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An engrossing Regency romance
on 17 April 2003
"Her Secret Affair" is another wonderfully written historical love story by this very talented author. The story takes place in Regency London giving us glimpses into the world of the demimonde in this interesting time period. Isabel Darling is a beautiful young woman, the only child of a notorious courtesan searching for the murderer of her mother. She is an innocent country-bred girl determined to find justice even if it is found among prominent members of the aristocrasy. Justin Culver, the Earl of Kern wants to stop her. He is a typical representative of his class, arrogant and proud a stickler for duty and decorum. He is also a handsome young man who finds himself strongly attracted to Isabel against his will. Isabel feels the same attraction and she is just as stubborn as Justin. Their wills clash all the time and their whole life turns upside down during their passionate encounters. The author is a master storyteller and she combines a beautiful love story with an exciting suspence in this marvelous historical romance. She knows her characters well and it is very enjoyable to watch Isabel and Justin fighting sexual tension and also overcoming the differences between their upbringing and social standing. The suspence makes the reader turn the pages with record speed and the characters keep us strongly drawn into their lives until the end.I like the way Ms. Smith tackles important social issues in her book especially the debauchery of the piers of the realm and their pathetic need to keep up appearances.
HER SECRET AFFAIR is an intriguing piece of work, which keeps me a devoted reader of this author's fascinating novels. I highly recommend it to all readers who can recognise quality when they find it.