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And Only to Deceive
And Only to Deceive | Tasha Alexander
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From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder And Only to Deceive 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 becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek. 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, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, 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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hes7
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In the midst of mourning for a husband she barely knew, Lady Emily begins to get to know—and love—him, but also to question his activities more and more. She proves a likable heroine as she thwarts her overbearing mother‘s expectations, embraces the freedom of widowhood, and uncovers the truth behind worrisome forgeries.

+2 for a mystery

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon

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EmilieGR
And Only to Deceive | Tasha Alexander
Mehso-so

I hope the next one picks up a bit

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beaconhillbooks
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Historical fiction with a mystery about art... really enjoyed this and our main character Emily. She is a widow who loves to read and determines to figure out the mystery of an art forger/burglar and what her deceased husband was actually up to...

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actualdisneyprincess
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Pretty much exactly what one would expect: a quick read, and pretty predictable on a lot of levels, but charming. I‘ll be picking up the other books in the series. #andonlytodeceive #tashaalexander

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actualdisneyprincess
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This has been on my Goodreads TBR since 2016. I figured it was probably time to check it off! #andonlytodeceive #tashaalexander #ladyemily

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TaciturnWhenReading
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So busy over the holiday weekend that I‘m actually glad to be back to work! I DID at least manage to read this little gem in the down time.

I‘m officially hooked on the Lady Emily series! While I found our heroine a little too quick to believe the worst of our hero and couldn‘t quite understand his unwavering devotion in return, the story definitely pulled me in. The writing was excellent and I enjoyed the first-person narrative. More please!

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annalibris
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I love finding new authors and new series! A friend recommended Lady Emily, and I'm finally getting around to the first one. Lots of fun, interesting mystery, and good romance, and I'm looking forward to the next ones.

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Chelsibeau
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I seriously disliked the main character of this book. She annoyed me and was too ditzy. The author explains this at the end as not wanting to make her a modern character in a historical novel. But really? Like women were out solving murders in the 1800s anyway. By making her fit the time period she caused her main character not to fit in the novel itself. Sadly, wont be continuing this series

Melissa_J This is funny. I like this series but my biggest complaint about it is the exact opposite of yours - I find the main character way too modern for a book set in the late 19th century. (edited) 2y
Chelsibeau @Melissa_J haha too funny. Yeah. Something just doesn't quite mesh right for me. 2y
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Chelsibeau
And Only to Deceive | Tasha Alexander
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So PLEASE tell me someone understands the pain I am in because my family does not. Left last night to go on a quiet beach vacation in Maine. I had a big stack of books from the library that I was saving up for my trip. They were all in my carry on so that they wouldn't add to the weight to my suitcase. WELLLL my carry on got left at home. So I have only this book with me. Even my kindle was in the carry on. 😰 Quiet cove in Maine-books=sad me

goodbyefrancie Get thee to a book store, and quickly! Save yourself! 📚 2y
CocoReads 😱😢 I agree--there's got to be a small shop somewhere near you! Find it! 2y
Jas16 Oh no! Hope you find a bookstore quickly. 2y
Bklover Find a used book shop right away! This is tragic and must be fixed!!!!! 2y
Melissa_J Do you have the Kindle app on your phone? You can access your e-books that way at least. I totally feel your pain. 2y
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Leelee08
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Gotta love a lazy Sunday in your home library....❤📚

britt_brooke Ooh, looks comfy! 3y
Leelee08 @britt_brooke It really is!! I wish I never had to leave it....😍😂 3y
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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drbethandherkindle Looks like a perfect Sunday! 😍😍 3y
Leelee08 @drbethandherkindle It was awesome!😍😊 3y
Zelma Perfection! 👍😍 3y
Leelee08 @Zelma Thank you!!🤓 3y
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robinb
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I give this one a pass, but I did have some issues with it. First, it was slow going for awhile, really until about 1/2 through. Second, at times I simply wanted to (how do I say this delicately?!) strangle the heroine. She did begin redeeming herself toward the end of the book, but I found her way too self-absorbed til then. Will try #2. #romantsy #osrbc

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robinb
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Beginning another new series and new author to me. Set in Victorian England...right up my alley. Looking forward to diving in.

Lynnsoprano Love this series, and I think you will, too. Lady Emily is an interesting character, and I tried port on her recommendation 😊 3y
robinb Thanks #lynnsoprano, it sounds really good, and what a neat thing to remember taking away from a book! 😄 3y
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Ms.Story
And Only to Deceive | Tasha Alexander
Mehso-so

This was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me! I liked the characters and general plot okay, but I didn't like how easily the "sleuth" seemed to be misguided.

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missjenniferlowe
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This was very good, although Lady Emily was a little slow to figure things out. But a really fun and enjoyable read. Or listen. Recommended!

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Caitriona
And Only to Deceive | Tasha Alexander
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We meet Emily not long after she has married and then been widowed by Philip, Viscount Ashton. Set in Victorian times, she is restricted during her mourning, but this gives her time to start finding herself, and to start learning more about her late husband. Emily also finds a mystery to do with classical artefacts. With a Kindle price of 84p, this is worth it - not so much for the mystery but for the woman exploring her changed place in society.

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LitHousewife
And Only to Deceive | Tasha Alexander
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I have wanted to give this series a try for a long time, so when I saw it at the church yard sale this morning, I snapped this up. The Maid looks good, too. And to think I told myself I wouldn't buy any more books for a while. If it's for a good cause it doesn't count, right?

OSChamberlain It was a selfless act for charity. Hahaaa 3y
johnnie_cakes You are in for a treat. I adore Lady Emily. 3y
LitHousewife @OSChamberlain Thank you. You are exactly right. 😉 3y
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LitHousewife @johnnie_cakes That is high praise from you. I'm looking forward to it. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I love Tasha Alexander's series. Have fun!! 3y
missfarin I've been a longtime fan of Tasha Alexander. Hope you love it! 3y
Godmotherx5 @LitHousewife And Only to Deceive has been on my TBR longer than I care to admit. Glad you bought it for a purpose. 3y
Verity I picked up a few of the later ones in the bargain book store the other day on 3 for Qd. They're not Deanna Raybourn, (but then what is!) but they're good fun. 3y
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