The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh (Marriage Game Series #2)

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh (Marriage Game Series #2)

by Ella Quinn


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For Ella Quinn's bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn. . .

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife...

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh. . .

Praise for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

"Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore--plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus. A marvelous find for Regency romance readers." --Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author

"A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" --Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601832177
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: Marriage Game Series , #2
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 97,896
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

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Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quit writing so long i mean you are spoiling the book for the rest of the people who have not read the book yet.
NookBookLady More than 1 year ago
Wow! Lately, I have been disappointed by the second book in a series. I received "The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh " as an advance from NetGalley. I started reading and did not put it down. I fell in love with spirited Anna Marsh and the man she has loved since childhood, Sebastian, Lord Rutherford. Sebastian and Anna's brother Harry are best friends that live on neighboring estates. They are about ten years older than Anna. Harry put Anna in charge of the local smuggling ring he ran when he left England on a spy mission and was reported killed in action. Anna has to return home to deal with the smuggling ring (part of a sub-plot) and Sebastian escorts her home via the wedding of their mutual friends Phoebe and Marcus from Ella Quinn's first novel. It takes Sebastian a while to convince Anna he loves her and wants to marry him after she overhears a conversation between Sebastian and Marcus on the type of woman Sebastian wants to marry. The chase was a delight. Throw in the sub plot of Harry returning from the dead with amnesia and his travels back to his family. This was an entertaining romance. Very well written. I received an ARC ( Advanced Reader Copy) of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity! I will be buying his book so I can re-read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it to be plodding and unoriginal. It was well-written but the pacing killed my interest. I will not be returning to this arthur.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian Rutherford since she was a little girl. But when he finally asks for her hand in marriage, she turns him down. He has just spent the last several years paying court to Anna's best friend and she doesn't want to play second fiddle. Sebastian has always known that Anna would some day become his wife and has just been paying court to Anna's best friend as a diversion to other women. He has been bidding his time until Anna was old enough to get married. Sebastian is ready to settle down but he must convience Anna that she is the girl for him. Since Anna must return home for an undisclosed reason, Sebastian decides that is the perfect time to begin his pursuit of her. Anna is headed home to work with the smugglers in the area. Her brother passed on the job to her when he left the country. Unfortunately, what should have been a two to three month job has lasted much longer when her brother was killed. Can Rutherford accept this side of her? She is not the girl he thinks she is while in London. Her true self comes out when she is home. Can he love this side of her too? I really LOVED this story. There is so much more to the story which I didn't include because I didn't want to spoil it for anyone. When we first meet Anna and Sebastian in The Seduction of lady Phoebe, you know that there is an attraction between the two. They were constantly bickering with each other. Their story was one of the best I have read in awhile. I really didn't want to put the book down. I would have rated this book a 5/5 except there was some portions of the writing that I just cringed at. I can't wait for the next book in the series, The Temptation of Lady Serena, which will be out on January 14, 2014. Thanks go to NetGalley and Kensington for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
First you should know that I love Ella Quinn's books, big fan. I've started re-reading the Marriage Game series and leaving reviews that hopefully will help others pick a good story to spend their time with. Would you like to be a second choice, a sort of consolation prize? Me neither. Unfortunately Miss Anna Marsh thinks just this very thing. Sebastian, Baron Rutherford, has been her hearts desire all her life. He was her brothers best friend and her champion and hero. He's spent the past few years dancing attendance on her best friend, Lady Phoebe, and pretty much ignoring Anna. Ouch. With the season a bust she heads home to Kent, there's business to take care of anyway. With her brothers death the burden of running things has fallen to Anna. With Lady Phoebe engaged Rutherford can't hide behind her anymore. He's used her friendship to avoid matchmaking mamas and cover his work for the crown. Sebastian has always assumed he would marry Anna, someday. In his mind she's still a child and when he looks up, uh-oh, she's grown and husband hunting (not him!) Boy, is he kicking himself in the rear end. He asked Anna to marry him and she said no!?!? What? Why? As he's beginning to understand that he's an idiot the crown sends him home to check out a smuggling ring. Oh well, it'll give him a chance to convince Anna that he's the one for her. She puts him through his paces but of course he prevails. Happy ending. You might not guess the mystery conclusion so I'll keep quiet. Ms Quinn is terrific at secondary characters that are interesting, we come to like and care about them This story gives us Anna's brother, Harry, and a young lady he meets while travelling home. It's good, it's a little hot, and you're rooting for them. We're treated to another couples story as a lead in to the next book. It sounds good and somehow I've never read it. Quelle horreur, I may have to lay down with a cool cloth for my forehead. Don't miss this series, it's sooo good. Happy reading.
Elaine-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Another great book. I love that she makes the women strong and not waiting for the heroes to rescue them every time. I love how the women feel more modern for their times. A great feel good love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit chopy with all the story lines but a solid book. Great characters and well developed plot.
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Wonderful story full of spies, intrigue and romance!
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tonibAO More than 1 year ago
was a fast read I did not want to stop at night it was so good.
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vivid13 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the second book in the series. Anna and the book are full of surprising. I cannot wait for the third book in the series.
Lisascrapbooker More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a very strong young woman who knows her mind, what she wants and goes about getting it. Miss Anna Marsh is responsible for so many things; running the house hold’s (in town and the country), she is feeling torn between her estranged parents and has discovered that the man she wants is looking for something totally different in a wife than what she is! She misses her brother, Harry, very much and has a secret that Harry charged her with. She is the toast of the ton, but refused numerous offers of marriage.  Sebastian, Baron Rutherford, has known Anna since she was born. He was best friends with Harry and the three of them would wander around Marsh Hill, Anna and Harry’s country estate. Sebastian is convinced he wants one kind of wife and marriage- “comfortable and no surprises.” He discovers that is NOT what he wants and is intrigued with the woman that Anna has become. There are smugglers, men from the Home Office, French spies, insipid men, other strong women and the chance to return love and family to the lives of Sebastian’s family. This story is about second chances, having your mind changed for the better and the power of true love. This was my first book by Ms Quinn and I am looking forward to reading more of her books. I have found a new author to follow. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. I have read some of Ella's books and this is as good as they are. Anna is a very strong minded young lady. She runs the local smugglers her brother used to lead. He is dead and she takes over. She has been in love with the local neighboring Lord since she was a small child. Sebastian,or Rutherford as he prefers, has found out he loves her and thinks she will be his perfect , quiet, solid wife he wants. Wow do the fireworks ever go off over those discussions! There are quite a few stories in this book and a few twists and turns too. I think everyone would enjoy this book. I fell in love with the characters and you can too!       
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A sweet historical romance that took my by surprise. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely read. There was sweet romance, thrilling mystery, and some secrets that blew me away. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful romance. Anna was a great heroine. I really liked how she was not going to let Sebastian take her for granted. He'd always assumed that she'd wait for him to be ready to marry, but he had another thing coming when he actually had to woo her. But, she wasn't annoyingly stubborn, either. She just knew to make him grovel a little. She was strong, determined, and a force to be reckoned with. I really liked her. Sebastian was a sweetheart. I adored him. I appreciated that he didn't wallow in denial about his feelings for Anna. As soon as he realized them, he was determined to win her over. He was very sweet, strong, and intent on getting what (or who) he wanted. I thought he was wonderful. The romance was a blend of sweet and spicy. It was really sweet seeing these two fall for each other. They had always assumed they would be together, but now they actually got to know each other romantically. It was adorable. And, there was some hot chemistry between them. They could not keep their hands off each other. I thought they were a lovely couple. I really liked the secondary romance in this book between two other characters. It was really sweet and adorable. And the secret behind Harry, Anna's brother, was a huge surprise. The truth about what happened to him was shocking. It totally blew me away and added an unpredictability to the story. The plot was the weak point. It started off fast, but then it started dragging a bit. Then it would pick up, and then drag again for a bit. The slow parts kept me from being completely hooked, though not enough that I got bored. I was still kept interested throughout the entire story, but I was tempted to skim during the slow parts. For the most part, though, I really enjoyed the story. The secrets and surprises kept me drawn to the story. And the ending was wonderful. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed this fantastic read. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Engaging!  This surprisingly sensuous historical romance is comprised of two loves stories with a third hinted at in the shadows.  The writer does are really wonderful job with the primary tale of Anna Marsh, a smart young woman who is very much herself and wants to be loved for herself and her suitor, long time friend, and neighbor, Sebastian. Although Anna has always loved him, Sebastian has taken her for granted and she is concerned he won’t really like or accept all parts of her. Their love story is a lovely tale of Sebastian coming to see her as the woman she fully is and loving her even more than he already did. The passion between them is spiced with that first set of erotic delights to be enjoyed between two people that are entirely comfortable with each other. Great stuff.  The second romance is less developed but nicely done. I do wish the heroine of this story had been more developed so that this romance could have been richer.  I like the romance of this book very much. The other plot elements of smuggling, the future mother-in-law issues, the parents’ grief for the dead brother, the three littler sisters, the servants, the other rude suitor, and the brother’s return are a good back drop against which these romances unfold.  There is a lot going on in this book but it is well managed.  However, there was a subplot with the French and spying which I do not enjoy as much. Historically, the use of women as discusses foggily in the book is interesting but we didn’t get a really good examination of these historical details. This is likely to happen in another book but I think that book can been done with flashbacks to the unseen in this one. We did not need this plot here and it was often confusing in its connection to our hero.  The French character, who is very grey, was cartoonish (but always so shadowed I could never get a bead on him even though I was reading from his point of view) but what really bothered me is that the first sex scene in the book was his and it was a cold and calculating one.  It made the book feel, in just those pages, like bad erotica. I don’t need to see non-leads have sex in my romance novel.  I just thought these scenes with him weren’t needed and were on the whole off putting.  I really disliked the portrayal of the women in these scenes as well which were very much in contrast to the round sensibility of character developed in the English ladies.  Also, there was a hint at romance between servants that was utterly neglected and would have added greatly to the novel.  Overall, I am excited to have read my first book by this writer and look forward to checking out more of her work because of her efficient and clever heroines and gentlemen that are not afraid of their emotions.  I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author gets right to the story . It was a fantastic love story in the 1800 , during the dukes and ladies time. Very enjoyable read, didn't want to put the book down. Liked it so much I pre-ordered the rest of her books.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn Book Two of The Marriage Game series Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: November 7, 2013 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife...  Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh… What I Liked: I read the first book in this series - The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, and was hopelessly disappointed by the novel. It was long and very boring, and I found the romance distasteful. I almost wasn't going to read this book, because its predecessor was so NOT my thing, but I decided to give this one a shot anyway. Well, I can safely say that I liked this book more than I liked the first book... but not by much. I mean, yes, I gave both the same rating, but in reality, it's more like half of a star. There is something in general about Quinn's books that irks me, and I am more than happy to discuss it in the next section of my review. For now, I'll tell you a bit about the book, and what I liked. Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian ( Rutherford) all of her life. As children, he was her older brother's best friend, and you know how it goes - she totally looked up to Rutherford, and fell in love with him. For Rutherford, he has always known that Anna is the one for him, but he doesn't fall in love with her until, well, the beginning of this book, it seems. But the "secret" part of Anna's life is that she has taken over her brother's operation, an operation that has to do with the French and smugglers and spies. I actually don't really understand what she does (her role in her "secret" life), but whatever. Either way, Anna is quite certain that Rutherford wants a submissive wife - something that she definitely is NOT. So, half of the book is about Rutherford convincing Anna that he loves her, and doesn't just want a wife. This is cute and all, but it is only slightly less boring than the first book's romance. At least the steamy scenes are actually steamy. The second part of the book has to do with Anna brother, and Rutherford's mother's goddaughter arriving, and wedding preparations. Plot: meh. It was more or less interesting - more interesting in the first half of the book, less interesting in the second half of the book. What I Did Not Like: AHHH, I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY HERE.  The first half of the book is really about Anna and Rutherford. I found the first half of the book pretty interesting, and entertaining, and not too ridiculous (on Anna's part). I am NOT a huge fan of Anna. She's supposedly strong-willed and fiery, which is true, but I don't like it at all. Why? It's anachronistic. Men of this time period would NEVER let their wives walk all over them like that. As a woman of the twentieth-first century, I can appreciate the way Anna handles her man. But in the nineteenth century, and before that? Not so much. I totally get what Quinn is going for - a headstrong, free-thinking woman how doesn't want to be controlled. But it rubbed me the wrong way. Anna is TOO intrusive. She is too bossy, too nosy, too demanding. I did not like her, when she and Rutherford decided to tie the knot, and after that.  Basically, I didn't like the second half of the book, for several reasons - Anna's behavior being one of them. The other reason would be the fact that the story kind of diverts from the engagement between Anna and Rutherford. We're introduced to another couple, and another love story. This love story is mushed into the second half of the book... which is like, less than a month, or thereabout.  It was weird. I didn't like that. And the climax? Totally anti-climactic. In fact, I don't even know what the climax of the plot was. If you were to ask me, I would not know how to answer you. Climax? What climax? And you all know how important plot structure is to me.  On the subject of anachronisms (we're not really there anymore, but whatever), there were a lot of dialogue and phrases that were used that were most definitely NOT nineteenth-century English. I think I know twenty-first-century American English when I see it... and not nineteenth-century British English.  And can I just mention how much of a struggle it was for me to actually finish this book? It is so frightfully long, and honestly, I usually have no problems with long books (I LIKE books around 400 pages), but not when the book is, um, BORING. I have not NOT finished a book yet, and I don't plan to do so, but I could have easily started with this one, unfortunately. Would I Recommend It: Erm. Yes and no. If you read and enjoy the first book, go for it. You're probably one of those people that enjoy the whole "I-am-woman-hear-me-roar" routine (in HISTORICAL fiction novels, that is) - nothing wrong with that! But if you didn't like the first one, don't bother. Rating: 2.5 stars -> rounded down to 2 stars. I probably will NOT be reading the subsequent novels - especially if they are anything like the first two novels, in length, plot, romance, etc.