Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era — Regency — after penning numerous award-winning medieval fairy tale retellings.
In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend.
While at a ball, he meets Julia Grey, who is living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Lacking a dowry and knowing her cousin has her sights set on Nicolas, she tries to keep her distance. However, shortly after the ball, the diary is stolen and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft. Fortunately Nicholas made a copy before it was stolen, and was able to get that copy to its intended recipient. Langdon grows more attracted to Julia as he tries to help uncover those behind the theft and those its message threatens.
Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert the disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?
A Spy’s Devotion is filled with a clear (but not preachy) faith element, a carefully crafted plot, richly drawn characters, and historical details. As with her earlier works, Dickerson’s stories include well-written narratives and wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen and adult readers.
Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart, also for fans of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.
KUDOS to Ms. Dickerson for her newest endeavor. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
Carol R. Gehringer