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Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review: A Spy's Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London #1)
Book Description:

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness 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?
 
Book Review:

When I saw that Melanie Dickerson had a new book out I was extremely excited. Then I got a little nervous that she was trying a Regency novel. Why mess with a good thing, you know? But guess what? This was probably one of, if not the best novels she's written. I wasn't going to start reading it yet, I had to psych myself up to try something new, but I accidentally clicked on it and when I started reading it, it was hard to put down. I've liked her other books, but sometimes they were a little wordy and descriptive. Not so with this one.

Honestly, if I thought hard about it, and waited for some time to pass I'm sure if I could find things to nit pick about, but since I literally just finished reading it and am still riding the high that comes from reading a good book, I'm not willing to think deeply about everything. Right now I can tell you that I was highly entertained, and have already recommend it to my sister as a great book to check out and read.

If Regency christian fiction is your thing, definitely give this one a try.

Andrea's Review:

I'm a big fan of clean Regency romance novels and spy novels, so when Tarah told me about Melanie Dickerson's new book, A Spy's Devotion, I couldn't wait to read it.

I really like what Dickerson did with this story. There was a good amount of suspense and excitement, and the romance was quite enjoyable as well. Julia was so humble, and not an attention seeker (even though with her talents and beauty she was hard to overlook). All of these traits made her so likable, and Nicholas was perfect for her. He was drawn to goodness even though he had plenty of attention from women who would have been a better fit (according to society).

Not only were the main characters great, but the secondary characters really did a lot for the story as well. I was pulling for the good guys, and hoping the bad guys would get what they deserved. There were several instances where you see opposites in the story (ie. good familial relationships vs. bad familial relationships) and they really tugged at the heartstrings. The story felt realistic and had good pacing.

The Regency-spy combination was a great one! I would definitely recommend A Spy's Devotion.

A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London #1)

Title: A Spy's Devotion
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 9781503950511
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.