It's been a long time since I've done a book review on the blog. It's not that I've stopped reading but maybe just that stopped talking about it.
Well that's about to change.
This week I'm here to tell you about a new book I just finished.
The Gentleman Spy.
I love reading Historical fiction. When the writer is so good that you get taken back in time and place.
This time it was the Regency Era and the place was England (a favorite time for many).
The story is really about two people. A young lady named Charlotte who is teetering on the edge of becoming a spinster. And a new to the Dukedom gentleman who also masquerades as a spy.
What brings these two together is the story.
About the Gentleman Spy
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?
My thoughts on the Gentleman Spy
The Gentleman Spy combines two of my favorites Regency era fiction and some spy action.
The story has a few little twists and turns I wasn't expecting when I first started to read. Much more than a Regency Romance The Gentleman Spy is a also a who dunnit or who is still doing it actually.
The story really focuses on the family of Charlotte. Both her legal family and the hidden mistress and half sister she stumbles upon while on an outing with her mother.
Her discovery intercepts with Marcus's business and so the two are brought together.
I also learned a few things while reading this book. Some Regency era tidbits (not so nice) that I had no idea about but that are definitely a part of Regency era history.
Charlotte is a Christian and seeks God's help often through the story. And shares the gospel message with her sister. Marcus too is a Christian but doesn't always seek the Lord in matters that he should.
This is part two of a series. If you like the Regency era and Suspense story you will have the best of both worlds here in this book. I really appreciate Ms. Vetsch's attention to historical detail and look forward to the next book.
About Erica Vetsch
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 www.ericavetsch.com.
And now win your own copy of The Gentleman Spy!