A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Receiving word that her father has been killed in a duel in 1838 England, Liberty Lane, knowing her father would never have taken a part in such an act, sets out to catch his killer and takes on a government assignment to pose as a governess and move in with an influential and sinister family. Original. 30,000 first printing.


A remarkable debut novel rich in atmosphere, color, and suspense, Caro Peacock's A Foreign Affair is an irresistible blend of history, adventure, and ingenious invention that brings an extraordinary new writer—and a truly endearing and unforgettable heroine—to the literary stage.

The year is 1837. Queen Victoria, barely eighteen, has just ascended to the throne of England, and a young woman named Liberty Lane has just had her first taste of true sorrow. Refusing to accept that her gentle, peace-loving father has been killed fighting a duel, she vows to see justice done. . . .

The trail she follows is a twisting and dangerous one, leading the spirited young Englishwoman into an intricate weave of conspiracy. Contacted by secret agents, she is asked to pose as a governess in order to infiltrate cold, rambling Mandeville Hall and spy on its master, Sir Herbert Mandeville, who is at the center of a treasonous plan.

Nothing at the hall is what it seems, and every turn reveals another deceit, another surprise, another peril, leaving Libby to wonder who to trust and embroiling her in a deadly affair that could destroy the young queen and place Libby herself in mortal peril. . . .

Publisher: New York : Avon A, c2008
ISBN: 9780061445897
Branch Call Number: FIC PEA
Characteristics: 331 p. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 10, 2013

After leaving her disapproving relatives in order to surprise her father, Liberty is shocked to find that he will not be joining her after all. He has been murdered in Calais! And after a short visit there, Liberty heads back to England to get to the bottom of the mystery and clear her father's name. Along the way she makes two steadfast new friends, Rancie the horse and her handler Amos. Both will come in handy in the end when Liberty comes across a dangerous secret. The characters are well drawn with a fascinating story line that propels this story along at a finely tuned gallop. I am looking forward to the next installment.

MustangSally Sep 05, 2012

This book starts off slow but becomes more exciting as the reader delves deeper. The main character Liberty Lane shows her ability to survive on her own in Victorian England, under difficult circumstances. Her father is murdered and she is determined to discover the details. She goes 'under cover' as a governess in order to find out the truth behind his murder. Liberty is in more danger than she realizes and must protect herself as well as two other women whom she meets along the way.

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