All Is Fair
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
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Lady Mina Tretheway knows she’s destined for greater things than her fancy boarding school, where she’s being taught to be a proper English lady. It’s 1918, and war is raging across Europe. Unlike her father and brother, who are able to assist in the war effort, Mina is stuck sorting out which fork should be used with which dinner course.
When Mina receives a telegram that’s written in code, she finally has her chance to do something big. She returns to her childhood home of Hallington Manor, joined by a family friend, Lord Andrew Graham, and a dashing and mysterious young American, Lucas. The three of them must band together to work on a dangerous project that could turn the tide of the war.
Thrilled that she gets to contribute to the war effort at least, Mina jumps headfirst into the world of cryptic messages, spycraft, and international intrigue. She, Lucas, and Andrew have to work quickly, because if they don’t succeed, more soldiers will disappear into the darkness of war.
Mina Tretheway receives an urgent telegram at her boarding school. She fears the worst as the War rages on. Mina discovers that the telegram from her father is in code and tells her to come home. Upon her return home to Hallington Manor, Mina finds an old friend- Lord Andrew Graham and an American- Lucas Mueller. They need Mina's help in order to complete a dangerous mission in Germany. Before Andrew and Lucas set off on their mission, an accident happens and Andrew is incapacitated. Mina is determined to help Lucas see the mission through, although Lucas believes she is too frail and spoiled. Before Lucas can convince Mina to return home, they are thrown together to complete the mission and survive.
All Is Fair is an exciting and adventurous Young Adult novel set during World War I. Mina's character was charming and invigorating as a young woman good with codes, ciphers and languages. The writing did have a slow build in the beginning, but did build up the dreadful feeling of wartime and the suspense that not all was right at Hallington Manor. About halfway through, when Mina became part of the mission with Luke, the pace picked up and I couldn't stop reading. Their spy mission was intriguing and added a dash of sweet romance. I liked that she proved her worth during the mission as a woman and because she was a woman. Through Mina's and Lucas' eyes we see bits of the harsh realities of war and also learn about the Dame Blanche Resistance movement of France and Belgium which was primarily comprised of female members. Overall, an exhilarating young adult spy thriller.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Dee writes contemporary, science fiction and historical adventure stories for a wide range of ages. Her books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, the Scholastic Book Club, and have been nominated for numerous state awards lists. In addition to books published under her own name, she also writes for the Boxcar Children series. Connect with her on twitter at @deegarretson or find out more about her books at deegarretson.com
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