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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?
Number of Pages: 314
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 X .75 (inches)|
Series: Regency Spies of London
In Englands Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public lifebut 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 healand to fulfill a dying soldiers last wish by delivering his coded diary.
At the home of the Wilherns, one of Englands 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 distanceuntil the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julias guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nations undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that Englandand the man she is falling in love withneed her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Story!January 31, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Spys Devotion was a delightful novel! I really enjoy the Regency setting and love finding good, clean books placed in this time period. Add in the fact that this story had a suspenseful thread running through it and also was a Christian fiction novel - well all of these things made me a very happy reader!
The author did a great job of creating characters whom I had extreme compassion for, such as the main character, Julia, and her friend, Sarah. And the hero of the story, Nicholas, was very nicely written. He struggled to balance the life of espionage he found himself entangled in, the interest he felt for Julia, and what his future plans for himself should be.
There were some really awful characters, as well! My, oh my, Julias aunt, uncle, and cousin were the personification of greed and selfishness. Their various ploys to demean and use Julia simply made her sweetness all the more impressive.
The espionage and traitorous dealings led to a few very tense moments in the book, along with danger for the main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed A Spys Devotion and look forward to reading more in the series.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Spy's DevotionMay 31, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5good taleMay 1, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
EmilyAnne285 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Historical RomanceApril 14, 2016EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In 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.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic!April 4, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Squeeeallll!!!! 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.