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

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,025 Ratings  ·  134 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, 346 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Oct 20, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
SUMMARY: 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.

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers thr
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
Jan 22, 2014 Abigail rated it it was ok
Frustrating. Most of the catalyst for Lydia's actions throughout the book simply didn't make sense (view spoiler) ...more
May 08, 2013 Kristyn rated it it was ok
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
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.
Christine Lindsay
Aug 09, 2011 Christine Lindsay rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 20, 2011 Roseanna White rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
This and many other reviews can be found on my blog at

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
Dec 01, 2013 Caitlyn Santi rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 24, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2014 Rachael rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2016 Loraine rated it it was amazing
What a fun, enjoyable book. I've been in the mood for good Victorian novels lately and this one fit the bill. Usually I prefer a little romance, a little mystery or problem to be solved and a lot of historical fiction. This one had most of that. I like a little more detail in the historical aspect, but this one was enough for now. I like being able to look things op that are mentioned that I'm not absolutely sure of to see what they looked like or meant. Since they had a variety of implements th ...more
May 17, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: clean
I normally love anything regency related but this book was a little odd. The plot itself was interesting but the execution of the story fell short. I had a hard time following the author sometimes. The story felt disconnected and jumpy sometimes which was hard to read and follow. I noticed the other two books in this series have better ratings though so maybe they are still worth reading.
Mar 11, 2014 Toni rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 11, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok
Gave 2 stars b/c it was a clean read and certain interesting historical details were provided. Main issue was lack of even flow to the story (very choppy in places), low dialogue and loose ends from chapter to chapter. Also, the heroine, Lydia, and her sister Cassandra were too "modern/feminist" for Regency timeframe - e.g. Lydia was "in charge" of her sister's marriage matches and Cassandra was portrayed as an avid book reader to the extent that during a major social event held in their home, s ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Rina rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 1800s
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
May 21, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 30, 2014 Carol rated it liked 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
May 26, 2012 Aerykah rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, books-i-own
What a great book! I've been really looking forward to reading another book by Laurie Alice Eakes and she did not disappoint me. :)
Jun 25, 2014 Cassandra rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped-it
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
Feb 28, 2015 Kate rated it did not like it
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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 really liked it
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
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