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Douglas Childers was the youngest of four boys to a Duke unfortunately his older brothers all died in the war, Douglas' father is now after him to settle down and give him an heir. Douglas however in knees deep in the investigation of the Russian uprise and is currently trying to discover the location of the Russian bomber Konstantin who previously set off a bomb in the Grand Russe Hotel and spy on the Russian delegation that has been staying at the hotel too.
Peter put Olga in charge of an art exhibit in the hotel spotlighting some of the art they have at the hotel. One of the painting she wants is in Childers' room hiding the spy equipment that is what first brings Olga and Douglas together. Douglas is immediately taken with the statuesque beauty of Olga and then he finds out her last name is the same as Konstantin. Douglas decides it's beneficial to find out as much as he can about Olga, really he just needed an excuse. He enjoys his time with her and he wants her to trust him even though he's not being truthful to her until it is absolutely necessary. Olga and Konstantin are cousins but it's not a healthy relationship. Olga is loyal to a fault and foolishly believes he can change but when he gets mean and violent with her she finally tells Douglas everything and after Konstantin blows up another location Douglas finally reveals why he's really at the hotel.
Olga agrees to go under Douglas' protection, she is falling in love with him and him with her, she's met his father and his father approves of the match. But when more of Douglas' secrets come out Olga starts to doubt him and his motives and when it all goes down Olga is left feeling betrayed and she doesn't know if she can marry Douglas after all. Even before it all went down Douglas knows unequivocally that he loves her, and the thought of losing her cuts him deep.
Overall, it was a good read. Olga broke my heart a little bit there at the end. I really hope Peter's story is next, it is revealed (I don't remember if it said previously) is part of the Redcake family, a tie in to her other series. I can just picture Olga's newly returned sister going head to head with Emmaline. (makes me giddy)
LADY BE GOOD is the third instalment in Heather Hiestand’s dazzling The Grand Russe Hotel series and I could not wait to read Olga’s story, as she is a powerfully intriguing character, and Ms. Hiestand did Olga justice. The story is set in the late winter of 1925, and I think the author’s recreation of the era is even more stunning in LADY BE GOOD than in the other books: one can see the opulence of the grand places as well as be privy to spying in a bygone era, and the amount of research Ms. Hiestand has done is astonishing. I so enjoy the tiny and historically accurate details such as mentions of Al Jolson, Chanel and Patou, Agatha Christie, Pathé newsreels, switchboards; the fashion, the art, the political context, the author’s knowledge of Russian names, as well as splendid dialogues with the vernacular down pat.
Olga is just as wonderful as I expected her to be: of regal bearing yet modest demeanour; loyal and determined, and a talented painter, she has suffered great losses and there is a melancholy about her. Douglas is just as complex a character as Olga: an aristocrat whose life was changed by the Great War, he has vowed to keep Britain safe. Ms. Hiestand has created a world that has become real to me: the Hotel, the recurring characters, and I embrace the newcomers as well. It is due, naturally, to the fine storytelling, but also because the author does such an amazing job of making the Roaring Twenties in London come to life with exquisitely drawn characters of every ilk. The writing is flawless, the dialogues are perfection itself, and the secondary characters just as carefully crafted as the principals. The romance between Olga and Douglas is unusual; they share much tenderness but the bumps along the road are not what we are used to see in romances, which pleased me greatly. The conflicts were real, unexpected, and entirely in tune with the characters and the setting.
LADY BE GOOD is not only a beautiful romance, but a terrific spy story as well, and both of them seamlessly woven into a fabulous book. Every installment in The Grand Russe Hotel series has been a very special treat so far, and I hope that LADY BE GOOD is not the last in this fantastic series, because more characters have stories to tell.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.