Regency Romance with a Twist: A Necessary Deception (Daughters of Bainbridge House, Book 1) by Laurie Alice Eakes

A Necessary Deception 
by Laurie Alice Eakes
Revell Books
Copyright 2011
ISBN: 9780800734664
Like a lot of people I'm a fan of all things Jane Austen after having read Pride and Prejudice in high school I became infatuated with all things Regency--Regency romance, fashion and manners. There's just something about that time period that is so intriguing. There was so much turmoil yet wealthy families tried so hard to maintain appearances and find stability for their families in the form of wealthy (or at least titled) husbands or wives for their children.

In her newest series, The Daughters of Bainbridge House, Laurie Alice Eakes explores not only those husband hunting families and their daughters but the mysterious world of French spies and double agents. Even though it's told mainly through Lydia's viewpoint the hero of this book and his occupation (for lack of a better word) and the action I think make it something a guy would like to read too. A Necessary Deception is not simply a romance but a novel of war and spies! That said if you're looking for a sweet romance of parlors, ices and beautiful gowns this book doesn't really fit into that category.

Some of the characters are from France and the use of French in the book is a bit distracting if you're as clueless about the language as I am. Christien wasn't very likable, at least to me, until the latter half of the story. Granted he was a spy and he did save Lydia's life but he seemed more of a secondary character rather than a hero. Lydia was an excellent lead and perfectly represented the picture in my head of a regency widow--not quite a debutante but someone who found purpose in watching out for her younger sisters and their loves.

A Necessary Deception is a solid start to the series and I'm really looking forward to reading more about the Bainbridge girls. Both Honore and Cassandra's, Lydia's sisters definitely had some loose ends that need tied up so hopefully we'll see more of them as this series continues.

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“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

*I received my complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book for the blog tour.*



  1. Sounds cutie. I'm pretty clueless about French too :)

  2. Yeah, French is very unfamiliar to me. Still... this book looks/sounds really cute. =) (And, for some reason, I think the title is really attention-grabbing.)

  3. you're right, christien did seem like a supporting character! i loved honore and cassandra.

  4. I loved that Cassandra was bookish and wore glasses so she was probably my favorite character. I hope the next book contains zero French LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee

  5. This sounds like something right up my ally. :) Thanks for your review. *heads off to put it on my wish list* :)


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