Author: Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Romance, Historical
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Juliana Telford wants nothing more than to find a publisher for her and her father’s research. What better way to do that than go to London under the guise of her “season” to speak to publishers! She has no real intention of ever marrying so it doesn’t matter who she meets, right?
Spencer Northam is in town not to find a wife but to spy on a family who he believes has connections with trading government secrets. He doesn’t have any intention of meeting a suitable female for marriage. That is until..
Utterly charming, sweet and lovely, Love, Lies and Spies will make any Austen proud. Juliana is a fine heroine, smart and clever and very observant. She has her own mind and certainly acts out on what she wants, while still staying within the confines of her society. I love that she is into science and research and bugs. She is a nerd girl I would probably be friends with.
Spencer is charming and cunning, using his wits to outwit his enemies. The dialogue is reminiscent of Austen’s P&P, fun banter back and forth that not only forwards the plot but also exposes the characters’ real emotions. The story develops fast but the romance soon takes center stage. While the spy portion is entertaining, the real magic is between all the characters and the way the author has woven the familiar setting into a place that reminds me of Austen and all of its charms.
For fans of Austen and fans of romance, Love Lies and Spies does not disappoint.
Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream