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I confess I already loved the heroine, Letitia, and the hero, Turner, before I started this book. That is because they featured so much in the prequel, 'The Game and the Governess.' While I read that novel, I wanted more of Letitia and Turner. I'd seen them fall in love in that other novel and liked them very much.
Having said that, The Lie and The Lady works well as a stand-alone and you do not need to read the prequel novel to enjoy this one. However, I'm guessing that knowledge of 'The Game and the Governess' helped me love these characters quickly despite that Letitia appeared mercenary at first.
The Lie and the Lady builds over time so that it is in the last 40% or so that the clues and events in the first chunk of the book all come together. In the last 1/3 of this book, I decided that I loved it.
The build-up to admissions of love, kissing and other intimacies was so good that at a mere touch, or kiss, heat bloomed from my heart outward through my chest. That response took me by surprise and I loved that this book could do that.
I felt there was a good balance of Letitia and Turner being together on the page and apart, especially because of Letitia's circumstances.
The one who needed to find her true self and where she belonged was Letitia, and I felt she did an admirable job of 'waking up' in the time given to her in the book. I admired Turner for not interfering in Letitia's plans for her future, or pushing her in any way to do what he wanted, and how he waited for her to know herself and accept him. I found him an honourable character.
I enjoyed the secondary characters too, whether likeable or evil, and I am looking forward to this author's next novel, hoping it will be about Margaret and Rhys.
I felt this novel was well researched and enjoyed it thoroughly. It boggles my mind that the author wrote this while nursing a newborn baby. What a woman!
This was better than The Game and the Governess, mostly because John is vastly more sympathetic than Ned. Even when I wanted to shake him because he was being an ass. I loved Leticia, and I wouldn't call her a gold-digger at all.
Having listened to The Game and the Governess on Audible, I could not wait to read this book. Because of the situation in the first book, I was impossibly curious how Mr. Turner and Letitia would fare in this second book. I read the second book using the kindle app, and I am glad that I did. The Lie and the Lady was is a wonderful read, and I found it to be clever, thoughtful and filled with intriguing characters. The dialogue is rich, witty and the atmosphere of the book makes the town of Helmsley and its people in it come alive. I felt like I was right there when it all happened, a bit like stepping into a Masterpiece Theatre series. I love when a story comes alive like that, when I am reading a book. . There is romantic intent from several characters in the book, though the physical romance is secondary to the overall flow of the story. There is one scene in the churchyard with the John Turner and Letitia that is achingly beautiful and melancholy. I am definitely moving this book to my keeper shelf.
Its hard to find clever approaches to an overdone genre. I read a lot of them and so many fade into the forgetable. Ms Noble has managed to be fresh with an original story line, characters who have unique personalities, and a setting in a mill town rather than in high society London. The mix is refreshing and very interesting. In today's world, Letty would be CEO of a company, Margaret would be on her way to academic prominence, Helen would be the Mayor. But the Regency/post Napoleonic times caused severe restrictions on women's ability to be independent. That struggle is clearly illuminated here and that struggle is what makes this time period a favorite for historical fiction. I found Letty tough, tender, and fascinating. I loved the windmill! Nice job!!!
I liked the first book in this series, and I was looking forward to this one. It was disappointing. The hero was bland and had only a small part in the book. The heroine was immature, snobbish, and two-dimensional. They had no chemistry at all. The storyline was contrived, and the dialogue stilted. The author gave only the slightest explanation of how the heroine found herself in difficult circumstances. A few times I thought about bailing out of the book entirely. I don't think I'll read any more in this series.
I love Kate Noble's books, This is the second in a series. If you can look past the unrealistic incredible amount of coincidences that brings the book together you will enjoy it. This book can easily be read separate, but you enjoy the irony and references of things better if you read The Lie and the Governess first. I can not wait until the next book comes out with Dr Gray. I am also waiting for Kate to finish the Blue Raven Series, I want to know how they catch the Killer of Lord Fieldstone.
I love all of Kate Noble's books. The Lie and the Lady is one of her best. When I read historical romance, I don't necessrily plan or even want to learn anything. However, I always do when I read Kate Noble's novels, and I think it just adds to the experience. This time is was about windmills! Ms. Noble's characters are interesting and richly developed, and these include not just John and Letticia, but also Helen, Margaret, Sir Barty, and Palmer Blackwell, Mrs. Emory, and even the butcher's boy. What I liked was even if one knows who ends up with whom, I wasn't certain to the end how it was all going to come about. I read this in a day, but told my husband if we get a snow day soon, I will read it again.
Ms. Noble once again delivers a nuanced, layered, and wholly endearing story. What I find fascinating about Ms. Noble's writing is how effortlessly she allows her characters to be human. Our leads make bad decisions, are petty, are confused and hurtful. But that in no way makes the reader feel they don't deserve happiness. They do the best they can, and we root for them all the same. As always, the author's constructs a setting that is in itself a character. The small town, and the detailed characters that populate it, ground the story and provide important comic relief, and plot depth. The world-building makes the story breathe. As always, Ms. Noble's wit and humor come through strongly, eliciting laughs throughout. Another excellent novel.
I found the character development in “The Lie and the Lady” quite interesting. I was interested in seeing what happened to the main characters Letty Price and John Turner as well as some of the lesser characters like Margaret. The story had several interesting twist that were unanticipated and that made this a real page turner. At the conclusion of the story I couldn’t put the book down. On top of it all, the story is well written and the book simply enjoyable to read.
I usually love Kate Noble's work, but I have to admit, this title left me a little cold. Mostly, I had a difficult time warming up to the heroine, Letty. I did not find her particularly sympathetic at all. I figured that would change as the story progressed, but for me it didn't. She was still so hesitant by the end of the story that I found her undeserving of a HEA. Her tendency to vacillate started to get on my nerves somewhat.
I also had a slightly difficult time warming up to some of the secondary characters. Sir Barty was absurd, telling his intended absolutely nothing about several important aspects of his life, and although the character altered during the course of the story, I did not find much to like with his daughter Margaret either.
There wasn't a great deal of mystery to the story. There were far too many coincidences, and it was fairly obvious early on which characters would end up paired together by the end.
I was entertained by the story and am certainly not sorry I read it, however, I was a little disappointed as well. I was a little disheartened with the hero of this title's companion piece (The Game and the Governess), but managed to like the character and the outcome of the story by the end of that book. I wasn't certain how it would be possible to make Letty, a character I found somewhat shallow and insipid in The Game and the Governess likable. While I liked her better than I did in the previous book, I still didn't like her much, even by the end. Getting to the end of a book and STILL not liking the heroine much presents a problem with liking the story overall.
I am a big Kate Noble fan, and anxiously await her next title. I admire her work very much, unfortunately, this one did not work well for me.