When young widow Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreams she will see him again. But just as the London Season gets under way the man presents himself in her parlor. While she should be focused on getting her headstrong younger sister prepared for her entrée into 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 herself and her family in danger?
A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes is the first book in The Daughters of Bainbridge House. It is a Regency Romance/Mystery which makes for an interesting story line. A Necessary Deception has elements of espionage, intrigue, and romance.
I found it difficult to care about or keep track of the characters. I also found the language a bit stilted. However, I’m not a regency fan so it may be just me. The story is well-researched and the relationships are believable. Fans of both historical mystery and historical romance novels should enjoy this novel.