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13 April 2017

Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Friday 56 (today is page 156 from the paperback) is hosted at Freda's Voice
Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

I have a confession to make : I stopped reading the ebook I received from NetGalley of this on Thursday morning. (Well, except for the bus-ride in to work Thursday night. I just couldn't NOT read a little bit more.... Anstey is positively addictive!) BUT I did so because I knew that on Friday I'll be receiving the actual book in the mail from Amazon and it's so flipping good that I know I'll want to finish it up with it actually in my hands flipping the pages in the comfort of my recliner and pajamas.

That's a good reason, right?

(The page 156 above is thanks to the "Surprise Me!" preview pages on Amazon. I can't wait to find out what's going on!!! But, of course, I can ... because I need that book in my hands!)

Oh, and in case you were wondering, it's a standalone novel. It has the same general feel and era as Love, Lies and Spies, but it isn't necessary to read one before the other. You know that I'm a bit obsessive about reading things in the proper order and here it's really okay if you don't!

***UPDATE -- 16 APRIL 2017***
I was spot-on over needing this book as an actual book. I even took it to Easter lunch at my sister-in-law's to read and had a good chuckle over the amazement that I had my head in an actual book instead of just my phone or tablet.

This book is needed on my shelves and will, without a doubt, be re-read over the years just as my Jane Austens have been and will be. Anstey, once again, has penned a delicious Regency romance with a tinge of intrigue -- this time around Miss Lydia Whitfield. Her father had passed on years earlier and she has been managing her family estate with the assistance (or lack thereof) of her mother's brother. When a disagreement about the management forced the involvement of her solicitor to get involved, the solicitor's clerk (and soon-to-be apprentice) Mr Robert Newton entered the picture.  

Oh, Robert. 

My adoration of this man so far surpasses my previous longings for a Mr Darcy or a Colonel Brandon. From this day forward, all of my Regency daydreams will be his... at least, until Anstey's next book is released.


  1. Duels & Deception sounds like a good one, and I like the beginning and 56.

  2. You have piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing. Here is my post

  3. Sounds good, and the fact you stopped to read a physical copy shows how good it really is, nothing less. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  4. Great description in the 56 excerpt. I'm intrigued by the character who is more concerned about removing stains from the sheets than she is about the reason for the mess!
    My Friday post features Still Alice.

  5. That is an awesome reason to stop reading a book. I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

  6. I can definitely see why you stopped reading! I'd want to finish with the actual book in my hand too. This sounds really good and I love that cover!

  7. This one sounds great, as well:)).

  8. This sounds good and you are so funny about how you start out on ebook and order the book and stop to wait for the book. :)

  9. Glad to hear you're enjoying the book so much!

  10. This sounds fun! Happy reading! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me