A NECESSARY DECEPTION
When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlour. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entre into London society, Lady Lydia finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?
Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.
Another Regency I adored. I'll have to stop saying I don't like books set in the Regency period! Too many good authors are reviving the genre with a twist that catches -- and more importantly -- keeps my attention. Eakes' writing style is sublime. She manages to capture the nuances of the time period in both dialogue and description. In fact A Necessary Deception is filled with wonderful phrases that hit me right between the eyes in an explosion of imagery. Nothing like free-falling through a couple of centuries!!! She definitely engaged all my senses and transported me into a different world.
The intrigue is what sets this Regency romance apart from others. Love the way Eakes built it up, slowly at first and then increased the pace until the end was an adrenaline page-turning sprint! But amidst all the drama and action lies the heart of a really good romance. Lydia's 'mysterious Frenchman' is a swoonworthy hero (my highest rating) even if she doesn't figure that out right away!
Eakes has also set up a cast of memorable characters and I'm on tenterhooks wondering who is going to star in the next book in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series.This one (and every other Laurie Alice Eakes book) should be on everybody's keeper shelf. To get a free copy of your own read below:
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