The Secret Lover

by Julia London

Dell, May, 2002.
Paperback, 387 pages.
ISBN: 0440236940

The Secret Lover by Julia London Sophie Dane is a fallen woman in the eyes of the ton. She escaped a horribly abusive marriage by divorcing her husband, and becoming a companion to an eccentric Frenchwoman, Honorine Fortier. Eight years later, Sophie returns to England with Honorine. She hopes to keep a low profile, but her family has other ideas. She finds herself attracted to Caleb, the illegitimate half-brother of Trevor Hamilton, the respectable nobleman who is courting her. Once again, Sophie's love life is the scandal of the ton. And Sophie must make a terrible choice between true love and respectability.

Readers who enjoyed The Ruthless Charmer will especially enjoy the story of Sophie, the younger sister of Julian Dane, the hero of that story. Sophie is a complex and likeable heroine, who must choose between her own wants and what her family and society expect from her. As a former victim of abuse, she must look inside herself to find the strength to make the right choices. Written with passion, sensitivity and just the right touch of humor, The Secret Lover is sure to cement Julia London's reputation as one of romance's rising stars.

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This review was published in the June, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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