Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

Posted April 12, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 1 Comment


Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

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Duels and Deception by Cindy AnsteyDuels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Published by Swoon Reads on April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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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 has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until the day Lydia is kidnapped—and Robert along with her. 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 unsullied and expose whoever is behind this 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...
Fans of Georgette Heyer will delight in this YA Regency romance from Cindy Anstey, author of Love, Lies and Spies.

Main points

I SUPER LOVED this book. It was everything I was looking for in a period drama. It was such a great blend of romance, mystery, and historical quotidian. It’s one of those books that reminds me just how much I want to live in this era. The language took some getting used to but I loved it all the same. I wish we all spoke like that. I do sometimes, but it’s easy to forget when no one else does. I did learn several new (archaic) words as well. Really, though, it’s probably my favourite kind of writing. And the alternating POV is a must with romance.

I enjoyed the characters. Lydia was a very reasonable girl. I admire that above most else. Very clear-headed, except when it came to romance, of course, because she didn’t have need of it previously. And Robert was a regular gentleman as well. I liked that they both were very much their own people, with their own agendas and goals, but they came together very easily.

I liked how complicated the plot was. Very intertwined. Of course, that made it easier to tie up loose ends. But it was nice how the adventure was interwoven with everyday life. It wasn’t anything terribly unexpected for the time, although rather scandalous and yes, harrowing. I also enjoyed the emphasis on relationships with family and friends. There was a lot that could have been easily overlooked in this story, with more favour to the main mystery, but it all was balanced very well and made the story appear more realistic. It was quite so. It was funny and emotional at times as well. There really was nothing lacking. It was heartwarming and exciting and scary and frustrating and deeply romantic. There were plot twists galore. Honestly, now I want to go out and find a hundred more books like this to fill my library. It may be that I am in the mood for this sort of thing, but it’s practically all I need right now. It’s definitely a favourite. Very relatable, too.

Note: I think this is the first time that any book reviewed on this blog has received five stars in all of my categories, so congratulations! This a truly historic event. (Pardon the pun.)

  reaction upon finishing

That was the best thing ever.

this book in one word



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About Cindy Anstey

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.

Overall: five-stars


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Great review, Alicia! This sounds like such a well written book! I love it when you can really picture and feel transported into the setting/era when reading a historical! This sounds like a winner for sure! :)