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A Necessary Deception (The Daughters of Bainbridge House #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  820 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 entrance at her debutante ball.

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Paperback, 351 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

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 heroin
I literally had to force myself to skim to the end of this book. I only kept reading because I liked the French male lead character and wanted to see him get a happy ending.

The first day I read it, I thought it was just hard to read because I was tired, but even after a good night's rest, it never got better.

The writing was choppy. Dialogue was purposely cut off in places where it needed to finish because you needed to know what they were talking about. Every scene, every play, every ball, they
Lynne Stringer
I found this novel extremely frustrating. The resolution raised quite a few plot holes. Why did Lang introduce Christien into society at all? No idea, especially given how everything played out. I won't go into the others for fear of giving too much away for those who haven't read the book.
I also disliked how the author frequently ended a chapter with a cliffhanger (usually in the middle of a conversation) then started the next chapter weeks after the event and barely even alluded to what was sa
When I read the blurb for this book I thought, looks interesting I'll check it out. Much much better then I thought it was going to be. The story sucked me in from the start, and then as it moved along it just kept on getting better making me more and more interested.

We have blackmail, mystery, murder, spies, a wedding and a coming out ball to plan, what's not to like about this book.

So why not a full 5 stars then?

Well as it got near to the end, somewhere in the 80 to 90% range things started
This is the first book I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes and it was a good (but not great) read. I didn't care for some parts of the writing style - how scenes would abruptly end and then not continue on in the next paragraph/chapter - and that affected my enjoyment of the story. The characters were nice (Christian being my favorite) and I liked the mystery aspect to A Necessary Deception. Overall, even though it wasn't a favorite, I would still recommend it.
Frustrating. Most of the catalyst for Lydia's actions throughout the book simply didn't make sense (view spoiler) ...more
Christine Lindsay
A Necessary Deception, set in the era of Regency England, is a delightful inspirational story that romps with all the richness of a ‘season’ for the ‘haut ton’ and at the same time ricochets with espionage and romance, and laughter.

British heroine, Lady Lydia Gale, tries to pick up the pieces of her life after her soldier husband dies in Napoleonic France. But this strong-hearted and vivacious young woman is left to takes charge of her younger sisters when their politician father and hypochondr
Roseanna White
Laurie Alice Eakes has done it again. With A Necessary Deception she has penned a novel that combines heart-stopping romance with heart-pounding suspense, crafting characters at once strong but consistent with their times, blind in some ways and brilliant in others. These true-to-life characters of Lydia and Christien--not to mention the wonderfully made secondary characters, especially Lydia's younger sisters--will pull you in from the start and keep you flipping the pages as surely as the espi ...more
The last time I read a Regency novel, I was less than thrilled. The lifestyle and culture of that time was so slow and methodical--far different from our current society. There was hidden meaning in almost every action, and one had to be so careful to be seen or not to be seen with just the right people. So, I won't lie...I was a little nervous about picking up another Regency. I was so afraid I would be disappointed.

Thankfully, Laurie Eakes exceeded my expectations with A Necessary Deception. T
3.5 Stars

This is a nice regency spy/double agent type of mystery. The romance and lead characters could have been developed a little more but all in all, it was a fun, relaxing read. The book was almost fluffy, nothing too heavy here, which makes for a nice, cozy read.

In my opinion, Lydia's two sisters outshone her. I was much more interested in Cassandra's and Honore's lives and romances than in Lydia's. They both seemed to have more spunk and backbone than Lydia and they weren't quite so goody
A Necessary Deception is so much more than the cover would imply. It is a Regency novel full of lush characters and suspense. A read that I thoroughly enjoyed, down to the very last page. I will admit that I was a bit lost in the first chapter, but after I got my bearings all was well. Laurie Alice Eakes brings the world and society of centuries past, to life in a beautifully entertaining and page turning manner. Having read other books by the same author I expected no less :)

The whole time I wa
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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 England. This first book in the series follows widow Lydia Bainbridge as she tries to determine truth from lies and protect her family, while also staying true to England.

Lydia finds herself in quite a predicament when she is blackmail
While my introduction to the creative writing of new-to-me author Laurie Alice Eakes was in the first Midwives novel Lady in the Mist. I knew that I would be excited to read more from her in the future. While I’m uber eager to read the next Midwives novel, Heart's Safe Passage: A Novel, it was a treat to have an interlude with another new series, this one a regency.

Her characters are strong and the romance and intrigue are in perfect tandem. Regency novels are one of the time periods that truly
Caitlyn Santi
4.5 Stars!!!
This was my first read by this author and I really enjoyed it! In general (With the exception of the classics, Jane Austen, etcetera!) Books set in the Regency era aren't really my cup of tea. But I really liked the sense of mystery and danger in this one, usually books set in this time are a little slow paced for my taste, but this one definitely had a much faster pace which I loved! The characters were cool, I found myself relating to Lydia quite a lot! I had no clue who was blackm
3.5 stars
I actually enjoyed this one for the most part. I found myself confused at times....the author jumped around a bit..and changed point of views quickly at times. I also got frustrated with several of the characters and their stupidity...but all in all I liked it well enough that I want to read the next one.
I needed a book for a weekend away and grabbed it in a Christian bookstore w/o much time to browse.

It's a clean romance novel and nice story. Only I have higher expectations from editors to sufficiently present more coherent transitions and introductions. In the first couple of pages I wasn't sure if "Chef de Batallon Christophe Arnaud"--his whole name--was the prisoner, the person in charge of the prison or if he was the prison chef, you know, the cook. I had to reread this page 5 times before
A Necessary Deception offers fresh perspective to the rather hackneyed London season - the heroine is a matron, not a debutante! A perfectly respectable lady of quality (and a young widow), she is helping her sisters come out and marry rather than coming out herself. I also appreciate that she is responsible (quite the contrast to her youngest sister), and while she doesn't always make the right decision, at least she uses her head.

The mystery is quite complex - I really didn't know who was beh
I really enjoyed this book. I will read more from this author. It's always great to find another author who can write good clean romance and can throw in a little mystery to boot.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and the mystery kept me guessing. The reader knows just as much as Lydia in regards to who is trying to deceive her and who is on her side. The events leading up to the conclusion to the mystery seemed a bit farfetched, but it was interesting and quite exciting.

I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of upper society in London in 1812. The author did a great job explaining the expectations of society and the work that was involved in getting ready for all tho
This story has it all -- wonderful characters, romance, intrigue and authentic details of Regency life, all woven together with elegant prose. I highly recommend it.
The only real question I am having is that it feels more like a Book 2, as the heroine starts out as a widow with questions about what happened to her husband. Did anyone else notice this? I like the book though. I enjoyed the cats woven into the story. The only thing I didn't quite understand was whether or not it would be realistic for the time period for one of the daughters to worry that getting married might mean giving up her interest in aeronautics. There are several references to the dau ...more
I don't want to mark this book as "read" because I didn't finish it. But I did want to rate it so that I know not to borrow it from the library again. The premise was interesting but I felt the main character was an idiot. She just blindly trusted the thug who showed up to harass her, but wouldn't allow someone else to explain to her exactly who he was. She just kept interrupting him and refusing to listen, even though it would have immediately cleared up a lot of confusion. Of course, had she l ...more
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A Necessary Deception was, overall, a decent Regency Romance with an interesting subplot involving espionage, a smattering of political intrigue, and some incorporation of historical events and issues current at the time period when it was written, such as the Luddite insurrection and the assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Percival. At times, however, the plot twists and turns were perhaps a little too ambitious, seeming to mae the story disjointed, lurching, and hard to follow in places.
Oct 22, 2011 Jolene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans
Trying to atone for her mistakes as a wife, Lady Lydia Gale helps Christian de Meuse, a French prisoner and friend of her late husband, obtain parole. Having done her good deed, she expects never to see him again. With one sister debuting in London society and one sister close to marriage, Lydia's days are full with preparations for the events. However, when a mysterious stranger blackmails her and Christian reappears, Lydia struggles to keep her sanity. Will her preoccupation with Christian rui ...more
I'm probably one of the biggest critics of Regency novels. Mainly because, in all the Regency book I've read, it was a struggle for the author to make the life in that era, interesting. To me it seemed like all anyone did back then was sit in a parlor, drink tea, and try not to make any slight faux pas, or else stories, even the Grimm brother couldn't think up, would be spread about you. Nevertheless, even before reading A Necessary Deception, I knew it wouldn't be "just another unexciting Jane ...more
Set in 1812, in England, young widow Lydia Gale, helps a prisoner who showed her a kindness, only to discover that now she is being blackmailed into helping the French spy on her nation.

Angry at being deceived, all she is interested in to doing, is getting her younger sisters through the Season. Presenting her youngest sister and seeing her middle sister married is her goal, now this deception has invaded her peace of mind.

Even more alarming is the prisoner whom she helped, has showed up and s
A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes weaves a tale of deception so complex that you will be wondering who the "bad guy" is right up until the end.

A young English widow by the name of Lydia Gale is caught in a game of espionage against her country during a time of war. She thinks she is doing a good service to her dead husband when she seeks the release of the French prisoner who had given her husband aid before he died. She never dreamed she would see the man again. Yet, as the London Sea
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Revell
October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3466-4
Genre: Historical romance

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
A NECESSARY DECEPTION is the second book I’ve read from Laurie Alice Eakes, and was definitely the better of the two.

Lady Gale believes her time for love is over. After the death of her husband in the war with the French, and her suspicions that he wasn’t true to her, Lydia decides her life would be better spent seeing her two sisters introduced into London society. After her sisters are accepted into London’s upper crust, she plans to travel back to her simple cottage, paint the landscapes of h
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Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn’t wake anyone else up. Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one. Family Guardian, her first book, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set du ...more
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