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

Laurie Alice Eakes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Book 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.


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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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734661
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LQR68W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort but falls short October 24, 2011
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful tale rich with intrigue and romance!! October 19, 2011
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Books! October 17, 2011
By Melanie
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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."
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. December 30, 2011
By Lily
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Intrigue
I liked reading A Necessary Deception. It defininitely kept you wondering who the good guys and bad guys really were.
Published 2 months ago by Laura Heintzelman
5.0 out of 5 stars clean cut romance with mild side mystery
I can deal with nonstressful books. I like happy endings. this author provides such books. I also like mysteries, and there is always some mystery going on in her plots.
Published 2 months ago by Athena Squirrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book. Was an easy read that I found I couldn't put down. Cant wait to read book 2.
Published 3 months ago by Katrina Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This was a good,clean Regency novel. More than just a romance, there was mystery and intrigue as well. Would recommend to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The book was well written...the suspense and intrigue kept me interested. The parts related to the characters' faith seemed stiff and awkward... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mdpierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical suspense novel
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 presented into... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nora A. Stlaurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance & Intrigue ..... A real page turner
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a little slow at beginning, but picked up the pace quite well. This is Book one in the series and is about the Bainbridge Family. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars After reading this book, I definitely want to read the next two books...
A Necessary Deception was a great ride back into the past. The author did a wonderful job of describing life in the ton and life in general back in the regency time period in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Britt98
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the right amount of intrigue.
London society's strange rules and government spies make for an entertaining read. When three beautiful young ladies are told by their father to find husbands or he will find them... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L.L.Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Deception
In this first book of her new series, Laurie Alice Eakes sets the story in England in the spring of 1812 when France is at war with England, and the United States is threatening... Read more
Published 8 months ago by lighthouse88
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.

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