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A Foreign Affair    by Caro Peacock order for
Foreign Affair
by Caro Peacock
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Avon, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

It's 1837, and a young Englishwoman, Liberty Lane, has just learned that her father has been murdered. To find out who killed him she must pose as a governess to a powerful family that harbors its own secrets. Liberty's story unfolds in the time when young Victoria (Vicky) is new to the throne, and this change is cause for some intrigue and speculation about who really should rule.

The book begins: 'Would you be kind enough to tell me where they keep people's bodies.' With that, we are drawn into Liberty's first-person account of her life, her relationship with her father, and her quest to discover why he died. It is from Liberty's point of view that we glean the historical background surrounding the events of the story, and for the plot to work it is essential we have the right information. Author Peacock shows great talent in providing the necessary details while keeping the story flowing. It definitely feels authentic.

The author's end remarks are just as interesting as the story itself. Peacock indicates there will be more Liberty Lane adventures. I for one will be eager to see what happens next.

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