Review: The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander

Title: The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander
Lady Travelers Society Series Book Three
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length:384 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Set sail for love in this sparkling new adventure in #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series.

Harry Armstrong has spent years in Egypt, recovering relics and disregarding rules. Now he’s back in England with a new title and a new purpose: penning his exploits. But his efforts are overshadowed by London’s favorite writer about Egypt—a woman they call The Queen of the Desert, of all things. Worse, her stories—serialized in newspapers and reprinted in books—are complete rubbish.

Miss Sidney Honeywell didn’t set out to deceive anyone. It’s not her fault readers assumed her Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt were real! Admitting her inadvertent deception now would destroy her reputation and her livelihood. But when the Earl of Brenton challenges her to travel to Egypt to prove her expertise, accompanied by his dashing, arrogant nephew, what choice does she have but to pack her bags?

With the matchmaking founders of the Lady Travelers Society in tow, Harry is determined to expose Sidney’s secret. But the truth might not be as great a revelation as discovering that love can strike even the most stubborn of hearts.


The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander is a delightfully engaging historical romance. This newest addition to the Lady Travelers Society series can be read as a standalone but I also HIGHLY recommend the previous two installments as well.

Writing under the pen name Mrs. Gordon, Miss Sidney Honeywell is the author of a much loved series  about adventures set  in Egypt. She uses her grandmother’s journals about her travels and searches for Egyptian artifacts and Sidney’s readers erroneously believe her stories are based on her own experiences. Sidney is in danger of being exposed by the Earl of Brenton whose letters to the newspaper accuse her of a being a fraud. The newspaper insists Sidney and the Earl’s nephew, Harry Armstrong, journey together to Egypt to prove she is, in fact, an expert on the country and its artifacts. Joining them on their trip are Sidney’s elderly friends, Lady Gwen Blodgett,  Mrs. Poppy Fitzhew-Wellmore and Mrs. Effie Higginbotham and newspaper reporter, Daniel Corbin.  Will Sidney save her career? Will Harry’s secrets (both past and present) be revealed?

Sidney has much more gumption than she believes and she refuses to allow Harry to uncover the truth that could destroy her career. She is surprisingly headstrong as she stands up to him on numerous occasions. Although Poppy, Gwen and Effie are rather mischievous, Sidney is quite protective of them when they devise and carry out schemes that are well-intentioned but not always wise. She enjoys verbally sparring and matching wits with Harry.

Harry’s reasons for challenging Sidney’s authenticity do not exactly paint him in the best light. He is somewhat jealous of her success since he has been unable to garner interest in his writings on his Egyptian adventures.  He and his good friend Ben Deare quickly deduce some intriguing information about Sidney’s stories that is rather puzzling. Harry has also not been completely honest with Sidney and some of his omissions are quickly uncovered upon their arrival in Egypt.

As Harry gets to know Sidney better, he begins to have regrets about his attempt to discredit her. Their relationship does not take long to go from antagonistic to an uneasy friendship. Their awareness of each other gives way to a mutual attraction that simmers under the surface until they join forces and work together. Harry respects Sidney and he is quite impressed with her unexpected discovery, but he is still quite protective of her. Sidney refuses to allow Harry to coddle her and they work well together as a team. Will revelations about a secret Harry is hiding derail their burgeoning romance?

The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl is a captivating romance with a cast of charming characters and an engrossing storyline. Sidney and Harry are endearing characters who learn unexpected things about themselves once their journey is underway. Poppy, Effie and Gwen are fun characters who add plenty of humor to unfolding story.  Victoria Alexander brings the setting vividly to life through her descriptive prose and meticulous research.  An absolutely marvelous addition to the Lady Travelers Society series that old and new fans are sure to love.


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3 Responses to Review: The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander

  1. Timitra

    Sounds good, thanks for sharing your thoughts Kathy