1. A Lady in Disguise
    A Lady in Disguise
    Sandra Byrd
    Howard Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Lady in Disguise
    April 15, 2017
    hes7
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    The 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.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the Best!
    April 11, 2017
    Bluerose
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intrigue & Romance - This story will grip you from start to finish.
    April 4, 2017
    Just Commonly
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    "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.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great addition to an excellent series
    April 3, 2017
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After 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.
  5. Chicago, IL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Endearing Victorian romance and flawless writing!
    April 1, 2017
    Rebekah M
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For years now, I have been a fan of Sandra Byrd's works. I have read her contemporary fiction and a couple of her young-adult series as well. This is my first experience with her historical writing, and I've discovered that, much like her other novels, this is something she brilliantly excels at. Let me begin with what A Lady in Disguise is all about.

    Gillian Young has just lost her policeman father. Stunned to find out that her father was in suspicion for police corruption, she tries to find any evidence she can to prove the contrary. However there are many dark forces in her way, men who will stop at nothing to make sure she doesn't dig too deep. Simultaneously, Gillian meets an important man, Lord Lockwood. She likes him, very much, but with the tumultuous times she is worried about trusting the wrong person. Francis, an old friend and newly appointed sergeant in the police force, is also vying for her affections. Who can she trust? What is the truth behind all the chaos?

    Victorian and period romances are some of my favorite genres. Among many fantastic attributes, this book had me gripped from the start with mystery, romance, and thought-provoking truths. I loved the 19th century London setting, with rich history involving the theater and many nods to one of my favorite classic stories, Little Women. The mystery was, although maybe a little conspicuous, very engaging. The romance was incredibly sweet between Gillian and Thomas -- they were just the kind of couple that sizzles in a pure sort of way. If you are worried about a love triangle, don't be. It was tastefully done, with Gillian's reasonings clear, as well as her heart. Emotion was evident on every page, and I found myself empathizing with Gillian more than once, which is about all you can ask for in a main character.

    If you enjoy stories that blend history and mystery with endearing romance and flawless writing, A Lady in Disguise is for you. The ending is as satisfying as they come and I enjoyed every bit of this beautiful story!

    *I received this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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