Secrets

Jude Deveraux

Book - 2008

Having harbored an unrequited love for a man she met in childhood, Cassandra impulsively breaks an engagement to become the now-widowed man's nanny, but realizes that her chance for winning his heart is threatened by dark secrets.

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Published
New York : Atria Books 2008.
Edition
1st Atria Books hardcover ed
Language
English
Physical Description
310 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780743437189
0743437187
Main Author
Jude Deveraux (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Twelve-year-old Cassie falls in love with Jeff Ames at a business conference she attends with her cold and ambitious mother. Cassie dreams about the older man for years, and then, at 25, her dreams come true when she becomes Jeff's nanny, taking care of his five-year-old daughter. Well, almost. She doesn't have his love, which he bestows on his vain, shallow girlfriend, who is sure to fire Cassie as soon as they marry. With Cassie's dream of marrying Jeff turning to ashes, she realizes that she should soon leave their Williamsburg home. But she has nowhere to go until she meets the reclusive neighbor, Hollywood legend Althea Fairmont. The suspense is heightened when shots are fired. Cassie believes she is helping the aging actress only to find out that everything she believes is false and everyone she has come to trust is hiding secrets. Deveraux gives her fans a sweet love story filled with twists and turns as her heroine changes from victim to a woman in charge of her own destiny. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Surprise for Cassandra when she works as a nanny for the widowed Jeff, whom she has secretly worshipped since childhood. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Deveraux's (Someone To Love ) latest romance has an old-fashioned feel to it. Cassie Madden was a lonely 12-year-old when she fell in love with Jeff Ames. Years later, Jeff is widowed, and Cassie is nanny to his daughter in his home, still in love with this man who appears oblivious to her feelings. But things change when Cassie hears shots from a nearby estate and, upon investigating, meets infamous actress Althea Fairmont. The old movie star claims the shots were fired by her ex-husband, but Cassie has her doubts, and further involvement with Althea leads to the realization that not everyone—including Jeff—is who he/she seems. The re-creation of a 1941 murder at a Hollywood house party, complete with Cassie costumed as Althea and Jeff playing Althea's lover, a man acquitted of his young wife's murder, fittingly concludes the book. Readers will care about Deveraux's characters, and she manages to convey the feel of a classic Hollywood movie (gowns by Adrian) in a tale combining humor, romance, and mystery. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/08.]—Elizabeth M. Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA [Page 54]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Romance titan Deveraux (Someone to Love , etc.) packs her latest with jagged surprises, but the pieces fail to fall together satisfyingly. At age 12, Cassandra Madden has been in love with also 'tween Jefferson Ames, whom she meets on a business trip with her mother. After college, Cassie moves to Jeff's hometown of Williamsburg, Va., and eventually becomes nanny to widower Jeff's daughter, Elsbeth. Jeff treats Cassie as part of the family, but reserves his romantic feelings for gorgeous Skylar, who despises Cassie and ignores Elsbeth. When she hears gunshots next door and finds aging film star Althea Fairmont lying prone but unharmed, she and the famous Althea become friends. As Cassie begins to archive Althea's Hollywood memorabilia, she uncovers Althea's hidden history and is drawn, with Jeff, into a dangerous web of secrets, lies and murder. The story has moments of humor and romantic chemistry, but they do little to salvage the unruly plot. (May) [Page 30]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Having harbored an unrequited love for a man she met in childhood, Cassandra impulsively breaks an engagement to become the now-widowed man's nanny, but realizes that her chance for winning his heart is threatened by dark secrets.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Having harbored an unrequited love for a man she met in childhood, Cassandra impulsively breaks an engagement to become the now-widowed man's nanny, but realizes that her chance for winning his heart is threatened by dark secrets. By the author of Someone to Love. 300,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

At age twelve, Cassandra Madden fell in love with Jefferson Ames, a young man she met at one of her mother's business conferences. Over the years, during periods of loneliness and struggle, Cassie held on to this unrequited love in order to cope with her isolated heart and the pain of a cold mother. Even when Cassie grew up, went off to college, and met a man she thought she'd marry, her heart yearned for Jeff.In a decisive moment, she breaks off the pending engagement and travels to Williamsburg, Virginia, where the now-widowed Jeff lives with his young daughter. Cassie becomes the child's nanny, but, even though she sees the object of her desire every day, Jeff has yet to even notice her.Then, one day, she hears shots coming from the mansion of Althea Fairmont, an eccentric woman who is thought of as the world's greatest living actress. Cassie runs to investigate, and, in an instant, her safe little life is turned upside down. She begins to learn that all the people around her aren't who they claim to be. Everyone has secrets -- and until Cassie unravels those secrets, she and Jeff will never have a chance to be happy together.