14 September 2023

A Beautiful Disguise | Book Review


In Edwardian London, not all that glitters is gold as a lady and an intelligence officer's secret mission take them from the city's dazzling ballrooms to its covert intelligence offices.

Sir Merritt Livingstone has spent a decade serving the monarch in the field, 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 an aristocrat of leaking information to Germany as tensions mount between the two countries, but he 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.

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 for the elite to spy on the elite. Dubbed The Imposters, Ltd., their anonymous group soon becomes the go-to for the crème of society who 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.

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.

"White's well-woven plot is engaging from start to finish with delightful threads of mystery, romance, and inspiration."--Carrie Turansky, award-winning author

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: August 22, 2023



Oh, what a joy to be starting a new series from Roseanna M. White!

A Beautiful Disguise kicks off The Imposters series and heads into Edwardian London. While Lady Marigold Fairfax and her brother run an anonymous, yet respected private investigation firm, Sir Merritt Livingstone is looking to prove himself qualified to the War Office Intelligence Division. Of course, Marigold and Merritt wind up using their talents to search for the same traitor and cross paths again and againbut with espionage, secrecy, and disguise a part of both their lives, can they truly get to know one another in the process?

I very much enjoyed being a part of the world in the pages of this new book. The characters are lively and full of quirks, the mystery and suspense are pitch-perfect, the historical detail is divine, and the romance is absolutely swoonworthy. The plot surprised me more than once, and I cannot wait to see what White has in store for this cast of characters next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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