Duels & Deception
In which a lady and a law clerk find themselves entangled in the scandal of the season...
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia h...more
I think what I loved most were the array of personalities and the humor, though I'm a huge sucker for this time period. I always crack up on how scandalous things like "escorting a lady" or "showing a bit of ankle" were back then.
The first half of the story was really fun. Lydia meets Robert in the first few pages - Lydia being a wealthy land owner and Robe ...more
THIS BOOK WAS PERFECT AND I AM IN LOVE. <3333333
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devo ...more
I loved Lydia. She's head strong and stands up for herself and looks out for her friends. Robert is a good man and a hard worker and the two of them together was delightful.
The plot was amusing and I was engaged the entire time. I enjoyed the aspect of not trusting anyone and was surprised at who was behind everything.
Overall, it was a quick and fun read. The only downfall was that ...more
Well, this was quite dull - and beyond predictable. No thank you.
Okay, so I won't say I liked this book from the beginning - because I didn't. Frankly, I found it boring from the first chapter, however, because I pre-ordered it, I was determined to enjoy it .... Unfortunately, I couldn't really do that.
First of all, Lydia is not your typical 19th century lady - she's strong and snarky - which is fine....if it's done well. To me, she just came off as an annoying character when she tried to be ...more
Duels and Deception, by Cindy Anstey, is not something I would usually pick up, but I found myself enjoying this lighthearted, romantic comedy of the subtle exploration of courtship and unexpected love.
Beautiful Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her entire future planned out—including whom she will marry. Dashing Robert Newton, law clerk to the Whitfield family, has been tasked to draw up her marriage contracts. Lydia’s carefully laid plans soon ...more
Here we have our main female character Miss Lydia Whitfield who is running her family's estate, she is smart and not in the least bit a damsel in distressed. She is engaged to a Lord. But, what's that got to do with anything, right? HA! Her uncle and land agent however, think otherwise. I re ...more
On the rarest of occasions, I’ll come across a book that makes me chuckle to myself with the sheer level of charm. And then immediately look up to make sure no one saw. We wouldn’t want them to think me soft…I have an image to protect, after all.
Duels and Deception is one of those rare books that I would happily define as adorable. Combine a comedy of manners, some YA regency romance, and a dash of mystery – and you’ll have yourself a lovely little book. Right off let it ...more
Well, this book was utterly charming. I read a lot of adult historical fiction novels, and I usually love when the characters flout societal norms for a risqué tête-à-tête...or two. But in this case, I was happy to see the young gentleman acting so gallantly and in defense of the main character's reputation.
It's difficult to imagine h ...more
Anstey's previous book, Love, Lies, and Spies was one of my favourite books of last year. I adore anything to do with the Regency Era and Anstey completely understood the era and how to create a fantastic plot line. I had high hopes for Duels & Deception, and was not disappointed.
Duels & Deception sees Lydia as the mistress of her own household, but because she is a girl, she doesn't have contr ...more
Charming and sweet, Cindy Anstey’s DUELS AND DECEPTIONS is an outrageously clever YA historical fiction that’s perfect for fans of slow burn romance and whip-smart dialogue. I liked it so much that the second I finished reading, I grabbed a copy of Anstey’s first book; she’s an auto-buy author for me now!
Miss Lydia Whitfield is an heiress unlike most her age: she cares more for the productivity of her estate and its crops than she does f ...more
‘With a gasp, Lydia sat up in a dizzy stupor and came perilously close to issuing a most undignified scream. Had her training at Miss Melvina’s Finishing School for Young Ladies been anything buy ...more
Last year, when I read Anstey's debut, Love, Lies & Spies, I was both charmed and hooked. The adorable little historical rom-com was just what I need and had me staying up on a school night to finish it. So when it came to this novel, I was beyond excited!
The thing is... it didn't quite feel the same? I mean, I didn't expect it to be because it was about a different cast of characters. Still, though, once I started this book, it had a similar feel to Love ...more
The two main characters of this book, Robert and Lydia, were adorable. I loved them as a couple and as individual characters. Robert was a cutie pie who was kind and dedicated. I found myself falling in love with him from the first chapter. Lydia was hilarious with her headstrong personality. I enjoyed watching her stand up ...more
This unbiased ...more
“Chivalry and good manners were all well and good in a ballroom. However, being on a lonely road while rushing away from villainous villains was neither the time nor the place for excessive decorum.”
What a delightful story! Fans of regency romances will find romance, comedy, and even a little mystery and intrigue in this novel.
Duels and Deception is told from alternating points of views we are given a ...more
I seriously considered giving this one 5 stars but the ending was too predictable. Still, I loved how clean the romance was, how adorable the couple got, and how absolutely swoon worthy Robert was. Definetely fictional crush material.
This was good but wasn't gripping me. I'm a mood reader and this just isn't what I'm in the mood for right now.
Perfect for fans of historical fiction, but honestly felt much more like a Mills & Boon Regency than YA, despite a lack of sexy-times. ...more
Lydia Whitfield must do everything she can to keep her father's land from her greedy uncle, who will plummet the profit of the family. When Lydia devises a plan, along with a lawyer called Robert Newton, to finalize Lydia's marriage early to Lord Aldershot, in order to inherit her estate faster. But on her way to meet Robert to sign the marriage papers, L ...more
Cindy Anstey has done it again! Love, Lies and Spies was one of my favorite books of 2016. And now Duels and Deception is one of my favorite reads of 2017! I just love Cindy's books. Duels and Deception is a companion novel, set in the same time period as Love Lies and Spies. So while you do not need to read Love Lies and Spies to understand Duels and Deception, both of these books are seriously so good that you need ...more
I read and enjoyed this author's previous work, Love, Lies and Spies, but I enjoyed this one more! Anstey is back with quirky and lovable characters, a predictable but nevertheless fun mystery, a sweet and slow-burning romance, and witty dialogue that is sure to make a reader crack up in laughter.
Review to come.
This book was just okay. Not a whole lot of tension, but it definitely had some cute and humorous moments. I was unable to finish it due to having to return it to the library, but again, I was kind of bored and not super invested in the ending so I did not mind.
I really loved Cindy Anstey’s Love, Lies, and Spies so when I found out she had a new book called Duels and Deceptions, of course I had to get my hands on it. I love historical romance and this book was exactly what I was looking for.
Lydia Whitfield is the main character and I loved her. Growing up in a time where women are supposed to be quiet, marry, and let the men make all the decisions, Lydia stands out as she is smart, decisive, and pretty much has her future planned out. Her plan ...more
This is my first DNF review! I feel a little bad writing this because I usually try my hardest to finish a disappointing book, but I’m trying something a little different this year.
DNF @ 34%
I very much wanted to like this book.
I was utterly charmed by Cindy Anstey’s Love, Lies and Spies and was expecting another whimsical, Pride and Prejudice-esque type novel. Instead, I was ...more
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals and enjoyed the jazz of Beale St.
Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. The H ...more
“Can you think of any reason why two persons who care deeply for each other … who love each other … should not make a match of it?”
“Indeed,” Robert answered without thought, and then sharply shook his head. “I beg your pardon. You were saying?”
“That Mr. Warner is a thorough investigator, and despite his doubts, I believe he will succeed in ferreting out our master criminal.” She stared up at him from the settee, looking quite at ease.
“Yes, Les and Morley could hardly be accused of the cleverness needed for such a planned endeavor.”
“Yes … no…” With a frown, Robert scanned the room. “Indeed, a master … Where is Mr. Warner?”
Lydia laughed, a delightful carillon. “Robert, my dear friend, you were woolgathering. I thought as much; your expression was rather blank.”
“Was it?” Robert was very glad to know that he did not look the lovesick calf he felt.”