• The Valet’s Secret

  • The Proper Romance Regency Series
  • By: Josi S. Kilpack
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A passionate kiss from a handsome valet becomes a Regency Cinderella story when he is revealed to be an earl.

York, England, 1819.

As a once happily married woman, Rebecca Parker lived a charmed life, but now widowed and working for a living, she feels alone and lives a mundane existence. 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 very handsome. She’s instantly drawn to him, which is why, rather than stopping him from kissing her, she finds herself kissing him back, reigniting a nearly forgotten passion in her. But love at first sight only happens in fairy tales - never to an ordinary woman like her.

Still, she cannot stop thinking about Mr. Henry and the kiss they shared. The more time she spends with the earl’s valet, the more she knows she cannot in good conscience allow Mr. Timoltson to continue to court her, even though a marriage to him would provide her financial security and independence from her overbearing father’s control. The heart wants what it wants, and her heart wants Mr. Henry.

But while working in the kitchens during a fancy dinner party, she sees something strange: The valet - the valet she kissed - is sitting at the right hand of the baroness. She realizes that Mr. Henry is not the earl’s valet; he is the earl - Kenneth Winterton.

Heartbroken, angry, and betrayed, Rebecca isn’t sure she can trust Lord Winterton, much less 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 still take a chance on her, when choosing a commoner means he might lose his inheritance?

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 no longer believes in fairy tales - until she finds herself living in one.

©2022 Josi S. Kilpack (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing
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Just okay......

This is one of those books (A Cinderella book) where it tried to equalize the social structure of Britain! ( I am SO glad the USA didn't have that stricture!) Great Britain STILL - to this day in 2022 - has that social structure! I certainly hope it ends in the near future & that a King can marry a house maid)! This book was very easy to guess the ending! It was predictable.

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Sorry; very, very boring.

There does not appear to be a plot. Love at first sight + societal constraints + people turn out to not disapprove. If you just want something to play in the background while you fall asleep, it’s just the ticket. Otherwise, I’d suggest saving h the credit.

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Enjoyable Cinderella remake with great twist

I always enjoy Josi Kilpack's books and Justine Eyre's performances. Josie's books always have a clean, sweet romance and a happy ending, but there is always depth to the characters and their life experiences. Their lives are not all rosy but there is hope and goodness. I enjoy fairy tale retellings and love her subtle inclusions of the Cinderella story into the story. Justine Eyre is one of my favorite narrators. She puts just the right emotion and accents, whether it's British or American, that makes the story enjoyable and believable. I would very much recommend this story.

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a Cinderella story

silver slippers. a ball and a midnight dance. a carriage. a fairy godmother romantic in the situation. a nasty stepmother person. but the prince is unsure. the person of interest gets locked in the tower. whoops. a twisted story. a nasty father. a wonderful daughter. lots of great details. enjoy and try to shut it down so you can get your work done. :)

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Loved this book!

I found myself smiling so often throughout the story. I think I espessually loved that the main characters are a little older and closer to my own age. It made them very relatable to me. This is well written, well narrated, and a fun spin on a well known fairytale. I look forward to more books from this author!

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Charming

I was unexpectedly, yet totally, charmed by this story. Rebecca and Kenneth are a middle-aged couple who each of their own somewhat Cinderella story.

On their initial meeting I was honestly a bit shocked at what happened and wondered how this could and would develop. But it was such a delightful tale which even included a somewhat “wicked stepsister/cousin” and a “fairy godmother/baroness.”

The ending was delightful (with even a part for the silver/glass slippers). I find myself hoping for more about Rebecca and Kenneth — and perhaps a story for Rose?

The narration of the audiobook was also very well done and added to my enjoyment whenever I needed to listen rather than just read.

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Listened more then once!

I really enjoyed this book! The characters were well developed and there were a few little surprises in the story that kept me interested! I have listened to it more then once I liked it so well. The narrator is fabulous in my opinion. The only criticism I have is that sometime the characters are a little repetitive in their musings but not enough that I would not purchase again without hesitation.

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Super fun and inventive

Loved the strength and emotional intelligence of the characters in this book. This is something Josie killpack has done in a lot of her books, She makes stronger female characters. This is why I have bought many of her books. I love the Both the female and male characters in this book. The one problem I have with this book is at the end it turned into more of a fairy tale. Little disappointing.