A Necessary Deception, written by Laurie Alice Eakes, is a book in The Daughters of Bainbridge House Series. The book tells the story of Lydia Gale, who is a widow after only a short marriage. She lives in the city of London in the year 1812, when coming outs were the most important things in a young girls life. This Historical Romance begins with Lydia helping a French prisoner, and the mystery begins from there. Blackmail, deceit, romance, and spying are all components of the book which kept me interested from the first page until the last. Throughout the main focus of the mystery being solved, we also see the secondary characters of Cassandra and Honore, Lydia’s sisters, and all of the hijacks they get into.
Although I read historical romances frequently, I don’t read books set in the early 1800s too often. I loved the time-period and learning about the British and French issues during this time. The books dealing with spies and mysterious characters definitely kept me interested in Lydia’s life. I also liked the character of Lydia as she was not afraid to follow her instincts, and I could not put the book down. I continually was asking myself “what is going to happen next.” I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical romance and also someone who likes reading mysteries. They will not be disappointed and will definitely want to read more books in this series.
Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
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