Secrets and Suitors Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Reluctantly returning to London for yet another Season, shy Nora Hamilton has nearly given up hope that she will ever find the love match she longs for. After all, the one man she does harbor feelings for—her closest friend, James—has made it perfectly clear he views her as just that: a friend. With James traveling half a world away and Nora's father pressuring her to marry for wealth and status, Nora is forced to set aside her desire for love and accept the future she has always dreaded.

Until James returns unexpectedly and Nora's feelings once again rush unbearably close to the surface. Determined to save what is left of their friendship, Nora ignores her own heart and allows herself to be swept up in the London Season, soon finding herself the object of two very different gentlemen's affections. Though she should be thrilled, both men come with a glaring fault: neither is the one man who holds her heart.

But there is much more at stake than heartbreak. When long-kept secrets are laid bare, Nora must face the fears that have plagued her all her life and decide what true love is worth. 

About the Author

Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.


Life Is What It's Called - Will you use any of the characters in Secrets & Suitors for another book?
Joanna Barker - I would love to one day! I feel like Harriett and Ralph need their own happy endings, and I would love to revisit Nora and James. 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you hope readers will gain from this novel? 
Joanna Barker - I hope readers will be able to relate to Nora’s struggles. Of all my heroines, she is probably the one I relate to the most, and I loved being able to create a story where she learned and grew from her experiences. A lot of Regency romances feature fiery, sharp, independent heroines (which I LOVE), but I wanted to write a character that spoke to readers in a different way. She has a quiet strength, and I hope you will love her.


Secrets and Suitors was an entertaining read. I started reading it with the intention to read just a little and ended up reading the entire book in one day. It is by the far the best story by Joanna Barker. There were twists and turns. The drama was just right and I enjoyed reading between the lines of Nora's perspective with the actions surrounding her and her conversation with others. The characters were well-developed and likeable. This is a great story! I hope that some of the minor characters get their own stories as well. To learn more Suits and Suitors, click here.

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  1. I'm always looking for new books & authors! This one looks so interesting!

  2. I can't wait to read this book! I love historical fiction.

  3. love the cover!


  4. This looks like a good one! I'm always looking for my next read!

  5. This sounds like a great read! I would enjoy it!


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