This book, you guys. This book.
“In this hilarious homage to Jane Austen, a lady with a penchant for trouble finds a handsome spy much more than merely tolerable.
“It’s Jane Austen meets Jane Foster in Anstey’s debut novel, which serves up a delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue for a tale that will have readers rooting for love and science.” –Entertainment Weekly
Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish her research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
Full of humor and English Regency Period charm, and starring a whip-smart strong female heroine,Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey is a young adult novel with the perfect mix of romance, action, and adventure.” ~Amazon.com
This book is the BEST combination of Jane Austen’s prose and Rick Riordan’s hilarity. It is silly, political, romantic, and swoon-worthy.
We had a smart & quirky main character, and a dashing, mysterious love interest. The dual POV (alternating between Juliana and Spencer) works to the advantage of this book, in a way that it doesn’t for many.
The side characters were all well-developed, and were woven into the plots seamlessly.
I also loved the history of the Napoleonic War threaded through this story.
So, the villains were….not my favorite part of this book. SPOILER ALERT, but I saw the twist where the Pyebalds were concerned from a mile away. But, to be honest, I didn’t see any of them as very threatening, except for Maxwell. Maxwell was quite fearful, simply because he is a character whose sexual obsession is something we see WAY too often in real life. Also, I didn’t QUITE believe that the War Office and the Home Office would get their wires crossed THAT extremely, but I know that it could have happened, at least to a lesser effect.
Good book, especially for lovers of Jane Austen and other Regency authors. I love the author’s writing, and I’ve already pre-ordered the next Regency novel written by this author (Duels And Deception, Swoon Reads, April 2017).