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And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
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Mar 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: top-knotch
Recommended to Karen by: by the author, who I adore!
Recommended for: lovers of historical mystery with a twist!
Read in November, 2006

Phillip, the Viscount Ashton offered the perfect escape for Emily, but too soon after what Emily considered a marriage of convenience, he left her a widow with a legacy of lies and deceit. As Emily fights against the constraints of London society, she mourns a husband she never let herself know. The life she chose as her escape has suddenly become a potential prison. Then her late husband's secret life is revealed and Emily's finds herself in love with the memory of a man she never knew and longing for a marriage she once rejected. With a newfound independence and a few semi-scandalous friends, she rebels against society and determines to discover if her husband is truly dead or if she is the victim of a dreadful betrayal.

Tasha Alexander has proven to me that her debut novel will be the first of many. Set in Victorian London, the characters are vivid and wickedly unique. Ms. Alexander's writing style is elegant and nearly poetic in its imagery. Filled with history and diabolical plot twists, And Only to Deceive is a breath of fresh air in a genre that sometimes takes itself too seriously. Brilliantly written.

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