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The course of true love never did run smooth… Jonathan Brodie, the only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie, has lived in the village of Maplebridge his whole life. Penelope, the daughter of the local florist, was adopted by the Baldwins when she was just a baby. They could not be more different and yet, one blustery January morning, their paths collide in a chance encounter The course of true love never did run smooth…Jonathan Brodie, the only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie, has lived in the village of Maplebridge his whole life. Penelope, the daughter of the local florist, was adopted by the Baldwins when she was just a baby. They could not be more different and yet, one blustery January morning, their paths collide in a chance encounter that is destined to change their lives forever. Jonathan soon discovers that Penelope is far from the quiet wallflower that she first seems, but rather a beautiful rose just waiting for its chance to bloom. After spending more and more time together, it’s not long before their feelings for each other begin to blossom. However, when Jonathan starts investigating Penelope’s past, in order to present her with the truth about her biological parents, his grand Valentines gesture threatens to destroy any hope of a future with the woman he has grown to love. Penelope begins to doubt Jonathan’s motives. Is he only concerned with placating his domineering father and convincing him that she is worthy of the Brodie name? Despite his good intentions, will Jonathan’s Valentine Secret ruin everything? Or are two people from opposite ends of society simply destined to remain poles apart forever? A Valentine Secret is a charming regency romance novella about never giving up on true love. Praise for Emily Murdoch:‘An enthralling saga.’ Robert Foster , bestselling author of The Lunar Code Emily Murdoch is a medieval historian and writer who has worked at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Yorkshire Museum and as part of the National Trust. She has a degree in History and English, and a Masters in Medieval Studies, both from the University of York. Emily is also the author of Conquests, Love Letters and Captives, as well as the festive regency romance A Christmas Surprise. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via ...

Title : A Valentine Secret
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ISBN : 28698667
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Number of Pages : 94 Pages
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A Valentine Secret Reviews

  • Carrie
    2018-11-30 19:22

    When Jonathan Brodie finds himself crossing paths with Penelope he finds himself immediately taken by her. Jonathan and Penelope couldn't be any more different. Jonathan is the only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie and Penelope was adopted by the local florist when she was just a baby. Being the daughter of a florist Penelope hints at not wanting flowers for Valentine's Day so Jonathan tries to make a grand gesture to her by looking into her past in which Penelope gets the wrong idea.A Valentine Secret was a nice little historical romance with a nice couple at it's focus. It wasn't however particularly memorable or outstanding in my opinion. The time period was well represented and the characters actions seemed to stick with the times. The twists thrown in though seemed a bit obvious to give a bit of tension to the story but were ok. The ending however seemed to be a bit rushed which is probably due to it being a novella. Overall, 3 stars, good but not particularly outstanding or incredibly memorable either. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Cristina
    2018-11-28 19:56

    This is a novella that, in spite of being short, is still so cute! This narrative gives us the path of the relationship between Jonathan and Penelope that won't be indifferent to us.Jonathan is the typical element of a prestigious family who returned home after being in Oxford for some time. In the other hand, Penelope is just a simple girl who works at the florist in Maplebridge. When Jonathan goes to the shop to buy some flowers to his mother, something catches his attention: Penelope.Throughout the narrative, both characters start to develop feelings about each other. However, along the way, the relation starts to get a bit troubled when some people don't approved this relationship. In spite of all the obstacles, Jonathan and Penelope keep getting close.I think that this book is well written and that each event happens in the right moment. Although it is a love story, the author knew how to keep it real. The characters have such a personality that, either way, caught my attention.A really good novel for the Valentine Day that is getting closer!I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susan
    2018-11-18 19:08

    Jonathan Brodie, is finally home from Oxford. The only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie of Maplebridge, where he meets during the cold January, the adopted daughter of the village florist, Penelope Dryden. But with the two people at the opposite ends of the social scales can the path of true love ever be smooth or will Jonathan ruin it for ever.A sweet little regency romance.A NetGalley Book

  • Mystica
    2018-11-19 19:12

    This was a romance also Regency but of a different kind.I did not think it was going to end well. Jonathan is the local laird's son. Penelope is the adopted daughter of the local florist. Her antecedents are unknown and for Jonathan's father this is of paramount importance. No son of his is going to marry an unknown. He has set his sights high enough. The interest for me in this story was that the meaning of flowers was part of the story and this certainly added interest.The romance however continues with slight ups and downs and this too is one that ends well.

  • Sandra
    2018-11-21 21:03

    I received a copy of the ebook via NetGalley for an honest review.I am always finding myself going back to historical romance when I want a smile on my face and this one did not disappoint. This is a short novella that is light and airy and a sweet read. This was the first time I've read anything by Emily Murdoch but she'll definitely be going onto my TBR for Historical Romance authors.

  • Desyerie Bonifacio
    2018-11-15 22:16

    This book is unpredictable to the end for me. I don't know if they'll end up or not. Jonathan is so sweet and I love the personality of Penelope.. When I reached the end, a smile was plastered in my lips and I can't help but wonder too. I know you're thinking its a happy ending. Yes it is, but I really reaaly love how it ended. <3 Full review on:

  • Zena
    2018-11-30 22:00

    Oh the angst! Poor rich Jonathan Brodie. He tries to do the right thing to help Penelope with whom he has fallen in love but the way she reacts almost gives him whiplash and definitely a very sore and bleeding heart.Of course he writes a Valentines letter and ..... You better read the book yourself to find out.This is a delightful story from beginning to end and I really enjoyed it tremendously.

  • Patricia
    2018-12-05 19:01

    This is a delightful clean romance. The classes again come into play here with a happy ending between an orphaned girl & the gentry. The romance starts out with the completely mesmerized son of a baronet for the girl who he wants to know everything about because of his great love for her. Then he makes a mistake that almost ends their relationship. Another book about the mixing of the classes that wasn't usually done in that time period.

  • Christine Woinich
    2018-11-26 00:14

    I enjoyed Penelope's love for the family she has, even though they are not blood. She was content, yet hoped for true love. Jonathan needed a smack upside his head although he had good intentions. Listening to this story was a pleasure as the narrator read well and had me seeing the people as the story went on.I received this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-11 22:00

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. There was one bad word and the father/son relationship was very poor. Those detracted a bit from the overall story. Still a nice story, just not my favorite so far.

  • Laura Thomas
    2018-11-12 21:04

    Nice young gentlemanFirst time reading this author, liked the story of a small English village and how a young couple find love.

  • Sharon
    2018-12-03 16:05

    Hero: Jonathan/heir baron Heroine: Penelope / floristReading Enjoyment:4.* I have enjoyed reading the way Jonathan fell for Penelope. This is a sweet read.

  • Donna Sanders
    2018-11-22 16:53

    A fairly enjoyable quick read.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-19 17:59

    Jonathan and Penelope meet through different circumstances even though they are totally from different worlds. A lovely short story that is well written. Loved reviewing.

  • Little Ray Of Sunshine
    2018-11-24 21:15

    I would like to thank the Author Emily Murdoch for giving us this beautiful book*. It's been a while since I read a historical romance. This book was so heartwarming I just enjoyed reading Emily's writing as I felt I was in a scene of Pride and Prejudice. I felt Jonathan is a caring person and he didn't feel he could find anyone and stay in Maplebridge as him and he's dad don't get on as they have different views and opinions like him studying in Oxford where he finds it boring. But one day he was walking about Maplebridge and he remembers playing down in the shopping area as a little child and he wonders what he could buy for hes mother from the Mr Baldwin's florist. While he was looking around the shop choosing what to buy that's when he sees this shy raven hair lady in front of him and from then on he just can't get her out hes mind. Her name is Penelope she was adopted by Mr and Mrs Baldwin. Jonathan can't get her beautiful face out of hes mind so he tries to woo her by asking her and her parents to come dine with him and he's parents. He wants to get to know her more but sadly the meal doesn't last long as he's dad Mr Brodie is rude to the guest and they didn't want to stay around to hear what he got to say. Mr Brodie chooses who he does and doesn't dine with and he chose that Mr and Mrs Baldwin and their daughter wasn't good enough as they are working class. So this really ruins the father and son relationship as Jonathan doesn't care who he talks to as he sees them as people not class division. Jonathan ask if Penelope would love to go to a dance but she never been to one before as she is to shy to go to any social events. This is where she sees that Jonathan is interesting in her and no other ladies as hes only got eyes for her. But while their loves blossom Jonathan feels the need to search Penelope's Parentage as he feels this will make her feel more connected to Maplebridge but when he visit her with the letters with all the information about her past. Will Penelope be okay to find out her past? Do you feel this will affect their relationship? If you want to find out what happens you got to read it for yourself by purchasing this amazing book.

  • Ilana
    2018-11-12 23:56

    The book is a short read, but relatively fast paced emotionally - including some roller-coaster episodes - and with some nice turn of events. I particularly loved the dialogues and the ways in which beneath the pretentious exchanges, normal feelings and ideas were elegantly hidden. Another plus of the book is the reality of the characters: you can see and feel and be with them, from the very beginning of the story, which encourages the reader to follow their journey.I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in a good written romance that raises questions about love and trust and the artificial limits to finding real and genuine love.Disclaimer: Book offered by the author in exchange for an honest review

  • Lorna Holland
    2018-11-23 17:01

    See my full review here: story is simple and follows one main plotline. It's uncomplicated and straight to the point - if you want a bedtime read that doesn't require you to think too much, then this is the ideal book for you.We have two main characters in the book - Penelope Dryden and Jonathon Brodie. Destined to be star-crossed lovers ever since their first meeting, class and status get in the way of the pair's romance. Miss Dryden is the adopted daughter of the local florist, whereas Jonathon is the only son of the local gentry, Sir Roger Brodie. Undeniably, this is an unlikely match, but Jonathon is nothing short of persistent in his pursuit of Miss Dryden, and without giving away any major spoilers, through a series of events their eventual union becomes more and more likely.However, on the whole, A Valentine Secret is a fun and light-hearted read.

  • Theresa
    2018-11-24 22:56

    A super fun, quick, Valentine's Day read! Check out my review here:

  • Connie Fischer
    2018-11-10 17:08

    Jonathan Brodie, the only child of Baron Roger and Lady Brodie, is heading into his hometown of Maplebridge to purchase flowers for his mother at the local florist. While discussing flowers and the meaning behind each of them with the proprietor, Mr. Baldwin, Jonathan notices that the man’s assistant is his adopted daughter, Penelope Dryden. Instantly smitten with her beauty, Jonathan invites Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin and Penelope to dinner. Jonathan’s father does not approve of his impulsive action, but agrees to allow the family to come. Yet, during dinner, his father’s action toward their guests are very pompous and his rude remarks insulted their guests that they departed quickly. The next day, Jonathan apologizes profusely for his father’s behavior and is able to get Penelope to agree to see him again.Jonathan is quite intrigued about Penelope’s real parents but she has no desire to find out who they are. Her loyalty and love is for the Baldwins who brought her up and cared for her. But when Jonathan goes against her wishes and delves into discovering her parentage, she is furious.Their class differences and Jonathan not respecting her wishes make for problems. Is there a future for the two of them? This was a very clean romance that is quite refreshing for a change.Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  • Tonileg
    2018-12-02 16:04

    Clean Historical English romance with a barely titled young man finding love in his beloved hometown with an adopted young lady.Mr. Jonathan Brodie is the only child of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie who grew up in what seems like an idealistic village of Maplebridge and he has come back after university to figure out what he is going to do with his adult life. First thing that happens is he falls in love with the beautiful orphan, Penelope, the daughter of the local florist, was adopted by the Baldwins. She is beautiful, but no one special in a tiny village. Jonathan makes some mistakes trying to delve into the mysterious past of Penelope, but they fall in love anyway.Cute clean romance.94 pages and kindle freebie2 stars

  • Paz Vivanco
    2018-12-08 18:22

    Una historia perfecta para esta fecha que maravilla en cómo está escrita. Los personajes principales, Jonathan y Penelope, me fascinaron desde el principio, ambos de mentes completamente decididas y defendiendo lo que era correcto ante las personas que creían lo contrario. Cerca del final se produce un vuelco en la historia en que llegué a pensar que todo terminaría mal, pero los verdaderos sentimientos de amor a veces son más fuertes que cualquier otra cosa, permitiéndonos dejar atrás lo que sea que nos haya hecho daño.

  • Anisha
    2018-11-10 18:09

    It is a very normal expected love story. The attempted twists and turns didn't have me biting my nails. I did not hate the book but didn't love it either, it's not a boring read, but one wouldn't miss much if they skipped this book. It's just a very simple , very short love story. No surprises, no favorite characters, just meh.

  • Becky Gates
    2018-11-09 18:58

    A sweet love storyWell written, the story moves quickly, yet has enough character definition - especially in a short story, to enable the reader to have a feel for the characters. A sweet romance, perfect for a Valentine

  • Patricia Schuette
    2018-11-22 16:20

    A Valentine SecretThe trouble with novellas is they are too short. Otherwise I loved this story and recommend it wholeheartedly any time of the year.