A house divided...
London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross's sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.
Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William's expenditures. Her father's heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys' reputation.
Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him--for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.
The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.
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I do enjoy a good historical but this book really threw me off as it is filed as a Young Adult and to me if someone is old and mature enough to be engaged or working a full day as an adult then they are not a young adult. I know that a lot of my readers would not care what genre a book is filed under but I do find that it sets some expectations and I would have enjoyed this book much more if I wasn't wondering just what the publisher was thinking.
Now that my rant is over, I do have to say that I did enjoy DIAMONDS AND DECEIT and stepping into that world was a great way to while away a few hours. All of the characters were really solid and I found that I had a lot of empathy for Rose who is struggling to find her feet in a new social structure. I also enjoyed the glimpses of the lives of the servants and Rose's old friends.
I am sure that a lot of my readers who like to delve into historical romances will enjoy this book, I didn't find that it had that special something that would raise it above the pack which is why I am rating it a 3. Opinions I am sure will vary and be sure to let me know what you thought of the book if you have read it.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.