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 entry into London society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman.
Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?
The first novel in Laurie Alice Eake's The Daughters of Bainbridge House is a delightful Regency novel set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and the excesses of the British aristocracy. Laurie creates an intriguing character in Frenchman, Christien de Meuse, whose loyalties are constantly in question due to his heritage. Through young widow, Lady Lydia Gale, Laurie reveals the societal pressures and constraints faced by women of the day as Lydia attempts to manage her younger sisters' behaviour and monitor their marriage prospects. While it dragged a little in the middle of the novel for me, there was enticement enough to keep reading as the intentions of the various men pursuing the Bainbridge girls remained a mystery, along with the identity of a blackmailer. Christophe and Lydia's attraction is excellent and the historical aspects of the time period bring the story to life. Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen and Linore Rose Burkard will be thrilled to discover A Necessary Deception.