Sunday, January 25, 2009

And Only to Deceive

And Only to Deceive And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

Book 10 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish I could remember how this book ended up on my to-read list.  But, to whomever or however it happened, I am truly grateful.  I loved this book! 

This book is first in a series starring Lady Ashton, a young widower who married only to escape her domineering mother set in Victorian England.  She wasn't truly in mourning for her husband, whom she had only known for a short time, but her rank ensured she acted the part.

Emily Ashton has a rebellious edge to her.  She values education and art, mythology and poetry. In short, all things a lady of her rank should disregard.  She struggles with wanting more freedom than social customs allow, but at the same time she uses those social customs to her advantage.  She knows that prior to her marriage, she was more shallow than she should have been.  But the death of her husband forces her to become introspective about who she is and what she wants from her life.   

This book has a lot of great elements:  a little intrigue, art history, beautiful settings with far-flung locales, some romance, Greek artifacts and mythology, and a struggling heroine.  I'm looking forward to watching Emily's increasingly complex character grow in the next books.  I'll definitely be heading out to get the next in the series.  

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I enjoyed this book as well when I read it.

Danielle said...

I've read all three of her books noe and enjoyed each one a little bit more. Looking forward to the next one, whenever it comes out.

Tricia said...

Danielle, I just finished #2 and I totally agree!