Review of A SPY’S DEVOTION (The Regency Spies of London Book 1) by Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Waterfall Press | eBook, Paperback and Audio Publishes: February 9, 2016 | Format: eBook, Paperback (320 pages) and Audio | ASIN: B014ERJ0MI, ISBN: 9781503950511 and AUDIO ASIN: B01AGLW7Q2 | Series: The Regency Spies of London (Book 1) | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Family? Treason? Forced Marriage? Strangers? Murder? Romance? Indeed!

A SPY’S DEVOTION (The Regency Spies of London Book 1) by Melanie Dickerson drops you into the life of Miss Julia Grey, and life isn’t all about the pomp, power, and wealth of London’s Regency Era. Although she’s bound by the rules and norms of proper behavior in all she does, behind the closed doors, you’ll find Julia only is partaking of a life that isn’t hers. The Wilhern family does seem to let her know at every turn that Julia’s life would have had a different accounting if it wasn’t for their goodness, but will she ever become a true member of this family?

Julia is more understanding of her situation now more than ever, but she does believe there something here for her inside these walls, until two gentlemen enter the picture. One is a drinker with gambling debts and one is a respected military man.  Only one man, Mr. Nicholas Langdon, seems to attract most of London’s women during the Season while the other man attracts more drink and a more dubious character.  

Miss Julia Grey is beginning to realize just how much of an outsider she really is once two women in the Wilhern household capture Nicholas Langdon’s attention in two different ways. Will life of privilege end here for Julia and will that come before or after the consequences of Treason enter the picture?  

Meanwhile, people visit, letters are exchanged, and death may enter this house at anytime!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Inside A SPY’S DEVOTION (The Regency Spies of London Book 1), Melanie Dickerson uncovers life during the Regency Era for the England elite finding dastardly deeds inside the human condition do not skip over the wealthy. In fact, money can offer the motives, the purposes, the scopes, and the disasters of any household covered only by the public manners and display of elegance.

Marriages can be bought or even sold as they are considered for wealth more than love. Although, these wealthy families are bound by the code of civility when seen, what anyone does in the dark and quiet can leap from page to action from peace to war and from death to murder!

As one knocks on the doors of treason anyone could answer. Who can be trusted?  Who is the spy?

Julia Grey is a relation treated as servant in the Wilhern’s household. Held to a family value that comes only from blood but not from relationship, Julia is discovering where she stands and who doesn’t stand by her.

In the meantime, Nicholas Langdon is due to go back to the battlefield once his injury is healed, and he’s coming close to the end of a stay in London.  He’s visiting during the Season and attending the balls and events around town. His only need is to keep the promise he made to a dying soldier. But what he learns about this promise opens a treasonous side door into the lives of others, and this British officer finds out this entrance may close behind him leading him into a trap.

Where family and Treason meet only disaster and death can follow!