A Spy’s Devotion
Written by: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Month, Year: February, 2016
A brief summary from Melanie Dickerson:
In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.
At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?
After falling in love with The Golden Braid and Melanie Dickerson’s fairy-tale romances, I was overjoyed to see she was making a transition to the Regency Era – the era of Jane Austin and everything romantic. A Spy’s Devotion did not disappoint my romantically inclined heart either. The main heroine, Julia, had not one, not two, but THREE suitors!! Three men vying for her affections; a gal could only be so lucky. 😉 Although, I’m not sure I could handle three suitors at once, so more power to her!
The character development was well established and I found myself immensely disliking Julia’s extended family. In fact, as I read through this book, I quite often related Julia to Cinderella in how she was more of a servant to her family, how the upper ton showed her no regard whatsoever (to include her own family!), and her insanely low means of income – perhaps Dickerson didn’t stray too from a fairy-tale romance after all? One character I was quite taken with was Leorah, one of Julia’s suitor’s sister. Her expressiveness and fierce loyalty earned her my favor right away. I’m really hoping she will make an appearance again somewhere in the remainder of this series. Ok, I’m actually hoping that she gets her own book, that’s how much I loved her!
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this book for yourself, devour the novel, and join me in waiting in antsy anticipation for Book 2 in The Regency Spies of London series.
I was graciously provided a free copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.