A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White Book Review

A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White book review

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A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White takes place in early 1900s England, which is a time period that I’m not super familiar with but was excited to read about. If you enjoy historical fiction with unique plots, lovable characters, and mystery, then give this one a try!


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A Beautiful Disguise

Author: Roseanna M. White

Pub. Date: Aug. 22, 2023

Series: The Impostors book 1

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction 

Pages: 400

Rating: 4 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: death of parents & sibling, murder, gun violence


Left with an estate on the brink of bankruptcy after their father’s death, Lady Marigold Fairfax and her brother open a private investigation firm marketed to the elite . . . to spy on the elite. Dubbed The Imposters, Ltd., their anonymous group soon becomes the go-to for the crème of society when they want answers delivered surreptitiously. But the many secrets Marigold learns about her peers pale in comparison to her shock when she and her brother are hired to investigate her best friend’s father as a potential traitor.

Sir Merritt Livingstone has spent a decade serving the monarch in the most elite guard, but when pneumonia lands him behind a desk in the War Office Intelligence Division just as they’re creating a new secret intelligence branch, he’s intent on showing his worth. He suspects a man of leaking information to Germany as tensions mount between the two countries, but needs someone to help him prove it, so he turns to The Imposters, Ltd. No one knows who they are, but their results are beyond compare.

Lady Marigold is determined to discover the truth for her friend’s sake, and she’s more determined still to keep her heart from getting involved with this enigmatic new client . . . who can’t possibly be as noble as he seems.


Spoiler-Free Book Review

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for this gifted ARC and finished copy. All opinions are my own.


What I Liked

  • Because of Marigold’s and Yates’ past experiences, they were quite close as siblings in both personal matters and in their jobs. I loved their interactions and just how obvious their affection was for each other.
  • The unexpected circus elements were such a fun part of the story. I loved the animals (especially Leonidas) and the circus troupe that was more like an extended family. Also, the acrobatic scenes were so good!
  • The Imposters were so fascinating to me since most spy content I’ve seen has been in movies. I loved seeing how Marigold, Yates, and the others worked together to uncover the truth in ways that don’t involve modern spy equipment.


What I Didn’t Like

  • The romance was sweet, but I do wish there had been a bit more to it. I could see the friendship slowly building, but then the romance seemed kind of sudden once it happened.


Final Thoughts

I am very excited to read the next book in this series since I’ve come to enjoy these characters and this setting.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you like mysteries involving spies, early 20th century England, and found family.


Where to Purchase

You can purchase a copy of this book at the following retailers:

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