Mini review: Duels and Deception

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley this in no way effects my opinion. 

synopsisMiss 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 has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…


This was delightful! It has two clever main characters, a sweet romance and best of all immersive writing I felt as if I was stepping back in time the author is very skilled and clearly did her research. There was only one scene that I felt was unrealistic for the time period everything else even how independent Lydia was, fit into the confines of the era but I’m not an expert on history so I could be wrong about this. The story was extremely predictable but entertaining the plot moves quickly and there’s never a dull moment.

I really like the two main characters but none of the side characters really stood out Lydia’s family felt unnecessary big only her mother and uncle had a significant role. Some of the side characters where annoying the main characters are the only two characters that are fully developed but this didn’t bother me much, the protagonists are amazing enough that they make up for mediocre secondary characters. It’s a lovely book that gave me a few hours of entertainment just like it was supposed to it’s simply a good book. This review is supper short but it’s a shot book that I adored despite it’s flaws and I look forward to reading Cindy Anstey’s first book and anything else she publishes.

divider3Hey I just want to let you know that this book is currently just $8:00 on amazon and the Cindy Anstey’s first book is only $4.65.

Would you like it if I stared including amazon links in my reviews? I only want to do it if people would find it helpful and it would probably only be for books I give three stars or higher.


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