Book review: Genteel Secrets by S.R. Mallery

Having thoroughly enjoyed Sewing Can Be Dangerous by this author, I jumped at the chance to read Genteel Secrets. This is because I had high expectations, knowing this author’s unique ability to weave historical elements into her stories seamlessly, and to make them come so alive that it feels like you’re living them firsthand. As I expected, this delightful short read didn’t disappoint. This was the first time I read Civil War fiction and felt perfectly immersed into it, meeting legendary figures of this era for the first time and learning all about the espionage, the battles, and the unfair treatment African Americans suffered at the time. The romantic story was sweet and tender, the misunderstandings and adversities that often created distance between the protagonists spurred me on to keep turning the pages, and all the while I rooted for their love to have a happy ending. In a nutshell, the story was utterly delightful and its ending fully satisfying. I recommend this book highly if you’re looking for a short, romantic read to transport you to a different era and have you experience it in vivid colors!

My rating


A compelling read!


Do you love historical fiction? How about a tender love story that is tested by strict social restraints and the hardships of war? Give this delightful short read a try! Chances are you’ll love it! VISIT AMAZON

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  • Sarah (S.R.) Mallery

    Thank you SO much for this lovely review, Fros! It’s much appreciated…. those female spies were a hoot to research….

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      I bet it was, Sarah. And in your capable hands, the outcome could only be amazing. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

  • Patricia Zick

    Lovely review, Fros. Sarah is a very talented writer.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your kind comment, Pat!

  • Maria Messini

    A civil war romantic story? Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing, Fros!

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thanks for stopping by, Maria 🙂

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Yes, it truly is very fresh and original. Thank you for commenting, Maria!