1. A Lady in Disguise
    A Lady in Disguise
    Sandra Byrd
    Howard Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 42 Reviews
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  1. 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.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Gothic romance!
    March 31, 2017
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For Miss Gillian Young her life is thrust in a world where the lines of truth and lies blur & the plight of the poor is made more real! With a desire to help out in any way she can, God uses her to make a difference to young girls forced to do whatever is necessary to survive; oftentimes deep in the depths of a sinful & vile world! With the affection of two men of opposing personalities and lifestyles vying for her affection, it further blurs those lines in her life. Will she allow herself to trust God to direct her steps in all she does?

    With well researched history & her ability to tell a story so vivid to draw the reader in, this author writes another novel that I couldn't hardly put down! I've enjoyed the last two installments of The Daughters of Hampshire and it was with anxious anticipation that I read this one. She did not disappoint! I love her writing voice and how she threads mystery, history, and romance in the pages of the book. Her hero is (always) quite swoon-worthy and you can literally feel the sizzle between Viscount Thomas Lockwood & Gillian every-time they met. Especially when they dance together...just to give you a taste! With her heart torn between two men, she remembers her mother's advice she gave to her as a child. Follow her heart or her station in life? And can she unravel the truth about her father when everything points to his guilt? This will have you glued to the very last page to find out what happens next. A highly recommended book; series really, with each book read as a stand-alone. For lovers of Gothic historicals and hair-raising romance with mystery mixed in, you don't want to miss this!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this from the publisher and a favorable review was not required. My opinions expressed here are strictly my own. *
  3. IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing mystery!
    March 28, 2017
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story transports readers back in time to the misty, dreary streets of Victorian London with vivid descriptions and an overwhelming sense of apprehension. Readers are completely immersed in the main character's perspective, thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

    Gillian is a hardworking and intelligent young woman who is making her own way in a man's world. She doesn't know who to trust after her father's death especially when more than one man seems to be offering her his protection and guidance.

    Readers get a look behind the scenes of theater life and missions work during this time period as well as a few high-class functions. If you enjoy a good mystery with loads of intrigue and historical charm, this book steals the show.

    I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Far exceeed my expectations
    March 28, 2017
    Laura Shuck
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, excellent read! I was intrigued from the very first pages.

    History and romance set in a Gothic/Victorian setting, unbeatable.

    Gillian Young has been chosen has the new principal costume designer in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, a position that Gillian has been working toward and if successful, will place her on a path of great success.

    Gillian's father, a police officer, has recently died under suspicious circumstances. Inheriting her mother's estate, held in trust by her father, Gillian endeavors to clear her father's name but the more she learns, the more nervous someone gets. Threatened by unknown sources, Gillian becomes more determined to find out why someone would besmirch her father's good name, especially when that someone searches her mother's estate.

    Viscount Thomas Lockwood owns the neighboring estate to Gillian's newly inherited property, a property in serious disrepair. The Viscount and Gillian are enamored with each other, but she is not sure she can fully trust the Viscount, despite her attraction.

    Question is, will Gillian clear her father's good name before the guilty party, or parties, destroys her reputation as well causing her to lose the hard fought for position on Drury Lane?

    I most definetely will be reading Mist of Midnight and Brides of a Distant Isle, the two books prior to A Lady in Disguise.
  5. Nampa, ID
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read For Gothic Romance Lovers
    March 27, 2017
    AndiinNampa
    Nampa, ID
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Until I read Sandra Byrd's Mist of Midnight I had not read any Gothic Romance, and I became a quick fan. In the last installment of her Daughters of Hampshire series we are once again transported back to Victorian England. Within the pages of this intriguing mystery, there are references to Cinderella, and Little Women. Swoony heroes, damsels in distress who are strong as well, human-trafficking that I would've never thought was going on in the 1800's. Ms. Byrd's attention to detail, and historical research adorn each page of this beautiful story. If this series is not on your self it needs to be!

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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