When Englishwoman Lady Madeleine was
seventeen, she followed her heart and eloped to Gretna Green
with Merrick MacLachlan, a handsome Scotsman. But things
didnít turn out as they planned. When Madeleineís father, Lord
Jessup, found out, he came to take her back.
Her father told Maddie that Merrick
demanded money from him to annul the marriage. Soon
afterwards, Maddie married Lord Bessett, and had a son, Geoff.
After Bessettís death, Maddie returns to London where she runs
into Merrick. At first she is appalled. She hates him for
taking the money and leaving her.
Merrick is now a successful architect.
When he sees Maddie, he is torn. He wants to hate her, and at
the same time he wants her. When he discovers her secret,
however, he decides that heís going to take matters into his
own hands, and heís sure that Maddie wonít like his decisions,
or the way they affect her life.
Three Little Secrets is an
intriguing blend of love and lies. Maddie is a strong-willed
woman who has always had her life planned for her. Merrick is
just as strong-willed and the two clash at every opportunity.
I enjoyed watching the sparks fly between them.
Lovers of historical fiction will enjoy
the way Ms. Carlyle takes a time-proven plot and weaves in new
elements, suspense and romance. Those items blend together to
make a titillating read.