About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Secret of the Sonnets by Samantha Hastings: Review & Blog Tour


Miranda Hatch is a scholar, and at the advanced age of twenty-six, she is undoubtedly a spinster. Her single-minded ambition leads her not to seek a husband but to find the lost manuscripts of William Shakespeare. So when she discovers a connection between the Bard and the local dashing marquess, she pens a letter requesting access to papers that might secure her academic triumph.

Lord Robert Hamilton is drowning in debt and must turn things around or risk losing his ancestral home. With the weight of the world on his shoulders, he has little time to bother with a letter from an M. Hatch requesting access to ancestral papers―until he realizes there may be some financial merit in granting the request. To his great surprise, M. Hatch turns out to be none other than the lovely Miss Miranda. The pair soon embarks on the trail of a centuries-old mystery, drawn together not only by their shared goal but by their growing attraction. However, someone else is seeking the priceless papers, and they will not hesitate to remove anyone in the way of glory.


Secret of the Sonnets
is a must-read for those who enjoy stories set in the Regency era! Author Samantha Hastings uses wit and humor to tell of the search for some of William Shakespeare's lost papers, and I can't think of two better characters to be involved in the hunt! Miranda Hatch and Lord Robert Hamilton couldn't be more different but together, they are a force to be reckoned with. I loved the bantering interaction, their increasing awareness of each other, and the amazing chemistry that's both sweet and tantalizing. Will Miranda continue to believe that she doesn't "desire to be helpmeet or an obedient wife"?

Hastings is a new-to-me author and I love the way that she developed this story. She began each chapter with one of Shakespeare's sonnets and included many historical references to add to my interest, but I was totally captivated by the intrigue and romance! Secret of the Sonnets is a delightful story and I recommend it to all who enjoy Regency romance.

I received a copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. Her books: The Last Word, The Invention of Sophie Carter comes, A Royal Christmas Quandary, The Girl with the Golden Eyes, Jane Austen Trivia, Secret of the Sonnets, The Duchess Contract, The Marquess and the Runaway Lady, A Novel Disguise, and Debutante with a Dangerous Past. She writes cozy mysteries under Samantha Larsen.
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