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The Secret Daughter [Hardcover]

Catherine King
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2 Aug 2012


Phyllis Kimber's entire future is called into question after her father is killed in Earl Redfern's employ. But the earl knows something about Phyllis that means she will always be looked after.


As lady's maid to Martha, Phyllis is the American heiress's only confidant in England: she knows Martha doesn't love the recently widowed Lord Melton, the man Martha's socially ambitious father is determined she marries, but there's another secret - a secret that makes Phyllis give up everything to protect her friend.


Martha begins making preparations to return to America with Phyllis, her father and new husband on the Titanic but the burden of deception eclipses Phyllis's hope for a new future. As she struggles to protect Martha, Phyllis must decide where her loyalties lie, unaware of the undiscovered secrets in her own past and of the tragedy that is about to unfold on that fateful crossing.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847445632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445636
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine King was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire in the UK, amidst iron and steel works and coal mining villages. She was a lecturer and academic before becoming a full time author. Catherine's search for her family roots, as well as a keen interest in local industrial history, inspire her novels, set in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She uses urban and rural settings focusing on women's lives and the hardships they faced. Her titles are Women of Iron, Silk and Steel (shortlisted for The Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2008), Without a Mother's Love, A Mother's Sacrifice, The Orphan Child, The Lost and Found Girl, Stolen Passions and The Secret Daughter.

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A gripping, gritty novel set during the run-up to the launch of Titanic - published in time for its 100th anniversary year

About the Author

Catherine King was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. A search for her roots - her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all worked with coal, steel or iron - and an interest in local industrial history provide inspiration for her stories.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable story xxx 19 Mar 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Secret Daughter has been sat on my shelf waiting to be read for a little while, so I was very pleased to be able to have the time to sit down and open it.

The Secret Daughter is told from the viewpoints of both Martha, an American heiress, and Phyllis, who becomes Martha's lady's maid. I really enjoyed this book! It took me a few chapters to get into it as I was learning who was who and placing the scenes, but I was quickly swept up in the story. The book covers twenty years, leading up to the sail and eventual sink of the Titanic.

This book is perfect for readers who love historical fiction or take an interest in stories which are set in the past. Personally I am a huge fan of historical novels, I find them fascinating and I really admire the research which goes into them - Catherine King has done a lot of research and it shows as the descriptions, the backgrounds and the settings are brilliant. Whilst I was reading I genuinely felt as though I had been transported back in time, in my mind I could see everything happening around me and the descriptions enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

I won't say too much so as not to spoil it for any readers, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable story which flows beautifully and after finishing the last page, I was so pleased that I read this book. I will definitely be looking out for more of Caherine's novels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. 12 May 2013
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I love this author and once again was not disappointed by this book. Read her books if you've not done so before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars secret daughter 14 April 2013
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A poor effort..would not recommend it doubtful if I would read further books by this auother.. may suit other readers?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit ridiculous 11 Feb 2013
By Ang66
I enjoyed this book until about halfway through. I can't go into detail without spoiling it for people but the situation with the baby is totally out of keeping with the attitudes of the time. I picked up the book because I thought it would be about the Titanic but it is barely mentioned until the end and then we don't get on board the ship with the characters. Instead we hear about their fate second-hand. Overall this book started well but was a disappointment in the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a slow starter 19 Jan 2013
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a book in two parts which spans two decade leading up to events shortly after the sinking of the Titanic, and is told from the points of view of two women who are polar opposites; Phyllis, a young woman in service, and Martha, an American heiress.

The first part of the book concentrates purely on Phyllis who we see going into service, as a nanny looking after Lord Melton's children, when Earl Redfern recommends her for the position following the death of her father. But Phyllis' dream has always been to get a coveted position as a lady's maid and when things start to go awry she eventually decides to leave service and ends up working in a London hotel.

Meanwhile across the sea in America, Martha's father is trying to claw his way to the top so is eager to see his only daughter marry into a lofted position in society. When he meets a recently widowed member of the English aristocracy, Lord Melton, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for his dreams to be fulfilled and so the courtship begins despite Martha not being in love with Lord Melton.

The paths of the two women eventually cross when Martha comes to England and stays at the hotel Phyllis is working at, she's asked to be her lady's maid during her stay and eventually agrees to leave the hotel and return into service to become Martha's full-time lady's maid when she leaves to get married. But to Martha Phyllis is more than a lady's maid, she's a confidante and at times the boundaries of their relationship become blurred when Phyllis is forced to conceal a secret.

I have to confess I found this story a little slow to begin with but once the pace picked up I soon got into the flow of it. There's plenty of characters to get your head around, some you'll love and others you'll hate, but fortunately the nice ones outweigh the bad. Overall if you like historical fiction with an upstairs/downstairs storyline then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite writers 3 Jan 2014
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Love Catherine Kings Novels. Great story
Can recommend this story to friends& good purchase for kindle!(
Good buy for kindle
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3.0 out of 5 stars Viviane 12 Oct 2013
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I liked the book. But the end was too fast. The whole book is built up to know what the end is going to be. And then you tell the end over a few pages. You could have written much more when they went on the titanic and when Martha told her dad. Also when Melton did find out about his wife's maid. I think the end was rushed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Sep 2013
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Very good, keeps you hooked just like many other books by this author. Highly recommend it if you like her books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok but disappointing
This is the 2nd Catherine King book I have read. Since I enjoyed the first one, I thought I would enjoy this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anna Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was the follow on to the Secret Passion.
It was nice to get the conclusion to the story.
I liked it to the extent I kept picking it up in a few spare minutes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by janfran
5.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
I love reading Dilly Court books but have now read them all. I was looking for something to take on holiday and found I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Julia Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a great book and enjoyed it so much I did not want it to finish...
I wish there was a follow up
Published 13 months ago by lydia
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret daughter
I loved it it has a lovely story to it and I could not put it down once I started it I would certainly recommend it and it also had a lovely ending a very good read
Published 13 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome present
welcome addition to my mother in law ever growing collectionof romantic fiction books and well worth the money I paid
Published 13 months ago by judy bombroff
4.0 out of 5 stars Wife;s Kindle download
Downloaded to my wife's problems

She has read all Katherine Kings books now.

She is reading this currently and says it is a very good read
Published 13 months ago by Graham Mackerness
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
I read my first Catherine King book a few years ago and I was hooked on her books. She never fails to tell a great story. This one is a brilliant read with many twists and turns. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. M. Tomlins
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