Sweet Deceit Book Summary and Study Guide

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Leisure, Mar 2002, 5.99, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0843949767

    In 1814 England, though her spouse is much older than her and ailing, Lady Diana Rainville loves Geoffrey. They both desperately want a child, but she is a pure innocent and he can no longer sire an heir. Desperate to not allow the estate to fall into the hands of a gambling wastrel, Geoffrey concocts a plan to have a surrogate father impregnate his shocked spouse. He turns to his nephew, a second son, to sire an heir.
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    Reluctantly Gavin Winslow agrees to the scheme only as a deathbed pledge he makes with his dying uncle. However, neither Gavin nor Diana could fathom the feelings that spring up between them and the length an unknown assailant abetting Montjoy will go to gain the inheritance.

    SWEET DECEIT is an entertaining Regency romance that is at its best when the villains remain off stage and the plot focuses on the triangular relationship. When the honorable Gavin, the trusting and loyal Diana, and the memories of the good Geoffrey take center stage, the readers feel the angst and guilt of the lead protagonists as they fall in love with one another while also loving the deceased Geoffrey. When the villain and his partner intercede in the plot, they feel like intruders slowing down an engaging relationship drama. Lynn MacKay furbishes a wonderful historical romance that sub-genre fans will want to read and desire similar but more succinct works from this author.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   old guy loving young gal Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by authorities/family Who is...    -   physically ill Family focus?    -   Yes Family, sick/caring for    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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