Necessary Deception, A (The Daughters of Bainbridge House Book #1): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entré into London society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she ...
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When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entré into London 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 her family in danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441234100
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Daughters of Bainbridge House , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 149,895
  • File size: 639 KB

Meet the Author

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist as well as several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, A Necessary Deception, A Flight of Fancy, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Intriguing Read

    A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes is a book of mystery, intrigue and romance in England during 1812. I found it to be set in a fascinating time period. The young widow Lady Lydia Gale risks her reputation to aid a young Frenchman in obtaining parole from prison. With a strong desire to protect her family, Lydia goes to great lengths to do so, even at the risk of losing a potential love interest of her own. This was my first introduction to Laurie Alice Eakes and I found this book to be an intriguing read, and recommend it.

    This book was provided free for review by the author and Revell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Regency Romantic Suspense at Its Best!

    Laurie Alice Eakes has done it again. With A Necessary Deception she has penned a novel that combines heart-stopping romance with heart-pounding suspense, crafting characters at once strong but consistent with their times, blind in some ways and brilliant in others. These true-to-life characters of Lydia and Christien--not to mention the wonderfully made secondary characters, especially Lydia's younger sisters--will pull you in from the start and keep you flipping the pages as surely as the espionage and intrigue.

    Needless to say, I love this book. I love the cover, so very Regency and elegant. I love the characters, so very real and true. I love the plot, with its questions of who you can trust, whether a man's place of birth determines his loyalties. And I love the romance, its depth and charm, its scope and breadth. As we watch Christien and Lydia dare to open their hearts, it makes us ask ourselves what we would do if drawn to a man who may just be our nation's enemy . . . what we would do if we fell for someone whose life may be endangered by our attention. How far we would go to protect our families.

    Beautifully written, masterfully crafted, A Necessary Deception is a book for any lover of historical novels, especially those that combine suspense with romance. This is one you don't want to miss!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    A Favorite of the Year

    Laurie Alice Eakes is a master of intrigue. A Necessary Deception is a book you won't be able to put down. I found myself falling in love with not only the hero and heroine of the story but other characters as well. Ms. Eakes did a wonderful job with the suspense, intrigue and romance. She pulls you into the story from page one and never lets you go. You just keep wanting to turn the page so allow yourself plenty of time to read. This is not a typical who done it story. She keeps you guessing the whole way through. Her cast of characters are fleshed out and not cardboard. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Mystery and Romance

    Laurie Alice has done it again! I love these characters! Lydia Gale is strong and confident despite the fact she believes her father never approves of her actions. She loves her family beyond anything else and will do anything for them. Christien is a man of honor. He is a man of great feelings and passion. He struggles within himself to honor God in his actions and is willing to give up his ten year commitment of fighting against Napoleon to live in a way that doesn't compromise that honor. They both wonder if God has stopped listening to them because of the choices they have made in their lives.

    The story is full of mystery and intrigue. I was so busy enjoying the story that I didn't take the time to "look" to solve the mystery until the end. By that time I was totally caught up in the story and sitting on the edge of my seat reading the pages over again to try to figure it out before turning to the page that would give me the answer. Not only did Lydia and Christien capture my attention so did Lydia's sisters, Cassandra and Honore. It is my hope that we will learn more about those two in the next two books of The Daughters of Bainbridge House series.

    I look forward to reading many more books by Laurie Alice. She is an amazing writer that fills her books with amazing characters that grab your heart and don't let you go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    A Necessary Deception

    A Necessary Deception is the first book in The Daughters of Bainbridge House series by Laurie Alice Eakes. Eakes gives readers a Regency period romance from a Christian perspective, which is original and unique. Readers will love the fact that Eakes introduces them to French history as well as English history as she whisks them back in time to the England of 1812. The author's ability to make her characters come alive is unparalleled in the genre. Fans of both Christian Fiction historical romances and Regency romances will find themselves captivated by Eakes' descriptive powers and understated Christian values and ideas. Lady Lydia Gale finds herself in quite a predicament when she realizes that the man she thought she would never see again has resurfaced at a critical time in her life. When Lydia helped a French prisoner obtain parole because he has once aided her dead husband, she had no idea that he might one day turn up in London on the eve of the most important season in her young sisters life. Now Lydia must decide whether he is truly trying to ferret out an English traitor or spying for the French. With her heart at stake and her future, trust becomes more than just a luxury. There were a lot of things to like about this book. A Necessary Deception isn't your typical Christian Fiction fare. Being a reader of both Regency romances and Christian Fiction historicals, I really enjoyed the way the author was able to blend the two. One of my qualms about Christian Fiction tends to be that most of the themes are one dimensional and very over used. This particular book took a totally different direction and offered up an original plot and fascinating characters. Eakes proves without a doubt that there is still an audience for Regency romances that are clean and that provide sound values and motives. Eakes takes her history seriously and it's obvious the amount of research that went into providing all of the historical references and rich period detail. The reader will feel like they've been educated as well as entertained with this one right down to the numerous French terms used in this book. Though I may not have understood every single one of them, I was intrigued enough to find out what they meant just from being so engaged in the story line. I was impressed with how Eakes was able to transport the reader into the heart of England. The sights and smells were so vivid in her descriptions that readers will imagine the busy streets and crowded ball rooms with ease. The characters in this novel are well fleshed out and readers will find something to like about just about all of them. Lydia is a young woman who has had to take over as provider and nurturer of her younger sisters. Since losing her husband she has thrown herself into making sure each of them is provided for. She comes across as very patient and giving. Christophe is very mysterious and guarded. Is he really a hero or perhaps the villain? Though certain parts of the book were a little predictable, the relationship and how it develops between these two characters makes up for it with ease. They are drawn to each other in spite of themselves and it makes the reader believe that true love could really be possible... I recommend this one to both Christian Fiction and Regency Romance fans. This one definitely appeals to a wider audience than most Christian Fiction books and has the historical chops to back it up.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    A Necessary Deception was a great ride back into the past. The a

    A Necessary Deception was a great ride back into the past. The author did a wonderful job of describing life in the ton and life in general back in the regency time period in England. This first book in the series follows widow Lydia Bainbridge as she tries to determine truth from lies and protect her family, while also staying true to England.

    Lydia finds herself in quite a predicament when she is blackmailed by spies and forced to help them gain entrance to society. She is further dismayed to realize that she is having trouble determining who is truly working for England and who is looking to undermine it. She finds herself drawn to a French man, Christien, but is unsure of whether he is able to be trusted.

    There is much to love about this book. The descriptions of the time period, the frustrations that Lydia faces in dealing with her sisters’ activities and bad choices, the guilt that Lydia bears over what she deems her failure as a wife, and the danger that follows Lydia and those she cares about all add up to a most appealing novel.

    I am rating this book at 4 stars because it took me a while to really get into the book and truly understand all of the players. I was a bit confused at first. But, I am so happy that I persevered. The second half of the book just flew for me and I definitely plan to read the next two books in the series. I want to see what happens with Lydia’s two sisters and see them get their happy endings. I believe that lovers of Regency novels will truly enjoy this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

    Did not like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Could not get into the story

    Not sure why but this story did not grip me and I quickly lost interest. I tried reading it over a few months but I only made it to page 60.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Good story

    Makes you stop and wonder what you would do in same situation fast moving very edgy

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Best Yet

    There's something magical about an author getting to write the books of their dreams. Laurie Alice has finally written a Regency romance like she always wanted to. The suspense elements are great fun, and the book deals with family relationships and the relationship between God and mankind as the hero and heroine work through their issues together. Definitely my favorite by Laurie Alice so far.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    A regency tale of mystery and intrigue

    A Necessary Deception is so much more than the cover would imply. It is a Regency novel full of lush characters and suspense. A read that I thoroughly enjoyed, down to the very last page. I will admit that I was a bit lost in the first chapter, but after I got my bearings all was well. Laurie Alice Eakes brings the world and society of centuries past, to life in a beautifully entertaining and page turning manner. Having read other books by the same author I expected no less :)


    The whole time I was reading this book, I could see the characters and the scenes in my head clearly as if on a television screen. I was swept into the plot and the characters, very easily, I really didn't want to put this one down :)


    Regency is one of my favorite genres due to my love for Jane Austen books and the general enchantment of the era, probably because I watch so many BBC classics... And yet, another reason why I enjoyed this book.


    The historical details were woven into the story, in a way that assumed you knew what the author was talking about, yet at the same the historical facts were not being flung at you.


    Laurie Alice Eakes is a gifted writer and I eagerly await her next novel, whatever it may be about. Overall, A Necessary Deception was all around, my type of book. Rich in romance, mystery, the Regency era, spies, etc. A very engaging novel, that I would not hesitate to highly recommend!


    Final Rating: 5 out of 5




    ISBN: 978-0-8007-3466-4

    I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    An intriguing regency romance!

    Lydia Gale felt obligated to aide Christophe Arnaud, the Frenchman who helped her dying husband, obtain parole from the British prison. She never imaged her kind gesture would later force her into being blackmailed. While she must prepare her younger sister for her debut into society, she must also now introduce certain men into high society . . . or face being turned in as a traitor. When Christophe Arnaud shows up in her parlor, assuming a different name, she must determine whether he is a traitor and French spy in England or if the man is truly who he claims to be. While her family continues to depend on her for this important season in her sister's life, she must decide if she can trust this man or not . . .not just with her life, but with her heart.

    A Necessary Deception is a unique regency novel that uses history to the fullest advantage.

    It is an absolutely fascinating story that weaves the intrigue of espionage during turbulent times in Europe, with a heart-stopping romance that breaths life and elegance into the Regency period of England's history. Most Regency romances don't usually take this approach. It's both refreshing and captivating. I couldn't read this story fast enough.

    Laurie Alice Eakes's approach to this novel brought me back to my high school history class when I learned about the Scarlet Pimpernel (while I can't be 100% sure, I think he made a cameo in this novel via mention from one of the main characters). To be honest, A Necessary Deception is like Jane Austin meshing with the Scarlet Pimpernel.

    Readers have started to see a lot of novels that focus on the War of 1812 making their way into Christian fiction. Most of these novels, however, focus on the American point of view. I found it interesting to see this view point on the war from the British.

    While the villain in this story felt very predictable, I believe Eakes delivered such an interesting approach to the emotional plot that taking our time to reach that predictable moment was both enjoyable and entertaining.

    My major qualm with this book that is uses too many unfamiliar French terms. I wouldn't have minded if the sporadically-used French words were cognates. I could have guessed their translation with ease and felt smart. The terms, however, didn't resemble any English words. I still don't know what they mean, and to be honest, the story sucked me in too much to set the book down and Google the word.

    A Necessary Deception is definitely an enjoyable read. History buffs and regency romance fans will love this novel. I believe even those who enjoy contemporary espionage novels will like this one!

    I recived a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

    Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    a wonderful romance filled with mystery, intrigue, and scandal

    Laurie Alice Eakes in her new book, "A Necessary Deception" Book One in The Daughters Of Bainbridge House series published by Revell lets us experience England in 1812.

    1812: England and France are at war but Lady Lydia Gale, a young English widow, helps procure a parole for a French prisoner of war. Never figuring on seeing this man again she heads back home to London in order to help her ill mother with her youngest sister's London season as well as plan her other sister's upcoming wedding. Lydia is blackmailed by an undisclosed traitor into aiding the entirely too attractive Frenchman, Christien de Meuse. However is Christien a French agent set on overthrowing the English government or someone looking to expose the English traitor?

    "A Necessary Deception" is a wonderful romance filled with mystery, intrigue, and scandal. This is a page-turner that will keep you guessing right until the end. These pages are filled with wonderful characters that live and breathe. This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot and am looking forward to the next book.

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    "Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    4.5 A MUST READ SPIES,TREASON,AND LOVE! A NECESSARY DECEPTION BY LAURIE ALICE EAKES....

    A NECESSARY DECEPTION by Laurie Alice Eakes is an exciting historical romance set in 1812 Devonshire,England. Book 1 in "The Daughters of Bainbride House". This is the story of a young widow Lady Lydia Gale and a French prisoner Christophe Arnaud. It has danger, mystery, suspense,faith,love,misunderstanding,traitor,treason,romance,betrayal,spies,family,healing,intrigue,balls,masquarades, and love.It has strong characters with twists and turns. While, Lady Gale and Christophe,not only are fighting their attraction to each other,keep Lady Gales' two younger sister's virture intact,they must also find a traitor and stay alive.This is a fast paced story full of action and intrigue. A must read for any historical romance,inspirational, and Regency romance readers. I can hardly wait for the next installment to see how the "Daughters of Bainbridge House" will find their happiness,keep their independence,and find the grooms of their future. "A Necessary Deception" is a necessary deception to keep England safe and find a traitor. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction Reveiws.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Not your usual regency

    A Necessary Deception sizzles with mystery, intrigue and a regency era romance à la Jane Aiken Hodge, when a young lady's sole preoccupation was expected to be making a good marriage. It opens in the midst of the London Season in an era of wartime when England feared an invasion by Napoleon's forces or a French Revolution style uprising by its own people. Into this mix, Lady Lydia Gale's life is unexpectedly entangled with a French aristocrat whose family forms part of the émigré community which fled Paris during the revolution. According to him, he has served in the British army working against his own people and is now a spy for the British Home Office. But dare Lydia believe him, or is he in truth working for the French-the nation that killed her own soldier husband? Laurie Alice Eakes writes a page-turning story with an in-depth knowledge of the period, an eye for detail and an escalating mystery which will keep you guessing till the end.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Brilliant Christian Regency Romance

    A Necessary Deception, set in Regency England, is a delightful inspirational story that romps with all the richness of that era. At the same time it ricochets with espionage and romance, and laughter.

    British heroine, Lady Lydia Gale, tries to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband dies in Napoleonic France. But this strong-hearted and vivacious young woman is left to takes charge of her younger sisters. That's bad enough, until one night in a darkened garden an undisclosed traitor blackmails Lydia into aiding the entirely too attractive Frenchman, Christien de Meuse. Lydia is then forced to trust Christien who may be a French agent set on overthrowing the English government.

    While her two younger sisters add peril and hilarity to the story, the situation grows desperate as Lydia finds herself growing more attracted to the eloquent and ever-so-French-Christien.

    I was thoroughly entertained-laughing and inspired-as I read this story. Like a well-played chess match with twists and turns, run-away sisters, treasonous whispers are spoken over fluttering fans at fancy balls and soirées. Against all the societal foolishness of Regency fashion and snobbery, I was entranced by a mystery that kept me guessing until the end, and a tender romance that satisfied my heart.

    I give this book 5 stars and 2 thumbs way up.

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