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Publisher's Summary

While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely.

Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty, respect, and decorum. But arriving in London to take his seat in the House of Lords, he is derailed by Angeline, an exquisite bird of paradise seemingly devoted to sending his predictable life into chaos.

From the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics, Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward. And yet a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him. Naturally, being a gentleman, he does the right thing after compromising a lady: He offers marriage.

Angeline knows that Edward’s proposal is born of duty, not love. But denying something so provocative and passionate is easier said than done. Deep down, Angeline believes that Edward’s dedication to convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a husband’s secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.

©2011 Mary Balogh (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Sharon Brown
  • 2011-11-29

Pleasantly Surprised....

After reading the other review, I was sceptical about getting this one, even though I have enjoyed other Balogh novels. Although not high literature, this recording was a pleasant enough surprise. I enjoyed the slightly flightly main character, who is somewhat more lighthearted than Balogh's other more serious heroines. It was worth using a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-27

Book 3

I was a little disappointed that this was book 3 felt that it should be book one. I thought narrator of the 1st 2 books was better.

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  • Nan51
  • 2014-07-28

Wonderful story

Where does The Secret Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's hard to rank. I really enjoyed the story but I wish it had a different narrator. I admit it's probably just my personal preference but I wish someone like Roslyn Landor or Phyllida Nash had narrated it.

What other book might you compare The Secret Mistress to and why?

I honestly cannot think of a book to compare to this one. I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. Edward and Angeline are unique. He is so determined not to be like his older brother, who died while curricle racing, that he is thought to be a "dry old stick". Angeline's youthful spontaneity brings out his passionate side when they are alone. She has two older brothers who are similar to Edward's older brother. She sensibly chooses not marry someone like them. But, because she is playful and loving, she teases Edward by saying that though they will marry she will pretend to be his Secret Mistress.

Did Anne Flosnik do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did make an effort to differentiate the characters by changing the pitch and accents. I can't help wishing that Roslyn Landor, who narrated book one in the Mistress series had also done this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An sweetly romantic love story.

Any additional comments?

This story is simply based on the advice not to judge a book by its cover. Seriously, ignore the cover art. Angeline and Edward's story is very touching, romantic and rewarding.

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  • Jenny
  • 2020-06-24

needs a different narrator

Narrator rushes through skipping over punctuation in most places, returned by third chapter. hard listen

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  • Reggi
  • 2020-03-12

They Changed Narrators

The first two in the series, which I highly recommend (More than a Mistress and No Man's Mistress) were narrated by Rosalyn Landor. She did a great job. I'm not sure why they switched narrators for the third book, but it was not a good change. I know Rosalyn Landor is a tough act to beat, but this was such a dramatic difference it was incredibly jarring. I couldn't make it through 1 chapter before I had to stop - the reader was monotonous and nasal, and it was not a pleasant experience. I'd read the book before and enjoyed the story, but the listening experience was less than mediocre.

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  • Cam
  • 2015-06-22

Disappointing!

The love story was created too fast and the characters were not developed as well as expected. Angeline was a simple minded chatter box the hero would have never liked prior to meeting her. A forced love and a far below par story I have ever read written by Mary Balogh. Don't purchase. Move on to a better book.

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  • Mir
  • 2020-06-17

A sweet romance

This is a charming band sweet story of two young people falling in love and learning about themselves. I found both characters charming. The plot has shades of Austen’s Emma, although with less pathos.

The narrator was poor. A “dry stick” in fact (that’s the accusation thrown at the hero throughout this story). Her reading was stilting. But Balogh’s story, writing and dialogue rose above the poor narration. An enjoyable escape.

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  • Sue
  • 2020-02-13

whish it was read by some one else

monotony no action or excitement did not do the book justice. slow to get started.

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  • Jeanne
  • 2019-11-08

Horrible narrator

After listening to Rosalyn Landor for most of Mary Balogh’s novels this narrator was a huge disappointing letdown! I’ve put her on my ‘do not listen to’ list. In my opinion she ruined the book for me.

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  • jmmt18
  • 2019-06-07

irritating narrator

if this wasn't a Mary Balogh book, I don't think I would have been able to force myself to finish this one. the narrator sounds like she's reading verses or something. it just does not have the flow of conversation and I found it incredibly distracting from the story itself.

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