Thursday, 9 March 2017
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
A classic regency romance novel that up high with those written by Georgette Heyer and by Mary Balogh. I couldn't get enough of Juliana's and Spencer's stories and would have been thrilled if the book had continued into their next adventure. By the time I turned the first page, I was hooked.
Juliana is an unusual young woman for her time. She values learning and research above social climbing. Spencer appears to be a young man happy to wander through life, but in reality is working for the government as a spy. Their first meeting is dramatic and left me wondering what author Cindy Anstey could do top it. I didn't have to wait long for the drama to continue.
Considering how restricted women's lives were in that time period, close friends, often neighbours, and family played a significant role in their socializing. Carrie and Mr. Bobbington filled these roles well. I thought I knew what to expect from each, but was surprised to find that they had more backbone than anticipated. They could have their own story I'm sure. As much as I loved Aunt Phyllis for her manipulative nature, it was Uncle Leonard who stole my heart with his superhero nature by taking Juliana's side when none other in the family was able to.
This book has everything a reader would expect from a Regency romance with a little less bodice ripping since it was written with a teen reader in mind. Ms. Anstey's next book Duels and Deception is due out April 11, 2017.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.
Cover Image courtesy Swoon Reads.