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Duels & Deception Paperback – April 11, 2017
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Praise for Duels & Deception:
“[Duels & Deception] is Jane Austen spiced with action, suspense, and humor. The question is never about their love but how they will overcome society’s demands in order to realize it. Young girls who enjoyed Anstey’s Love, Lies and Spies will snap up this adventure.” ―VOYA, starred review
"A great introduction to historical romance novels for younger YA readers. . . . Anstey’s novel is a wonderful coming-of-age journey filled with entertaining characters and wild adventures." ―School Library Journal
"Jane Austen fans in need of a good new book, look no further. Cindy Anstey’s new YA novel, Duels & Deception, is your next regency romance treat." ―Entertainment Weekly
Praise for Love, Lies and Spies:
"It’s Jane Austen meets Jane Foster in Anstey’s debut novel, which serves up a delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue for a tale that will have readers rooting for love and science." ―Entertainment Weekly
"A great recommendation for teens who are not quite ready to tackle the complex language of Austen’s classics. . . . A cute premise and cover make this a solid purchase for budding historical romance readers." ―School Library Journal
"Love, Lies and Spies is an adorable little romp in Regency-era London, perfectly-paced and delightfully entertaining. It had me grinning from ear to ear, cover to cover. And the best part of all is that it seems to be a stand-alone with none of those ridiculous miscommunications. It really was just a pleasure to read!" ―The Starry-Eyed Revue
"Fantastic romance that I fell completely in love with. The amazing characters and intriguing mystery will make this a big hit with all YA regency fans!" ―Dark Faerie Tales
"I never want it to end. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. Juliana, Spencer, Bobbington, ALL of them are just so utterly wonderful. This is BETTER than Georgette Heyer. YEP, I SAID IT. It even reminds me of my absolute favorite―the regency romances by Jude Morgan. . . . Just wonderful!" ―Kelly Zekas, co-author of These Vicious Masks
About the Author
Cindy Anstey is the author of Duels & Deception. She spends her days painting with words, flowers, threads and watercolors. Whenever not sitting at the computer, she can be found―or rather, not found―traveling near and far. After many years living as an expat in Singapore, Memphis and Belgium, Cindy now resides with her husband and energetic chocolate labrador, Chester, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Top Customer Reviews
Miss Lydia Whitfield is an heiress. She does not harbor very many romantic sentiments, and plans to marry the baron whose estate borders her own. This is far from a love match, but aligning her fortune with his ancient name seems to be the best possible outcome.
So when Lydia’s solicitor sends his clerk to Roseberry, she does not notice a handsome young man- she sees an opportunity to draw up a marriage contract and solidify her future. It does not matter that her intended balks and begins dragging his feet about actually becoming her intended; this is the way things are supposed to be.
But then Lydia- and Robert!- are kidnapped. Who would do such a dastardly thing to such a nice young lady? And then of course, there are the titular duels- those come into play as well. It appears that Lydia and Robert have two mysteries on their hands!
Duels & Deception is an absolute delight. I certainly did not guess the “mystery” portion, and found myself somewhat surprised by the “big reveal”. Overall, despite the serious threats to Lydia’s reputation by villainous kidnappers, this is a very light book and there is a great deal of comic relief. It’s clear that Lydia and Robert care for each other, but they spend much of the book ignoring their feelings for the sake of propriety.
I would absolutely recommend Duels & Deception. This is categorized as a YA book, but I think it will appeal to fans of Regency books. Historical romance novels are known for their steamy scenes, and concerned readers should know that Lydia and Robert maintain a sense of propriety throughout the book and that nothing untoward happens. Anstey is a talented writer with a gift for wordplay and characterization. All characters- both the major players and the more minor roles- bring something to the narrative, and it is such fun to see the interactions unfold. I am already eagerly waiting for Anstey’s next book!
I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and then purchased my own copy of the book as well.
That's a good reason, right?
Oh, and in case you were wondering, it's a standalone novel. It has the same general feel and era as Love, Lies and Spies, but it isn't necessary to read one before the other. You know that I'm a bit obsessive about reading things in the proper order and here it's really okay if you don't!
***UPDATE -- 16 APRIL 2017***
I was spot-on over needing this book as an actual book. I even took it to Easter lunch at my sister-in-law's to read and had a good chuckle over the amazement that I had my head in an actual book instead of just my phone or tablet.
This book is needed on my shelves and will, without a doubt, be re-read over the years just as my Jane Austens have been and will be. Anstey, once again, has penned a delicious Regency romance with a tinge of intrigue -- this time around Miss Lydia Whitfield. Her father had passed on years earlier and she has been managing her family estate with the assistance (or lack thereof) of her mother's brother. When a disagreement about the management forced the involvement of her solicitor to get involved, the solicitor's clerk (and soon-to-be apprentice) Mr Robert Newton entered the picture.
My adoration of this man so far surpasses my previous longings for a Mr Darcy or a Colonel Brandon. From this day forward, all of my Regency daydreams will be his... at least, until Anstey's next book is released.
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