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The Secret Rooms
The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret | Catherine Bailey
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After the Ninth Duke of Rutland, one of the wealthiest men in Britain, died alone in the Rutland family archives in Belvoir Castle on April 21, 1940, his son and heir ordered the room sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became the first historian given access. She discovered a mystery: The Duke had painstakingly erased three periods of his life from all family records -- but why? As Bailey uncovers the answers, she provides an intimate portrait of the very top of British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I.
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Lexeegee
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I received this book in the #cupidgoespostal swap from @Savedbygrace I loved the mystery of this story and the way the author was able to piece together the story from a collection of letters.

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Lexeegee
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...‘vile torrent of gravy and steaming putrefying blood‘. That‘s the best descriptive phrase I‘ve seen in a long time.

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Lexeegee
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Real life mystery is my favorite. Plus, a really good lunch.

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Lexeegee
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Lunch and a New book!

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Lexeegee
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@Savedbygrace thank you so much for my valentine gooodies! I can‘t wait to read them. Happy Valentines Day! #cupidgoespostal

Savedbygrace You're welcome; I hope you like them! 💓 11mo
Slajaunie The secret room sounds intriguing. 11mo
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Amanda.T
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Literary_Siren
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I‘m 151 paged into this surprisingly true story. I know it‘s been rated so-so and been panned by other Littens. But I find it to be (already) equal parts fascinating and heartbreaking. Reading true stories (or semi-fictional) like this just make me want to visit Great Britain and visit all the places I read about.

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Bookishlie
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A solid 3.5. Very dry in places and that's a lot of buildup to nothing earth shattering. But the buildup and history told mostly through letters is a very interesting and enough to keep you reading.

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LeslieO
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This is how I read. Stack of books, glass of wine, comfy chair. #howyouread #RIOTGRAMS

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LeslieO
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A sinus infection has allowed me to stay home and read this one all day. Loving it! What could be better than "a haunted castle, a plotting duchess and a family secret " #nonfictionchallenge2017

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LeslieO
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Here's my pick for June from the #TBR. #junemostanticipated ##junebookbugs

Zelma Sounds very interesting! 3y
booksandsympathy I have that same book mark. 3y
LeahBergen This is on my TBR, too. 👍🏼 3y
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Letterbranch
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There are three main mysteries in this book. The first two kept me hooked. The third, which takes up the majority of the book, was far less intriguing. It is an interesting look at English aristocracy during World War I, and the lengths they would go to in order to keep up appearances and lineages.

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LeslieO
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I have so many shelves! #shelfie #aprilbookshowers

LeahBergen Look at the Goreys! 😍 3y
LeslieO Are you a Gorey fan @LeahBergen ?? We have so much in common! 3y
LeahBergen Yes! 😄 3y
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ABookGeek
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Loving this one. Found it at Books a million in Chicago.

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PennyNotSoDreadful
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Panpan

Initially was excited to be reading behind the scenes with British aristocracy & the lives the accompany it from coal carrier -an actual job title circa 1940(😳)- to duke. However, was disappointed as only a very little of that in the beginning, & the secrets are, sorry to say, a bit of a snoozer.

jessicarenee I like that mug! ☕️👍 4y
Sigritona I also like the mug! 🙋🏻 3y
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PennyNotSoDreadful
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To fill the Downton Abbey-sized hole in your heart. True account of historian who gets access to a sealed archive (of sorts) & the family secrets/mysteries she uncovers. Julian Fellowes might have gotten some of his dialogue from these letters 😉

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