A Spy’s Devotion / by Melanie Dickerson. (The Regency Spies of London, 1) 4.28.2016

Waterfall Press     ISBN 9781503950511

Adult     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era–the Regency period–after penning numerous medieval fairy tale retellings.

In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend. While at a ball, he meets Julia Grey, who is living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Lacking a dowry and knowing her cousin has her sights set on Nicholas, she tries to keep her distance. However, shortly after the ball, the diary is stolen and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft. Nicholas grows more attracted to Julia as he tries to help uncover those behind the theft and those it threatens.

Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?

A Spy’s Devotion is filled with a clear (but not preachy) faith element, a carefully crafted plot, richly drawn characters, and historical details. As with her earlier works, Dickerson’s stories include well-written narratives and wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen and adult readers.

Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart, and also for fans of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.

Carol R. Gehringer, worthy2read.wordpress.com