by Candace Camp

February 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-657-X
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Mass Market Paperback

On the eve of her wedding to a man she did not know or love, Rachel Aincourt tried to elope with another man, only to be found out by her father and pulled back to the alter to wed Michael Trent, the Earl of Westhampton. Burdened by guilt and shame, Rachel felt as if she had gotten just what she deserved, a loveless marriage to a stranger, a man who could not love.

But she was wrong.

Behind Michaelís cool facade was a man of deep passion, one who lived on danger and intrigue, a man with many secrets.

Now heís been drawn into one of Bow Streetís toughest cases. When the crime reveals that Rachel maybe involved, Michael knew a way of seducing the wife he had secretly loved by employing his skills as a master of disguise.

Secrets Of The Heart is a wonderful story, one that drew me back to the last Candace Camp novel I had read, reintroducing familiar faces. The heroine of this story, Rachel, was even more endearing than the others before. She is a woman of great braveness who accepts her fate and tries to make the most of it.

Michael is a passionate man, one who excites the readerís senses and I adored his character. The only flaw I saw with this book was that the by-play with Michaelís cover, James Hobson, who was trying to seduce Rachel, lasted too long. The romance between Michael and Rachel didnít pick up as early I would have liked. But it was still an enjoyable read, one that I would recommend to anyone, especially if they are a fan of historical crime solving.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Lucy.

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