Nettie’s Secret Epub ñ Paperback

Nettie’s Secret Epub ñ Paperback There s not been a Dilly Court book I have disliked, until nowthere is always a strong female character yes there was one here in the form of Nettie, but there was really far too many other characters with their own dramas taking over the whole book that Nettie never actually had her own role, she was just there floating about.The book had no actual story other than the same group of people going back forth back forth from one place to the next, going over the same dramas repeatedly.A There s not been a Dilly Court book I have disliked, until nowthere is always a strong female character yes there was one here in the form of Nettie, but there was really far too many other characters with their own dramas taking over the whole book that Nettie never actually had her own role, she was just there floating about.The book had no actual story other than the same group of people going back forth back forth from one place to the next, going over the same dramas repeatedly.As for Netties love interest how it ended, seriously There was barely any connection between them other than friendship, it was very disappointing This was such an enjoyable book to read I couldn t put it down If you like Historical Fiction and Women s Fiction then this is a book for you It s got everything you need in a book It s got a great plot, that takes you on a journey from London and though Europe, with lots of twists and turns filled with lots of intrigue along the way.The year is 1875 and Nettie Carroll lives in Covent Garden, a district in London England, with her father Robert Carroll in a rented attic studio Her father us This was such an enjoyable book to read I couldn t put it down If you like Historical Fiction and Women s Fiction then this is a book for you It s got everything you need in a book It s got a great plot, that takes you on a journey from London and though Europe, with lots of twists and turns filled with lots of intrigue along the way.The year is 1875 and Nettie Carroll lives in Covent Garden, a district in London England, with her father Robert Carroll in a rented attic studio Her father used to be quite a popular artist to the rich and famous, until his style of painting portraits lost popularity.So now he spends his time making copies of other peoples works This work doesn t bring in the same amount to what he used to make It doesn t cover the cost of food and rent and if he does have any money he usually spends it before Nettie manages to pay the bills Some nights she d go to bed hungry.Luckily for Nettie she has some good friends who live on the 2nd floor, Byron Horton who is a clerk in a law firm, Philip Ransom who also works at the same firm and Ted Jones aka Tender Heart as women are always breaking his heart and he works for the Midland Railway Company They sometimes invite Nettie down to share their supper and on other occasions they take her with them when they go out for a meal and treat her.Nettie aspires to being a published author but to make a little extra money, she mends clothes for the people who can afford to let others mend them When she gets paid for this she try s to save a little of the money She also try s to make sure that Ma Burton their landlady is paid As the last thing you want is to be owing Ma Burton as her 2 son s don t mind bashing people up for unpaid debts.Nettie takes her fathers finished painting to an art gallery owned by Marmaduke Dexter, known as Duke to most people He says that he is selling her fathers paintings a copies, but Nettie thinks that her fathers work is so good Duke is actually selling them as originals Making himself lots of money and only paying her father a pittance Nettie always disagrees with Duke about the amount he pays her father, as she believes he should be paid , but Duke doesn t agree as he says he s the one taking all of the risks.One afternoon as Nettie reaches the art gallery she notices a man acting strangely and it s obvious that he s watching the gallery and making notes of who is going in and out She mentions this to Duke It turns out that this man is called Samson Wegg and he s a PI who the police have hired to look into the goings on at the art gallery.Just before Nettie leaves Duke tell s her that it would be best if she and her father left London for a while and the sooner the better In case the police decide to arrest her father Nettie demands extra money off Duke so that they can leave London.Nettie and her father quickly pack up their essentials so they can flee London, but Nettie can t just leave without saying good bye to her friends on the 2nd floor When Byron hears about this he insists on accompanying them, so he can protect Nettie and help her with her father.So the 3 of them set of for Paris in the hope of meeting up with Duke As Duke has another art gallery in Paris and they know that he ll have connections there so her father can make some money.Things go from bad to worse and they end up having to flee Paris, because Samson Wegg has found them and he s ready to summon the police During their time in Paris Byron has been making enquiries down at the river Trying to find any trace of his mother and her side of the family His mothers family are known to have been water gypsies who made a living by sailing up and down the river As luck would have it Byron found the only person on the river to have known his mothers family and he says he can take them further up stream to the little village where his uncle still lives.It takes them a few days to reach Byron s uncles village, but they all have a great time meeting the locals every time they dock for the night The locals at every dock seem to know their hosts and every night turns out to be a party with singing, drinking and dancing When they have finally reached their destination Nettie and her father let Byron go and find his uncle on his own, while they find a nice cafe and before Nettie knows it her father is the life and soul of the cafe He s drawing funny caricatures of the locals in exchange for wine and food for them all.Before long Samson Wegg catches up with them again, so they find themselves on the run again With not much money between them and with Nettie and her father having nowhere else to go they decide it ll be best to go with Byron He has been told roughly where he might find his mother It s another long arduous journey through some of toughest terrains through Europe, but every day is like a new adventure not knowing where they ll end up.They eventually find Byron s mother, she is living in an old castle on a hill and everyone refers to her as the Countess The castle is very grand in a bit of a dilapidated way on the outside, but inside it s far brighter and very homely.They all stay with Byron s mother for a while and Byron finds out things that his father never told him, as it turns out that there were many secrets One big secret is that his mother is as broke as they are When the Count died he didn t leave her anything, apart from her clothes and the jewellery he gave her.While they are staying with Byron s mother who should turn up on the door step Non other than Duke and his young wife They also end up staying at the castle, but they have no idea about the Countess being broke and Duke is trying to sell her artwork that she can t afford.Within a short time after Duke and his wife arrived Samson Wegg has caught up with them yet again He threatens them all from outside of the castle and they all know that time is running out for them So they decide the best plan of action is to go back to London and try and clear Nettie s fathers name.Once they land back on British soil and due to the lack of money they find that they have to get jobs and work to make enough money to travel the last leg of their journey to London Then to hopefully get everything sorted out once and for all.As I said at the beginning this is a really good book it s full of adventure and intrigue Taking you from London to the continent during 1875, when not many people travelled that far If you love historical fiction I m sure you ll just love this book and fall in love with the huge array of characters This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book takes us from 1870s London across the continent to France, Spain home again via the hop fields of Kent.It s not a bad story but it isn t believable, in fact it is almost farcical to think that an ever increasing group of people could travel so widely with no money whilst constantly staying one step ahead of those looking for them As the story progresses, the group expands from 2 to 7 and includes an artist with no business sense, a young man who speaks fluent French despite not ha This book takes us from 1870s London across the continent to France, Spain home again via the hop fields of Kent.It s not a bad story but it isn t believable, in fact it is almost farcical to think that an ever increasing group of people could travel so widely with no money whilst constantly staying one step ahead of those looking for them As the story progresses, the group expands from 2 to 7 and includes an artist with no business sense, a young man who speaks fluent French despite not having seen his French mother since he was 4, a spoilt young French woman, a Spanish Contesa who isn t actually a Contesa and of course our heroine Nettie who knows how to cook soup but not stew.I can t say that I enjoyed this book, though it s storyline would make a great CarryOn film I found it unbelievable with characters that were mostly one dimensional in settings that seemed to jump around between Victorian London and the 1920s utilising many stereotypes instead of solid research factOverall it was quite a quick read but not one i ll be recommending other Books by this author are far betterDisclosure I received this book free via NetGalley, but all opinions are my own I usually love Dilly Court s book, but this one I found very different from her usual stories and could not get into it very quickly It just didn t hold my interest at all. I have read other books from this author and really enjoyed them so had high hopes for this one but sadly like other reviewers I found this one so silly I found the story unbelievable a lot of the time How this ever increasing group of random people could travel with no money from one country to another so many times is beyond me The characters all had their little troubles and Nettie had no real story line of her own I found her Dad annoying and her love story a bit silly quite frankly Not I have read other books from this author and really enjoyed them so had high hopes for this one but sadly like other reviewers I found this one so silly I found the story unbelievable a lot of the time How this ever increasing group of random people could travel with no money from one country to another so many times is beyond me The characters all had their little troubles and Nettie had no real story line of her own I found her Dad annoying and her love story a bit silly quite frankly Not a good book this time sadly Nettie s Secret is a standalone book by Dilly Court.My sister is a huge fan of this author so when I saw a book available on NetGalley by the author I had to request it I wanted to see what my sister enjoyed so much After reading this book I believe she and I will have to agree to differ in our taste in books Proof in the pudding is that it took me 6 days to read the book when normally when I enjoy a book it can be read in one or two days tops That said, I have read some of the reviews of th Nettie s Secret is a standalone book by Dilly Court.My sister is a huge fan of this author so when I saw a book available on NetGalley by the author I had to request it I wanted to see what my sister enjoyed so much After reading this book I believe she and I will have to agree to differ in our taste in books Proof in the pudding is that it took me 6 days to read the book when normally when I enjoy a book it can be read in one or two days tops That said, I have read some of the reviews of this book and it has been said by fans of the author that this book was a one off disappointment With that in mind, I will give Dilly Court another chance if another book is offered at a later date.For now, though, I am sorry to say that I didn t enjoy this book much at all Nettie has a lovely character but she is too soft by far when it comes to her father He surely can t be as dim as we are made to believeI won t give spoilers but let s just say he is quite disappointing The one part I did enjoy about the story is that whilst on the run Robert and Nettie spend time on a barge with a delightful character who I could read a whole book about All those scenes along the river were a joy to read, especially one early morning scene where Nettie gets quite a surprise I shall say noThe premise of the book was promising, artist and his daughter on the run for a crime unwittingly committed and their adventures whilst on the run But it just wasn t believable The ending especially was crazy, both with the romance aspect and what happens with Nettie s dad, orto the point how it happens.I am sorry that I found this book so disappointing, I really had high hopes for it The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling authorTaking one last look around her attic room in Covent Garden Nettie knows there is no turning back, they must run for their lives London,Thanks to her hapless father, Nettie Carroll has had to grow up quickly While Nettie is sewing night and day to keep food on the table, her gullible father has trusted the wrong man again Left with virtually nothing but the clothes they stand up in, he s convinced that their only hope lies across the English Channel in FranceNettie has little but her dreams left to lose Even far from home trouble follows them, with their enemies quietly drawing closer But Nettie has a secret, and it s one with the power to save themCan she find the courage to trust in herself and pave the way for a brighter future This is the first Dilly Court romantic saga I ve read, and I enjoyed it.Set in Victorian England and Europe, it follows the adventures of Nettie and her father, as they flee from the law, in the wake of an art forgery scandal The plot is gently paced with hardships, romance and mystery, all intertwined to create, an easy to read historical adventure The historical setting is well researched and enriches the plot with different lifestyles and cultures and iconic cities and countryside.The char This is the first Dilly Court romantic saga I ve read, and I enjoyed it.Set in Victorian England and Europe, it follows the adventures of Nettie and her father, as they flee from the law, in the wake of an art forgery scandal The plot is gently paced with hardships, romance and mystery, all intertwined to create, an easy to read historical adventure The historical setting is well researched and enriches the plot with different lifestyles and cultures and iconic cities and countryside.The characters are authentically written Netties father is a particularly irritating man Netties is courageous, intuitive and loyal You want her to find a happy life, after the constant stress of looking after her father.This is quite a lengthy read, but it is easy to pick up the story again if life interferes with your reading time.I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review This is the first book I ve read by Dilly Court It took me a while to get into the book and whilst I quite enjoyed it I did think the plot was rather weak in places and the ending was quite predictable. Great fun I stayed up until 2 am reading This book might have been a bit far fetched but it was a fun read There was a countess, castles, paint forgeries, long lost families, friendship, romance, a marriage of convenience and water gypsies The action went from England to Paris to Spain.Nettie was a strong and determined character The rest of the characters, with the exception of Byron and Biddy, were extremely selfish and self absorbed.I m looking forward to reading another book by Dilly Co Great fun I stayed up until 2 am reading This book might have been a bit far fetched but it was a fun read There was a countess, castles, paint forgeries, long lost families, friendship, romance, a marriage of convenience and water gypsies The action went from England to Paris to Spain.Nettie was a strong and determined character The rest of the characters, with the exception of Byron and Biddy, were extremely selfish and self absorbed.I m looking forward to reading another book by Dilly Court Thank you, merci, gracais Ms Court

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