Olive Kentworth has spent her life hiding her interest in architecture, even though she pores over architectural books and sketches buildings. When she accepts a job on a home expansion, it’s only because her cousin Amos agrees to pose as the builder. To further hide her involvement, Olive takes a position as a nanny–not knowing that she’ll be working for her idol, Joplin’s leading architect, widower Maxfield Scott.
Maxfield is intrigued by his new nanny–she makes his home and his life bearable again. His work, on the other hand, is a disaster. An untrained builder is remodeling a completed project of his. What’s worse, Maxfield’s current client wants changes to his plans because of that builder’s work.
As the architectural one-upmanship heats up, Olive’s involvement becomes harder to hide. Will the relationship between her and Maxfield survive, or will they both miss out on building something for their future?
Engaging Deception by Regina Jennings is a fabulous historical read. It takes readers deep into one woman’s journey of creating a career in architecture. This is solely only a man’s job, yet Olive finds a way to make it her life. Olive uses deception to build her career. Everyone thinks her cousin is the brilliant mind behind the things she creates. Yet only she knows the truth. But as her employer, Max, continues to work with her cousin, it gets harder to hide the truth. Lies never work. I love how many morals are woven into this story. I also love the banters between Olive and Max, as well as between her and her family members. Tension and anticipation built up with every page. Overall, this is a fun and exciting read about a strong woman who is passionate about her work and family. Engaging Deception is by far the most charming historical novel I have read.