Friday, October 24, 2014

Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan - ADVISABLE

McGowan, Jennifer Maid of Deception, 409 p. Simon & Schuster, 2014.  $18.  Language: PG (2 swears, 0 ‘f’); Violence: OG; Mature Content: PG (talk of “ruin”)

Queen Elizabeth has declare that Beatrice, one her Maids of Honor, shall marry and so she shall - until the very second before the vows are spoken and Elizabeth bursts in and calls an ending to the ceremony.  The Queen has more duties for her spies and a married Beatrice is now not part of them.  While Beatrice is still reeling from the Queen’s and her former betrothed’s betrayals, Beatrice is finding herself drawn more to the Scottish prince, Alsdair.  Or does she approach because the Queen commands it.  Beatrice has been playing so many deep games, she is no longer sure what genuine feelings really are.  

While still containing mystery, danger, and romance, this second in the series is much better than the first, I feel.  Beatrice is a much more complicated character and there is plenty of interaction with the other Maids.

MS, HS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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