Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
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Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
What I thought
Love, Lies and Spies is a young adult regency era romance novel. In this story, you are reading from two perspectives, Juliana and Spencer. Neither of these two are looking for marriage. Juliana is a whity strong-willed lady of 18 and is using her season in London to find a publisher for her research on the Lady Beetle. Spencer, an officer in the war office is trying to flush out French spies, is only focused on his career. Their two worlds collide in a way that is most unexpected for them.
Oh my, where do I start! The banter! The angst! I love it all. Every time I sat down with this book I would find myself smiling. The story kept my attention the whole time. I loved this story so much. After finishing this book I took a gift card that I got for my birthday and promptly order her two other books.