Author: Michelle Diener
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: October 22, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
From Goodreads.com: "LONDON, 1812: Giselle Barrington is living a double life, juggling the duties of chef with those of spy catcher. She must identify her father’s savage killer before the shadowy man finds her and uncovers the explosive political document her father entrusted to her safekeeping.
Posing as a French cook in the home of Lord Aldridge, Giselle is surrounded by unlikely allies and vicious enemies. In the streets where she once walked freely among polite society, she now hides in plain sight, learning the hard lessons of class distinction and negotiating the delicate balance between servant and master.
Lord Aldridge’s insatiable curiosity about his mysterious new chef blurs the line between civic duty and outright desire. Carefully watching Giselle’s every move, he undertakes a mission to figure out who she really is—and, in the process, plunges her straight into the heart of danger when her only hope for survival is to remain invisible."
My Two Cents:
"Banquet of Lies" is Michelle Diener's latest release. This historical fiction book follows Giselle, a brave young woman, who is trying to hide from the person who killed her father all while protecting an incredibly important document.
I've read a couple of Ms. Diener's books by now and one thing that I really have enjoyed about her book (and I've liked a lot of things about her books) is the great characters. I really, really liked Gigi. She is one brave lady. She also has a quick wit, which I appreciated! It would have been so easy for her to just hide but she realizes the mission that her father was on and duty comes before safety, which made for a thoroughly engaging and exciting read!
The setting of the book was fascinating for me. I haven't read a lot of books set in the early 1800s and I love just about anything set in London. I love visiting some place new through books. This book definitely did that for me, which was very exciting!
Umm, and also Gigi is acting as a cook for Lord Aldridge, which means that this book is chock full of delicious food. I don't know about you but as a foodie, any book with delicious food is also very exciting for me.
Overall, this was a fun adventure!
Follow the Rest of the Tour:
Monday, October 21
Review at Unabridged Chick
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, October 22
Review at Historical Tapestry and The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 23
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading
Thursday, October 24
Review & Giveaway at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Linus’s Blanket
Friday, October 25
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Libraria
Interview at Historical Tapestry
Monday, October 28
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, October 29
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Wednesday, October 30
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, October 31
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Friday, November 1
Review at Peppermint, Ph.D.
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair