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Necessary Deception, A (The Daughters of Bainbridge House Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Alice Eakes
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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 questionable 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 danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.

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"Laurie Alice Eakes is one of the best storytellers the world has today."--Delle Jacobs, award-winning author of His Majesty, the Prince of Toads

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.

"Eakes weaves the fine silk threads of historical richness, dangerous intrigue, and forbidden romance into a flawless literary tapestry . . . that will leave readers breathless."--Louise M. Gouge, award-winning author of At the Captain's Command

"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

"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

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist as well as 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734661
  • Publisher: Revell (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LQR68W
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Nov. 20 2011
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Can she untangle this web of lies? Oct. 28 2011
By Christina Banks TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A Necessary Deception is a story filled with danger and intrigue. For the love of her family, Lady Gale finds herself thrown into a pack of spies, and she is not sure who she can trust. Who is really telling the truth, and how can she know what is real and what is not. Danger lurks behind every corner, and everyone is a suspect. Will she unravel the secrets in time to protect those that she loves?

This novel is full of adventure and suspense, but I was a little disappointed in how it all came together at the end. However, my slight disappointment does not keep me from recommending this book.

I recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A historical romance with lovable characters Oct. 9 2011
By christianfictionaddiction TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Eakes has written a story chock full of interesting historical details about London Society and the social tension due to the war between Britain and France, providing a splendid backdrop for a story of family drama, new love, and political intrigue. The scenes were filled with just enough action to keep the story moving, while allowing the reader to delve into the characters' minds and hearts and empathize with the difficulties that they face. Lady Gale is a likable character with an independent streak tempered by a love for her sisters and a desire for them to do well in life and marry for a greater love than she experienced in her own marriage. Christien de Meuse, the Frenchman whose motives Lydia cannot quite figure out, is a character who displays the characteristics that all good men should display such as bravery, courage, and ultimately selflessness. Their faith is dealt with in an honest manner, allowing them to struggle in a very human way as they wrestle with their beliefs in God in the midst of difficult circumstances.

I must admit that some of the mystery, when resolved, did not quite seem believable in explaining why the events unfolded the way they did. It simply did not seem likely that so much time would pass between the villain's attempts to "wrap up" the situation and achieve his purposes. I don't want to say more as I would hate to give any of the plot away, but this aspect of the story did not quite live up to my hopes for the book.

However, readers who enjoy historical romance with well developed characters, heart-warming relationships, and a dash of suspense will definitely enjoy this book. I give this book a solid recommendation and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort but falls short Oct. 24 2011
By Deborah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I don't why international stories don't fare as well in Christian fiction but I adore them. I especially love stories that take place during the Regency era. While I'm not a huge regency buff, I do enjoy the time period, fashions, customs and history of the era. In this book, readers are introduced to characters who are debating with being loyal to their country or helping out those truly in need. A masquerade ball takes on more than one meaning as national alliances are tested. Romances with those those in enemy territory ensue. Spies, secret midnight rendezvous and never knowing who is really who are just some of the elements included in this story.

I would have liked to have known more about Lydia's relationship with her father. It seems that it has never really been on good terms. I wonder if in future books more about his relationship with his daughters is explained.

There were many times when I was horribly confused by the story. There was a big cast of characters to keep up with as well as many having disguises and multiple identities. I didn't know who was who or what side someone was on. It was very hard to keep track of in the story. Eakes also has a technique in her writing that I do not like at all. She will end a chapter on a cliffhanger and then in the next chapter we have moved on to something else. I feel like nothing gets tied up or actions happen off screen which is very frustrating. I have found many readers who are also frustrated with this so I'm hoping that in the future Eakes stops doing this because it is something that can make or break the entire book.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about the story. The setting, historical aspect and details of the story were fabulous. As I stated I do love regency era books and I really loved the international aspect of the story. I do want to read more about British/French relationships and I would like to hear more about the characters. I just did not really enjoy the writing of the book. It was just a bit confusing and not as strong as it could have been. I will have to wait and see if I decide to continue with the series in the future.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful tale rich with intrigue and romance!! Oct. 19 2011
By Katie McCurdy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'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 yet!

Lady 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 done!

The 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 more perfect time period!

I admit I was surprised when this book turned out to be just as much a suspense/mystery novel as a Regency romance. What a wonderful combination! From almost the first chapter, Laurie draws her readers in with the puzzling question of who the person is who is blackmailing Lydia. And from that point on, the suspense and romance (oh yeah!) continue to build.

The 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, mystery...everything this bookworm loves!

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Books! Oct. 17 2011
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Set in 1812, 'Necessary Deception' brought me to a time when England and France were at war, spies were everywhere (or so it seemed), and the London Season was just beginning.

I loved 'Necessary Deception'! It was written so beautifully and the story was so believable that it became addicting to read (I especially didn't want to put it down towards the end).

The plot had so much mystery! I kept trying to figure out who the mastermind was, who was blackmailing Lydia, and whether or not there was a spy (or spies) in her midst.

Historical romance is not my favorite genre to read (suspense is); however, since there was a lot of mystery - 'Necessary Deception' almost felt like a suspense novel!

'Necessary Deception' is the first book that I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes, but I don't think it will be my last - I can hardly wait for the next addition in 'The Daughters of Bainbridge House' series!

I most definitely recommend 'Necessary Deception' if you enjoy reading novels that have romance as well as mystery!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I have done.*

"Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. Dec 30 2011
By Lily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is the equivalent of a wet sock. I just finished the book moments ago after being bored through most of it. The intrigue was quite confusing, because the characters' motivations were not clearly drawn out, and the characters themselves seemed like duds. Lydia, the main character, is a disappointment to herself because she feels she fails everyone around her - her family, her dead husband, her country, God. After an entire book of this self-flagellation, you'd wish she would have stopped running from her problems 200 pages ago and just confronted everyone and tell them all to "shut the hell up." Most of all, she fails the reader. Lydia is drawn from the beginning as having tons of self-doubt, and that character trait, does her in, time and time again throughout the book. She is written as a supposedly strong character, but her unwillingness to actually talk to anyone about the troubles her family is in causes all the problems in the first place. That was the most annoying part of the book, and I know, a usual "dilemma" in historical romance novels. No one reveals anything because no one wants to get hurt. I like strong-willed heroines in these types of books, and Lydia, just seemed useless. Her sister, Cassandra, on the other hand, was much better drawn out, and would no doubt make a better protagonist.

As for Christien, the hero, he didn't seem like a very good spy at all. He's been a spy for 10 years, but he never finds Cassandra's blackmailer, he follows the wrong person, and Eakes did not draw him fully. Yes, he's a spy, so he must be strong and virile, but for the first third of the book, he was lain up in bed, so the reader does not get a sense that he's a strong man or very capable. The only physical things we know about him are his sky-blue eyes and velvet voice. But, I never got a sense of his passion for anything or that he was a man of action.

I would say it's something to stick to until the end, but you might find yourself rolling your eyes one too many times.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Deception Oct. 18 2011
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Lydia's husband went to war with France after a week of marriage. After his death, she received cryptic instructions which told her that one day she would have the chance to help a friend of her husband's. When that time comes, she's surprised to find out that she's helping to free a French prisoner. With unanswered questions she, nevertheless, fulfills her obligation. As she then travels to London to prepare her younger sisters for one's entrance into society and another's marriage, she's surprised to once again meet this mysterious Frenchman. Lydia has no idea that her actions have drawn her into a dangerous game of intrigue and secrets.

I grew frustrated at times with chapters that ended and then didn't pick up again, but went onto something different. I'm sure it was the author's attempt at suspense, but I often felt like I'd missed something. Lydia's family was difficult to like and it was easy to see her frustrations with them. Her parents left her sisters' lives and futures in her hands and we never really understood why. The story has its moments, but I felt like there were too many unanswered questions and not enough detail.

I read Eakes' Lady in the Mist and while I didn't love it, I was curious about this new one as I enjoy the regency time period. However, both books were rather ordinary and unexceptional and I've decided that this is just an author who doesn't resonate with me. Fans of the regency time period and Laurie Alice Eakes, however, should enjoy this.
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