the lie and the lady book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Lie and the Lady, book two in the Winner Takes All series written by Kate Noble, is a story of second chances.

When John Turner switches places with an Earl, he’s only thinking about the money that he will win at the end of a bet. However, when he falls in love with the Countess of Churzy, things get a bit complicated.

Humiliated and heartbroken, Leticia flees her home to try to outrun the Lie that ruined her life. The man she gave her heart to was a fraud, and the only thing she can think about is how to move on.

However, when fate intervenes and sends Leticia – now engaged to the town’s most prominent bachelor – to John’s hometown, things are yet again complicated.

Will she be able to escape her past and make a new life for herself with her new fiancé? Or will the past catch up with her and force her to face her true feelings?

I was a little lost when I first started reading this novel, as I hadn’t read the first in the series. However, Noble does a good job summarizing the important bits of Leticia and John’s situation in book one, so I wasn’t behind for long.

Like any good romance novel, there are obstacles in the way of Leticia’s happiness, and she must face them head on in order to move forward with her life. These obstacles not only come in the form of the obvious – her past with John – but also from the ladies of her new hometown, an evil man trying to win her fiancé’s favor, and her new stepdaughter. Leticia’s character – like most of the characters in this book – is well-developed, and she handles these obstacles like a champ.

Noble also does a fabulous job keeping with the time period this book is set in. Unlike in romance novels set in the current time, the romance in this book is more subtle and innocent, which was something that I really appreciated. I was definitely pleased with the fact that Noble did enough research to make it true to the time period.

The ending of this book was obviously predictable, and just like most romance novels, everything was wrapped up and topped with a nice little bow, but I loved that aspect because that is why I read the romance genre…to be able to escape the harshness of life and go to a world where everything works out the way you want it to.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a good read, and I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Pocket Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.