Dear Listener: The Deception first appeared in April 1983 as a Signet Regency with the title An Intimate Deception. I completely rewrote the story in 1998 so that it's now a full-bodied historical romance. It has a brand-new beginning and a brand-new ending, and I improved everything in between to make it richer, bolder, more fun, and more adventurous.
The Duke of Portsmouth offers an impecunious half-French relative a job as his young son's nanny. What he quickly discovers is that he wants her, badly. What he discovers far more slowly is that she isn't at all what she seems.
Evangeline de Beauchamps is in way over her head. She has far more to cope with than a nineteen-year-old virgin should ever have. To top it all off, she must play an experienced widow with a man who knows women as well as he knows his horses, or so he thinks.
You'll see Phillip and Sabrina Mercerault from The Offer and hear more about the famous cat races of southern England.
Write me and let me know what you think of The Deception.
- Catherine Coulter
©1983, 1998 Catherine Coulter (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with NAL Signet, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
"The Deception" is a story about a half French/half English beauty, Evangaline, who was kidnapped by Bonaparte's minions, along with her French father, and forced to spy on her deceased cousin's widower (a Duke, who works with England's War Office) in exchange for her father's life.
I found the first half of The Deception rather slow--common in many of Coulter's books. The second half was great; filled with intrigue, romance, humor.
Although the banter between the Duke and Evangaline did not seem appropriate for people of that time in history, an excellent narrator like Anne Flosnik can cover a multitude of author errors.
Anne Flosnik gave a great performance!
This book definitely kept me interested. I began thinking there was no way out and that made it exciting. The middle of the book got a little slow but then it would pick up again. The narrator was very good. The whole book seemed to revolve around not if but when the heroine would confess the truth but when she finally did the way out of the problem seemed a little to easy considering the treasonous act she committed. It wasn't real after all it was just a book and I enjoyed it anyway.
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