deft strokes and bold smudges. With each new sketch her heart raced afresh until she became lost in the use of tone and assured line. But as she drank in each new image, the conviction grew and strengthened within her, that this was more than a few lewd pictures, but that she had glimpsed a world of freedom, a celebration of life denied to her as a woman.
Celeste was so engrossed that the unexpected sound of a man clearing his throat was as cold water thrown over her. She froze, then very slowly, praying that she'd imagined the cough, looked up to see leaning nonchalantly against the door a dark haired devil with a wavy mouth, assessing her as if she were his next meal.
Lean and athletic, in tight fitting breeches, a kerysmere waistcoat and faultless cravat, with the assured arrogance of a rake, he seemed an oddly familiar. Her heart skipped a beat. With the ghost of a smile, he crossed the room toward her. Reining in her galloping heart she struggled to recall how it was that this dangerous stranger seemed so familiar.
His masculine presence filled the room, quite robbing Celeste of breath; his arrogant, male magnificence calling to her body in an animal way. He filled her senses so much so that she forgot to breathe; throat constricted and chest tight. In her right mind she might have chastised him for staring, but as it was she was hypnotised, unable to see past the hollowed cheeks and wavy mouth. The rational part of her mind feared lest he guess the havoc his velvet brown eyes was having on her body but with stubborn determination she returned his gaze, refusing to be cowed. A delicious shiver tingled her skin. She knew this man. She just didn't know how.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL COVER, LOVELY BOOK 29 Mar. 2012
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I thought all the way through this book I would rate it 5*. As daft as it sounds I just love a book to have a good cover and for it to relate well to the content. This one couldn't have been better. A beautiful cover which depicts Eulogy to a tee and also sets the scene for a beautiful historical romance.

I downloaded my copy 26.02.12 and couldn't believe it was free at that time! Since then, I noticed, that the author has added to the synopsis that this was the second edition and the format had been corrupted. I decided I'd still give it a go and to be honest, yes it had been, examples - only one or two words on some lines, typos and transposed words. However the writing and literary content was good and therefore didn't distract too much, certainly not enough to ruin a very good story.

There's a good synopsis and some other very detailed reviews so I won't go into the actual plot. The characters were excellent. Not just Eulogy and Jack Huntley the main players, both extremely like-able. All the characters were well written and convincing. I don't think I could have detested Lord, Lucien Devlin more!

I would have given 5*, even with the corrupted format, but unfortunately there was an event, just before the end of the book which I just didn't like and wished hadn't happened. That said, that's just my personal taste and I would definitely look to read more by this talented author.

Good light hearted read which I would recommend at the current selling price as long as the corrupted format has been rectified.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eulogy's Secret 19 Jan. 2012
By Joo
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Eulogy's Secret is the tale of Eulogy who turns up in town and loses her possessions and papers to prove who she is. She gets taken in by someone who knew her secret mother (purely because she looks like her) and the story is how she goes about proving herself. Since this is a romance, it is also how she falls in love with a man outside her station and all the smouldering looks and touches that come with that.

I'm not really one for this kind of romance, but I've tried a few recently and I think it will become a secret pleasure of mine.

I was drawn into the story and enjoyed the writing. Nothing was too over the top and ridiculous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely romantic and engrossing book 5 Feb. 2012
By lemony
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Eulogy's Secret is a lovely romantic book which had me engrossed right from the start. The great description of old London and the dialogue between characters are a treat. It is evident that the author has done lots of research to get this just right and it provided me with an extra real interest amongst the excellent plot. The atmosphere is very well described by the author in phrases such as, "..before passing the malignant gray walls of the workhouse...".
The romance starts right away and I was immediately engaged with the characters and very satisfied with the ending, hoping to see Devlin in some way outwitted I was not disappointed.
There is steamy romance, fun, adventure, and danger in this well written book. Eulogy is a lovely character and so is Jack Huntley. You can't help but like him right at the start of the book with his amusing thoughts and then by the end of the book you are in love with him.
I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for an historical romance that is amusing, entertaining, gripping, very romantic you cannot go wrong with this book.
I will be looking out for the next book in the series.
This has to have five stars it's delicious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Historical Romance! 3 Mar. 2012
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This classic romantic tale begins with a chance encounter, a gallant deed and element of mystery. For when Eulogy Foster, a country girl by nature, is forced to seek help from family in the city, she's not only naïve to the dangers of city life she is soon faced with rejection and ongoing malicious contempt from her kinsman. Set upon by vagabonds her rescuer pertains to immunity to her charms but Jack Huntley fears he has let his heart rule his head. As events unfold it is Eulogy who seemingly has to redeem herself against wild accusations of immoral behaviour, her kinsman solely intent on ruination of her name and her banishment from society. There are many intriguing questions posed within this story and all are answered, eventually, but not before Jack Huntley and Eulogy Foster are faced with hell in differing guises. Can true hearts win the day? Ah well, you'll have to the purchase the book to find out!
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Another title from the brilliant Grace Elliot - book one of the Huntley Trilogy, Eulogy's Secret. A story of a seemingly innocent and naïve, but beautiful county girl, who travels to London after the death of her adoptive parents to seek out her real brother. Mugged on arrival she loses everything of value but quickly falls in love with the man that saves her from the muggers. Her rescuer, Jack Huntley, a member of high society London and landed gentry rapidly falls in love with this mysterious country girl. A gripping story of forbidden love that survives despite adversity and flourishes once Eulogy tells Jack her secret. I particularly love the way this author develops her characters and finished this book feeling as thought I had made new friends. This is beautiful and incredibly well researched story, what Ms Elliot doesn't know about British History isn't worth knowing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Light Recency Romance
...with likeable characters. As with most Recency Romances the story is a tad on the predictable side but I really enjoyed this. In fact, I read it in one sitting ;-)
Published 23 months ago by Dreamer Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I enjoyed this immensely, and could barely put it down. Well written with interesting and exciting characters who at first deny their feelings. Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by ABmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Eulogy's Secret
The romance, the heartbreak... this is everything a Historical Romance should be! Eulogy is such a beautiful, strong, amazing character! Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by scoutfinch75
3.0 out of 5 stars Eulogy
The story line to this book was good, but the writing went on a bit and lots of mistakes. Fine as a freebie but would have been disappointed if I had bought it.
Published on 26 Feb. 2012 by sweetpea
5.0 out of 5 stars Eulogy's secret
There was only one problem with this book...I was unable to stop reading it. I started to read thinking I'll read a couple of pages and before I realised it I had read 14!. Read more
Published on 24 Jan. 2012 by LucyT
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous first part of this trilogy
Eulogy' Secret is the first in the Huntley Trilogy written by Grace Elliot.

Suddenly Eulogy Foster finds herself on her own following the death of her beloved Guardians. Read more
Published on 18 Dec. 2011 by Lougrahamii
5.0 out of 5 stars PASSION VIES WITH POSITION AND POWER, CAN LOVE CONQUER ALL?
EULOGY

1. A laudatory speech or written tribute, especially one praising someone who has died.
2. High praise or commendation. Read more
Published on 13 Nov. 2011 by Fiction Books
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