Sunday, December 11, 2016

Book Review: Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey

"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 their 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." (Summary from 

This little Victorian romance was a quick, adorable read. Juliana was a fun character, spunky, witty, and independent. She just wants to focus on publishing her and her father's research on lady bugs. She is also a bit clumsy and tends to fall off the side of cliffs and nearly get run over by carriages. In fact, when she meets Spencer, she's stuck on a cliff ledge, and he and his buddy assist her.

The character development isn't the best, and the mystery involved isn't very intriguing. But the story is cute, the romance fluffy - great for a nice winter read, curled up in fuzzy blankies! Good for fans of The Finishing School Series or The Dark Days Club

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