A Counterfeit Lady Novel (#4)
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Historical / Romance / Mystery
Elizabeth Miles is preparing for her wedding to
Gideon Bates, when a menacing shadow from her past threatens to destroy
the life she’s built for herself in this all new Counterfeit Lady Novel
from USA Today bestselling author, Victoria Thompson.
The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged from the army. One of them, Captain Archie Carstens, the son and heir of a wealthy Knickerbocker family, seems less happy to be home than Gideon had expected. While Archie was in France, he fell in love with a beautiful French woman named Noelle. He desperately wanted to propose, but he was already engaged to a girl he had known all his life back in America.
When Archie receives a letter supposedly from Noelle begging for money to help her flee the terrible conditions in France and come to America, Elizabeth is suspicious. There’s no way to verify the letter is actually from Noelle, and she fears that a conman or woman might be trying to take advantage of Archie in his vulnerable state. But that’s not all Elizabeth has to worry about. Vicious thug Oscar Thornton has gotten wind of her wedding announcement and realizes the woman who conned him is still alive and well. Gideon and Elizabeth have to figure out a way to help their friend while making sure their worst enemy doesn’t destroy their future….
City of Schemes is the fourth installment in author Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series. It has been two months since World War I ended, Elizabeth Miles and Gideon Bates are preparing for their wedding. Thanks to the War ending before Gideon could be shipped ovrseas and likely not returning, plans are now going full speed ahead with the invitations, the place for the wedding, the guests who will be invited, the dress, etc. Then comes the revelation that Gideon's friend Logan Carstens is not as happy to return home as Gideon expected.
Despite the terrible
ravages of the war, Logan, who is betrothed to Rosemary Westerly, found his
great love in a young French woman named Noelle. The other problem is that New
York society is strict and closed off to outsiders. Families have been known to
tear each other a part at the slightest hint of wrongdoing. One day, Logan
receives a letter in which Noelle asks for money to help flee her home country.
However, Elizabeth notices something suspicious in the content of this letter. Elizabeth
realizes that this looks to be a grift called the Spanish Prisoner.
Elizabeth desires the
most to verify the authenticity of the letter so that if the letter is true, Logan
has a chance to be happy. Unfortunately, Oscar
Thornton, (the mark from the con in book #1), comes back to retrieve money he
believes he had lost to her in one of her so-called schemes after reading about
her engagement in the society newspapers. In order to get rid of him, Elizabeth
goes to her father, The Old Man, along with her brother Jake, in seeking help
to finally put Thornton out of his misery. This con belongs to the Old Man and
Jake exclusively which once again reminds me of the movie The Sting.
has to deal with a betrayal by Logan’s alleged fiancé Rosemary Westerly who
leaked her engagement to Gideon to the newspaper. One of the best things about
this story is the authenticity of the setting. The author has done her due diligence
and it shows every single time one of these books is released. Some authors may
mail it in, or create their own world, Thompson puts fictional characters into
historical settings and does a marvelous job of creating a wonderfully
entertaining story. I love that Gideon has all but stepped back and allowed Elizabeth
to do what she needs to do. I am overjoyed that readers will finally get to see
the event of the year with Elizabeth and Gideon’s wedding and all the surprises
that come with it. So much for a quiet family and close-friends-only wedding!