by Laura Lee Guhrke
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Charade by Laura Lee Guhrke

Honor, freedom, liberty...those were mere words to Katie Armstrong, a savvy thief and indentured servant on the run in colonial Boston. For the sake of survival, she agreed to a British lord's bribe: unmask the identity of the patriot known as John Smith, or be returned to her brutal master. But soon the cagey John Smith was making the same threat — unless she spied for him. Katie planned to play both men against each other...until, masquerading as Smith's mistress, she lost her heart to the seductive stranger she had set out to undo.
Ethan Harding's steely heart was ready to risk anything to end British tyranny — even if it meant taking on the false identity of John Smith, putting his own life in jeopardy, or blackmailing a beautiful and terrified young woman. And if that woman's angelic face made other men spill their secrets, so much the better. But now, Katie Armstrong's charms were about to betray his heart and his cause — and his desire for the elusive temptress would turn the tables on everyone and everything he had pledged to protect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671023676
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Series: Sonnet Bks.
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke isn't one of those lucky authors who knew from her childhood onward that she wanted to be a writer. As a child, she was sure she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up and study the iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Then she dissected her first (and last) frog in high school biology class and decided that a different career choice was in order. When an English teacher told her she could never be a writer because her stories were "too sappy", Laura vowed that someday she would prove that teacher wrong and become a writer, but her parents wanted her to go to college first (mainly so that she wouldn't spend her lifetime living in their house with no gainful employment while writing the Great American Novel).
It took four years of college studying business, and seven years on the corporate fast track before Laura decided it was time to fulfill the vow she'd made to herself and prove her English teacher wrong. She wrote her first novel in 1991, had her first published novel in 1994, and now has six published historical romances to her credit. For her 1997 book, Conor's Way, she has been honored with the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Historical Romance. Her latest book, The Charade, is a March, 2000, release from Pocket Books.
Laura loves writing historical romance because she has always wanted a time machine and this was the closest she could get. Historical romance enables her to go back in time, experience excitement and adventure, and capture the hearts of handsome heroes, all without leaving the safety and comfort of her home, dishwasher and cable tv.
Laura lives in Eagle, Idaho, a small town outside the state capital of Boise, and when she's not writing, she helps her parents run their construction company (which explains why they wanted her to get that business degree). She loves living in Idaho because she gets to ski and fly fish, and because she doesn't have that big-city, over-an-hour-each-way commute to work. Besides, her golden retriever, Sam, would HATE living in a big city because you can't chase pheasants and roll around in the mud when you live in a big city, and according to Sam, there would be no point to life if you couldn't roll around in the mud.
Laura loves hearing from readers, and you may write to her at P.O. Box 1143, Eagle, ID, 83616, or you may e-mail her at

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The Charade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1775 Boston, two individuals, unaware of one another, observe runaway Katie Armstrong pick the pocket of a British soldier. Dandy Ethan Harding thinks the thief is quite good at her trade. Amoral Viscount Lowden feels he can blackmail the robber into spying for him. Lowden learns that Katie is an indentured servant who spent time in Newgate. He provides Katie a choice of being returned to her vicious Virginia owner or learning the true identity of John Smith, master spy for the Sons of Liberty.

Through a perfectly done ploy, Katie works for a tavern owner where anti-British activity occurs even though John Smith objects. As Katie and John spend time together, they fall in love. She soon realizes that the dandy Ethan and her beloved John is the same person. She also cares for the friends and family of her kind employer. If she turns in John or his associates, Kate will have destroyed her heart. If she does not, she will be dead.

THE CHARADE is an exciting Revolutionary War romance filled with a taste of Boston on the final days before the fighting began. John-Ethan is an American Scarlet Pimpernel. Katie is an intriguing character who learns that reaching out and caring for others and being cared for by others are human needs. The support cast, including real historical figures, provides extra insight to the era. Laura Lee Guhrke triumphantly makes 1775 Boston seem vividly bustling with life and energy.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 9 months ago
I enjoyed the revolutionary prequel back drop of this romance story. Both hero and heroine were likeable and together had awesome chemistry. It's a very engrossing plot with a good ending.
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A very fun adventure
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hmiller More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Laura Lee Guhrke's more recent books from the last few years. It's an unfortunate fact that I devour books much like a child would candy, given half the chance. So imagine how excited I was when I ran across this part particular book. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical at first when reading the review. History books are a fan of mine yet I find that too much history can kill the story fast. You should have no fear of that with this particular book. Laura Lee Guhrke takes a bit of history and spins together a wonderful story full of suspence and romance. It isn't your usual girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl fights to prove that said boy loves her back. No, quite the contrary. Rather it exemplifies human ruthlessness, human compassion, and how love can be found at the most awkward of times. It's definitely a book I'll be keeping in my library to be read again and again. Don't take my word for it though, try it yourself and see the wonderful world of Colonial America through Laura Lee Guhrke's eyes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Not So Innocent and enjoyed it so much that I also read Breathless and The Charade. The Charade is best of the three. Katie and Ethan are chararacters you can care about and root for especially against tha backdrop of the pending American Revolution.