Monday, October 17, 2011

A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes (The Daughters of Bainbridge House)


I so very much enjoyed this book! A Necessary Deception is extremely well written, full of intrigue, suspense, drama, history and fun! Widowed Lady Gayle is leaving the country side to be with her family for the Season in London. On the way, she stops and bails a Frenchman out of prison as an act of kindness to the man who was with her husband when he died. But no sooner has she arrived with her cat in tow to London then she begins to be concerned that she has made a horrible mistake. She is being blackmailed and her heart and life are doing daily roller-coaster rides of events. Lydia soon finds herself quite attracted to, but also scared of Christian Christophe Arnaud de Meuse and some of the people surrounding him. Only who is really the blackmailer, and who is a traitor to the crown? Who can she trust and will she be able to get her middle sister wed, and her younger sister from wrecking her life and reputation at such a young age?

A delightful story written so nicely in the time frame, complete with beautiful dresses, spies, traitors, love, lost love, God, real life decisions, heart-ache, joy, and at least one adorable feline.


About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the MistA 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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"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

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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