Review: The Royal Secret by Lucinda Riley

The Royal Secret by Lucinda Riley

Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Atria Books
eBook & Paperback

Genre: Historical/Romance/Mystery

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…



I've been wanting to read Lucinda Riley for a while now after seeing my blogger friends praise her Seven Sisters series, and I am so glad that I took the plunge. Lucinda is magician with words!

Joanna is a journalist with a demanding job and fresh out of a failed relationship when she is assigned to cover the funeral for a famous actor. While at the funeral she meets an elderly woman who sends her a letter which begins a series of events that could absolutely ruin the Royal family. Joanna's investigating is fraught with danger as she gets closer to finding the truth. A secret that the Royal family will do anything to hide.

I. Was. Riveted! It's almost 600 pages long but I was so invested that the pages flew by! It's a great feat for an author to keep the suspense going for that long. I was totally surprised at the end and never figured out the mystery. I was like this for most of the book....


I highly recommend The Royal Secret! It had a fabulous plot line, wonderful characters, and the writing is phenomenal. I will definitely be picking up Riley's Seven Sisters series soon!

Thanks to Atria Books for my review copy.

*Please note: This book is known as The Love Letter in the UK.

About the Author

Lucinda Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid House, The Girl on the Cliff, The Lavender Garden, The Midnight Rose, and the Seven Sisters series. Her books have sold more than fifteen million copies in thirty-five languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children.

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