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AngelaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Sandra Byrd winnerApril 16, 2017AngelaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Gillian Young has recently lost her father in what appears to be a horrible accident. Gillian grew up in a loving home surrounded by caring parents. When this story opens we are are at the seen of her father's funeral. Her mother's grave is nearby as she has sadly already passed away.
At the funeral of her father it has come to her attention that her father was possibly murdered. Gillian can hardly believe that anyone would even consider killing her father. He was a prominent man and was on the police force. She eventually discovers that her father was in the middle of a case, and she decides to finish what he started.
There is also a wonderful romantic story intertwined in this book that I absolutely loved. It has a little triangle between the handsome, Viscount Lockwood and Inspector Collingsworth.
I love stories that capture you from the start, and this book did not disappoint. It has a little bit of everything and Ms. Byrd does a great job in telling Gillian's journey.
I have read other books by Sandra Byrd and she is a terrific writer. If you like romance, mystery and historical Victorian then this book will interest you from beginning to end.
(A copy of this book was given me for my honest review.)
hes75 Stars Out Of 5A Lady in DisguiseApril 15, 2017hes7Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The third book in Sandra Byrd's Daughters of Hampshire series, A Lady in Disguise follows Gillian Young as she determines to uncover the truth of her father's death and secrets. She quickly becomes surrounded by a well-developed cast of characters, and her story unfolds with an excellent blend of mystery, romance, and historical detail, all well-paced and oh so intriguing. It transported me into the experience of Victorian England, and I enjoyed every bit of A Lady in Disguise (as I'm sure any fan of historical romance will). This book does not disappoint, so I highly recommend it - add it to the reading list today!
Many, many thanks to the author for providing me a complimentary copy of A Lady in Disguise. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
BlueroseAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the Best!April 11, 2017BlueroseAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was such a treat! It made me want an extra cup of tea, even with all the talk of Turkish coffee.
I've read and loved all of Sandra Byrd's adult novels, but it's been her gothic romance series, Daughters of Hampshire, that I've loved more than any other. I've been greatly looking forward to reading A Lady in Disguise, and now as I leave it, I'm left greatly looking forward to reading more from her.
In this book, we meet Miss Gillian. She's middle class, and works hard as a costume designer. She loves her work, but when her father dies suddenly, she's left with more worries, along with the hope to prove his innocence, both to herself and to others. She learns quickly just how dark and untrustworthy those in control can be, even those claiming to be friends. We're also brought into the world of theater and the children that suffered as a result of it, particularly young girls that were ushered into a world they should never have had to face after their acting was finished.
There were times I felt completely hopeless for Gillian and cringed at the turn events took. There were also plenty of moments filled with love and hope, not only with the leading man, but also with friends and new acquaintances. I'll even freely admit that I cried at one special moment of honor. There was plenty to keep me rapidly turning the pages, in all ways.
The writing is fantastic, the time period is well researched, the mystery is full of drama and suspense, and as I've come to expect from Mrs. Byrd, the romance was perfectly done, meaning I didn't roll my eyes not once. While plenty of scenes were beautifully romantic, they were never taken into inappropriate territory. There are even quotes from Little Women and references to Alice in Wonderland. Really, what more is there to hope for from a book?
I enjoyed every moment I spent in the pages of A Lady in Disguise, and can easily recommend it! (The books in this series can be read in any order, since they completely stand alone from each other.)
*I was given a free copy of this book.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Intrigue & Romance - This story will grip you from start to finish.April 4, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"I could see that it would be easy to arrange for my disappearance now, or later. . . I did not know who was trustworthy and who was not any longer." (172)
Are you intrigued by the quote? Well, if that doesn't get you, the rest of the story surely will. From the very first impression of the cover, A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd takes you into a world of suspense. That cover mystifies and have you question. As you turn to the first page, we are at a funeral. Grim indeed, but the story continues on, adding twist with twists. Though you may see it early on as I have, the process and how it got there makes it a compelling read. Add in the Gothic romance, this story will grip you from the start to finish.
Suspense aside, I'm also fascinated by the historical references to the upper middle class, scenes relating to theater production and the heart wrenching aspect of child trafficking. One can surely admire the amount of research the author had done for A Lady in Disguise, and to be able to seamlessly create a full story out of all these details, historical fans will relish indeed. The romance was quite yummy in the kind that sizzles beyond the pages. Their interactions will spark and eradicate doubters of romance. To top it off, the allusions to Cinderella (my childhood favorite) and Little Women will delight fellow bookish fans for sure. Not to miss!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great addition to an excellent seriesApril 3, 2017JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After burying her father, Miss Gillian Young discovers his death may not have been an accident as she had been led to believe. Instead of answers, clues bring more questions as it looks like her father, a well-respected police officer, may have been involved in serious crimes.
When Gillian meets the charming Viscount Thomas Lockwood, the attraction is instant, but are his advances genuine? Could he be interested in her newly inherited property? Could he have been involved in her father's death?
Not knowing who she can trust, Gillian must use a disguise to investigate on her own to try to prove her father's innocence.
This is 3 out of 3 for me! I have loved each novel in the Daughters of Hampshire series.
The mystery and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the keep the pages turning. This novel in particular touches a hard subject with grace and care, woven perfectly into Gillian's story. Sandra Byrd gives some interestinginsight into her research in the Author's Notes.
I love that we know no more than the main character knows. We can only trust or distrust based on what she sees, and, as with all good suspense,that can be misleading at times.
The characters are excellently drawn, including the supporting characters. You feel for them, and want them to succeed. Lord Lockwood truly is charming, and I fell for him maybe as hard as Gillian did. I blame it onByrd's use of Henry V dialogue. In fact, my one wish would have been more interaction between Gillian and Thomas.
Romance, mystery, danger... it's all in this novel. It won't disappoint.