Item description for In The Company Of Secrets (Postcards From Pullman #1) by Judith Miller...
Overview Olivia Mott didn't intend to lie. Somehow, it just happened. And wasn't it all Lady Charlotte's fault anyway? Now Olivia's position as assistant chef at Pullman's elegant Hotel Florence is dependant upon her keeping her secrets. And sometimes lies have a way of leading to other lies. Should Olivia admit her real past and accept the consequences or keep quiet in order to preserve her comfortable new circumstances? Deception seems to be part of everyday life in the company town of Pullman, Illinois, where the grand Pullman Palace Car is manufactured. Samuel Howard, Olivia's friend and the town manager, seems to think everything is fine, but Olivia observes something quite different. Could it be that Olivia is not the only one harboring secrets?
Publishers Description The truth could cost her everything.... Olivia Mott didn't intend to lie. Somehow, it just happened. And wasn't it all Lady Charlotte's fault anyway? Now Olivia's position as assistant chef at Pullman's elegant Hotel Florence is dependant upon her keeping her secrets. And sometimes lies have a way of leading to other lies. Should Olivia admit her real past and accept the consequences or keep quiet in order to preserve her comfortable new circumstances? Deception seems to be part of everyday life in the company town of Pullman, Illinois, where the grand Pullman Palace Car is manufactured. Samuel Howard, Olivia's friend and the town manager, seems to think everything is fine, but Olivia observes something quite different. Could it be that Olivia is not the only one harboring secrets?
Citations And Professional Reviews In The Company Of Secrets (Postcards From Pullman #1) by Judith Miller has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 04/01/2007 page 79
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.37" Width: 6.73" Height: 1.04" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Postcards From Pullman
Series Number 1
ISBN 0764202766 ISBN13 9780764202766
Availability 0 units.
More About Judith Miller
Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Judith Miller currently resides in Topeka, in the state of Kansas. Judith Miller was born in 1944.
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Reviews - What do customers think about In The Company Of Secrets?
Postcards from Pullman books 1-3 Sep 15, 2009
I haven't started these yet. I loved the Freedom's Path series and look forward to these. She is a great writer!
Can't Wait to Read the Rest! Jan 4, 2009
Olivia Mott and her employer's daughter, Lady Charlotte, escape to America harboring all sorts of secrets. Olivia has relied on Lady Charlotte to provide her with a recommendation so that she can get a job at the prestigious Hotel Florence when they arrive in Pullman. Unfortunately for Olivia, Lady Charlotte's recommendation is so exaggerated that Olivia wonders how she will live up to her new boss's expectations! Lady Charlotte, meanwhile, must lie and claim to be a widow when she discovers she is pregnant from an affair. Nightly, Olivia and Charlotte literally have to compare notes so that each other knows what lies have been told to cover up previous lies.
Olivia also manages to capture the attention of two different men in town. Samuel Howard serves as a town manager of sorts for Mr. Pullman, the founder of the town, and Fred DeVault is a local employee. Mr. Howard would like to have Olivia all to himself at all times, while Olivia is developing a great affection toward Fred.
All the while, Olivia feels so guilty for all the lies that she must continue to tell. How can she ever pray to God, much less sit in church, when she knows her life is full of so much deceit?
This was my first experience with Judith Miller's writing, and I loved every minute of it. From the very beginning, In the Company of Secrets is filled with beautiful descriptions and a wonderful history of the town of Pullman, Illinois. Just a warning--be prepared to be left hanging because you will have no choice but to read book 2 to know the rest of the story!
So so book Oct 22, 2008
Just a so-so read. A bit preachy about lying and deception. We get it already. She was fleeing a potential rape situation so had to make up a story for her safety.
Interesting historical details and a strong Christian theme will make this perfect for fans of the inspirational historical genr Aug 18, 2008
Inspirational historical fiction author Judith Miller begins her Postcards from Pullman series with IN THE COMPANY OF SECRETS, a good introduction to a famous Illinois town from the past. An entertaining storyline, replete with interesting characters, intrigue, romance, deception and even recipes, will help hold readers' attention.
The novel opens in London in 1892, where scullery maid Olivia Mott dreams of becoming a renowned chef. She is being chased around the kitchen by the Countess's randy head chef, humorously named Chef Mallard. He wants Olivia to do more than stir the sauces, so she escapes with Lady Charlotte Spencer (who has her own set of troubles) to Pullman, Illinois, where her cousin Albert lives, and Olivia and Charlotte hope to begin new lives. There, using falsified references, Olivia signs on with Chef René, a kindly, rotund and fatherly Frenchman.
In America, Olivia discovers the truth to the old adage, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." One lie leads to another...and another...and another, and soon she and Lady Charlotte are writing out pages of their fake biographies so they can memorize their false history and keep it straight. Of course, it's only a matter of time before things go awry, and Miller keeps the pages turning as she narrates their foibles.
As you'd expect in the first book of a series, Miller spends much of the narrative building up future storylines and fleshing out her characters. Samuel Howard is delightfully dubious --- readers won't know whether he's a gallant widower or a devious tool of the Pullman corporation. Lady Charlotte's story contains enough surprises that will invite readers to explore the sequel, and Olivia's romantic interests that wobble between Samuel and her cousin Albert's roommate, Fred DeVault, provide some needed tension and entertaining moments.
Readers will find the complete plan of salvation outlined in the novel as Olivia wrestles with questions of faith and integrity. Her Christian mentor, Fred's mother (known as Mrs. DeVault), is always ready with a delicious hot meal, ideas about God and some motherly advice, which will endear her to readers (even as they wonder if she is a little too good to be true).
There are a few glitches. Mechanical detail bogs down the flow of the story in some places ("Olivia's starched white cap wobbled precariously above her left eyebrow..."), and the narrative can become wordy ("Before embarking on this journey, never before had she been privy to such luxury and elegance.") Characters pout, grin and giggle far too much, and things routinely "sparkle."
But these problems don't detract much from the engrossing historical context in which Miller sets her story. Pullman was the first planned industrial town, wrapped around the famous Pullman railroad car business in the late 19th century. Today, Pullman has been annexed by the city of Chicago and is a National, State and City Landmark historical site. Miller's visit to Pullman to research her novel pays off in the many rich details she weaves into the plot. Her interesting setting --- and the pros and cons of a planned community such as this one --- are some of the strong points of the novel. A few recipes, based on events in the story, look yummy, including "Olivia's Chicken Salad Puffs" and "Mrs. Mott's Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie."
Those who appreciate history but enjoy it drenched in inspirational content and romance should find IN THE COMPANY OF SECRETS exactly to their taste. The end of the novel leaves several loose ends dangling, which will whet the appetites of readers for the promised sequel.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Be Aware this isn't a complete novel Apr 13, 2008
I love historical novels and was interested in this fresh setting and situation. But early on I had reservations. For one thing I couldn't envision how it would be possible for Charlotte, A high class English Lady to be able to have a dalliance with a man who visits her parents home. With servants and her parents about, how on earth did she find an opportunity for physical intimacy in the drawing room? The characters are well drawn and the research is wonderful with all the information about Pullman. But as one other reviewer alluded, the ending was a shock-- not because of a dramatic shift but because this isn't a complete novel but more like an ongoing soap opera where there is no ending. As long as you don't mind reading an episode or else waiting for the entire series to be published so you can find out what happens, this is a great story. On the cover it says Postcards from PUllman 1. But nothing hints that it isn't a stand alone story.