Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

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One of Entertainment Weekly’s 35 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017, this compelling and witty Regency romance is perfect for readers who like their historical fiction with a side of intrigue.

Lydia Whitfield 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, Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until the day Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. 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 name unsullied and expose the one 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 wants...

Fans of historical romance will delight in Duels and Deception, a young adult novel from Cindy Anstey, author of Love, Lies and Spies.

Praise for Duels & Deception:

“[Duels & Deception] is Jane Austen spiced with action, suspense, and humor.Young girls who enjoyed Anstey’s Love, Lies and Spies will snap up this adventure.” —Voya, Starred Review

"Anstey’s novel is a wonderful coming-of-age journey filled with entertaining characters and wild adventures." —School Library Journal

"Jane Austen fans in need of a good new book, look no further." —Entertainment Weekly


About Cindy Anstey

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Published April 11, 2017 by Swoon Reads. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this one, we meet Lydia Whitfield, a friend of our heroine from Love, Lies and Spies, but you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one.

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