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A Spy's Devotion #1, in the Regency Spies of London series, by Melanie Dickerson

Nicholas Langdon is a wealthy well connected British officer who has returned home to heal after a battlefield injury.  He had made a promise to fill a soldiers last dying wish and deliver a coded diary. He attends a lavish ball at the home of the Wilherns, known as one of England's most powerful families, where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward Julia Grey.  The diary is stolen and in route to find it, he uncovers a to a plot to devastate the nation of England.  Will the Nicholas and Julia work together to save their country?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 314
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 1503950514
ISBN-13: 9781503950511
Series: Regency Spies of London

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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?

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Historical romance author Melanie Dickerson earned her bachelors degree from the University of Alabama and has taught special education in Georgia and Tennessee. She has also taught English in Germany and Ukraine. Dickerson won the 2012 Carol Award in young adult fiction and the 2010 National Readers Choice Award for best first book. Her novels The Healers Apprentice and The Merchants Daughter were both Christy Award finalists. She lives with her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

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  1. Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Spy's Devotion
    May 31, 2016
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A SPY'S DEVOTION is a departure from Melanie Dickerson's usual books. Instead of being a fairy tale retelling, it is a regency romance. As with her other books, it is an entertaining story that held my interest from beginning to end. Regency books do rile me up though: the snobbery and the lack of options for women. Julia Grey is an orphan who has lived with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Phoebe since she was a young child. Phoebe is a couple of years younger than Julia and is very spoiled. She is convinced she is in love with Nicholas Langdon, a young British officer who has returned home to heal from a battlefield injury. However, he finds himself drawn to Julia, which causes problems, especially when her uncle forbids her to meet with him and orders her to marry Hugh Edgerton. How will Julia get out of being forced to marry the scoundrel Edgerton? Will she (gasp!) have to become a governess? The spying Nicholas and Julia are doing for the Crown brings danger to them both. The woman who threw Nicholas over to marry another man several years ago is now a widow and further complicates things. There are many interesting characters in this book, both likable and contemptible. I enjoyed it very much.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    good tale
    May 1, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This story is set in London in the year 1811. Julia Grey is the ward of Mr. and Mrs. Wilhern. She has grown up with their daughter Phoebe and been given a good education and social standing due to her association with the Wilherns. Phoebe has her heart set on marrying Nicholas Langdon and enlists Julias help in encouraging Nicholas to pay Phoebe attention and perhaps gain his favor. Julia has always tried to follow the rules of society and has felt indebted to the Wilherns as they took her in at a young age and raised her after the death of her parents. In gratitude for their care, Julia agrees to try to steer Nicholas in Phoebes direction. However, she sees Nicholas sneak out of her uncles office and soon learns her world is about to be changed forever.

    Nicholas Langdon is on leave from the army recuperating from war injuries. He is shortly due to be sent back to his unit. He has one more duty to perform before leaving and that is delivering a diary of a soldier who was in the camp hospital with Nicholas. The young soldier was dying and asked Nicholas to deliver the diary upon his return to England. Nicholas tries to deliver it, but is assaulted by two thieves who steal the diary. Fortunately, Nicholas has made a copy and delivers this. Upon deciphering the copy, the authorities discover a plot to murder General Wellington. Suspicion turns to Phoebes father, but proof is needed so Nicholas is granted leave from his unit to find proof.

    I thought the author did a good job of engaging me and holding my interest in the story. Julia is a gentle, refined woman with the best interests of others always in the forefront. She has a distant relationship with God, but as the story progresses she relies more on Him. As tensions mount, she is finally able to see how the Wilhern family really sees her. She is willing to risk her life for her country and to save Nicholas from an assassination attempt. I enjoyed the conversations between Nicholas and Julia as well as watching their romance develop. Julias optimism and selflessness were admirable.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Historical Romance
    April 14, 2016
    EmilyAnne28
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In a battlefield infirmary in Regency England, Nicholas Langdon receives a book as a last request from a dying man. At first, he thought it was just a journal to take to a family member, but he soon realizes it contains secret codes that could devastate the British army if put into the wrong hands. He is soon embroiled in spying on the uncle and guardian of Julia Grey, who he has been attracted to for some time. Will she help him or hinder him in his mission? And how will Julia balance her attraction with him and her agreement to help her cousins infatuation with Langdon?

    Wow. I quite loved A Spys Devotion. Melanie Dickerson has broken her chain of historical, fairytale retellings to start a new series in a different time period. It did not addict me quite as much as some of the others, but it was still awesome. A spy romance in Regency England is certainly a great premise, and it is just the beginning!

    The only way to describe Langdon and Julias relationship with each other is complicated, as annoying as that word can be. The spying on Julias uncle, Phoebes infatuation with Langdon, Julias desperation to marry, and so much more adds to the danger and misunderstandings of their relationship. The characters were not focused on the romance developing between each other, but it was a major part of the story, developed very well.

    I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    April 4, 2016
    Kav
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Squeeeallll!!!! My Regency fan-girling heart is still in palpitations after reading this amazing story. And -- yay-- it's the first in a The Regency Spies of London series. I've been a fan of Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale retellings since reading The Healer's Apprentice but I admit to being positively giddy over her venture into Regency romance. And not just ordinary Regency romance, but one laced with intrigue.

    I do so love a good spy story. The kind with a plucky heroine and a stoic wounded soldier -- both determined to save their country from the evil that lurks within. Add into the mix Julia's precarious circumstances and Nicholas's desire to avoid romantic entanglements and this becomes a page-turner of a read.

    Dickerson has captured the ambiance of the Regency era. It's in the drawing room dialogue and endless society rules of decorum. And the balls! The touch of a gloved hand at the beginning of a dance, the slanted glance across the room, the whispered breath when the dancers draw close....sigh, I'm in full swoon mode.

    But I can't stay in a puddle for long because a treasonous plan is afoot and dastardly traitors to expose. Not to mention the sweet stirrings of a romance to salvage. A perfect blend that held me captive and left me yearning for more.
  5. British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great foray into a new genre from an established author!
    March 5, 2016
    crtnybc
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am somewhat familiar with Melanie Dickerson's fairytale stories and frankly wondered if she could pull this off, but by the end of chapter one I was hooked! Julia Grey has spent her life trying to follow society rules on deportment and behaviour for young women to the letter. She has always thought that if her actions are proper and above reproach it will protect her from the evils of the world and will assure her either a marriage match or proper spinster placement, although she has sworn she will only marry for love. These ideals are now letting her down. She is the ward of her aunt and uncle who took her in as a companion to her cousin when she was orphaned and who have given her the same advantages as her cousin.

    However, now that they are of marrying age, she may be seen as competition for her spoiled cousin and suddenly the way of life she currently knows is in jeopardy. The author has done a good job with this character because although she is good and kind, she is not sickeningly so and you get the idea that she would make a very good friend.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but the one thing I would say is that it may not be right for younger girls who might enjoy some of her fairytale remakes.

    I received this book from Netgalley and Waterfall Press for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Waterfall Press!
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