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And Only to Deceive

de Tasha Alexander

Séries: Lady Emily (1)

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For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, she uncovers a dark and dangerous secret; involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.… (mais)
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Meh, it was ok. Doubt I’ll bother reading any of the sequels. None of the characters were particularly interesting, and the story was very ho-hum.

The part where we were supposed to believe the protagonist’s suspicions of the obvious love-intererests nefariousness was tedious to say the least. Absolutely no twists, turns or surprises at all.

The writing was ok, though a couple of Americanisms had snuck into the text and felt jarring. All in all, meh. ( )
  73pctGeek | Mar 5, 2024 |
so good! really looking forward to reading more about lady emily ( )
  zizabeph | May 7, 2023 |
An enjoyable first book in a series 3.5 * ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander is a 2005 William Morrow publication.

This book has been on my GR TBR list, perhaps longer than any other. It got buried under a mountain of other books over the years, but I finally unearthed it and am happy to have found it again.

Although the book was originally published in 2005, it shows no signs of age. The story features strong female characters and a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. The mystery is well-plotted, and my attempts to decipher who was- or was not- trustworthy was thwarted at every turn. As an added bonus, this story is free of graphic violence, sexual content, and offensive language, making it a story everyone can enjoy.

I loved Lady Emily and am positive her adventures will become even more exciting as the series progresses- so yes, now I have yet another long running series to follow- which is starting to become a side hobby, along with all the other reading projects I have going.

If you like lighter historical mysteries filled with intrigue, sharp dialogue, and a touch of delicious romantic tension, this is a book you will want to check out. ( )
  gpangel | Mar 7, 2023 |
Emily marries the Viscount Ashton primarily to get away from her overbearing mother. When he dies in Africa shortly after their wedding she has reason to question that she knew the man at all. She sets about trying to unravel the mystery of his life and death endangering herself and displeasing pretty much everyone. A good read with a very likeable heroine. ( )
  clue | Sep 26, 2022 |
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For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, she uncovers a dark and dangerous secret; involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

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