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A Foreign Affair Paperback – March 25, 2008
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Liberty's impetuous nature leads her into dark alleys, a morgue, carriages with duplicitous men, and a household full of secrets as she attempts to uncover the truth behind her father's death. She refuses to accept the news that he died in a dual, and she is enlisted by men of influence to spy on the Mandeville household while feigning to be a governess.
Caro Peacock has a way with description. Readers will be thrust into cramped spaces with large, round scary men, like in the passage below:
"The man who called himself Harry Trumper had arranged things so that he and I were sitting side by side with our backs to the horses, the other man facing us with a whole seat to himself. As my sight cleared, I could see that he needed it.Read more ›
The novel is entertaining. The backdrop of political espionage during the Victorian era is interesting and insightful in some areas. The characters, though caricature at times, are also great, especially Liberty and Sir Herbert Mandeville. The suspense part of the story is well done and it kept me guessing all the way through to the end. So why am I giving it two stars? I thought Liberty is too modern for a nineteenth century-set heroine. The novel's language sounds too twenty-first century as well, and it threw me off while I read it. The historical aspect seems well researched, but the actual execution in its language and feel of the time fails miserably. I found it difficult to picture Liberty, a Victorian heroine, roaming the streets of Calais alone, looking for hotels her father may have stayed in. Not only was this difficult to imagine, but it set the tone for me for the remainder of the book.Read more ›
A Foreign Affair has given birth to a new heroine, who not only resolves her father's suspicious death; but hinders a treacherous plot to overthrow queen Victoria from the English throne, and replace her with a caricature of a man proclaiming to be Princess Charlotte's son, cleverly saved at birth from the same people accused of poisoning her. This distortion of a king would be controlled by a group of power hungry men seeking their own interests and threatening to launch England into civil war.
In the process, Libby learns that thanks to her father's exceptionally unconventional upbringing, she has the discipline and the wittiness; she needs to survive an uncertain and harsh world. Although at first she yearns for her brother's support in her endeavors, she soon realizes that left to her own devices she is as capable as she is generous and caring as her father had been.
The alluring way, in which Caro Peacock's story captured and engaged me, it made it very difficult for me to put the book down, and when alas I turned to the last page it left me yearning for more, and feeling a sense of loss for my friend Libby.
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Good story. Not particularly thought provoking. Entertaining. There could have been more character development. Sense of place well developed. Characters were believable.Published on July 11, 2013 by Judith G. Dillingham
A Foreign Affair Death at Dawn, UK title.
I have a weakness for mysteries set in the Victorian era. Read more
I reluctantly chose this book from a shelf of several paperbacks in a beach house I am renting in La Cruz, Mexico. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by CherylY
I enjoy reading about the Victorian Era. This story had a lot of mystery and intrigue, a real page-turner, always trying to guess the name of the murderer and surprised at the... Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by Beverly Debenedictis
A Foreign Affair is the first in a series about the adventures of the resourceful Liberty Lane. It's 1837, and Queen Victoria has just ascended the throne of England. Read morePublished on December 21, 2008 by Ellis Bell
I picked up this book on a whim, browsing through my local used book store. As usual, I was seduced by the nice book cover, but after reading only 2 pages into the book, I was... Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by Amazon Customer