I’m thrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey and to bring you my review of this lively, fun and entertaining book.
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About the Book
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan. Until the day Lydia is kidnapped—and Robert along with her. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name unsullied and expose whoever is behind this devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…
Publisher: Swoon Reads
No. of pages: 368
Publication date: 11th April 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
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My Review (4 out of 5)
This was a hoot. The author perfectly captures the style of Jane Austen down to the chapter summaries (‘In which a carriage should not have been ordered and an apology has unseen consequences’), the period phrases (such as ‘doing it up too brown’ to mean doing something well) and the sly wit and humour:
‘With a gasp, Lydia sat up in a dizzy stupor and came perilously close to issuing a most undignified scream. Had her training at Miss Melvina’s Finishing School for Young Ladies been anything buy exemplary, she might have done so…’
Lydia is a plucky and resourceful heroine and Robert an able and likeable hero. Together they seek to find out who is behind the abduction of Lydia and the attempt to ruin her reputation. For as any fan of Jane Austen knows, a lady’s reputation must be maintained at all costs:
‘A ruined reputation would affect the entire household. Society would look askance at all the ladies of Roseberry should news of Lydia’s disappearance be made known. Worthy marriage prospects for Elaine, Ivy and Tessa would vanish on the strength of Lydia’s immoral influence.’
The book has a cast of characters worthy of Jane Austen including scatty mama and unlucky in love friend. So if you want reticules, spencers and curricles and a Regency romp involving bonnets, butlers, duels at dawn, light-hearted intrigue, tender romance, interspersed with tea in the drawing room, then this is the book for you.
Well done to the author for this accomplished pastiche and respectful homage to her literary heroine, Jane Austen. Although it is categorised as Young Adult, I think it would make a fun, light read for readers of any age.
I received an advance reader copy courtesy of the author and publishers, Swoon Reads, in return for an honest review.
In three words: Lively, fun, engaging
Try something similar…The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
About the Author
Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found– actually, not found –adventuring around the world with her hubby. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.