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REVIEW: Fateful Deception by Kate Allan

Dear Ms Allan,

fdcover.jpgYou manage to pack a great deal into your Regency novella, Fateful Deception. I’m grateful that the heroine, Lucinda Handscombe, is neither a silly twit nor a too modern young woman. You have her act as a reader might expect a sheltered young woman of the period to respond. The hero, Captain Robert Monceaux, is a gentleman and behaves as such. There is no “one night of love” for the heroine to remember in her spinsterhood and when she turns down Robert’s initial proposal, it’s not just because he doesn’t love her but for practical reasons which would have been of far greater importance in that time.

The villain was a rather stock character but his motivation was believable and far less grating than these “foaming at the mouth” types. But after all the trouble you take to set the atmosphere and get lots of things right, you throw in an enormous clunker of a historical mistake. Robert couldn’t have inherited his Dukedom from his mother’s brother. The title (at least in England) would have had to pass through the male side of the family. There are also some editing and continuity problems (sentences that end in question marks when they shouldn’t and having Lucinda say “Good morning” to Robert at the beginning of a visit you’ve taken pains to set in the late afternoon) but these were more annoying than anything else.

I do like the main characters you’ve invented and your plotting so I will be looking for other books of yours but this one gets a C+


Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Kate Allan
    Sep 01, 2006 @ 05:42:40

    Dear Jayne,
    I’m really glad you enjoyed Fateful Deception. It was the first novel I got published and so my intention is to continually improve, and of course take even greater care to avoid unecessary historical mistakes! I’m waiting for another novella to be published in the UK which should be towards the end of this year, and after that it will hopefully be available as an ebook. My novels are only available in print I’ m afraid but with luck one day they’ll make it into ebook format too.
    Best regards,

  2. Jayne
    Sep 03, 2006 @ 10:05:21

    My novels are only available in print I’ m afraid but with luck one day they’ll make it into ebook format too.

    Excellent! I’m so glad to hear this. You are an author I will be looking for in the future.

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