Thursday, May 9, 2024

The Royal Secret by Lucinda Riley -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


The Royal Secret by Lucinda Riley

Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.

"James, darling, what are  you doing?"

-- from The Royal Secret by Lucinda Riley. I have not read her books before, but this one looks like a fun adventure involving the Royal Family.  Although I admit the opening sentence is a little unsettling for me because my husband's name is James. What's going to happen?


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

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-- from The Royal Secret:
The next was a large, creased brown envelope, addressed in spidery writing so indecipherable she was amazed it had even reached her. She tore it open and took out its contents.
That's a good tease! I can't wait to find out what's in the letter!

When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five, he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, it could rock the English establishment to its core.

Joanna Haslam, an up-and-coming reporter, is assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral, attended by glitzy celebrities of every background. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind—the contents of which many have been desperate to keep concealed for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that she’s close to uncovering something deadly serious—and the royal family may be implicated. Before long, someone is on her tracks, attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they’ll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.


  1. I like stories about royal families. Here's my BOOKISH FRIDAY

  2. Lol. Yes, I imagine that is unsettling to read the name of someone so close to you. Those are both great teasers, leaving me wanting to know more. Have a great weekend. :)

  3. Those excerpts make me want to read this. Sounds so good. Have a great weekend!

  4. I'm not sure why, but that opening line reminded me of the first line of Charlotte's Web: "Papa, where are you going with that axe?" I agree, it is a tad foreboding!

  5. That sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Royal secrets. Yes, please! Enjoy.


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