7 Secret Baby Stories You Need To Read (Giveaway)

by Karen Green

A secret baby. It’s got to be the hardest secret to keep because it is a secret with both nuanced, hidden implications as well as the very obvious, very definitive, unhideable results. A woman can pretend she is not pregnant, but only for so long, and a parent can pretend a baby is not theirs (or someone else’s), but the secret is the denial of the child’s history, not the child itself.

It is also a secret that knows no boundaries and is plausible in any setting, for any person, and perhaps that is why it is such a popular, evergreen plot in our favorite romance novels. From the poorest workers of historical romance to the richest royals in contemporary stories, a secret baby seems to be able to happen to anyone. And when it does, the tension rises, the stakes become higher and the passion increases. There’s a lot on the line when a secret pregnancy or child is involved. So who keeps the secret best?


If you like medical romance:

The Nurse’s Baby Secret by Janice Lynn
Nurse Savannah Carter is ecstatic to discover she’s expecting, but before she can share the joyful news with the baby’s father, Dr. Charlie Keele, he stuns her with the announcement he’s leaving town.

Charlie knows Savannah deserves better than he can give her, and pushing her away is for her own good. Now he must win back the woman he loves…and convince her how much he wants to be a family.

If you like contemporary romance:

Her New Year Baby Secret (Maids Under the Mistletoe) by Jessica Gilmore

Waitress Sophie Bradshaw is used to being ignored at glamorous parties, until Marco Santoro offers her his jacket, leading to a magical Christmas evening together… But one heart-stopping night with Sophie isn’t enough, and he invites her to his Venetian palazzo. Little does he know that Sophie is bringing one tiny, life-changing surprise with her!

If you like heartwarming romance:

Her Soldier’s Baby (Family Secrets) by Tara Taylor Quinn

The baby she gave up for adoption long ago is a secret Eliza Westin has concealed from her husband. Wounded soldier turned police officer Pierce Westin was Eliza’s high school sweetheart. And her son’s father. But Pierce went off to war unaware that he’d fathered a child. Once she finds her long-lost son, she can only hope that Pierce will embrace their newfound family. Or will Eliza lose the love of her life all over again?

If you like passionate romance:

The Black Sheep’s Secret Child (Billionaires and Babies) by Cat Schield

Widow Savannah Caldwell faces the challenge of her life: begging Trent Caldwell—her former fling and late husband’s brother—to save the family’s ailing music business. That she’s still attracted to Trent makes things hard; that Trent is her son’s secret father makes things impossible! Now he’ll have the family business, and his brother’s widow in the bargain. But will their romantic reunion be waylaid by Savannah’s shocking baby secret?

If you like inspirational romance:

The Lawman’s Surprise Family by Patricia Johns

Single mother Sofia McCray kept her son a secret from his maverick father. But when she returns to her small Montana hometown, her high school sweetheart isn’t the rebellious teen she left behind. Ben Blake is a widowed cop who’s been through heartbreak, and he wants their child in his life. When her next assignment throws Sofia together with the handsome police officer, she discovers just how much he truly cares about his community, their son…and her. Now Sofia must learn to trust her own heart to reunite a family that’s meant to be together.

If you like historical romance:

The Duke’s Secret Heir by Sarah Mallory

Years ago, Ellen Tatham fell wildly in love and exchanged vows with Max Colnebrooke. But, when made to believe Max could not be trusted, she fled. Now, Max is back in England to take up the reins as Duke of Rossenhall. And when he spies Ellen at a ball, the sparks are hard to contain! Little does Max know, Ellen has a secret… And soon, he must learn to embrace an unexpected heir, and an unexpected duchess!

If you like Amish romance:

Her Secret Amish Child (Pinecraft Homecomings) by Cheryl Williford

Newly widowed Lizbeth Mullet has a secret: she’s never told anyone the true identity of her son’s father. Not even now that she’s come home to Pinecraft and the man in question is her new landlord. Fredrik Lapp may not know Benuel is his son, but the two soon form an unmistakable bond. And seeing Fredrik again stirs feelings Lizbeth had worked hard to bury. Revealing the truth could mean a lifetime of happiness together—or the loss of her second chance at forever.


Have you read any stories of secret babies? Let us know your favorites in the comments!

Giveaway: Answer the above question to take home some secret babies of your own–His Mistress with Two Secrets by Dani Collins and His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret by Joss Wood! Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes May 1, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on or around May 2. For full official rules, click here.

Update this contest is now closed

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Comments ( 30 )
  1. Melissa
    April 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Yes I love secret babies. Baby Bonanza is one of my particular favorite romance books.

    • Brittany Wygand
      April 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Secret babies always make for an interesting story. I loved his secret baby bombshell.

  2. Kathy Davis
    April 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I do love secret baby romance stories.

  3. Vivian
    April 26, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I love secret baby romance stories They are awesome

  4. Ronnie
    April 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    The secret babies in some of the Colton books are great. The mom, dad and child always pulled through together by the end!

  5. Laney4
    April 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Have read lots and lots of them through the years. This month I read Rachael Thomas’s A CHILD CLAIMED BY GOLD and Sarah M. Anderson’s A SURPRISE FOR THE SHEIKH.

  6. marcia
    April 27, 2017 at 8:57 am

    like baby and secret baby stories

  7. Margie Bellisle
    April 28, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Really enjoyed reading Maya Blake’s ‘Brunetti’s Secret Son( Secret Heirs of Billionaires)

  8. bn100
    April 28, 2017 at 5:22 am

    yes, no fav

  9. Elissa
    May 2, 2017 at 10:15 am

    This contest is now closed, and congratulations to our winner by random draw, Janet. Please check your inbox for an email from me. -Elissa from Harlequin

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