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From Gifted New Writer Tasha Alexander Comes A Stunning Novel Of Historical Suspense Set In Victorian England, Meticulously Researched And With A Twisty Plot That Involves Stolen Antiquities, Betrayal, And MurderAnd Only To DeceiveFor Emily, Accepting The Proposal Of Philip, The Viscount Ashton, Was An Easy Way To Escape Her Overbearing Mother, Who Was Set On A Grand Society Match So When Emily S Dashing Husband Died On Safari Soon After Their Wedding, She Felt Little Grief After All, She Barely Knew Him Now, Nearly Two Years Later, She Discovers That Philip Was A Far Different Man From The One She Had Married So Cavalierly His Journals Reveal Him To Have Been A Gentleman Scholar And Antiquities Collector Who, To Her Surprise, Was Deeply In Love With His Wife Emily Becomes Fascinated With This New Image Of Her Dead Husband And She Immerses Herself In All Things Ancient And Begins To Study GreekEmily S Intellectual Pursuits And Her Desire To Learn About Philip Take Her To The Quiet Corridors Of The British Museum, One Of Her Husband S Favorite Places There, Amid Priceless Ancient Statues, She Uncovers A Dark, Dangerous Secret Involving Stolen Artifacts From The Greco Roman Galleries And To Complicate Matters, She S Juggling Two Very Prominent And Wealthy Suitors, One Of Whose Intentions May Go Beyond The Marrying Kind As She Sets Out To Solve The Crime, Her Search Leads To Surprises About Philip And Causes Her To Question The Role In Victorian Society To Which She, As A Woman, Is Relegated

10 thoughts on “And Only to Deceive

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    Don t fall in love with your dead husband, Kallista It can bring you no joy There are few emotions painful than regret, specifically, the regret of finally realizing that you love someone, only after they ve left or after they ve died How horrible must it be to realize that you can t tell someone you love them To come face to face with your own self absorbance, your own youthful folly, your inability to see beyond yourself to a great love that could have been A great love that never was.This series features a great main character, interesting mysteries, all that good shit, but for me, this book is memorable because it s one of the few that s ever made me cry.To give you an idea of the premise, this is about a very young widow, Lady Emily, in the late Victorian Era She was married very young to a viscount, whom she didn t exactly love She liked him, sure, but she didn t love him He died young, when we initially meet Emily, she is already a widow While not exactly a merry widow, Emily doesn t exactly mourn her late husband s death either.She entered the marriage mainly to escape her overbearing mother She was sad about her husband s death, but right now, Emily is just enjoying her newfound freedom as a young widow.All is well and dandy, until she discovers her late husband s diaries And man, were they a revelation.Slowly, Emily begins to discover that, unlike her, her husband was deeply in love with his wife Her indifference came to light in stark contrast to his reactions to her An initial meeting, briefly brushed aside by Emily, was perceived by her husband to be a delight, a joy.She saw her husband as rather dull They shared few interests She never bothered to find out about him Emily only learned about his hidden depths, far too late I assumed him to be transparent, like most people I meet in society Now instead I find that he was a scholar of sorts, a patron of museums, and a friend to artists I thought he was a stupid hunter Philip saw in her a phantom of delight He was madly in love He was wildly happy with their marriage, in the brief time that they were married Emily hardly noticed She hardly cared She never knew I thought I would go mad with desire when she presented that perfect ivory cheek for me to kiss Had her blasted mother the courtesy to leave us alone for even a moment, I would have taken the opportunity to fully explore every inch of her rosebud lips For that, I am afraid, I shall have to wait. Call it the time of night, say that I was particularly susceptible and emotional, call it what you will, but I cried like a baby It was 3 AM I was going through some of my own relationship troubles, and this one passage made me sob I put down my ebook, crawled underneath the covers, stifled my face with a pillow, and sobbed my heart out for a good 5 minutes It s still better than Forbidden, that book made me cry for at least 15 The incriminating passage I closed the book and placed it on the table beside me For a moment it felt as if I had been reading a particularly satisfactory novel in which the heroine had won the love of her hero But I was the heroine, and the hero was dead, dead before I had even the remotest interest in him I started to cry, softly at first, then with all consuming sobs that I could hardly control. Emily wasn t the only one sobbing her heart out that night.

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    This book It was not my thing.It was certainly readable enough nice and popcorny and fun but the thing about popcorn reading is that suspension of disbelief with regard to anachronisms kind of relies on a certain kind of lightheartedness, at least for me.So when the narrator started going on and on about how she was now Free From The Bounds Of Society, my disbelief went crashing to the ground Sure, I wouldn t want to have lived back then, but I feel like there s a way to do this kind of thing a little subtly, whereas the narrator acts kind of like a stereotypical teenager, rebelling for the sake of rebelling She goes around shouting HA, LOOK AT ME, I AM DRINKING PORT, HOW DARING apparently without experiencing any of the doubt or worries of a woman experiencing a sudden feminist awakening in a profoundly patriarchal society.We are also given to understand that she did not have much of an interest in obtaining a wealthy husband before her marriage, and that her overwhelming passion for ancient Greek literature and art developed only after her husband s death Both of these I could easily believe But what on earth were her interests before her engagement Before her husband s death There s some mention of Silly Novel Reading, which is of course something I enjoy too, but that s really it Most of what we know about is what Emily isn t interested in Society, girly things, her husband, etc It all seems very hollow So I was just not sold on her character at all, neither in her interactions with society nor her hobbies and interests.And then there s her husband He goes on and on about how beautiful his wife is, yet she fails to notice anything about his interests or life until he is dead And she finds this incredibly romantic of him No No, if I found out someone I barely knew, who barely knew me, was madly in love with me, I would be a little freaked out Even if it was my husband His love of Emily s innocence was, though period appropriate, very creepy to me, and it made it much, much harder to sympathize with her as she fell for him.And now I am going to get very petty I feel like for all the book talks about the Iliad as if it is a BIG IMPORTANT THING, it was treated very shallowly in the text Now, I am of an Odyssey fan, and love Greek mythology generally, so I was kind of disappointed that Emily apparently doesn t realize there is to Classical Greek literature than the Iliad or even Homer but the book s characters seem to reduce the Iliad to Team Achilles versus Team Hector, which is kind of horribly simplistic, to me, and was yet another obstacle to me liking any of the characters in this book.

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    I enjoyed this historical mystery very much and will definitely continue with the series I m glad I did this as a buddy read, as we were able to dig for clues together making it all that enjoyable It connects with the Iliad and Greek artifacts in an engaging way, turning this novel into sophisticated fun for the mystery or suspense fan, with a touch of romance that is strictly one foot on the floor Pictures pertaining to the book, that I found helpful, are below.Some of the artists and art work calyx krater shaped Greek vase Mus e du Louvre 500 B.C Pierre Auguste Renoir s painting of On the Terrace 1881 Praxiteles statue of Hermes and the Infant Dionysus 4th century BC Hotel Le Meurice, Paris Called The Hotel of Kings founded in 1815. Pont Neuf the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, France at Sunset Daru Staircase with the winged Nike Victory of Samothrace, Denon wing, Louvre Museum. image error

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    .Title And Only to Deceive Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 1 Kindle EditionAuthor Tasha AlexanderNarrator Kate ReadingPublisher HarperCollins PublishersPublication Date October 13, 2009Pages 336 pages of CLEAN entertainmentGenre Historical Romance, European Regency, Mystery and SuspenseBook Type Audible through Hoopla I listened to this audiobook through Hoopla via my local public library The narrator was Kate Reading It is often difficult to determine if disappointment in a book is a direct result of the delivery from the narrator, Kate Reading, or from the actual writing itself And that is my dilemma in this circumstance Tasha Alexander delivers a Regency based novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England I admire her tenacity to research her work so thoroughly However, this book was overpowering by the excessive amount of Greek references that are not common knowledge This book opens with Lady Emily Ashton in mourning for her late husband, Unfortunately, she had only spent six months with him, before he left for Africa and never returned As a wealthy widow, she became most grateful for the freedom and independence she was afforded as a widow that she could never have experienced as a married woman There are still those who attempt to steer her toward adhering to societal rules Through conversations with friends, acquaintances, husband s personal journals, and family members, she becomes infatuated with the man she married Consequently, she uses her resources and freedom to begin a socially unorthodox pursuit of her interest in the field of academia She begins reviewing the ancient Greek art antiquities collection her husband was obsessed with acquiring She has an insatiable appetite learning as much as possible about Greek literature and antiquities This leads her to discover that the basis of much of her acquired wealth may have been obtained illegally She struggles with discovering the truth, not wanting to tarnish her husband s reputation By now, she has fallen in love with the husband she barely knew There are numerous twists and turns that reveal stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder It is told by pov of the main character, a recent widow, Emily, that barely knew her departed husband, Philip, the Viscount Ashton She actually experienced little grief, since she barely knew the man, due to her single minded reason for accepting his proposal was that she longed to escape her mother s control over her life In her new role, she becomes strong minded and assertive in ways she never had before The premise for this book was interesting and the characters were mostly proper, sometimes charming, and self thinking individuals including some women The plot was murky and not well grounded All in all, it lacked the intrigue I expected from this book Other reviewers have suggested that you start with previous books that star Emily in them, in order to allow you to appreciate Emily much Many books are so compelling, engrossing the reader s full attention, and you hope they will never end However, this book does not qualify for that type of experience The content and execution were tedious and tended to exhaust me as I pushed myself to reach the conclusion The storyline just moved too slowly, the disjointed topics tended to distract and bog down with the extraneous details concerning the artwork It compares to daily life without any significant ups and downs which is interesting, but not captivating She helps uncover the mystery, but there are questions left unanswered that I m sure will continue on to the next book.So I liked getting acquainted with the characters and watching them grow, but not captivated with the excruciatingly, overwhelming Greek and antiquities described in such intimate detail After listening to the next two books, I revised my rating on this one If I ignore the narrator s shortcomings, I find it is worth .

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    And Only to Deceive is billed as a novel of suspense set in the 1880s though mostly I m in suspense as to whether the heroine will do some other wildly anachronistic thing Emily Ashton marries Philip Ashton solely to escape her mother s nagging he dies in a hunting accident shortly after their marriage and its only after his death that she realizes he was a man of hidden depths, which she begins to explore There s a mystery involving forgeries and stolen antiquities from Greece and a budding romance with Philip s best friend, but mostly we follow Emily on her rounds through various European cities.Since I found this in the laundry room of my building and didn t spend any money on it, I feel a little bad being quite as harsh as I am, but This book really had very little to recommend it the plot was not particularly interesting the characterization was poor I couldn t keep some of the characters differentiated because they seemed so similar to others and the writing especially the dialogue was mediocre.First of all, I find it completely unbelievable that Emily hasn t even got a passing acquaintance with the myths enshrined in the Iliad Bulfinch s mythology came out in the mid 1850s and this story is supposedly taking place in the 1880s So I m expected to believe that someone who is characterized as very bright is completely ignorant of the story of Helen of Troy That s a bit much Of course, I find it equally implausible that her deceased husband was so in love with her as we are told he was She doesn t seem any interesting at least at first than any other woman whom Philip encounters Moreover, Alexander falls into the standard trap of historical fiction which is that she plops characters who think and feel exactly like 21st century people into the nineteenth century with a few descriptions of clothes so that we know they re really in the nineteenth century But there s nothing Emily does or says that sounds remotely like she was raised in the 1880s and even bizarrely, the only people who seemed perturbed by her unconventionality are her mother and some fussy older lady friends of her mothers Moreover, I see no evidence of Emily s vaunted intelligence she actually seems quite remarkably thick about people, though she is apparently so beautiful that everyone around her falls madly in love with her Lastly, there s the anachronistic language At one point, one of the servants tells Emily that everyone below stairs was rooting for her in a conflict with her family Now, first of all, I highly doubt that any kind of trained staff would have been that forward with their mistress and secondly, rooting for something is totally anachronistic if they mean cheering for Emily Has Ms Alexander ever read a 19th century novel This was just one egregious example there are many others I won t be reading any of what is apparently a series

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    I ve read all kind of books there are those that made me cry, while with others I laughed books that made me think and wonder or amuse me as I read them just for the kick of it Tasha Alexander s And Only to Deceive made me reflect, for it was different from the average historical fiction books I read recently That is evident from its first paragraph Few people would look kindly on my reasons for marrying Philip neither love nor money nor his title induced me to accept his proposal Yet, as I look across the spans of the Aegean Sea filling the view from my villa s balcony, I cannot doubt that it was a surprisingly good decision It is a book not only I enjoyed but lived along with the protagonist, as I could imagine myself sometimes in her place, even if Emily was a Victorian woman I think it was the perfect time for her to exist, she married Philip in 1888, probably at the time when women s role started to change in Europe the women s suffrage only became a national movement in 1872 in the UK, however, concrete results would only be seen after WWI After a slow start, I was conquered by Lady Emily s story A widow just after her wedding trip, Emily slowly begins to discover and explore her identity From the diary of her deceased husband, she not only notices the world of ancient Greece, classical antiquities but decides to learn Greek and take pleasure in Homer She also falls in love with him Her friend Cecile cautions her Don t fall in love with your dead husband, Kallista It can bring you no joy But she could not help herself.In that, it was a unique and poignant story Just to imagine you could have loved and been loved in return Nonetheless, she enjoys being independent and won t give it up easily I still had no intention of marrying I did not want to relinquish control of my life to anyone To the utter consternation of her mother She tries to conciliate society s conventions with her new impetus for freedom But Lady Emily is set on her new ways, and some occasions startle or even displeases her acquaintances not only the men Despite the fact that I usually dislike and avoid stories penned in the fist person, here it felt right probably because it s focused on one person and her road of self discovery Of course, there is some romance, friendships, a mystery to be solved and briefly angst I loved Emily s French friend Cecile, she is an essential character as she becomes Emily s best friend despite the age difference and Colin Hargreaves, who was Philip s best friend, always sounds secretive but, from the beginning, I had the impression he was fascinated by her However, their relationship is not always easy or without conflict I enjoyed her ramblings about Homer, the Illiad and how she far preferred Hector to Achilles But then Emily discovers that her opinion did not always coincide with Philip s I armed myself with Philip s journal, resolved that a lively exchange of ideas about ancient Greece could be adequately replaced with reading my dear husband s thoughts on the subject I sighted, flipping through pages until I came across a draft of an essay of sorts that he had written about the Iliad.In it I found no mention of the things I loved about the poem its humanity, its energy, the heroic ideals of its characters Most unsettling to me was his excessive praise of Achilles And in all pages of writing, Philip never once mentioned Hector, except as Achilles enemy How could he have overlooked Homer s most human character As I sat there, I slowly began to realize that my own opinions were quite different from those of my husband I also relished the atmosphere of the places she visits Oh, how I love Paris and Santorini seems heavenly But it was not a perfect novel if that exists The rhythm is somewhat uneven, but probably a necessity of the plot The secondary characters appear not fully explored, but could it be different since Emily tells the story and we get only her point of view I m curious to see how Ms Alexander continues Lady Emily s tale in the next books of the series If you are a fan of historical fiction, but sometimes enjoy a new outlook in your books, read And Only to Deceive and enjoy

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    This book started out very promising As historical fiction, the author gets it right enough detail for interest but not so much to bog down the story She does not take too many liberties with the time period or setting As a novel of suspense it is an engaging story not really a page turner but enough suspense to keep me anxious to read on.Where this book suffers most is with its heroine, Lady Emily Ashton She is a young widow, a social station which makes her believe herself to be worldly than she really is, which of course drives much of the conflict in the novel I won t hold this character flaw against her, but the result of it in the novel is a sort of whiny nascent feminism and a rebelliousness that seems designed to make the character have appeal to a modern audience As the book progresses, the formulaic plot wears a bit thin, and by the end it seems clear the author is setting us up for a series of novels featuring a plucky heroine, willing to defy society s conventions in search of adventure and her own sense of self fulfillment Of course she is independently wealthy as well and, as a widow, holds a station in society which allows her freedom than many women In the back story section at the end of the book, the author even admits that she made her character a widow for precisely that reason This is a song I ve heard many times before, and I was disappointed to find this the direction Ms Alexander is headed Despite these flaws I did enjoy the book, but because of them I am not likely to seek out further adventures of Lady Emily Ashton.

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    I must confess I feel a little bad about my relationship with Lady Emily Ashton I came across her adventures in the wake of Lady Julia Grey s escapades and I fear I won t be able to do Emily justice, that she will always be overshadowed by Julia And, um, Brisbane Do not mistake me I like Colin Hargreaves very much He is a delight and I hope Emily never throws him over But he s not.well He s not Brisbane There I ve said it We can move on If you haven t guessed by now, AND ONLY TO DECEIVE is the first in Tasha Alexander s series of Victorian mysteries featuring Lady Emily Ashton A series that has a fair bit in common with Deanna Raybourn s Julia Grey novels Emily, like Julia, is made a young and rather sudden widow at the start of the story The thing is, she never much cared for poor, dead Philip He was simply a way of escaping her overbearing mother To the cynical Emily, he represented the lesser of all the evils courting her After his death, however, Emily is shocked to discover her husband was wildly, irrevocably in love with her and she had no idea Through his journals, letters, and stories told by his closest friends, she comes to know and love her late husband As she embarks on a study of ancient Greek language and sculpture in memory of Philip who was something of an afficionado , Emily becomes involved in a ring of forgeries leading back to Philip and his friends It seems she has a few things left to learn about the man she married.The best thing about AND ONLY TO DECEIVE is the wonderful immersion in all things Greek I was instantly taken back to my history of civ classes and what a wonderful experience I had reading The Iliad for the first time Emily, too, had the good sense to prefer Hector to Achilles I thoroughly enjoyed watching Emily fall in love with her husband and struggle with the fact of coming to know him secondhand and all too late I loved the way she embraced the life of the scholar as a tribute to him and how she tried to move on despite the ever constricting mourning requirements imposed on all sides Unfortunately, her loyal love for her husband soon becomes a bit ridiculous as it is clear he is dead and was not, perhaps, the capital fellow his friends made him out to be Emily also suffers a few TSTL moments with regards to the merits of her two suitors as well as her endeavors to unmask the villain As a result, I grew a bit impatient on the whole Not enough to deter me from the next installment, as I did enjoy many things about this light and charming mystery Here s hoping things pick up a bit in the next one.

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    Sometimes, a book just doesn t work for me no matter how much I want to enjoy it And Only to Deceive have everything that I should like, interesting characters, a mystery and a tragic love story However, somewhere along the way the story just lost my interest and unfortunately I never found it as interesting as it was, in the beginning, to read.So, what went wrong Why did this book not appeal to me I think the biggest problem for me was that the plot, Emily s hunt for the truth about Philips involvement in the forgery of art, or rather the whole forgery plot was so simple to figure out that it took away the enjoyment to read the book Since this book is bit old now and several new books have been published was it easy to cross one person of the list as suspects and that made the list of people that could be involved pretty small And, a book that started off interesting just lost its spark along the way.I did find Emily s newfound love for Philip tragic and sweet, but alas even that went a bit boring after a while She discovered new things about him and she realized that the man she married was a different man than she had imagined and suddenly she fell in love with him With the problem that he is dead Like the forgery part that also lost its spark after a while However, I do want to continue with the series I did like Emily enough to want to read about her I just hope the stories in the rest of the books are better and that the mysteries will be much interesting to read about Also, I m not really that fond of Colin, and I hope that I will grow to like him.

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    I didn t enjoy this book as much as Deanna Raybourn s Silent series, but it was entertaining I couldn t help but compare the two as the protagonists have very similar setup Rich, widowed, Victorian era, mystery about husband s death This book seemed to dance around the story quite a bit, went off on tangents and had frequent periods of stalling in the middle I enjoyed it, and will read the next though, as the setting is very interesting.