Christmas Awards 2011

Tuesday 3 August 2010


Deception by Amanda Quick

Publisher: Bantam Books

November 2009 (reissue)

ISBN: 978-0-553-59282-5

Pages: 402

Olympia Wingfield loved to study ancient legends and about long lost treasures. That has been difficult to do since her three nephews have come to live with her. Now Olympia is trying to raise the three hellions and doesn’t have the time to do her research anymore. Everything changes when a stranger steps into her library unannounced and starts straightening out her world. The man looks like he has stepped out of one of Olympia’s legends. A handsome man that takes Olympia’s breath away from the very first sight.

Jared Chillhurst looks like a daring pirate but he tells Olympia that he is a tutor for her nephews. Jared plies Olympia with tales of travel and customs that until now Olympia has only been able to read about in books, Jared soon captures Olympia’s heart. Unfortunately Jared is getting caught in a trap of his own making. All too quickly Olympia learns that Jared is not the lowly tutor she thought he was but actually a future earl.

Now that the truth is coming out things quickly get more complicated while they search clues for a treasure that has been lost for several generations. Jared is going to have to convince Olympia that the only treasure he is truly interested in is her. Thinking that the only way to be able to have Jared is to convince him to keep searching for the treasure Olympia does just that. Little does Olympia realize that Jared is looking for more than just a few weeks or months with Olympia, he is looking for a lifetime with her. With others looking for the treasure too they are going to have to be careful that they don’t end up paying with their lives.

This story is set in the period after England’s war with France. The story is quick paced and has some wonderful characters. The different characters bring a great deal of humor to the story and bring the story to life which keeps the reader interested in the book. The story is a fun one to read and will keep you hooked until the very last sentence. You never know what will happen to the characters next and will hate to put the book down until you find out what is happening.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

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