Carr, G.S. Lady of Secrets. Charlotte, NC: Brown Lady Publishing, 2020.
ASIN: B083N3L2KR | $4.99 USD | 310 pages | Historical Romance—Civil War
Her secret mission. A country divided. His impossible love.
Henrietta Wright is a Free Colored woman who teaches reading and writing to anyone who enters her classroom. At least she was, until a drunken night with friends catapults her down a path of intrigue, coded messages, and intelligence operations. All in service of the Union Army. She can’t tell anyone what she’s doing, including the handsome Irishman she knows she shouldn’t want, but can’t seem to resist.
Since stepping onto American soil, Elijah Byrne’s only goal has been to survive another day. That is until Henrietta burst into his life and made him want more. She was never meant to be his – her fiancé can attest to that – but she makes him long for things men like him aren’t lucky enough to have. When she asks for his help, he can’t resist tumbling with her into a clandestine expedition that could cost them everything—including their lives.
I found out about G.S. Carr when she was a guest in a Facebook group, doing a reading from this very book, Lady of Secrets. Intrigued, I picked it up, and while this is my first from her, it definitely won’t be my last.
I loved the two lead characters, Henrietta and Elijah. Their love is forbidden, and I enjoyed reading about them negotiating a way they could be together. And their relationship is such a sweet one, where he doesn’t want to see her getting into danger, even if they aren’t together, which becomes difficult when she decides to go on a mission for the Union Cause.
The research developing the atmosphere is impeccable, providing insight into the lives of free Blacks during the Civil War, and the role some of them played in helping the Union.
There are some minor flaws when it comes to pacing and a slight overabundance of subplots that aren’t fully resolved by the end, but it is possible that they will be addressed in a future book.
In general, this is a great book by a rising star in indie romance publishing. If you loved either Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League or Beverly Jenkins’ many magnificent historicals, I think you’ll love this one too.
Raised in Charlotte NC, G.S. Carr has always enjoyed indulging in her imagination. At a very young age she had a thirst for reading and the many possibilities it helped come alive in her mind’s eye. She consumed books like they were the air she needed to survive. It seemed inevitable that her love of reading would transcend into a desire to create her own stories. She began writing poetry and stories at the age of 10. By the time she was thirteen she found her passion in the romance genre and has not looked back ever since.
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