A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes. Revell, 2011. 351p. (9780800734664) Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House, #1
This book has been waiting on my Kindle for quite a while and since I needed a book with a mask on the cover for the Book Cover Bingo game I finally read it.
When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. 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 entrance at her debutante ball.
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.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and the mystery kept me guessing. The reader knows just as much as Lydia in regards to who is trying to deceive her and who is on her side. The events leading up to the conclusion to the mystery seemed a bit farfetched, but it was interesting and quite exciting.
I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of upper society in London in 1812. The author did a great job explaining the expectations of society and the work that was involved in getting ready for all those events. Yes, it would be fun to wear some of those gowns but they also required a lot of work and were rather cumbersome.
Lydia’s younger sisters play important parts in this book which sets up later books in the series quite well. When Cassandra started to take an interest in hot air balloons I knew immediately that A Flight of Fancy was in this series. Always did admire that cover so now I have another reason to read it.
If you enjoy mystery with a dash of romance set in early Regency England, then this is a book for you.
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