I received this ARC from Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Published by Macmillan on April 11th 2017
Source: ARC from Publisher
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…
When I hear about Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey I knew I had to read it. It combines my love of Regency era romance novels and YA fiction. How could I pass that up?
This book was exactly what I hoped for. It has the aspects I love from Regency romance novels (fashion, balls, foiling high society) with some of my favorite parts of YA (smart female lead, romance, learning more about what you want out of life).
I really enjoyed the main characters – Lydia and Robert. We get to see the story from both of their perspectives (something I always find appealing!) I especially liked watching them realize that perhaps there was more to the other person than expected!
All in all it’s a fun and clever YA Regency tale. If historical fiction is your thing you should totally check it out.