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  • Caitlyn Lynch

Book Review: Belle's Secret by Victoria Purman

Marriage celebrant Isabella has a secret… a secret husband, to be exact. One she married and left in Vegas without so much as a goodbye. Only now Harry's found her, and he's furious, demanding a divorce.

Except Isabella’s starting to think marrying Harry wasn't such a mistake after all…

The setting of the book in the northern Victoria wineries was charming, and beautifully realistic. There was some lovely, evocative prose which really helped transport the reader into the story, and all the characters felt both likeable and natural; there were no villains to overcome, all the conflict coming from Harry and Isabella's decisions.

However, there were also a few inconsistencies in the story which bothered me, most notably Isabella's insistence that she couldn't function in the small town as a marriage celebrant if word got out she was divorced. This struck me as irrational, since she'd been wearing Harry's ring since their quickie marriage in Vegas, I figured everyone assumed she was both married and separated, since there was no husband in residence. What difference would a divorce make anyway?

I'm also pretty sure Harry didn't need her signature on any papers to effect a divorce, since she abandoned him the day after the wedding and hadn't been in touch since.

Inconsistencies such as these aside, this was a charming and well written story. I'm giving it four stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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