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The Art of Inheriting Secrets

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When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime.

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Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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    Kerry
    Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Barbara O’Neal’s stories are always as beautiful as they are poetic. She possesses a writing style I admire and is an expert at weaving tales I can’t put down and crafting characters that, depending what they do, reward and frustrate. They are the best and stick around long after the final page. THE ART OF INHERITING SECRETS is a gem. Fans, new and old, will fall in love with the book’s layers and textures, and Olivia’s journey into a world she never fathomed belonged to her.
    Sharlene
    May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed this book greatly. The mystery kept me turning page after page quickly. Memorable characters and you will feel transported to the English countryside. Will recommend to friends and I give this book 5 stars.
    Anna Bowling
    I now have a new favorite Barbara O'Neal novel, and dibs on Samir as my book manfriend. More comprehensive review coming soon, but if you like compelling wonen's fiction, with a strong sense of history, a mystery for the ages, and gorgeous descriptions of food, an ages-old estate, and a heroine who finds love, romantic and otherwise, where she least expects it, get this book.
    Falguni Kothari
    Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    When several of my favorite things in books (or life) - a picturesque English countryside, a broody British Indian man, a crumbling manor house in desperate need of repair, family skeletons and an older woman- younger man romance - are paired with a gripping prose, how could I help but devour the book in one sitting?
    A thoroughly enjoyable read.
    Michelle
    May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I did not want this book to end.

    There’s a bit of everything here. There’s a mystery, there’s a woman trying to find herself again after her mom dies, there’s a lot of talk of delicious food, there’s adventure and romance. And there are even a few cute animals thrown into the story for good measure :)

    This book is beautifully written.
    You can picture Olivia, devastated from the loss of her mom, finding out that she has inherited a title and a house that rivals Downton Abbey.

    Her mother also left beh
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    Laurie
    May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    How I loved this novel! I tried to read it slowly to savor it, and could not.
    I loved the descriptions of the castle, the gorgeous roses, the strawberries, the views from the conservatory and especially the descriptions of all the miraculous foods that were prepared.
    I was walking along Rosemere with Olivia as she inherits this old, dilapidated estate in England that she had no idea belonged to her family.
    Olivia needs to solve the mystery and find why her mother had fled England many years ago
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    Caleigh Rutledge
    I received a copy of The Art of Inheriting Secrets from Lake Union Publishing in advance of the novel's release, in exchange for an honest review. While my full review will be available on Literary Quicksand (literaryquicksand.com) on July 16, I thought I would leave some early thoughts here on Goodreads.

    First of all, before I talk about the book itself, I have two things to mention. One, Barbara, thank you for the signed copy and inscription. As a reviewer, I was honestly touched. Second, the
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    Natalia Iwanyckyj
    "My first glimpse of Rosemere Priory came just before dusk, when the last of the day’s sunlight fingered the old stones a rosy gold. It was vast and rambling, bay upon bay of Elizabethan windows, with two crenellated towers pointing into an eggplant sky.

    Everything I knew about my mother shattered in that instant."

    "The Art of Inheriting Secrets" opens with these strong, beautiful words. And so I tumbled onto an old English estate, joining Olivia Shaw as she unraveled the secrets of her ancestors
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    Linda
    Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This book pulled me in and would not let go.
    It’s filled with great characters and beautiful scenery. It makes you feel like you are right there.
    I throughly enjoyed this book. It has something for everyone. Romance, history, mystery and intrigue. It’s one that you won’t want to put down until the very end and it will stay with you long after you finish.
    I look forward to more of this author’s work.

    Thank you to #Lake Union #NetGalley for the honor of reading this book.
    A big 5 stars from me.
    Melanie Holden
    May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is an incredible book. The descriptions of the castle, the gardens, the food and the countryside are riveting. All the characters are compelling and fascinating, not just the primary characters but the secondary characters as well. I would love to read Pavi’s story. Barbara O’Neal has written another book that will captivate and transport you. There is mystery, drama, tragedy, food and, of course, romance. Give yourself the gift of this novel. You’ll be glad you did.
    Vicki Mills
    Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Art of Inheriting Secrets was a magnificent book in every way. Barbara O'Neal weaves the story threads through a mysterious treasure hunt and ties them into a realistic romantic knot by the satisfying end. She is a wordsmith -- she can turn a phrase into a vision, waft words into fragrance and aromas. I enjoyed reading this book so much that it even crossed my mind to start all over and reread it from page one. It's just that good!
    Sharon Redfern
    Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    When Olivia Shaw goes to England to explore her inheritance after her mother’s death, she is shocked to discover that she is now Lady Shaw, Countess of Rosemere. The estate includes a decaying mansion and thousands of acres of land. As Olivia meets the locals and explores her hitherto unknown family history, she finds herself becoming drawn into life at Rosemere. A hunky younger man also starts to become more important to her, forcing her to finally decide what she needs to do about her physical ...more
    Elena Mikalsen
    Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Barbara O'Neal is a new author to me and I am so excited to have discovered her book. Gorgeous writing and deeply developed characters. I love this story. It's one of my new favorites. Can't wait to read more of her books. Thank you NetGalley for giving me this book to review.
    Christie Sitterly
    The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal is like the grown up version of The Secret Garden. O’Neal provides rich descriptions of the secret property that Olivia Shaw inherits from her mother. The property is an English estate shrouded in mystery. Olivia sifts through clues left behind by her mother in order to determine who was responsible for deaths that occurred on the estate decades ago, and what led her mother to America, and to never once discuss her past life with her daughter.
    Bambi Rathman
    Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Barbara O'Neal has written an amazing story in The Art of Inheriting Secrets. This book had so much that drew me in. There is the mystery, the drama, the romance and the discovery of a future that wasn't planned.
    The main character is Olivia Shaw. She has lost her mother and has inherited a secret her mother kept from her, her whole life. An English estate that has been in the family for centuries.
    The Mystery:
    Her mother leaves her an English estate that Olivia had never known existed. It's dil
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    Jamie Beck
    Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If you look at my bookshelf, you’ll note a decided preference for historical romance novels. This book is not one, yet it whisked me off to England and a world with earls and gentry and some of the same issues of honor and class that appeal to me in those other books.

    One of many striking things about this book is how it’s lushly crafted. I could picture every detail of the setting as if I’d been plunked down in rural England. I could practically taste the coriander and other spices in the food
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    Leanna Mattea
    May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really felt immersed in this story and the varied emotions of the story teller, and there are many. Olivia has recently lost her mother suddenly, and hasn’t been able to process her loss, when she finds paperwork that entails British lawyers and an inheritance. Arriving in England she discovers that she is heir to a title, as well as an enormous crumbling estate. The mystery of her mother’s secrets encompasses her emotionally, as she delves into a treasure hunt, unlike any that her mother crea ...more
    Regina Mastrogiacomo
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    Amanda Usen
    Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: wf
    So much to love about this book! I can't wait for my print copy to arrive so I can read it again. I loved Olivia's journey of discovery and rediscovery. The setting was gorgeous and evocative, the Priory so richly imagined I wished I could explore the rooms and the grounds myself. And the food! Indian food isn't my go-to cuisine, but I loved learning more about it. O'Neal's books always make me want to cook. However, my favorite thing about her work is the relationships. I love the way they deve ...more
    Lori
    May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A beautifully written story about love and secrets. Olivia is reeling from the loss of her dear mother. She has a great job in California and a fiancée. Then she finds out that she inherits a large home in England along with a title! There are many secrets, long buried, that she will need to figure out. Her mother has sent her on a treasure hunt. She finds herself, love and the life she always wanted.

    As you read this book, you are immediately transported to the English Village. The author does
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    Terri
    Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, street-team-book
    I have loved every single book by Barbara O'Neal that I have read. Her writing is such that you have almost no choice but to sit back, slow down and surround yourself with every word. It's like the story wraps you in a warm fuzzy blanket while a snowstorm rages outside.
    I love the food aspects of O'Neal's writing. This book brought us the joys of the pastries of England and the spiciness of the food of India. It was just one more aspect of the story to savor and imagine. O'Neal's characters and
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    Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    I feel horrible - I seem to be one of the only people out there that didn't love love love this book. Yes - I love how every main character always has something to do with food. Yes - I thought the romance aspect was beautifully written.

    But.....

    Everything seemed so darn shallow and the entire book seemed to just be skimming the surface. Oh this happened? Okay. A lawsuit that complete has no merit? No biggie. I've run off to a different country to claim my inheritance - apartment, job, clothes, e
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    Kandice
    Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book checked so many boxes for me: family secrets, foodie, travel, English countryside, a little mystery and "bad guys"..I loved it. Traveling with Olivia as she unravels her mother's family history was engaging and heartbreaking. I can't imagine learning secrets that huge about your family. Definitely another winner and one I'll be recommending.

    ARC provided by author. Opinion is my own and given voluntarily.
    Carrie Williams
    Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Olivia's mother has just passed away and she has inherited a centuries old manor house in England called Rosemere Priory. It has been abandoned for 40 years but still holds onto some secrets.
    I loved the cast of characters. From dreamy Samir, to his sister Pavi, who owns a fabulous Indian restaurant in town, to the lush English countryside.
    Barbara O'Neal creates such beautiful imagery of springtime in England, a crumbling old manor house and wonderful spicy Indian food.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this
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    Annette
    Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: books-read-2018
    I loved this book and didn’t want it to end! I loved the mystery and bit of romance! It reminded me of the old Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney books I use to read. I will be looking for more of her books!!
    Char Jones
    Barbara O’Neal has written another gorgeous novel focusing on a woman’s awakening under difficult circumstances. This time set in a quaint English village with a crumbling centuries-old estate. 5/5 for a compelling story line, warm characterizations and a setting you’ll want to inhabit forever.

    Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy.

    #TheArtOfInheritingSecrets #NetGalley
    Cosima demaglie
    Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What I liked:
    The writing style
    The characters
    Standalone
    HEA
    Epilogue

    I look forward to reading more from this author.
    Bambi Rathman
    Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Barbara O'Neal has written an amazing story in The Art of Inheriting Secrets. This book had so much that drew me in. There is the mystery, the drama, the romance and the discovery of a future that wasn't planned.
    The main character is Olivia Shaw. She has lost her mother and has inherited a secret her mother kept from her, her whole life. An English estate that has been in the family for centuries.
    The Mystery:
    Her mother leaves her an English estate that Olivia had never known existed. It's dil
    ...more
    Kathryn
    rated it really liked it
    Jun 28, 2018
    Katrina Swiney
    Olivia’s mother has passed away suddenly, leaving her grieving and raw. She finds out that her mother, who’d grown up in England, had left her her vast estate, Rosemere Priory. Bewildered, Olivia travels to England to settle her mother’s affairs. But there’s more to Rosemere and her mother’s past that meets the eye. As she uncovers her mother’s untold past and buried secrets, Olivia settles comfortably in the small English town, learning that she may have found her place along the way.
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