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@Read Epub Þ The Secrets of Mia Danvers ß A lone witness finds her protector Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society s expectations for him He s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke Working closely together proves difficult as Mia s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime I liked it I really did, but I would rate it 4 and 1 2 stars.Because there was something about that I found missing I really cannot point my finger at what it was exactly, but still The story is solid and I enjoyed the blind heroine and her strength She was awesome She was so unconventional in everything she did She s a sculptor in spite of her blindness She s independent She s smart She s a realist and knows the limitations the society imposes on her She s courageous and admits her des I liked it I really did, but I would rate it 4 and 1 2 stars.Because there was something about that I found missing I really cannot point my finger at what it was exactly, but still The story is solid and I enjoyed the blind heroine and her strength She was awesome She was so unconventional in everything she did She s a sculptor in spite of her blindness She s independent She s smart She s a realist and knows the limitations the society imposes on her She s courageous and admits her desires She s not afraid of anything, but she s not stupid in her actions I loved her I also appreciated the fact that the hero is admiring her too.Maybe the missing part was related to the hero I found his behavior to be very true to those of the period, but I like my heroesunconventional as the heroine was I would have liked him better if he realized as he do at the end that he s a duke and therefore he doesn t have to account for his action to anyone besides Queen Victoria, as he himself admits often I wanted to scream If you realize that being a duke is an almost God like position, why don t you tell your mother to fuck off I really hated his mother Heartless bitch She was a prototype of a social climber and had all the arrogance of that type of person I wanted her humiliated Another, but it is small complaint, I kept wondering why the title was The Secrets of Mia Danvers The secrets were not hers SWhat were her secrets In my opinion she didn t have anyAt the same time I can appreciate how the story was really very well connected with the historical period Jane Eyre meets Pride and Prejudice meets Anne Perry.This book has everything I ever wanted in an HR Wonderfully complex main characters, a supportive, likeable supporting cast, all with varying degrees of depths The bad guys, the rakesthere is no black and white here Things happen for a reason, people are good bad for a reason, there are no Disney like villains here.The mystery is actually an integral part of the plot Imagine that This is no thinly veiled excuse to write a bodice ripper Jane Eyre meets Pride and Prejudice meets Anne Perry.This book has everything I ever wanted in an HR Wonderfully complex main characters, a supportive, likeable supporting cast, all with varying degrees of depths The bad guys, the rakesthere is no black and white here Things happen for a reason, people are good bad for a reason, there are no Disney like villains here.The mystery is actually an integral part of the plot Imagine that This is no thinly veiled excuse to write a bodice ripper People get hurt, people die There is danger, there is sleuthing, the mystery unwinds slowly and rationally, as it should in this time period, and given the severe limitations of 19th century methods of criminal detection Make no mistake, there is steam, there is attraction, there is sex, but it builds up so gradually The tension is just seething beneath the surface It s a slow foreplay A little touch, a little contact the appropriateness of the Victorian era is on display here, and the strict restraint of it is iswell done and satisfying than any Regency cop a feels could ever be.Mia Danvers is nearly blind Abandoned by her callous family at the age of 16, she lives in a cottage on the Duke of Carrington s estate Alex is a good man, trying to do his duty as the new Duke, and when Mia claims she witnesses a murder on his estate, he has to take care of it in a discreet manner as to not sully his family s reputation and name As the murders escalate, he and Mia find themselves working together to solve a mystery of a notorious killer that has struck before The suspect might be closer than either of them know.What this book thankfully lacks is stupidity Our damsel in distress may be mostly blind, but she ain t stupid She s not putting herself in foolishly dangerous situation despite her disability, and I absolutely loved that about her I can find very little not to love about this book Mia is such a harrowing character She is so pitiable, so sympathetic For me, she is comparable to Jane Eyre After her father s death and the accident that nearly killed and blinded her, her family abandons her in order to spare them the cost of caring for her Instead, they leave her in a miserable little cottage, alone but for the faithful governess Rachel, who chooses to stay with her for a pittance of pay, while her sisters debut in society and make successful marriages to peers even worse, they spread the rumor that she is utterly mad, and has died from the accident And they told everyone she had died in the accident he asked, unable to believe such a thing Why would they do such a thing he asked, despite knowing the likely answer It was for the best of everyone, his mother said.They d hidden her away rather than having to care for her, financially, the rest of their lives But they hadn t even given her a chance to meet a man and to marry Certainly there was someone out there willing to look past her affliction and take her to wife The best for everyone but Mia She supports herself with the little she earns from her art despite her near blindness, she sculpts Mia has since given up any dreams that life would be different She does not pity herself, but she does not have any starry eyed fantasies that life will drastically change for her She just endeavors to live, day by day, a peaceful existence is all she can ever hope for, given her circumstance Due to her blindness, her other senses are heightened, she has a superior awareness of details that the eye does not detect She notices sounds, smells, nuances in voices, small details that would escape an average person familiar with the use of sight to notice details Due to this, the information she provides is of enormous use, despite her blindness and assumed inferiority as a believable witness Mia knows that people underestimate her credibility as a witness, however, she is determined to see justice served Despite her determination, she is not so foolish as to ignore danger when she detects it Did we forget to lock the door Rachel asked softly I don t believe so, Mia said Cautiously, she stepped inside the cottage and immediately the hairs on her arms stood on end The acrid scent of that tobacco still hung on the air Her heart pounded and she grabbed for Rachel s hand as she walked backward We need to leave, now, Mia said Someone has been in our cottage Lord Alex is the epitome of a proper English lord Far from being a rake, he is the model of propriety His father and grandfather wereunsavory characters, and he is determined to rebuild the family name When we meet him, he is absolutely straightlaced, even priggish, full of propriety and self importance He initially dismisses Mia, believing the rumors about her madness, but he comes to know her and her intelligence, her bravery, her capability, and she slowly becomes beautiful to him Alex is so determined to do the right thing that he fights his attraction to Mia, knowing that he can do her no good He is determined not to pursue her, not even as a dalliance There is no droit de seigneur here He was the worst sort of man, wanting to take advantage of a poor defenseless girl Once her virtue was destroyed she d truly be a ruined woman because no man could marry her She was damaged, and she had no men in her life to protect her Here he was the closest thing she had to a male guardian and he was thinking lascivious thoughts about her He is self flagellating in his desire to do good And he is utterly determined to do right by Mia, bring her justice, make everything right for her Perhaps no one else knew Mia Danvers was still alive, but Alex wouldn t ignore her upbringing or her family name She deserved the same treatment as the other Danvers sisters had received Hell, she deserved to be treated as any lady of the Ton Their mutual respect turns into attraction, then love It s gradual, believable, well written And not without its hiccups along the way You are proposing to me Marriage Mia asked She shook her head Even though you freely admit that I am not duchess material She came to her feet I suppose I should be flattered, but I am not That was a terrible proposal and I kindly decline Good day, Alex And with that, she turned on her heel and left the room Well ok then, Mr Darcy.The main characters do not fall in insta love They do not hate each other, there is no revulsion, there is no antagonism, no antipathy There is no screaming, no pouting, no fighting in spats and fits There is initial distrust, wariness, but both characters behaved appropriately, as they should given their status in this era This book just feels accurate The characters are alwaysin character There is no 20th century colloquialism, exclamations, clich s The speech, the characters actions all befit the time period There are a lot of characters, some of the characters have their very own minor storyline I sometimes have a problem with large casts, it s difficult to build character and a believable story behind everyone There is no such problem with this book, the minor characters all have their role, their distinct personality, even the blandest characters like the supposedly perfect Juliet isthan what she seems to be,than a a character designed specifically to be an Englishman s wife The bad boy brother is not who he seems, his actions are self destructive not without reason, and we come to sympathize with him just as much I absolutely loved this book and greatly look forward to reading the next book in the series DNF at 30% Despite the overwhelming good reviews this book is just not for me I was bored out of my mind reading it The characters felt very bland There is almost instantaneous attraction between our main characters that just felt very contrived Also, I m very much put out by the fact that the Duke and our protagonist Mia start almost immediately calling each other by their maiden names You just met each other That s the height of impropritary in Victorian times I cannot believe no one w DNF at 30% Despite the overwhelming good reviews this book is just not for me I was bored out of my mind reading it The characters felt very bland There is almost instantaneous attraction between our main characters that just felt very contrived Also, I m very much put out by the fact that the Duke and our protagonist Mia start almost immediately calling each other by their maiden names You just met each other That s the height of impropritary in Victorian times I cannot believe no one would be scandalized by this and just take it in stride Even Alex who is a freaking Duke for fucks sake He s offended she asked him to fold a rag Yet doesn t bat a lash at her calling him Alex literally a couple of days after meeting him Smh The disability aspect was also something I was looking forward to exploring specially in light of the setting But Mia s blindness is treated very arbitrarily in this book She seems to be pretty perfectly normal as in the author doesn t mention many details about how her blindness has changed the way Mia lives or behaves How does she take precautions when she lights her candles How does she move around in her cottage without bumping into things Has the furniture been moved around or modified for her convenience How does she pour her tea Does she put her finger in the cup to measure out the amount How did she not bump intothings at Alex s house when it s clearly unfamiliar grounds for her There s just so much detail you could put in about the way her disability sets her slightly apart from other women of the times and still show how she hasn t let that hinder her in her day to day activities Rather, Mia s blindness just seems to exist for the mystery The mystery is a little intriguing but not enough to hold my attention In a unique and page turning spin on historical romance, this novel features a blind heroine who deftly manages to live her life and help the handsome nobleman hunt a killer Set in the Victorian era, it s nicely spooky while adding sufficient quirks and twists to keep the reader guessing The only downside was the hero s ongoing angst about being torn between doing the right thing and meeting parental expectations in his choice of wife or following his heart Our hero was otherwise both honor In a unique and page turning spin on historical romance, this novel features a blind heroine who deftly manages to live her life and help the handsome nobleman hunt a killer Set in the Victorian era, it s nicely spooky while adding sufficient quirks and twists to keep the reader guessing The only downside was the hero s ongoing angst about being torn between doing the right thing and meeting parental expectations in his choice of wife or following his heart Our hero was otherwise both honorable and heroic, the dithering went on too long for the otherwise decisive character On the other hand, blind Mia who stalwartly insists on pursuing a killer she can t see, is a brilliant, multi dimensional character who deserves a sequel