|tour schedule can be found at: Xpresso Book Tours|
author: Cindy Anstey
genre: young adult, historical fiction, romance
publish: April 11, 2017
purchase: Amazon | B&N
rating: 4 / 5 stars
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 Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. 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 intact and expose whoever is behind the 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…
cute romance in regency era
I joined the blog tour of Duels & Deception simply because: (1) I LOVE historical fiction and the Regency era is something don't think I've about (aside from the The Dark Days Club which will probably DNF at some point); (2) I've never read historical romance and Cindy Anstey sounds like a great place to start because I've read great things about Love, Lies and Spies, (3) OMG, lOOK AT THAT COVER!! It's too pretty!! 😍😍😍
Duels & Deception started slow for me. Lydia Whitfield is about to turn eighteen. She will inherit her father's estate, Roseberry Hall, until she marries. Until then, her Uncle, who currently manages the estate, will make the decisions whether she approves of them or not. Lydia prepares her marriage certificate through the young clerk, Robert Newton. Everything was planned out for Lydia until a kidnapping happened. It is at this part of the story that I find it most engaging and when I really just can't put this book down!
One of the things I really like is the chemistry between Lydia and Robert. Lydia is a headstrong and independent woman. Robert, on the other hand, is an intelligent man with great problem solving skills. I was greatly delighted with the their interactions especially Robert's constant quest to be around Lydia (Robert is definitely a man to swoon for)!
Another thing I love about Duels & Deception is the description of the era. I love how the writing makes you feel like you're in a historical setting -- one that involves a lot a flowery faking and formalities were women gossip over who's with who and which man is available and suitable to marry. Cindy Anstey's descriptions are also very great -- engaging and vivid. She will really put you in her characters' shoes!
OVERALL, Duels & Deception is an engaging and vividly written young adult historical romance full of witty dialogues and cute romance! It's definitely a must read if: (1) you like light and humorous reads, and (2) historical romance and fiction
about the author
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.
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