The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Now, not for the first time, Lydia observed that her friend had become withdrawn this past month. Quiet afternoons were spent staring out the window with an ever-growing expression of sadness. Even the mention of her name had not distracted Cora from the complicated process of staring at nothing.Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey. I got this ARC from Macmillan. Here is the description from Amazon:
In which a lady and a law clerk find themselves entangled in the scandal of the season...
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until the day Lydia is kidnapped―and Robert along with her. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name unsullied and expose whoever is behind this devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants...
Fans of Georgette Heyer will delight in this YA Regency romance from Cindy Anstey, author of Love, Lies and Spies.