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. Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Shadow Around Every Corner
    March 2, 2017
    Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have a love-hate relationship with books in the first person POV. I love getting to delve into the main characters innermost thoughts, their fears and joys. But I hate not knowing whats going on with the other characters. That said, a first person POV done well, makes an enjoyable read.

    Sandra Byrd is a new-to-me author but I enjoyed A Lady in Diguise. Gillian Young has just buried her father and finds herself with a mystery to solve. With exception of a commission for a wealthy member of the ton and the promise of being the lead costume seamstress for an upcoming production of Cinderella at one of the local theaters, the rest of her life is falling apart.

    Gillian is determined to discover the truth of what her father had been involved in before his death. But who can she trust? His friend and partner is suspicious and possibly threatening her. Her childhood friend might be a safe person but hes also the son of her fathers former friend and partner. Then theres Lord Lockwood. A man she wants to believe in but he too has kept secrets from her.

    A book full of twists and turns as well as tender moments, A Lady in Disguise sweeps readers into the upper middle class, the plight of the pantomime children who are no longer wanted in the theaters, and the backstage of a couple London theaters. There was a lot going on in this one but all created an ending that was worth it all.

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    I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another fantastic story in the Daughters of Hampshire series!
    February 20, 2017
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Taking place between the foggy streets of London in 1883, as well as a grand manor house in Hampshire, this one will send chills up your spine at times, and pull your heart strings too. Mystery, danger, and romance mix well to create a standout Victorian era novel.

    This author never disappoints, skillfully weaving fact with fiction, creating scenes and people that all seem real somehow. The emotions run high as the suspense and tension are tightened, making me shed a few tears along with the main character, Gillian, and want to even pray for her at times! Her plight seemed increasingly hopeless, and so unfair, but her pursuit of truth and justice is noble, even as her findings cast doubt on her father's character; not knowing whom she could believe or trust added a lot of tension also. Sadly, the same dangers to women and children that are brought to light, along with the poverty, still exist today.

    The quotes from literature, i.e. Shakespeare, Little Women, and the Bible, were effectively used in the story, and quite sweet, especially in the romantic parts. The fairytale twist at the end is worth all the angst along the way, and made for a very satisfying finish. The index has a lot of interesting information also, telling more about the theatre of the time, the people who championed the poor, and other issues of the day.

    Readers who enjoy a historical fiction book with some romance and a little faith, like those by Sarah Ladd, Julie Klassen and Melanie Dickerson, will probably love this one too. Recommend! 4.5 stars

    (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
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