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House of Secrets

Published Date: July 19, 2016

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Selected as the very best of 2016 by Kobo UK
Winner of our Search for a Star and our 2016 Best Seller!

320 pages


A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …

Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy. .

Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.

After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.

But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …

Winner of Choc Lit ‘s 2015 Search for a Star competition and our 2016 Bestseller!

Available in paperback from most good bookshops and online stores. eBook available on all the major platforms.  

Lynda Stacey

Lynda StaceyLynda, is a wife, step-mother and grandmother, she grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire.

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.
Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Els Ebraert
    Els Ebraert at

    Wow, this was an amazing book!
    Very fluently written story that I could not put down. Families being reunited, suspense, love stories, if you are looking for this kind of mixture, I can say this is the book for you. Make sure you already have part 2 in your possession. I can assure you, you will want to read it as well, because the author knows how to make you wanting more.

  2. Helen Winter
    Helen Winter at

    Fabulous read which kept me guessing to the very end. This book contained everything: suspense, romance, love, happiness and sadness. I loved reading the book and it was a proper gripping, page turning, couldn’t put it down sort of novel. This is a really thumping good read. Congratulations to the author and everyone involved.

  3. Tracey HILTON
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    Wow. I loved,loved this book.
    A fabulous read. I read this fabulous story on holiday and was lost in the book form the very start and I can say not many books grip me like this one did. It’s a must,I I got to know the characters , location and really am going to stay
    in the hotel.
    Can’t wait for the next book.

  4. Margaret Taylor
    Margaret Taylor at

    Oh my goodness me. This story was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. The hero was definitely a Choc-Lit treat. All the characters came to life and the love and laughter brought everything together. The stalking was horrendous and when the plot thickened it kept you on tenderhooks until all was revealed. The finale ended with a surprise which ensured it ended on a very happy note. Would recommend this book and as always Choc-Lit stories. Congratulations to all concerned.

  5. kay campbell
    kay campbell at

    Loved it! Romance, suspense, twists and turns, has the lot!

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