Book Review: THE LIE AND THE LADY by Kate Noble — I was totally engaged

My reader, what does a blush mean?  Does it mean you are guilty? Embarrassed? In love?  Find out what this wonderfully wrought story proposes!

the Lie and the ladyTitle:  The Lie and the Lady Winner Takes All, book 2
Author: Kate Noble
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: America, 1823
Pages: 384
Published by: Pocket Books
Published Date: December 29, 2015
ISBN-10: 1476749396

ISBN-13: 978-1476749396

About the Story: Following The Game and the Governess comes the second novel in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All series of Regency romances from Kate Noble, the writer behind the wildly popular, award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Clerk John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he switched places with his friend, Lord Edward Granville, at a country house party. But while posing as a lord, he fell for a lady—the Countess Letitia! Now she’s learned the truth, and he must win her back as plain John Turner. He’d better hope that love truly conquers all… Lady Letty was publicly humiliated when it came out that she had fallen for the man, not the master. When she meets him again, she’s determined to avoid him, but some things are too intoxicating to be denied. Letty knows what choice she must make to survive, but if she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?

My Thoughts:  My only regret?  I didn’t read book one of the series, The Game and the Governess!  I have had the pleasure to read Kate Noble’s work before , so I settled in, to a good read, snuggled into a comfortable chair.

Her plot and the ending of the story isn’t apparent from the beginning.  She keeps me guessing where it is all going while her work is long enough to fully develop her characters, the setting, the flaws of her characters and allows the reader to have the pleasure of enjoying the details and emotion of the story.

I loved the contradictions of the story.  Isn’t life a big contradiction?  Leticia was ruined by a lie, a lie that wouldn’t go away.  A woman of strength she fought back as best she could, but ironically she was saved by a lie.  What a wonderful twist!

Our heroine is overwhelmed.  She must deal with Margaret, a peculiar step-daughter, the women of Hemsley who have already lynched her, Palmer Blackwell who has an agenda as black as his name, her feelings about John Turner and Sir Babcock.  Leticia wasn’t a cruel person, she lived a cruel situation.

Some wonderful words I must quote:

“A man may spill the ink, but a woman wears the stain.”

“Envy has a color.”

There was so much game playing in this story, you won’t know whose scheme is the finest!  Quite the witty romance. Who’s the cat, the mouse, the spy, the truth seeker, the friend?

I had to admire Leticia.  She struggled on so many fronts, but always took herself in hand and eventually was able to decide which direction she’d take in her life—a delightful character. She used her logic and reasonableness to sway the town folk, but her heart did not listen where John Turner was concerned.

John Turner loved Leticia, the moment he met her, but he couldn’t trust her. He couldn’t even accept the fact he loved her until he lost her. So much game playing which simply makes a story you can not put down.  This story did not drag – on the contrary I could not drag myself to bed.  Ms. Noble did not disappoint me and I’ll be watching for her next in the series, hints already have me eager to follow what is in store for Margaret and Rhys.

Kate-Noble-author-picKate Noble is the national bestselling author of The Game and the Governess and the critically acclaimed, RITA Award-nominated Blue Raven series. Under the name Kate Rorick, she writes for television, as well as novels based on the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, for which she is also a writer and producer. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit, @NobleRorick,

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I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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