REVIEW: The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander

IMG_4494.JPGTitle:  The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl (The Lady Traveler’s Society #3)
Author:  Victoria Alexander

Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date:  November 20, 2018

Set sail for love in this sparkling new adventure in #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series.

Harry Armstrong has spent years in Egypt, recovering relics and disregarding rules. Now he’s back in England with a new title and a new purpose: penning his exploits. But his efforts are overshadowed by London’s favorite writer about Egypt—a woman they call The Queen of the Desert, of all things. Worse, her stories—serialized in newspapers and reprinted in books—are complete rubbish.

Miss Sidney Honeywell didn’t set out to deceive anyone. It’s not her fault readers assumed her Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt were real! Admitting her inadvertent deception now would destroy her reputation and her livelihood. But when the Earl of Brenton challenges her to travel to Egypt to prove her expertise, accompanied by his dashing, arrogant nephew, what choice does she have but to pack her bags?

With the matchmaking founders of the Lady Travelers Society in tow, Harry is determined to expose Sidney’s secret. But the truth might not be as great a revelation as discovering that love can strike even the most stubborn of hearts.

Review

Victoria Alexander was one of my OG authors when I first started reading historical romance way back in the day.  I absolutely loved the fact that she could absolutely transport me to another time and place with her words, and I would eat them up like candy.  I haven’t read a book by her in years and years, simply because I got away from the genre, but I am so glad that I took the time to pick up her newest release because I was not disappointed!

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl is by far, one of the best historical romance books I’ve ever read.  This book was just so much more than your run of the mill romance.  It was a romantic comedy wrapped up in an adventure story with a dash of daring romance.  And the best part was of course, the ladies of the Lady Traveler’s Society.  They were hilarious!  They had me cracking up laughing, and giggling to myself throughout the pages.  These ladies were my favorite from the first few pages of the story, and I adored them throughout.

Our two main characters are Sydney and Harry.  Sidney is portraying herself as a young widow writing about her adventures in Egypt.  But in reality, she’s a single woman, writing a fictional account of her mother’s adventures in the desert, alone with the help of her three friends Aunt Effie, Poppy, and Guin.  When she’s challenged to prove herself as a worldly traveler by the Earl of Brenton, she jumps on a boat to prove just how true of a Egyptian scholar she really is.  However, the Earl has secrets of his own, and the story that ensues around these two is fantastically written!

If you’re looking for a fun, daring adventure with a bit of romance entwined, this book is the one for you.  It’s different because of the location, and the large cast of supporting characters.  It kept me intrigued because it caught my attention in a different way from so many othe historical romances that seem to go down the same path time and time again.  I cannot wait to go back and read the other novels in this series, and spend more time with some of these supporting characters!

4.5 Stars!

About the Author

Victoria AlexanderNew York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!

Now he’s been joined by Reggie, also a faithful companion.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal—she has to.

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