About The Valet’s Secret
A passionate kiss from a handsome valet becomes a Regency Cinderella story when he is revealed to be the heir to the earldom.
York, England, 1819
As a once happily married woman, Rebecca Parker had a good life, but now widowed, working for a living, and her only child grown, she feels invisible, tired, and lonely. That is until the day a valet speeding by on a horse nearly runs her off the road. Mr. Malcolm Henry is apologetic, gentle, and handsome. She’s instantly drawn to him, which is why, rather than stopping him from kissing her, she kisses him back, reigniting a nearly forgotten passion. But love at first sight only happens in fairy tales―never to an ordinary woman like her.
She sees Mr. Henry again and feels the possibilities growing until, while working in the kitchens during a dinner party, she sees the valet she kissed sitting at the right hand of the baroness. Mr. Henry is not the earl’s valet; he is the heir to the earldom―Kenneth Winterton.
Heartbroken, angry, and betrayed, Rebecca does not trust Lord Winterton and refuses to accept his apology. But when Lord Winterton proves he is as kind and gentle as “Mr. Henry” was, she finds herself willing to give him a second chance. But will he take a chance on her? He needs a wife to help him in his place in society, and nothing about Rebecca s life does that . . . except how he feels when she is with him.
Trust, love, loneliness, and passion collide in this story about a man who will risk it all to fight for the woman he loves and a woman who does not believe in fairy tales―until she finds herself living in one.
I loved this book by Josi Kilpack! I loved the way she included the Cinderella story as part of it. This book drew me in from the very beginning and I didn’t want to stop reading it.
One thing I really loved about it was the way there’s a kiss at the very beginning. You don’t see that very often in romances set in this period. And that was a happy surprise.
The characters in this one are fantastic! Rebecca was probably my favorite. She is the daughter of a working man. And their relationship is complicated. But she’s also the mother to Rose. I loved that the main characters in this one are both older.
Kenneth is the male lead. I loved the way he was. He wanted to be his own person, even though he was the heir to the earldom. And needing to be proper. So, he dresses up as Malcom, his valet. And rides quickly through the countryside. That is how the two meet. That scene is so great!
There were tons of twists and turns and surprises in this one. The whole thing was amazing! You won’t want to miss it.
I was sent a copy of The Valet’s Secret as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.