A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes
The Daughters of Bainbridge House, #1
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
1812 – England
Pages: 352 Trade Paperback
Date Published: October 2011
Publisher: Revell Books
When young widow Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreams she will see him again. But just as the London Season gets under way, the man presents himself in her parlor. While she should be focused on getting her headstrong younger sister prepared for her entrée into Society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting herself and her family in danger?
Discover a world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades as Laurie Alice Eakes whisks you into the drawing rooms of London Society on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past–and let love guide the future.
While my introduction to the creative writing of new-to-me author Laurie Alice Eakes was in the first Midwives novel Lady in the Mist (click banner below to read my review). I knew that I would be excited to read more from her in the future. While I’m uber eager to read the next Midwives novel, Heart’s Safe Passage, it was a treat to have an interlude with another new series, this one a regency.
Her characters are strong and the romance and intrigue are in perfect tandem. Regency novels are one of the time periods that truly grow on me, and this was well done and obviously researched. Laurie knows here stuff. Lydia is an interested character, but it was truly Christien that pulls me in and kept my hand turning the pages for more.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review*
“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell,
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“With her clean, sleek prose, Laurie Alice Eakes is one of the best storytellers the world has today. A Necessary Deception is one of her best, deftly weaving an intriguing spy chase with the elegant life of the ton in a beautiful love story that kidnaps unwitting readers and holds them hostage to the very last page.”–Delle Jacobs, award-winning author of His Majesty, the Prince of Toads
“In A Necessary Deception, Laurie Alice Eakes weaves the fine silk threads of historical richness, dangerous intrigue, and forbidden romance into a flawless literary tapestry. This is Georgette Heyer meets Terri Blackstock in 1812 Regency London, an adventure that will leave readers breathless.”–Louise M. Gouge, award-winning author of At the Captain’s Command
“Laurie Alice Eakes writes a page-turning story with an in-depth knowledge of the period, an eye for detail, and an escalating mystery that will keep readers guessing till the end.”–Ruth Axtell Morren, author of Wild Rose and The Rogue’s Redemption
“Intriguing, suspenseful, masterful, and romantic–all the things you want in a great book! Add to that enchanting characters with real problems and real flaws who grow throughout the story, and a twist-and-turn plot, and I guarantee that once you dive into this book, you’ll be happily lost in Regency London for the duration.”–MaryLu Tyndall, Christy Award nominee and author of the Surrender to Destiny series
“Laurie Alice Eakes’s novel is a captivating combination of romance and suspense set in the glittering Regency period.”–Jane Myers Perrine, author of Second Chance Bride
“A Necessary Deception will lure you into a fascinating Regency full of danger, surprises, and a romance to quicken your pulse.”–Jillian Kent, author of Secrets of the Heart“A time of romance and intrigue with characters who grip one’s heart and won’t let go–this is the kind of book I look forward to reading when I want to be uplifted and carried away.”–Jennifer Hudson Taylor, author of Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, A Necessary Deception, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
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