When Ellie and Lou fall in love, it is with great abandon.
And they have grand ideas. A small cottage, a garden, a goat to manage the weeds, sheep for wool to knit.
But the truth of the matter lies in the reality. Louisa must marry, to the satisfaction of her father, and so must Ellie--whose family hopes for a title to add legitimacy to their status, opening doors in the ton. And when Louisa's father discovers them together nothing can ever be the same.
A friend rescues Louisa from a horrible fate, sending her into hiding for her own protection. For three long years, Louisa remains in exile out of fear of what her father could do.
Necessity returns Louisa to London, and as soon as she does, the memories of her beautiful Ellie haunt her. But Louisa has no idea if Ellie is even here, or unmarried, or still in want of her as Louisa is and has been since that first moment she saw her across the shimmering ballroom. Louisa fears discovering the truth of it all, that she was but a passing fancy born of the excitement of the heat of a first season.
Will she find Ellie? Will the woman still want her? And even if so, what can they do now that they couldn't do before?
Nothing has changed, but everything is different.
TW: sexual assault
The Lady and Her Secret Lover is the seventh full-length illustrated historical romance in the Lords of Time series and is a companion novel to The Duke and The Baron.
The story is quite simply beautiful.
I've always had a soft spot for all the characters in the Duke and the Baron, but now, I am completely enamoured of Hugh. What a remarkable man he is.
The tension that built at the possibility of Ellie and Louisa getting "caught" had me holding my breath.
The love--between Ellie and Louisa, Louisa and Amelia, Amelia and Hugh and Charles, Charles and Hugh, just kept building and building until it flooded the pages...
Watching Louisa and Ellie fall in love warmed my heart.
Hugh and Ellie's wedding night was a work of art.
As always, [Jenn LeBlanc's] knowledge of the time period is so very impressive. No one can doubt [Jenn LeBlanc's] research.
[Jenn LeBlanc] engaged my emotions--both love, disgust, bitterness, hatred.
--Ann Wainright, reader