Book Review: The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich

secret blissTitle: The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich

Author: Marcia Lynn McClure

Series: Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue #2

Released: August 18, 2014


Book Excerpt: 

Blanche’s pretty forehead puckered with a slight frown. “You don’t like Fox as much as he likes you, do you, Calliope? You’re not in love with him.” 

Calliope silently scolded herself for having let her countenance and words reveal her secret to Blanche. The truth was that she was not as sweet on Fox Montrose as he was on her. Yet there were secrets in her heart that could never be revealed to anyone—not even to Blanche, not even to Calliope’s own sisters. 

Therefore, she chose a counter maneuver with which to distract Blanche and said, “Oh, I adore Fox! I just think these things may take time, you know, for me to…to…” 

“To really fall in love with him, you mean,” Blanche finished. 

“Yes. Perhaps that is what I mean,” Calliope responded. 

Yet as they neared the Montrose house, trepidation welled up in Calliope’s bosom, for she knew that if she hadn’t fallen in love with Fox Montrose by now, she never would. Furthermore, she didn’t want to. 

A secret bliss was nestled deep inside Calliope Ipswich. It had been nestled there from nearly the moment the Ipswich family had arrived in Meadowlark Lake all those months past. And though it was a bliss she owned in knowing something about herself that even her own sisters did not know, it likewise brought her pain at times—for it was the very reason she knew she would never fall in love with Fox Montrose. Calliope’s love was already spoken for—and no one in all the wide world, save Calliope Ipswich herself, would ever know it. 



This is the most recent Marcia Lynn McClure book and is book 2 in the Three Little Girls Dressed in Blue series. Book 3 releases later this month. Although I’m thinking after reading this one we might need a follow up so we can get the 4th sister’s story when Shay grows up…

I’ve really enjoyed reading all of Marcia’s books. This one was no exception. It was a nice sweet escape.

The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich follows Marcia’s typical story line but that is not a detraction for me but rather the reason why I love her books. I pick them up knowing what I will get and have not yet been disappointed. As always we have a handsome swoon worthy hero, lots of passionate kissing and of course Marcia’s signature scene where the hero removes his shirt.

I love that all of Marcia’s characters are good people with good hearts. The hero in this one starts off as a secret so I won’t reveal his name but I loved him. I had never heard of a Tom Thumb wedding and found the author notes at the back to be interesting.

If you love clean romance then give one of Marcia’s books a try. However this is not the one to start with because it is part 2 in a series.

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it

Content: mild language and passionate kissing

Source: Review copy

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  1. This series sounds great, I’m definitely going to check it out on amazon!