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Cordially Barbara5 Stars Out Of 5On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, A Lady in Disguise is a Blackberry snow cone.March 23, 2017Cordially BarbaraQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd is a Blackberry snow cone, which might be considered a modern day Blackberry ice (as seen in the book). After all, sometimes the ice on your tongue hides the true flavor. Mounded high with layers of ice and an ombr of flavor, a snow cone intensifies until the final taste, saving the sweetest for last. And that's delicious.
Gillian Young, a kind and ambitious seamstress, accepts a position as the head costume designer for the production of Cinderella soon after the mysterious death of her police father. Her father's police colleagues suspect that he lead a criminal double life, but Gillian can't believe it. As she begins her own investigation, she receives threats. Who can she trust?
What I love about Sandra Byrd's writing is that somehow she creates a likable, strong heroine while manipulating a vague and foggy mystery. I felt like I was squinting through the London fog. Throughout the story, I knew someone was out to ruin Gillian's life as she tried to be a productive member of society while finding out the truth about her father, but just as soon I suspected one character, he or she proved not guilty for the time-being, anyway. Even better, the revelation of the villain(s) not only made sense but also surprised me, and I love that Sandra Byrd created 3D characters with backstory and believable motivations.
P.S. I was not mad to see references to the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland, quotes from Little Women, and the use of my first name (coincidence I'm sure) for one of the characters in this book. Actually, I was quite happy by all three!
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.]
girlsmamaEdgewood, WAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Lady in Disguise Can't Be Missed!March 23, 2017girlsmamaEdgewood, WAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Lady in Disguise, the third and last installment in the Daughters of Hampshire series, is a most satisfying conclusion to a truly wonderful Victorian Gothic Romantic series starting with a "Mist of Midnight," "Bride of a Distant Isle," and finally ending with as mentioned above "A Lady in Disguise". This book is truly full of all of my favorite things, mystery, romance, London fog, theatre, costumes and "A Lady in Disguise". Prepare to be transported back to the streets of London to 1883 through the eyes of Gillian Young, a young woman filled with drive to help others and a passion to clear her father's name.
The heroine Gillian Young, is brave and works hard as a newly appointed principle costume designer for the Drury Lane Theatre Royale. She has a lot to accomplish, without a lot of resources, as both parents are dead, her father recently so. Her father was a once respected police officer, but she is now discovering that he died under a cloak of suspicion of wrong-doing. His death also, the more that Gillian looks into it, the more that she sees that it was no accident. Her aim is to discover the truth about her father, his death, and other "goings on" in his life and prove to everyone that he was the good man that she knew him to be.
And then there is the Viscount Thomas Lockwood, a man whose father is a part of her mother's past. The reader is always a little off balance with him, wondering if he is just out to get her newly acquired property, or if he is falling for Gillian because their chemistry is immediate upon their acquaintance. If I might add, Sandra Byrd is a master at writing those swoon-worthy scenes between Gillian and Thomas, she builds the relationship at just the right pace and with just the right amount of chemistry. I mean really, who doesn't love a "dance scene"- complete with dance cards and wonderful repartee?
If you are a fan of well-researched historical fiction, I know that you will enjoy this wonderfully immersive book which transports you back to 1883 London, right along with mystery, romance, wonderful characters and a great storyline to boot. I promise that taking this journey will be well worth it, as you enjoy a wonderfully written and well-researched story whose character's you wish that you could meet in real life! Enjoy!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review- all opinions expressed are my own
JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Lady in DisguiseMarch 22, 2017JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd is book three in the series the Daughters of Hampshire. This novel takes place in Victorian-era England and tells the story of Miss Gillian Young and her quest to solve the mystery surrounding her father's sudden death.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this novel was the Gothic setting. From the estate that Gillian inherits to the theatre where she finds employment, the author skillfully paints these locales in the reader's mind, inviting them to enter a world shrouded with mystery.
Equally spellbinding is the book's storyline. Never knowing whom to trust, our heroine finds herself surmounting precipice after precipice of anxiety and emotion. The suspense and intrigue that lurks around every corner adds to the romance of the story and propels an adrenaline-infused curiosity that irresistibly pulls the reader to the book's conclusion.
With her artfully crafted prose, Sandra Byrd effortlessly immerses her readers into the historical worlds she creates. If you love Gothic dramas dripping with mystery that will keep you turning page after page in anticipation, then A Lady in Disguise is a book you must read!
*I received a complimentary copy of A Lady in Disguise in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions stated above are my own.
Liz C4 Stars Out Of 5A Lady in DisguiseMarch 21, 2017Liz CQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0It has been a while since I've read historical fiction, but Sandra Byrd's newest release in her Daughters of Hampshire series reminded me why I love it. A Lady in Disguise brought London's theater district during the 1880's to life with an engaging premise, appealing characters, and a vivid portrayal of the setting. It is obvious Ms. Byrd has done her research and the details in the story made it easy to visualize each scene. I felt like I was present, watching the action taking place--whether in the crowded alleys around King Street, the grand ballrooms of the London Season, or the crumbling estate in Hampshire inherited by the heroine. True facts woven into the story about some of the people, places and practices of the time period were fascinating. The plot develops quickly, and the many plot threads keep the action moving to a satisfying conclusion. An entertaining read. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Lady in DisguiseMarch 21, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you enjoy historical romantic suspense, A LADY IN DISGUISE is the book for you. It has all the elements I've come to expect: a young woman (Gillian Young) whose parents are no longer living, a couple of interested young men (Constable Francis Collingsworth, a friend since childhood, and Viscount Thomas Lockwood, the dashing neighbor to Gillian's ancestral home in Hampshire), and a mystery to be solved (Gillian's father, before he was killed, was a well-respected London police officer, but was he really involved in nefarious deeds as his partner has inferred?). There are footsteps following in the fog, searches of both her home in London and the house in Hampshire, harassment by the police, snubs, and who, oh, who, can Gillian trust? She is determined to find out the truth about her father. Gillian is a seamstress and designer for the theater and takes some young, former pantomime actresses under her wing as apprentices. It was interesting to read of the work, even back in the late 1880's, mission groups were doing to provide young women acceptable skills to keep them from being victims of child trafficking and prostitution. Though this is an integral part of the story, the main focus is the mystery surrounding Gillian's father. As with all great books of this genre, the story is told in first person, so we only find out (and experience) things as Gillian does, which makes the creepy parts even more delightfully creepy! But never fear, it has a very satisfactory ending. I highly recommend A LADY IN DISGUISE, as well as the previous books in the Daughters of Hampshire series.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.