Title: Dangerous Illusions
Author: Amanda Scott
Length: 482 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media
Rating: 5 stars
The first book in Amanda Scott’s acclaimed Dangerous series journeys from the battlefields of Waterloo to the ballrooms and boudoirs of London, where a deadly deception unfolds . . .
Engaged by proxy to a man she’s never met, Lady Daintry Tarrant is dismayed when the war hero returns, introducing himself as her fiancé, Lord Penthorpe. She cherishes her independence and has turned away many suitors, but this one she must marry. Penthorpe is completely captivated by Lady Daintry—but he’s not who he claims to be. Penthorpe and Lord Gideon Deverill fought together at the battle of Waterloo, and when Penthorpe fell, Gideon assumed his identity in order to see the beautiful Lady Daintry. Gideon knows there’s bad blood between Lady Daintry’s family and his own, but he’s smitten with Daintry and determined to reunite the bitterly feuding clans. When a ghost from Gideon’s past appears, he could lose everything—including Daintry’s love.
Lady Daintry Tarrant is a very independent young woman at a time when that is frowned upon in young women. Unlike most young ladies of her era however, she has the support of her spinster aunt, Olivia in maintaining her freedom.
The mysterious Lord Penthrope returns from war to claim his proxy bride.
This book is so well-written that the injustices endured by the woman of this time are enough to inspire ire in the modern reader.
The mystery of Gideon and how he comes to know and love Lady Daintry is fun to read. Along with the rather Shakespearean (as in Romeo and Juliet) tale involving the history of the feuding families.
This is a book that makes one think about how far women have come, exposing the dirty underskirts of a much romanticized time period.
As is often the case with Amanda Scott novels, this is not a fluffy, stylized romance.
What readers have in this novel is a historical novel, filled with well written characters, thought provoking plots, and emotionally charged scenes.
Welcome to the world of the thinking reader's romance!
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