Review: THE GENTLEMAN SPY / Erica Vetsch

The Gentleman Spy, / by Erica Vetsch (Serendipity & Secrets, 2)
Kregel    ISBN    9780825446184
Adult     Rating:     4

Erica Vetsch returns with the second novel in her inspirational Regency romance series, this one features a second-born son who has been a spy for the Crown, who unexpectedly becomes a duke and wants to continue his way of life as a secret agent.

In The Gentleman Spy, when both his father and older brother die, Marcus Haverly becomes the new duke and wonders how he will continue as a secret agent. He is pressured to marry and chooses demure Lady Charlotte Tiptree to run his household. But she is not the demure noblewoman he thought.

Meanwhile, Marcus plans to keep his spy activities from his wife, spending time with her only when necessary. He just wants her to stay in the background until he needs her for his cover story. Charlotte wants to help women who are forced in prostitution because they have no other employable skills. Will they ever find a true partnership in each other?

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.

Recommended for adult collections public libraries and high school readers. Fans of Kristi Hunter, Julie Klassen, and Carolyn Miller will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

One response to “Review: THE GENTLEMAN SPY / Erica Vetsch

  1. Erica Vetsch

    Thank you for reviewing The Gentleman Spy!


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