Apr 10, 2017

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

HELLO AND WELCOME to the release celebration of Duels and Deception, by Cindy Anstey, coming out on April 11th 2017. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win a print copy of Duels and Deception. Good luck!


Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway



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 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...

Publication Date is April 11th 2017 by Swoon Reads: Goodreads | Amazon

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

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book review rating 3 out of 5

IN WHICH I was slowly smitten...

Duels and Deception, by Cindy Anstey, is not something I would usually pick up, but I found myself enjoying this lighthearted, romantic comedy of the subtle exploration of courtship and unexpected love.

Beautiful Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her entire future planned out—including whom she will marry. Dashing Robert Newton, law clerk to the Whitfield family, has been tasked to draw up her marriage contracts. Lydia’s carefully laid plans soon unravel when she is kidnapped—and Robert along with her. The unexpected turn of events lead to consequences that she never expected, least of all, her change of heart.

Lydia and Robert are easy to like characters. I enjoyed their imperfection and quirkiness, which adds to their charm. While I found Lydia too punctual and practical, I appreciated how Robert softens her, and allows me to see her through his lens—beautiful, kind, and clever. Their eloquent dialect highlights the great civility and manner of courtship in this era. The indirect expressions of their intentions were hilarious, fun, and flirtatious, and effortlessly capture their uncertain and growing fondness.

As for the mystery behind Lydia’s kidnappers, I thought it was predictable and offers an earnest attempt in the way of suspense. I never felt the urgency in finding the perpetrators nor did I feel that Lydia was ever in any imminent danger during or after her escape. Though, I liked how Ms. Anstey used the kidnapping to nicely develop Robert’s chivalrous and heroic traits.

Duels and Deception is a Regency romance that was pleasant to read with some predictable twists that manage to resolve itself with ease. I wasn't as drawn into the story as I’d hope. But I loved that it was a gentle reminder that sometimes love happens in the most unexpected of places and that life happens when we’re busy planning.

{Thank you to the author and publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



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.

Find Cindy Anstey: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter



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