And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily #1)
From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder
And Only to Deceive
For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand soc...more
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"Don't fall in love with your dead husband, Kallista. It can bring you no joy."There are few emotions more painful than regret, more specifically, the regret of finally realizing that you love someone, only after they've left---or after they've died. How horrible must it be to realize that you can't tell someone you love them. To come face to face with your own self-absorbance, your own youthful folly, your inability to see beyond yourself to a great love that could have been? A great love tha ...more
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Where this book suffers most is with its heroine, Lady Emily Ashton. She is a young widow, a social station which makes her believe herself to be mor ...more
It was certainly readable enough -- nice and popcorny and fun -- but the thing about popcorn reading is that suspension of disbelief with regard to anachronisms kind of relies on a certain kind of lightheartedness, at least for me.
So when the narrator started going on and on about how she was now Free From The Bounds Of Society, my disbelief went crashing to the ground. Sure, I wouldn't want to have lived back then, but I feel like there's a way to do this kind of ...more
Her husband died whe ...more
‘Few people would look kindly on my reasons for marrying Philip; neither love nor money nor his title induced me to accept his proposal. Y...more
What hyperbole. It was none of those things. But it was a delightful, little, romantic Victorian cozy mystery. If anything, it reminded me of the Amelia Peabody mysteries - except instead of tracking down Egyptian artifacts in the field, the heroine of this novel tr ...more
The protagonist Emily is a rich young widow. She had only been married for a few months before her husband died on a hunt in Africa. She never loved him, never even really knew him. She married him to escape her overbearing mother. A year after his funeral and almost out of ...more
I loved the first page of the book,(as well, as the following's of course...)but that one did an amazing job at catching my interest, presenting a character, with a very dry sense of humour...
When Lady Emily finds herself widowed, she cannot in thruth, consider herself saddened by her husband's demise.
In fact, her husband's death, will give Emily, something she has longed for a long tim ...more
The first part was really slow, but it picked pace until at almost the very end it became really interesting!
Lady Emily married a guy just to save herself from her horrible meddling mother. The guy di ...more
For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after thei ...more
This is the first book in Ms Alexander’s nine (so far) book Lady Emily series of mysteries set in the late Victorian era, but is the most recently recorded of the set. A look around Audible (US) shows that Book 2 (although it’s not labelled as such) is available, as are Books 6-9 and a couple of series novellas. I believe Book 3 (A Fatal Waltz) is scheduled for release soon, although unfortunately without Kate Reading at the hel ...more
And Only To Deceive was Tasha Alexander's debut novel and the introduction of Lady Emily Ashton. It's the late 1880s, and Emily has been widowed soon after her wedding. As she only married to escape her mother's incessant matchmaking, she is not mourning her husband--until she begins to learn about, and share, his interest in Greek culture and antiquities. She then falls in love with him for the first time, until she begins to discover that he m ...more
Alexander, Tasha – 1st book
Morrow, 2005- Hardcover
Emily had only known her husband a very short time when he died during a hunt in Africa. But over a year later, she discovered his journal and found he had loved her and learned of his passion for antiquities. In her efforts to learn more, she learns about stolen and forged artifacts and fear her husband may have been involved in a fraud on the British Museum.
*** I started this one evening ...more
The characters were entertaining and the plot was interesting, if a bit predic ...more
I felt that the characters were not fully developed and frankly almost unlikeable. Even by the end of the book I did not have a clear vision of the characters in either appearance or personality. The heroine even became mildly annoying by the end and her romantic counterpart appeared in and out randomly throughout the story and suddenly they're in love?!
I did like it though. But I took my kids to see Alvin and the Chipmunks the other day, and I liked that too. So that's where I'm coming f ...more
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