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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Secret Lady by Beth Trissel - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Beth Trissel and her new book, “Secret Lady”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Beth and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Secret Lady
by Beth Trissel


GENRE: New Adult, Time Travel, Romance



At Lavender House, Evie McIntyre is haunted by the whispers from her bedroom closet. Be-fore she can make sense of their murmurs, the house "warbles" between times and transports her to the Civil War. Past and present have blended, and Evie wishes she'd paid more attention to history. Especially since former Confederate officer, Jack Ramsey, could use a heads up.

Torn between opposing forces, Jack struggles to defend the valley and people he loves. Meet-ing Evie turns his already tumultuous world upside down. Will solving the mystery of the whispers return her home, and will the handsome scout be by her side?

Against the background of Sheridan's Burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Jack and Evie fight to save their friends and themselves – or is history carved in stone?



“They brought the draft back?” This was it. She had officially lost her mind.

“It never went away. Where have you been, miss? More to the point, who are you?” His gruff demand
stirred the hair at her cheek.

She tilted her face at him. Only the barest outline of his strong features was visible, and yet… Man, was he hot. Focus Evie. “I told you. I’m Evie McIntyre. I live here with my grandmother. Didn’t you realize?”

“That so? I don’t suppose you would be a spy in a Mennonite house. Still. Never know. I best get a good look at you.”

“Who would I be spying for?”

“Rebs. Neither side wishes me well. I’m in no man’s land.”

Her heart drummed wildly. “Where does that leave me?”

“That’s the question, isn’t it?” He steadied Evie on her feet.

Was it? She had no idea what was going on and watched dazedly as he took something from the leather
pouch hanging over his shoulder. “What’s that?”


He’d lost her again. There must be a powerful resistance movement at work. She didn’t follow
politics. Maybe she should. Had matters come to an explosive head tonight? Why hadn’t her grandmother said something?

He drew what resembled matches from a small metal container and struck one. Sulphurous sparks
added pungency to the room. He lit the stubby candle in a tin lantern on an end table. Shadows danced from the pale taper glowing through the punches in the metal. Pretty, how the light made patterns on the ceiling.

Wait. Where had that lantern come from?

The stained-glass lamp Grandma G. treasured was just there before she went to bed. Dear God in heaven. What had happened to the room?



This book was such a fun, exciting, romantic, historical adventure!

This book starts out at present time in Virginia where Evie is staying with her Gran at the beautiful and historical landmark, the Lavender and Lace Herb Farm in the breathtaking Shenandoah Valley.  Evie starts hearing whispers coming from her closet, but before she can really investigate, she is transported back in time to the Civil War.  Evie quickly meets Jack, a former Confederate officer, who pretends to be her husband to make the transition there a bit easier for her.  With time running out before the Burning of the Shenandoah Valley will Evie be able to find a way back home before it’s too late?  Or was she meant to always be sent back to the Civil War to be with Jack?  When Evie learns that Jack actually dies in the Civil War will she be able to save him?  And bring him back with her to the future?  Are these two soulmates and destined for true love?  Sorry – no spoilers here!  But you’ll definitely want to find out how this one ends!

I really liked the main characters, Evie, Jack, and Gran.  They were likable, kind, and genuine.

I loved Evie and Jack together – they fit well together and just had that instant connection you could actually feel leap off the pages!!!  I enjoyed that their romance was sweet (PG rating) as it was a nice getaway from the usual modern R-Rated world of today.  That’s always the fun part about reading time-travel books that take you to a time where guys spoke slow, romantic sonnets and actually spent time wooing the girl – no swiping rights here lol.

Love is always worth fighting for and I enjoyed following the story and cheering for the characters!

I enjoyed the history lessons that were weaved throughout the book and learning more about the Civil War and the impact on the Shenandoah Valley.

The author’s writing is strong and vividly detailed.  She really provided so much detail in her writing that is was easy to picture!  There were a few times I found myself totally caught up in the story!

Furthermore, I also enjoyed reading the passages with the Civil War Era customs and traditions.  It is clear, Mrs. Trissel is familiar with the culture and was able to add significant historical refences into fun and interesting scenes while showing a strong knowledge of the area.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is book three in the Ladies in Time Book Series.  However, it can be read as a standalone.  I had not read the first two books before reading this book, however, as much as I’ve enjoyed reading this book I definitely wish I had.  So, I would definitely encourage readers to check out the entire series.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it to all new adult, time-travel, and romance readers!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of her inspiration. She's especially drawn to colonial America, the drama of the American Revolution, and the Civil War. And she loves a good ghost story. She writes Young Adult, New Adult, historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction. Secret Lady (Ladies in Time) was based events that occurred to her ancestors and her husband’s Mennonite forebears during the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.




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  1. Beth ~ Hi! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thanks so much Ally for hosting and for the wonderful review!

    2. Also, please post your awesome review everywhere. :)

  2. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

  3. Sounds like a good read.

  4. Great review, I'm looking forward to checking this one out!