A Suspenseful Romantic Journey of Deception!
Alyce Rufford stops at the Cat and Fiddle Inn after traveling by carriage for several days. She is en route to Whickhoe to her guardian Colonel Montague Tolworthy. She has been his ward since she was 12 years old when her father supposedly committed suicide, but had lived with some of his people whom she knew as Aunt Emma and Uncle Munford, who accompanied Alyce on the carriage journey. Aunt Emma has taken ill on the journey from their home which has burned to the ground. Alyce believes someone set the fire. Upon entering the Inn she immediately draws the attention of the men inside. The innkeeper insults her when she asks for two rooms, by telling her he gets paid up front…as if she couldn’t pay.
As it appears the innkeeper isn’t going to give them rooms, they receive aid from Lord Julian Casvelyn. He has the innkeeper give them rooms. Soon, an attempt is made on Alyce’s life, but Lord Julian is there to save her.
Alyce doesn’t understand why someone would want her dead, and she doesn’t understand why she feels a familiarity with Lord Julian, until she learns his is the twin brother of Lord Roland Casvelyn who took her to Colonel Tolworthy 12 years before just before her father died. Alyce doesn’t believe her father committed suicide, but believes he was murdered. Daughter of Deceit is the story of Alyce’s journey to find the truth, and in so doing she finds love.
I really got into Carrie Haynes' Daughter of Deceit of intrigue in trying to figure out who wanted Alyce dead. Haynes led me through a journey of deception by showing that Alyce was removed from her father’s home by Lord Roland Tolworthy just before his "suicide." Alyce wants to get to her friend Charles. She and Charles have been friends for years and Alyce knows he will take care of her and help her find the truth about her father’s death. Charles harbors a secret of his own. Alyce is the only person who knows of this secret.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat as Alyce goes through the days trying to learn the truth. The suspense kept my heart racing as Alyce meets someone that knows something about her father. It turns out to be an attempt on her life. I literally held my breath until I knew she was alright.
Later in the story, Haynes takes Alyce through a journey of sensual feelings for Lord Julian. Alyce discovers that she is falling in love. And through the description Haynes uses throughout her story, I experience the same feelings Alyce felt. Haynes was able to make me place myself in this story to feel as if all the action that took place happened to me. I especially like when I read a book and can feel that way.
There is one scene toward the end of the book that made me not able to put the story down--when Alyce is led to old ruins at Colonel Tolworthy’s estate by someone trying to cause her harm. I stayed up late reading the last section of the book because I simply could not quit reading until I knew the outcome. Carrie Haynes knows how to weave a tale and draw the reader into the very essence of the story. Good job Haynes!
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