“The Valet’s Secret”

Published March 2022 by Shadow Mountain

Book description:

“Sweet and intense, The Valet’s Secret is an enchanting romance in which a like-minded couple faces odds that seem insurmountable, but remains passionate.” ―Foreword Reviews

A passionate kiss from a handsome valet becomes a Regency Cinderella story when he is revealed to be the heir to the earldom.

York, England, 1819

As a once happily married woman, Rebecca Parker had a good life, but now widowed, working for a living, and her only child grown, she feels invisible, tired, and lonely. That is until the day a valet speeding by on a horse nearly runs her off the road. Mr. Malcolm Henry is apologetic, gentle, and handsome. She’s instantly drawn to him, which is why, rather than stopping him from kissing her, she kisses him back, reigniting a nearly forgotten passion. But love at first sight only happens in fairy tales―never to an ordinary woman like her. 

She sees Mr. Henry again and feels the possibilities growing until, while working in the kitchens during a dinner party, she sees the valet she kissed sitting at the right hand of the baroness. Mr. Henry is not the earl’s valet; he is the heir to the earldom―Kenneth Winterton. 

Heartbroken, angry, and betrayed, Rebecca does not trust Lord Winterton and refuses to accept his apology. But when Lord Winterton proves he is as kind and gentle as “Mr. Henry” was, she finds herself willing to give him a second chance. But will he take a chance on her? He needs a wife to help him in his place in society, and nothing about Rebecca s life does that . . . except how he feels when she is with him. 

Trust, love, loneliness, and passion collide in this story about a man who will risk it all to fight for the woman he loves and a woman who does not believe in fairy tales―until she finds herself living in one.

About The Author:

Josi is the author of twenty-five novels–including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series–one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She is a two time Whitney award-winner (Sheep’s Clothing in 2007 and Wedding Cake in 2014) and the Utah Best in State winner for fiction in 2012. She is the mother of four children and lives in Utah.

My review:

I love Josi’s stories as they’re unique. This one is unique in that the main characters are older, in their 40’s and widowed. Kenneth is heir to an earldom and needs a wife. He meets Rebecca by nearly running her down on a wild horse. They get to talking and it’s comfortable. There’s a zap of chemistry. But he finds out they’re different classes and could never be. He’s dressed in his valet’s coat so Rebecca mistakes him for a valet but Kenneth continues the ruse. How long can it continue?
This has second chance romance, secret identity, forbidden love, and Cinderella retelling.
Its an easy quick read with short chapters with dual POV. The silhouette was interesting and it reminded me of the silhouettes I made. I liked Rose and the baroness.
This is a clean book but I was surprised by the amount of passion and desire and the kissing that took place when it was forbidden. There is abuse in this book.

I received an arc copy from the publisher, these are my own thoughts and opinions.

By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

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