Review: Secret Lady


I always enjoy time travel novels, and this one was no exception. Evie McIntyre is a modern girl working with her grandmother at Lavender House, a Victoria property that survived Union general Sheridan’s burning back during the Civil War. Her biggest problem is that whispers and murmurs are coming from the closet in her room, and she’s scared to death. One night the house ‘warbles’ between times and transports her back to the Civil War era where former Confederate office Jack Ramsey befriends her. Almost immediately there is a strong connection between them. Now all Evie has to do is figure out how to help the family currently living in Lavender House and get Jack safely to 2019.

The characters in the book are sympathetic and likeable. I especially liked Jack because he showed good depth of character due to his conflict over his own role in the war. The plot was well thought out, and logically reached its conclusion. The pacing was just right. The book is an easy read. I read the whole thing in half a day.

If you believe in soul mates, true love, and destiny you’re sure to enjoy this one. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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9 Responses to Review: Secret Lady

  1. Gotta love love! As for soul-mates, gosh, that phrase is terribly overused and abused.
    This sound good, reminiscent of Hallmark production “The Love Letter” with Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh, (LOVE that movie!). Thanks for calling this to my attention.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Thanks for sharing! I like time-travel stories, too. But it seems that going forward in time would be scarier than going back. I’d worry about how Jack would manage in the 21st century.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I love time travel stories! In fact, I’ve just about to release one myself.
    My question for Beth Trissel would be: How did you come up with this concept? What led you to select the Civil War period?
    And, finally, “would you wish to travel back to that time?”


  4. I do enjoy time travel stories. This one sounds like it would be enjoyable.


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