The Duke of Portsmough offers an impecunious half-French relative a job as his young son's nanny. What he quickly discovers is that he wants her, badly. What he discovers far more slowly is that she isn't at all what she seems. Evangeline de Beauchamps is in way over her head. She has far more to cope with than a nineteen-year-old virgin should ever have. To top it all off, she must play an experienced widow with a man who knows women as well as he knows his horses, or so he thinks.
What you see isn't necessarily what you get in The Deception from prolific New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Evangeline de Beauchamps, a 19-year-old innocent, is forced to spy against her English homeland to save her beloved father from the merciless men attempting to return Napoleon Bonaparte to the French throne. To succeed, she must convince Richard Clarendon, her late cousin's husband and the Duke of Portsmouth, to take her into his home on the English Channel, preferably as nanny to his son, or as the Duke's lover, if necessary. Passing herself off as an experienced widow is more difficult than the virtuous Evangeline ever imagined, especially under the perceptive scrutiny of the Duke, a man who knows--and loves--women, especially one as beautiful and mysterious as Evangeline. And Richard, in spite of his indolent demeanor and long history of affairs d'amour, is no one's fool; he suspects that Evangeline is not telling him the whole truth, but never imagines that she could be connected to the traitor the Duke is attempting to ferret out and bring to justice for murdering one of his friends. Can love find a way to flourish among the secrets and deception? The answer is a resounding "yes!" in Catherine Coulter's moving novel.
Expanded version of An Intimate Deception. Enjoyable Coulter.
Great Story. Historical Romance taking place during the Napoleanic Era. Interesting twists and turns