Feb 7, 2009

A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock

After reading A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock for the HarperCollins First Look Program and the adventures of Liberty Lane, I decided to pick up the first in the series to see how Liberty's exploits began. Check out my review of A Dangerous Affair here. A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock is set in England and France prior to the ascension of Queen Victoria to the throne of England. Liberty Lane is staying with family when she receives word from her father that he will be returning home from Paris shortly. Rather than wait for him to return, she runs off to Dover to meet him, but she soon learns of his death.

Liberty's impetuous nature leads her into dark alleys, a morgue, carriages with duplicitous men, and a household full of secrets as she attempts to uncover the truth behind her father's death. She refuses to accept the news that he died in a dual, and she is enlisted by men of influence to spy on the Mandeville household while feigning to be a governess.

Caro Peacock has a way with description. Readers will be thrust into cramped spaces with large, round scary men, like in the passage below:

"The man who called himself Harry Trumper had arranged things so that he and I were sitting side by side with our backs to the horses, the other man facing us with a whole seat to himself. As my sight cleared, I could see that he needed it. It was not so much that he was corpulent--though indeed he was that--more that his unweildy body spread out like a great toad's, with not enough in the way of bone or sinew to control his bulk" (Page 39)


Readers will enjoy how Liberty's relationship in this novel develops into more of a friendship in the second novel, rather than the fatherly relationship we see in A Foreign Affair. Liberty is a Victorian Age Nancy Drew, led by her impetuous and curious nature to solve mysteries. Peacock's use of language unfolds the intricate relationships between the characters and the mysteries in this novel.


About the Author:

Caro Peacock grew up in a farmhouse that‚ for most of her childhood‚ contained half a dozen brothers‚ sisters and cousins‚ twice as many cats and dogs‚ no central heating and one bathroom that stopped working every time the spring that supplied it silted up. This possibly bred the habit of curling up in a quiet place with a book and‚ later‚ a passion for travel that led to a rather disrupted education. Somewhere along the line‚ she acquired a great interest in Victorian history − which she considers a much misunderstood period − and particularly the part played in it by independently−minded women.

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21 comments:

Marg said...

I read the first one of these books and liked it, but preferred other books with a similar setting that I read after this one.

I believe that this author used to write under the name Gillian Linscott

gautami tripathy said...

This seems like an author I should check out. Next time I go I buy her books!

Serena said...

Marg: I honestly don't know enough about her. But I really like Liberty's character, even if the names are a bit cheesy.

Gautami: I really think these are fun mystery books.

bermudaonion said...

Sounds like a good one!

Serena said...

Bermudaonion: I like these light mysteries. Now I have to wait for the next book.

Dar said...

I've never read any of these or heard of them but they sound good-a Victorian Nancy Drew-I like that. Another for that list of mine. Great review Serena.

Serena said...

Dar: Thanks for popping over to check out the review. I really liked these because they aren't too heavy

Katherine said...

I really enjoyed this book, too! I linked your review to mine in my blog.

naida said...

I've never heard of this but it does sound good.
great review :)

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Jenners said...

Not sure this is my kind of book but loved the author photo! How dramatic!

Serena said...

Katherine: Thanks for linking my review.

Naida: I think these are great light reads in between those heavier ones I sometimes get stuck in.

Jenners: The author photo reminds me of the cover. I think that's why I chose it.

Iliana said...

This sounds totally like my type of comfort read so yes, it's on my radar! Thanks for the review!

Serena said...

Iliana: I just love these easy to read historical novels.

S. Krishna said...

I need to read A Foreign Affair. Thanks for the review!

Serena said...

S Krishna: I snagged this from the library through inter-library loan and had only 3 weeks to read it. LOL I didn't even need a week!

Darla D said...

This sounds like a fun series (not that I need a new one, but apparently I have no will power) - I will be on the lookout for the first book!

Serena said...

Darla: I thought that I was done with catching new series as well, but that hasn't worked well.

Anna said...

I like your description of Liberty Lane as a Victorian Nancy Drew. Her name totally sounds like a p*rn star. LOL Sounds like an interesting set of books. Great review!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Anna: The names are a bit cheesy, but that's ok. It is a good read if you need something to entertain.

Ladytink_534 said...

Love the cover! It's just so interesting and the author's name really jumps out at you as well.

Serena said...

I really like her name too!