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For Love or Country
     

For Love or Country

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by Kerrelyn Sparks
 

The Scarlet Pimpernel meets The Patriot in Kerrelyn Sparks' debut novel, For Love or Country. With an army of wigs and a wardrobe that favors lavender, Quincy Stanton poses as a Loyalist fop by day. By night, he wages a secret war against the British with an impressive array of eighteenth century spy gadgets. If the truth is discovered, he could hang. Then

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The Scarlet Pimpernel meets The Patriot in Kerrelyn Sparks' debut novel, For Love or Country. With an army of wigs and a wardrobe that favors lavender, Quincy Stanton poses as a Loyalist fop by day. By night, he wages a secret war against the British with an impressive array of eighteenth century spy gadgets. If the truth is discovered, he could hang. Then along comes Virginia Munro, a lovely fellow patriot who's becoming entangled in her own brand of spy games...

When spy falls for spy, anything can happen. Both are reluctant to admit their motives to the other... which, of course, makes dinner party conversation awkward. When two spies are stumbling upon each other in the dark, the results can be hilarious and dangerous. Is Boston big enough for the two of them? Perhaps if they combine forces...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I couldn't put it down! A wonderful story that will keep you turning the pages."—Barbara Dawson Smith, New York Times best-selling author of Tempt Me Twice

"For Love or Country sparkles with humor and charming characters. Kerrelyn Sparks is an author to watch."-Patricia Kay, USA Today bestselling author of The Other Woman

"A fantastic romp of a novel. . . . American history was never as much fun in school as it is in the talented hands of debut author Kerrelyn Sparks. But, beware. For Love or Country's inventive plot, witty dialogue and colorful cast of characters will keep you turning pages long past your normal bedtime."-Jan Freed, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Last Man in Texas

Escape to Romance Review
For Love or Country is sexy, saucy, and sinfully scrumptious!
Romance Reader
For Love or Country is a standout debut - witty, charming, and featuring one of the most captivating heroes you're likely to encounter this year.
Romance Readers Connection
In my opinion it is hats off to Ms. Sparks. Her debut as far as I am concerned is a blockbuster!
Reader to Reader
Ms. Sparks is an original who will have you hooting with laughter
Romantic Times Bookclub
You'll be turning the pages, laughing and hoping for more from this talented new writer.
Publishers Weekly
Complete with a colonial, James Bond-type hero and a wealth of gadgets that even Q would approve of a walking stick that doubles as a sword, an egg-shaped submersible and a carriage outfitted with a deadly trap door this 18th-century adventure lacks the intense romantic conflict often found in romantic suspense novels but fills the gap with an abundance of humorous hijinks. When Quincy Stanton, a ship owner and American patriot, returns to Boston after a disappointing visit to his father in England, he is immediately recruited by his Uncle Edward to spy on the English. With very little complaint, Quin dons a purple wig and recasts himself as a loyalist in order gain entry into the homes of prominent loyalists. In one such home, he meets Virginia Munro, who has also taken it upon herself to spy on the English. Although their relationship gets off to a rocky start (he tries to buy her), their attraction is strong, and only the prickly matter of trust stands between them. Meanwhile, Quin must deal with his haughty half-brother, Clarence, who is trying to wrench control of the Stanton merchant business from him. Although Quin and Virginia's bumbling attempts at subterfuge provide plenty of laughs, transparent secondary characters and a pat conclusion keep this from becoming anything more than a comedy of errors. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765340375
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
06/17/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.83(d)

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For Love or Country 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Hold on! Exciting, edge of your seat romance! It's pre-Revolutionary War Boston, and Quincy Stanton is a spy masquerading as a dandy to fool the Redcoats. Add Ginny, a nosy female spy, and a few James Bond-type gadgets, and you have an innovative novel that will keep you turning the pages long after bedtime. I rarely laugh out loud at books, but Ms. Spark's quirky sense of humor had me guffawing on more than one occasion. I loved the romance between Quin and Ginny and appreciated the careful attention to historical detail. FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY doesn't read like a debut novel at all. Kerrelyn Sparks is an author you'll want to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely delightful. It is funny, quick-witted and paints a accurate picture of Boston in the time just before the American Revolution. My one, minor, complaint is that the story moved a little *too* quickly. I wanted more description, not less. :-) My favorite part would be about Quincy and his poor wigs. The things that happen to them. ;-) Buy a copy of this book, you will not be disappointed.