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 soci...more
Some of the...more
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
Her husband died whe...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
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
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
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
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
(view spoiler)[There are many things in this that are charming. I really liked Cecile (although, P.S. book, she and Margaret were more potentially suspicious characters than some of the people we were actually supposed to be suspecting of nefarious activity, just FYI). Particularly when s...more
The Greek antiquities her husband collected become fascinating to Emily, and she starts studying them as well as Homer, the...more
Lady Emily married a guy just to save herself from her horrible meddling mother. The guy di...more
Emily, Lady Ashton, finds herself in the enviable position of being widowed scarcely after she was marries an almost complete stranger. Fortunately for her, her now-deceased husband left her a huge fortune, and so now the world is an oyster for her.
As the months of "mourning" pass, Emily finds herself daydreaming about the time when she is no longer required to sequester herself away. What will she do with her freedom and her money? Her daydreaming...more
The mystery was a bit lame, and this supposedly insightful woman certainl...more
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