Saturday, November 18, 2023

A Beautiful Disguise Review

About the Book

 Left with an estate on the brink of bankruptcy after their father's death, Lady Marigold Fairfax and her brother open a private investigation firm marketed to the elite . . . to spy on the elite. Dubbed The Imposters, Ltd., their anonymous group soon becomes the go-to for the crème of society when they want answers delivered surreptitiously. But the many secrets Marigold learns about her peers pale in comparison to her shock when she and her brother are hired to investigate her best friend's father as a potential traitor.

Sir Merritt Livingstone has spent a decade serving the monarch in the most elite guard, but when pneumonia lands him behind a desk in the War Office Intelligence Division just as they're creating a new secret intelligence branch, he's intent on showing his worth. He suspects a man of leaking information to Germany as tensions mount between the two countries, but needs someone to help him prove it, so he turns to The Imposters, Ltd. No one knows who they are, but their results are beyond compare.

Lady Marigold is determined to discover the truth for her friend's sake, and she's more determined still to keep her heart from getting involved with this enigmatic new client . . . who can't possibly be as noble as he seems. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I decided to read this story because it is the start of a new series and many people have been loving it. I enjoy unique historical fiction and this boasts a lot of quirky characters and elements. Lady Marigold is not what you would expect and has quite the side job. A pet lion is an added bonus. This reads like a historical spy story only with a bit more flair. Marigold and her brother are a fun team and their spying adventures hold this story together. Merritt is a good hero. There is a sweet love story but it wasn't the main focus in my opinion. This book was just okay for me. I know many have loved it but I had a hard time fully getting into this story. I really tried but for some reason it just isn't the book for me. I still enjoyed bits and pieces of it but it just wasn't my favorite. 

Three Stars. 

"I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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