Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Review and Giveaway: The Secret of Haversham House by Julie Matern

About the Book 

Genre:  Christian, Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: June 12, 2018

Francesca Haversham is eighteen years old and about to step into a glittering future – all she has to do is secure her wealth with an advantageous marriage. Then she learns the truth:her entire identity is a lie. Now Francesca faces a horrible choice. Will she give up all she knows or continue to lie about her past and risk everything, including her heart?
My Thoughts:

The Secret of Haversham House is a story about family, prejudice due to class and family distinctions, and love that does not shrink away. A blue-blooded family in England, who has everything they could buy, is without the one thing they want most; a child that they could love on and call their own. A fateful trip to France brings into their acquaintance a young noblewomen from Italy with a secret all her own. What happens afterwards is a secret that stays hidden for 18 years until a death bed confession brings this family to their knees.

This story was an interesting read as we were given an intimate look at a family who comes from a long line of ancestors who value money and pure blood over people and their circumstances. There are a few characters and storylines to keep track of, but the author weaved her story in such a way that there was no confusion as to what was going on. There were some abominable rakes and always the love of money and power would separate some for good.

I liked that the hero in this story realized he too was bound by hypocrisy and realized that he, due to some revelations of his love, faltered in his belief that all people are equal in the sight of God. This was a clean read that shows how one’s choices can affect a lot of people, even families from two different countries and that more than one secret resided at the Haversham House.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Julie Matern is a resident of Utah. She attended the University of Exeter in Exeter, England, and graduated with a double major in French and Education. She was born and raised in England, moving to America after her marriage and is the mother of six children. She has served in the PTA for over 20 years, taught tap dance, and enjoys amateur photography. She is the author of ‘British War Children’ ( for which she received a “Recommended Read” award from the League of Utah Writers) and ‘British War Children 2: An Enemy Among Us’.
Hometown: Highland, UT


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