Women Writers Reading Challenge #42: And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander


This historical fiction was highly enjoyable, filled with interesting characters and not a little intrigue. As Tasha Alexander comments at the back of the book, Lady Emily enjoys an interesting place in society. As a widow, she’s as free from outside influence as she could possibly be. Since she hardly knew her husband, she doesn’t really mourn him as she adjusts to her new status. She begins to further her own knowledge through the study of Homer and then mysterious things start to happen…

It’s definitely a page-turner. It’s a pretty quick read, but it’s really well executed for being a first novel. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction with interesting heroines.