Review: THE GENTLEMAN SPY, / by Erica Vetsch

THE GENTLEMAN SPY, by Erica Vetsch

Kregel Publications


He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?


Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


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Vetsch pens an engaging novel filled with historical detail, realistic characters, light faith elements, and unexpected plot twists. Charlotte’s desire for change is admirable, but her inability to consider the consequences before voicing her opinion gets her into trouble, like when she accuses her father of sexual immorality in front of others. Marcus and Charlotte have a clean relationship, as they learn to trust one another and recognize the strengths each brings to their marriage. 


While this book can be read as a standalone, it answers some of the questions left at the conclusion of The Lost Lieutenant, and readers are recommended to read that delightful book first. Characters from that book also appear in The Gentleman Spy. Readers will be eager for The Indebted Earl coming in January 2021.

Missed reading The Lost Lieutenant? Here’s my review of it!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. The author gifted me with a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review on it.

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