True Pretenses

True Pretenses

by Rose Lerner

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BN ID: 2940158701993
Publisher: Rose Lerner
Publication date: 07/15/2017
Series: Lively St. Lemeston , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 383
Sales rank: 626,575
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her fascination with all things Regency hasn't changed. When not reading, writing, or researching, she enjoys cooking and marathoning TV shows. She lives in Seattle with her best friend.

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True Pretenses 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super fun, and great to see a Jewish hero in historical romance. Definitely recommend!
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Even though Ash has grown up on the streets and has become an expert swindler (con man), while Lydia has been the pampered daughter of the county's leading political man, they have both spent their lives caring for their younger brothers. So when those brothers turn out not to want to keep living by the plan set out for them, the older siblings are left adrift with no clear purpose. Though they would each pay dearly if the truth comes out, Ash and Lydia find that they may be the solution to each others' problems. Lydia needs a husband in order to inherit her money and continue her charity and political work. Ash wants to find a place for his brother to settle down and lead a respectable life. But brothers rarely cooperate the way they should, and Lydia seems to prefer Ash to his brother anyway. It's too good a situation to pass up for this con man, and as long as he doesn't really lose his heart, this could be the best swindle of his life. I enjoyed the pacing of this book, which is a little slower than most books I have read recently. The author took the time to finish conversations, thoughts, and scenes instead of cutting from one scene to the next with large gaps of time in between. I appreciated following through to the end of the scene instead of jumping around, even when the POV shifted between the hero and heroine. This well-crafted story gave me insight into many aspects of Regency life that I hadn't seen covered before. The inner workings of county politics, the patronage that kept local workhouses and charities running, the lives of Jews during the period, and the practices of swindlers and con men. There was also a diverse group of characters, including people of different ethnicities/religions, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. This was all done in a natural way without making a big deal about anyone's differences. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Regency romance with attention to historical detail. This was my first Rose Lerner book, and I'm looking forward to reading the previous book in the Lively St. Lemeston series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago