mary's book basket ~ "necessary deception" by laurie alice eakes

Filled with intrigue and drama Laurie Alice Eakes newest novel "Necessary Deception" takes the reader back in time to the Regency Era and the height of the London Season. Heroine Lady Lydia Gale is being blackmailed into helping find an escaped convict. Everything she holds true is called into question.

Product Description:
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.

It's been some time since I have read a suspense/mystery set in the Regency period. Miss Eakes has done her job researching the time period and the incredibly strained relationship between the English and the French. Her attention to detail is impeccable and I enjoyed every moment from the ball gowns to the secret meetings that keep the reader guessing until the end. Who is the blackmailer? What is the truth?

Spellbinding, intriguing with a dash of elegance and inspiration. A fabulous read indeed!