‘Garden of Lies’ by Amanda Quick: Historical romance/ mystery

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Rating: 4 stars

“Garden of Lies” is pure Amanda Quick. Pure Quick in the sense that there is an extremely intelligent and independent female protagonist as well as a strong male protagonist who has definite issues. Of course they both are vulnerable in their own ways, but together they become stronger.

The romance is every bit as tender and nuanced as one might expect from Quick, and the mystery is filled with enough exotic adventures, twists and turns, period language, and great secondary characters that it keeps the reader entertained until the end. And the end?

Well, what’s a romance without a “happily ever after,” which is certainly the case in this story. No disappointments in this cleverly written, carefully plotted love story.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons for review purposes.