A Necessary Deception The Daughters of Bainbridge House #1

A Necessary Deception The Daughters of Bainbridge House #1➥ [Ebook] ➠ A Necessary Deception The Daughters of Bainbridge House #1 By Laurie Alice Eakes ➯ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps Deception The ePUB ↠ 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 uestionable personages While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entré into London 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 her family in A Necessary Epub / dangerReaders will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue balls and masuerades Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting uest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future. SUMMARY 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 uestionable personages While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entrance at her debutante ballReaders will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue balls and masuerades Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting uest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the futureREVIEW This was a new to me author and I guarantee it won't be the last book I read by Laurie Alice Eakes Her historical fiction is packed with detail intrigue mystery romance and surprises Definitely a fast paced read for regency fiction The two main characters were so strong yet very realistic Both Lydia and Christien were fighting the same battles of spirit letting go and letting God rather than controlling people and situations themselves I did at times get frustrated with Lydia in that she kept repeating the same mistakes over and over But in the end she did learn from them Lydia's sisters added a delightful counterpoint with their actions and problems Overall a well developed plot from start to finishI can't wait to read Book 2 which will again focus on the three sistersFAVORITE UOTES Novels are called fiction for a reason childLife isn't like that at allHe God forgave human shortcomings so one should forgive oneself for them tooSometimes we have to put the good of many over over the good of one person or a fewTheir children futures are in God's hands and the hands of God's caretakers on earth your parentsGod loves you whether or not you are what others think is a good wife or daughter or sister First posted on my blog Legacy of a WriterI’ve read several of the books Laurie Eakes has published over the past few years and all were very good and beautifully written When I first heard about this new series that begins with A Necessary Deception I was eager to find out what new adventure Laurie would think up next To my delight this book did not disappoint my expectations in the slightest—in fact I thought it was the best one she’s written yetLady Lydia Gale made a wonderful heroine I love the mystery in everything from Lydia’s previous marriage to Christien current lifestyle Both of Lydia’s sisters Cassandra and Honore added a great mix into this cast of delightful characters—and ensured that Lydia was forever trying to undo some damage either Cassandra or Honore had doneThe Regency era isn’t my usual reading genre but I do enjoy diving into that oh so intriguing time period I am convinced I could never live in that day and age—what with all the high society do’s and don’t’s I would scandalize myself on the first day without even knowing it But it is really interesting to read Secrets and scandal seem to abound and gossipers were in there element among those of high society Taken into consideration that Laurie wrote a part intrigue part mystery novel with A Necessary Deception she couldn’t have picked a perfect time periodI admit I was surprised when this book turned out to be just as much a suspensemystery novel as a Regency romance What a wonderful combination From almost the first chapter Laurie draws her readers in with the puzzling uestion of who the person is who is blackmailing Lydia And from that point on the suspense and romance oh yeah continue to buildThe dangers that Lydia and Christien continually face as they try to find the blackmailer and the traitor in their midst make for several heart pounding moments Since everything in their society is oh so proper that first kiss between them is long awaited But when it does come boy was that a scene A Necessary Deception has a wonderful mixture woven into a strong plot—suspense intrigue romance action mysteryeverything this bookworm loves This and many other reviews can be found on my blog at wwwbrittreadsfictionwordpresscomA Necessary Deception was a great ride back into the past The author did a wonderful job of describing life in the ton and life in general back in the regency time period in England This first book in the series follows widow Lydia Bainbridge as she tries to determine truth from lies and protect her family while also staying true to EnglandLydia finds herself in uite a predicament when she is blackmailed by spies and forced to help them gain entrance to society She is further dismayed to realize that she is having trouble determining who is truly working for England and who is looking to undermine it She finds herself drawn to a French man Christien but is unsure of whether he is able to be trustedThere is much to love about this book The descriptions of the time period the frustrations that Lydia faces in dealing with her sisters’ activities and bad choices the guilt that Lydia bears over what she deems her failure as a wife and the danger that follows Lydia and those she cares about all add up to a most appealing novelI am rating this book at 4 stars because it took me a while to really get into the book and truly understand all of the players I was a bit confused at first But I am so happy that I persevered The second half of the book just flew for me and I definitely plan to read the next two books in the series I want to see what happens with Lydia’s two sisters and see them get their happy endings I believe that lovers of Regency novels will truly enjoy this bookhttpbrittreadsfictionwordpressco I found this novel extremely frustrating The resolution raised uite a few plot holes Why did Lang introduce Christien into society at all? No idea especially given how everything played out I won't go into the others for fear of giving too much away for those who haven't read the bookI also disliked how the author freuently ended a chapter with a cliffhanger usually in the middle of a conversation then started the next chapter weeks after the event and barely even alluded to what was said except usually in a vague way by the end of the chapter maybeAlso the story seemed to jump about between the plot against the English the story of the Bainbridge girls and Lydia's own feelings both for the men in her life and for God The step between each of these plotlines was usually disjointed By the end I was only reading it to see how it played out and was disappointed with how dissatisfying the resolution was This was actually a pretty good book and I was impressed by it because I saw so many bad reviews just before I got itThe characters were well developed and I found myself emotionally attached to most of them The plot was a little fast paced at times but it seemed pretty even to me most of the way through I enjoyed the author's writing style I didn't find it confusing and I thought it made perfect sense I enjoyed it thoroughly and I honestly don't know what everyone is talking aboutRead my full review hereKellyn Roth Reveries Reviews The first two thirds of this book were so well written I had a hard time putting it down the last third was confusing I kept feeling like I had missed paragraphs and going back to read but finding I still felt their was information missing The resolution to the story felt so rushed I couldn't full enjoy itI would be happy to try another book by Eakes but I do hope that the ending is better in the next book I literally had to force myself to skim to the end of this book I only kept reading because I liked the French male lead character and wanted to see him get a happy endingThe first day I read it I thought it was just hard to read because I was tired but even after a good night's rest it never got betterThe writing was choppy Dialogue was purposely cut off in places where it needed to finish because you needed to know what they were talking about Every scene every play every ball they were there like 5 minutes and then gone I didn't like any of the female characters and don't see what anyone saw in them at all Even the mystery didn't end well The change of heart to and from the father in the end made NO sense at all And what was up with all of the upper lip curling? Are they a bunch of Elvis impersonators? Seriously it was in there like 8 times There are many similar books that are much interesting and better written Read Friends and Foes by Sarah M Eden if you want a good spy book I should have uit reading this one sooner Sorry fans and author but I will not be reading any seuels When I read the blurb for this book I thought looks interesting I'll check it out Much much better then I thought it was going to be The story sucked me in from the start and then as it moved along it just kept on getting better making me and interested We have blackmail mystery murder spies a wedding and a coming out ball to plan what's not to like about this book So why not a full 5 stars then?Well as it got near to the end somewhere in the 80 to 90% range things started to drag slightly and I just wanted to get back to the action of it all This was my second book by Laurie Alice Eakes and for me I thought this story was the better of the two Will I read from her?Yes I'm looking forward to reading book two Over all I would give this 45 Stars Cute read and my first by Ms Laurie Alice Eakes Some nice twists and turns A bit of mystery and a lot of mischiefs A Necessary Deception was overall a decent Regency Romance with an interesting subplot involving espionage a smattering of political intrigue and some incorporation of historical events and issues current at the time period when it was written such as the Luddite insurrection and the assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Percival At times however the plot twists and turns were perhaps a little too ambitious seeming to mae the story disjointed lurching and hard to follow in places There also seemed a little too much reliance to dramatic chapter endings and cliff hangers to maintain interest Don’t get me wrong drama can be compelling but sometimes it’s possible to have too much of it perhaps at the expense of other literary devices like character development or depth of plot I also found I had some of the same issues with the story as others by this author and many othersforemost the use of various Americanisms by the ostensibly British characters which appeared totally out of place for the time periodThese included ‘someplace’ instead of ‘somewhere’ as is commonly used in Britain or a location being several ‘blocks’ away Or said British characters using the terms England and Britain interchangeably sometimes in the same sentence as if they were synonyms for the same country which they are not Such would be expected from American characters but not from British ones who ought to have known the differenceI suppose such oversights or minor inaccuracies are to be expected given the Christian Regency genre is dominated by American authors and aimed at the US market However I suppose I would like a little realism in terms of elementary details such as speech language and dialect especially in a novel that seemed to be generally well researched in other waysI did also uestion the plausibility of Lydia’s notion that a person could be thrown into the Tower for sedition at the slightest hint of any criticism of the royal family How could this have been so when there were satirical cartoons about the Prince Regent? As for the characters they were developed and well rounded for the most part but no always easy to identify or sympathise with Lydia’s desire to protect her family was admirable but her initial attitude towards men was very annoying Basically she believed that any man who wouldn’t let a woman do what she wanted or pursue her own interests was an evil repressive autocratic tyrant – but there was nothing remotely autocratic or controlling about her demanding men give up their careers to stay at home An opinion resembling too much the extremes of militant feminism for my liking never mind being arrogant immature and nauseatingAdmittedly she seemed to realize this attitude was unfair and unrealistic towards the end but a little too jarringly modern for my liking Finally the villain when he was finally unmasked seemed to be largely lacking in any real motivation apart from being the person least expected and the Christian themes did appear a little forced or contrived at times I would consider reading the next two books in the series to find out the story about Lydia’s sisters and recommend this but like the Midwives Trilogy and A Lady’s Honor by the same author it’s not a favourite