Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. 


And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander


Few people would look kindly on my reasons for marrying Philip; neither love nor money nor his title induced me to accept his proposal. Yet, as I look across the spans of Aegean Sea filling the view from my villa's balcony, I cannot doubt that it was a surprisingly good decision.


And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)


I wasn't sure if I was going to like this, to be honest. I'm waiting for Behind the Shattered Glass by the same author, and this is the first book in that series. So I wanted to give it a try. Was it going to be all manners and tea? I was pleasantly surprised. It's got humor, Greek mythology, antiquities fraud, and a little danger. And it's got Santorini, so it can't be all bad right?  

From Goodreads:

For Emily, the sudden proposal of Philip, Viscount Ashton, freed her from her overbearing mother, set on a grand match. When the new groom died on safari, she felt little grief. Two years later, his journals reveal surprises, a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector deeply in love with his wife.

In his beloved quiet British Museum, she finds a dangerous secret while juggling two suitors, one whose intentions may go beyond marriage. Her search to solve the crime leads to more surprises about Philip, and questions about her role as a woman in Victorian society.


  1. Oh, this is an interesting meme! I may have to consider adding it to the blog. :) I'd really like to start this series as it sounds really intriguing! And that opening is definitely an eye-catcher. Thanks for sharing!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

    1. Hey thanks for coming by! This kind of overlapped w/ my Teaser Tuesday last week, but I wanted to share more of the book and try something new. And yes I really like this book so far- its not super action packed but its an interesting and easy read. I really like the Greek mythology touches throughout. And her new one I think will be good too!

    2. Greek and Roman mythology always seem to lend unique or interesting touches to novels. I'm seriously considering popping out and buying this book today! lol Glad you're enjoying it so far.

    3. I always liked Greek mythology, but as an adult you don't always come into contact with it and I hardly remember any of the stories now! What a shame. So it's nice to re- connect. :) I'm really impressed w/ this author, she seems to know her history. I hope you like it if you do get it!