Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Lady in Disguise: The Daughters of Hampshire Book 3 By Sandra Byrd

I received this book from Sandra Byrd for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

In this intriguing novel of romance, mystery, and clever disguise set in Victorian England, a young woman investigates the murder of her own father.

After the mysterious death of her father, Miss Gillian Young takes a new job as the principal costume designer at the renowned Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. But while she remembers her father as a kind, well-respected man of the Police Force, clues she uncovers indicate he’d been living a double life: a haunting photograph of a young woman; train stubs for secret trips just before his death; and a receipt for a large sum of money. Are these items evidence of her father’s guilty secrets? His longtime police partner thinks so.

Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Their attraction is instant and inescapable. As their romantic involvement grows, Gillian begins to suspect even Lockwood’s motives. Does Lord Lockwood truly love her? Or is his interest a front for the desire to own her newly inherited property? And what should she make of her friend’s suggestion that Lockwood or men like him were involved in the murder of her father?

Soon Gillian is convinced that her father has left evidence somewhere that can prove his innocence and reveal the guilty party. But someone wants to stop her from discovering it. The closer she comes to uncovering it, the more menacing her opposition grows. With her life on the line, Gillian takes on an ingenious disguise and takes on the role of a lifetime to reveal the true killer—before it’s too late both for her and for those that she loves.

My Thoughts: 

A Lady in Disguise is the latest book in Sandra Byrd's series, The Daughters of Hampshire and it is just awesome. I am a huge fan of Sandra Byrd's and have read all three books in this series.  As a huge fan of Christian Victorian Era books these books drew my interest. I LOVE the cover of this book, really fits what is inside. Sandra Byrd writes with authority about Victorian Era, the world at this time, police procedure, the theatre, costume designing, and hierarchy.  This book had a little bit of everything in it: mystery, romance, action, suspense, and history. Each book in this series has gotten better and this third one I believe is the best yet! From cover to cover this is a good read. I couldn't put it down from page 1 until the end and this book kept me at the edge of my seat. The characters in this book are very complex and some are not what they seem. I really enjoyed Gillian and her girls. Four in total they took care of each other and support each other. Gillian thought she was saving them and she did but they also saved her. Gillian lost both her parents and as she tries to make sense of her fathers death and her mothers death years before. Gillian is a good Christian woman who does everything she can to honor her parents wishes and do right by them. I loved that she was a costume designer. I learned so much about costume designing and about the pantomime children of the theatre, what happens as they get older. I love history, even in fiction books there are a lot of of historical facts to learn about. I found myself laughing in parts of this book and in other parts crying not only because of sadness but also tears of joy. This book can be read as a stand alone but really recommend reading them all, you will NOT be disappointed.  I give this book 5+ STARS.
I also need to apologize to Sandra Byrd for the lateness of this review. I finished it a while ago but didn't post it right away. I am sorry.

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