In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life - but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal - and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary.
At the home of the Wilherns, one of England's most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance - until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia's guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation's undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England - and the man she is falling in love with - need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?
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Really enjoyed this cute, clean, well-written book. I will definitely be reading more from this author as it was refreshing to read about smart and thoughtful characters for a change.
Such a sweet ending! The first 1/2 of the book moved a little slowly. Not that the book was bad, just a slow pace. The last 1/2 of the book really sped up and the ending was beautiful, sweet, and everything I love about Melanie Dickerson. The narrator did a great job with her multiple different tones and voices for different characters. Although, I found a few of her voices to detract from the character. This is a great story that I felt very comfortable to listen to with my 10 year old daughter. It is clean, sweetly romantic, with great moral principles. Has a similar feel to the movie Ever After, although a totally different plot😃. I will listen to it again (however I may skip a chapter or two in the beginning.
I quite enjoyed this book. I struggled a little at the beginning as the narrator is different to others I listen to but it was a very satisfying listen overall.
It is so delightful to read a mystery romance without all the bodice ripping, pulsing whatevers, and gutter language! It was just good fun reading! The narrator was marvelous!
What a godawful book! I bought it on sale, either a Daily Deal or something, but I was still tempted to return it, which would have made it only the second book I returned in 15 years as an Audible member.
This is supposed to be a "Regency Spies" story. It's about 5% spy story and 95% handwringing. I can't marry him, he's a fiend! I can't marry him, he's to nice! I can't marry him, my cousin wants him! He'll never want me, he needs to marry money! I don't want to be a governess! I don't want to anger my uncle! Pheh. Idiocy at its worst.
I thought this was a good story, but for me personally the whole was spoiled by too much anxt. If you don't mind a fair bit of 'I'm not good enough for him' thoughts, then hopefully you will enjoy it. Too many references to God for me too. Not a religious book, but still, a lot of 'God willing' type phrases. An interesting additional element to the romance with espionage and spying within the household. Don't want to say too much to give the story away. Maybe my review is more negative than I intended because I had high hopes of finding a series of books that are more than just romance, but the elements I have highlighted just spoiled it for me.
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