Duels and Deception
by Cindy Anstey
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
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…
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.
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What I like about the story:
Miss Plan It All: Lydia Whitfield… I admired Lydia for being organized, clever and strong. She is not scared to voice out her reasons and she is willing to take risks. However, even a lady needs a little adventure in her all so perfect and planned life, right Lydia?
The Nice and Respected, Mr. Robert Newton! Never mind that he is only the 3rd son of an Earl. This guy is smart and brave enough to follow what he wants and he is not embarrassed to be an apprentinceship. Way to go Robert, I truly salute you!
Here come the Abduction, Duels and Manipulation. I was surprised who plotted the kidnapping of Lydia and the reason behind it. I was juggling between two people, but they were not the mastermind. The supposed to be a duel of Cassidy and Lord Rennoll was perhaps a good move, but hands up with the duel of words between Robert and Barley; you win my heart and soul with that idea, Robert!
Lydia to Mrs. Whitfield
“Sympathy can sometimes make it harder to be strong.” – I agree!
Lydia to Robert
“Being a solicitor is part of who you want to be. I would never ask you to give it up.” –Aww Lydia!
Robert to Lydia
“There are times when emotions, even if they shared are best ignored when the union would only be for the benefit of one party, namely the one less prosperous.”
How it ends:
The birthday ball + Lydia’s confession = Robert’s proposal!
I like the whole story, except the ending, I felt I was Lydia hanging by the rope, but I didn’t want to let go not until I have someone who is going to catch me like Robert! Yet, these two made my heart happy and thought about woolgathering. Splendid novel you have here Cindy Antsey! Congratulations!
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