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Who Can a Lady Really Trust?
A young widow, a mysterious Frenchman, and the threat of
blackmail keep readers guessing in this Regency romance

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Laurie Alice Eakes captures the hearts of her readers once again by weaving intrigue, suspense, and romance together in her new novel, A Necessary Deception (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3466-4, $14.99, October, 352 pages), set during the Regency time period.

When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never expected doing so would put her family in jeopardy. But that’s just what happens when a shadowy figure corners her during an evening stroll and blackmails her with the threat of treason.

She returns to her family just as the London Season is getting underway, and is shocked when the French prisoner appears in her parlor calling himself by a new name, Christien de Meuse, and carrying a letter from the shadowy man.

While she should be helping her younger sisters, bookish Cassandra, who’s about to get married, and headstrong Honore, who’s about to enter into London society, Lydia can’t help being preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Nor can  she deny her attraction to him. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can he be trusted? Is she putting her family in danger or sparing them from harm?

With an eye for detail and in-depth knowledge of the period, Laurie Alice Eakes brings alive the drawing rooms of London’s elite .

Laurie Alice Eakes is also the author of Lady in the Mist 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.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.


A NECESSARY DECEPTION
By Laurie Alice Eakes
Published by Revell
ISBN#987-0-8007-3466-4
346 Pages

REVIEW: Laurie Eakes whisks the reader into 1812 – London Society – into the Regency Era. It’s a world filled with drawing rooms, masquerade balls and a time when women were entréed into society in hopes of a marriage proposal.

This is a fun read and I’m so thankful for the review copy. This author knows her stuff and brings historical richness to the story I adored. It was fun to read about the social rules for women to keep their reputation pure. It was also interesting how most of these rules didn’t apply to widows and how most of these rules could be used to trap a man or women into an unwanted marriage proposal in order to keep a woman’s reputation in tact.

Widow, Lady Lydia Gale, age twenty-six was trying to find where she fit in society. She wasn’t married long when her husband went off to war and was killed. She made her sisters her focus. She wanted them to have a better marriage opportunity that she had so she worked hard to have them presented into society properly. It took all she had to do this right.

Lady Lydia went on a secret mission to repay a kindness shown her husband before his death. In order to do that Lady Lydia had to go places most ladies wouldn’t show their faces. The first line in the novel says, “Entrée into the prison proved easy for Lady Lydia Gale.” I was hooked from the first line.

Lydia was meeting Christian de Meuse, a French man, who helped her husband an Englishman, at the end of his life. This just wasn’t done. On behalf of her husband she wanted to do what she could to show she appreciated his help.

Things get crazy after she visits the prison and soon discovers Christian de Meuse could be a spy. Could she trust him? Would she be in trouble for helping him if he turns out to be a spy?

Lady Lydia is brave, devoted to family and wants the best for them, even sacrificing her own desires to help as much as she can. Because she is self-sufficient and strong willed she finds herself in predicaments that are dangerous to her and her family. She made some emotional decisions that put her life at risk, her reputation and caused her to struggle in her faith in God.

This was a intriguing story filled with mystery and reminded me a little of a T.V. series, Murder She Wrote, with Angela Landsberry, back in that time period. The novel is sweet, fun, romance Regency style, and full of mystery and scandal.

I enjoyed the Regency setting and the minor characters in this tale as well. They were delightful and enjoyed the natural spiritual thread. Stories like this make me appreciate our current time with our cars, cell phones and connivances. It was harder to track down clues to solve the mystery back then, but people were different back then too. They paid attention to their surrounding and what people did. They weren’t obsessed with video games, and iphones. I recommend this book to the historical minded and those who like a good mystery!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

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