Necessary Deception - 4/5 Stars
by Laurie Alice Eakes
Back cover: “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?”
Review: I really enjoyed this book….as in, I really enjoyed it. Lady Lydia Gale, with her hair always eschew and her plans always in a jumble thanks to her troublesome sisters, is just the person the head of espionage can easily manipulate – or so he thinks. Convinced that her purpose in life is to see her sisters safely settled with suitable husbands, Lady Gale is not about to let something like a war interfere with what is right for her family. Unfortunately for a certain spy, her connections to English parliament and her aristocratic tenacity are about to make his life a little too interesting.
Not only was the plot completely engaging and clever but the author also has a wonderful ability for creating mood. It is impossible not to appreciate the raw emotion of this novel as Lydia tries to deal with her difficult father, ailing mother, trying siblings, and the dangerous world of intrigue that happens to contain a very handsome spy.
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