Secrets of the Realm

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Press:Createspace CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 4, 2013)
Author Name:Stout, Bev


Blamed for her uncle's death, fifteen-year-old Annie is on the run. 
Knowing the perils she will face on the streets of eighteenth century London, she disguises herself as a boy.
Her life on the streets is cut short when she becomes Captain Hawke’s cabin boy.
Not only must Annie work alongside the Realm’s motley crew of outcasts and gentlemen, she must also keep her superstitious shipmates from discovering she is a girl.
Annie vows she will never leave the Realm, where dreams are chased, shattered lives can mend, and secrets are stowed like keepsakes in an old desk drawer.
But when her past catches up with her, can she return to the Realm? More importantly, will she have a choice?


Literature & Fiction,Genre Fiction,Historical

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  •     Loved the book.
  •     When a book has the power to take you from the present and thrust you over 200 years into the past from its very first page, effectively blotting out the distractions around you until a hundred pages have breezed by, that book commands attention.Bev Stout’s “Secrets of the Realm” is one such book. With an 18th century canvas, this period piece has all the elements that make for a captivating adventure. Stout’s alluring cover, intriguing title, and beautifully crafted storytelling all conspire to draw the reader into the world of fifteen-year-old Annie Moore.The author paints her memorable characters, their dire circumstances and settings with equal precision. Meticulous attention to detail is evident from her deft employment of nautical terms to her use of distinctive and identifiable dialogue, each uniquely suited to the individual character.From the outset, the confluence of these critical components were destined to hold its reader captive. Stout infused her words with a color palette that popped into vivid reality. Annie, Hawke, Doc, and Symington were not simply names on a page, but living breathing entities whose presence materialized in front the reader.No riptide could steer you from the perfect course Stout charted in this swashbuckling adventure.
  •     I was having a good old time with this book. It took me right back to the days of my childhood. Back then, those were the books I loved to read.
  •     This book was a very nice read. I cared about the characters, and genuinely enjoyed the story. Well written, interesting, and fun.
  •     What a good book!! Loved the characters. Couldn't put it down. Read it in 2 sessions which is very unusual for me.
  •     I rate a five really enjoyed it!
  •     Couldn't put this book down once I started it...Can't wait the author to write more!
  •     If you're looking for a good read with a young heroine who takes on the hard world of a 1800's sailing ship in London, this is a book for you.
  •     I was given a copy of “Secrets of the Realm,” by author Bev Stout. I had met Ms. Stout in a forum on [...] where she was discussing her book. Being a huge historical fiction fan, I was so excited to her book.Ms. Stout’s book she penned takes on the YA genre and turns it upside down. Where most YA book with teen angst and such inner conflict that makes a grown person just want to scream, “Secrets of the Realm” takes a different approach.*****Annie Moore has been living with her Aunt Mary for eight years. When an unfortunate accident kills her Uncle William, Aunt Mary turns her anger onto Annie. After several beatings and verbal attacks, Annie realizes that she has only one option. If she’s going to survive this life and have some chance of a future, she has to leave the farm. Her cousin Erik offers his help in Annie’s escape. Chopping off her hair, giving her some of his clothing, Annie takes off and vows she will never return back to the farm.Knowing that she needs to leave London before she is found out, Annie devises a plan. Assuming the alias of Andres de le Cruz a 14 year only boy, Annie decides that becoming a cabin boy aboard the Realm is her only way out. However, Captain Hawke has other plans. After lining the potential cabin boys up, he decides that a young man named Lawrence is the prime choice. Enraging Annie and fearing that she will never get out of London, she pounces on Lawrence and proceeds to give him a pounding like she never knew she was capable of.With Captain Hawke’s first mate assisting to separate the two youngsters, Mr. Montgomery realizes that Andres has been wounded. Having given his orders to take Andres aboard and taken to the doctor, Annie has finally gotten what she was after; she is now aboard the Realm. Now if she can just convince the Captain to retain her once her wounds have healed.Annie (Andres) does everything that is humanly possible to conceal her sex. Knowing that a female about a shipping vessel is bad luck, she struggles to hide who she really is. Striving to gain the trust and companionship of her fellow sailors, Annie learns that work onboard the Realm is harder than expected.It’s the evenings that Annie longs for to help strengthen her bond with her shipmates. With singing, storytelling and just visiting, she learns that the friendships of these men are what she actually needs. The only problem is that the doctor and Captain are forbidding her to spend time below with all the men.It’s through the friendship and kindness of strangers that Annie learns that her future lays at her feet. However, when they come to port in London, everything turns upside down for Annie. Her past comes to haunt her as she struggles to hide who she was and has become. Will Annie come learn to face the truth and her past? Is she capable of divulging who she actually is without ruining the friendships that she has created? Is Annie even capable of dealing with her own truth about what is hidden deep inside her?*****I can honestly say that for this being a YA book, I did enjoy the story. Unlike your typical YA novel, this one doesn’t deal with all the angst that many teenagers deal with. This story is more of a coming of age and learning to deal with the past that she is forced to leave behind. The main character learns that in order to survive, she has to create an alter ego. It’s through this alter ego that Annie finds that she is a much stronger person than she ever knew.I could see this story having a sequel. The bonds that Annie has developed with all the crew on the Realm would be a great story. Each character in this story has such a great back story. To take those secrets and develop it around Annie, would just tickle me pink.In conclusion, this may be categorized as a YA, but I feel that anyone would love this story of how one person struggles to find what is important in life.
  •     This was a quick read. I finished in one day and I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the suspense and the ongoing plot twists.
  •     Very good read I just thought it would end differently. I think the captain was very fond of Annie. :)
  •     It is not often that I am surprised by a good story, but I found this story of Annie endearing and tugging at my heart strings through out. I could not help but cheer for her throughout, laugh with her, and cry with her. Annie is an orphan that is forced to live on the streets, and her stubbornness and sense of adventure is what lands her the prestigious job of cabin boy (or girl?) on Captain Hawke's ship the Realm. Filled with pirates, daring fights, adventure, stormy seas, and new places, this is definitely a book for every young adventurer at heart to enjoy. The writing was superb, the pace was excellent, and the story left me wanting for more, definitely a page turner. This is one of those rare books that I think younger kids will enjoy reading, and where parents can feel save about letting them read it without any worries. Bev Stout definitely kept her audience in mind throughout, and kept everything above standards. Well done!
  •     I absolutely loved this book. You know those books that have the ability to sweep your imagination from its moorings and sail you away to a vastly different place and era. Bev Stout's ‘Secrets of the Realm", is one of those. Flawlessly penned with Bev’s exceptional and unique writing voice, this story is saturated with an aura of intrigue and anticipation, leaving an enchanting and indelible impression upon the reader. I hated to see it end. In fact, I was so sad when it did, I pined for a couple of days before I could pick up another book. I wanted to read more about this unforgettable Annie and the rest of the characters. Trouble was always finding her, and what incredible adventures she trollops through too. This tall tale reminded me of "Pippi Longstockings in the South Seas" by Astrid Lindgrem. A book that I read when I was a kid. The Secrets of the Realm is a YA book, but this adult loved too..A wonderful piece of work. Thank you Bev for sharing this intriguing seafaring story with a vivid portrait of a girl's life on land and sea.
  •     Secrets of the Realm is a wonderful, enjoyable book for all ages; male or female; young or old; hard to put down. A well written book placing you exactly in a world of correct historical perspective of place, time & language; Makes visualization a shoo in, as character development is excellent. Short chapters entice you to continue instead of putting down; after all, it just takes a few minutes to read on! Am looking forward to Annie's next saga. Perfect for teachers to have students read, or read to them, for all manner of discussion. This would make a great family movie.
  •     A great YA adventure novel about a girl going to see disguised as a boy! If that doesn't spell adventure what does?

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