A Spy's Devotion (Regency Spies of London Series #1)

A Spy's Devotion (Regency Spies of London Series #1)

by Melanie Dickerson

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A Spy's Devotion (Regency Spies of London Series #1) by Melanie Dickerson

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503950511
Publisher: Brilliance Publishing
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: Regency Spies of London Series , #1
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 168,922
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Historical romance author Melanie Dickerson earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and has taught special education in Georgia and Tennessee. She has also taught English in Germany and Ukraine. Dickerson won the 2012 Carol Award in young adult fiction and the 2010 National Readers’ Choice Award for best first book. Her novels The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter were both Christy Award finalists. She lives with her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

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A Spy's Devotion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the fabulous and fantastic, suspenseful, romantic, historical Christian novel by the wonderfully talented Melanie Dickerson. "Received free from Goodreads First Reads" Julia Gray is an orphan living with her aunt, uncle, and companion to her cousin, Phoebe. Pheobe has set her sights her the handsome Nicholas Langdon. Julia overhears a conversation between her uncle and Lord Edgerton discussing a diary and stealing it from Nicholas Langdon. Meanwhile, Nicholas is trying to get the coded diary to a specific person at the War Office. Nicholas begins copying the diary just in case it falls into the wrong hands. Nicholas is knocked unconscious and the diary is stolen. Julia and Nicholas work together in secret to discover more details on Julia's uncle and Lord Edgerton. Julia is told by her uncle that he has had an offer of marriage from Lord Edgerton and she has to accept the offer, good offer, and would save her from becoming a governess. Julia would rather become a governess than belong to Edgerton, a drinker, gambler, and spy. Read the highly recommended, beautifully written, must read love story of Julia and Nicholas.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
A Spy's Devotion, the latest novel by Melanie Dickerson, opens with Miss Julia Grey attending the first party of the season with her cousin, Miss Phoebe Wilhern. Julia is the poor relation, while Phoebe is the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in England. When Julia sees Mr. Nicholas Langdon, a wounded army officer, across the room, she worries that Phoebe will not be able to control her obsession with him. You soon discover that Nicholas's eye is caught more by Julia rather than by Phoebe! You also learn that Nicholas is more focused on fulfilling the promise he made to a fellow wounded soldier during the war than on dealing with love-sick women. Nicholas must deliver a diary to a Garrison Greenfield. To ensure the safety of what appears to be military code, Nicholas copies down the entire contents of the diary. On his way to the war office, Nicholas is set upon by two thieves, who abscond with the very diary he was about to deliver! Nicholas discovers a new occupation for himself as he is drawn into an effort to discover who is behind this theft. It soon appears that the man they are looking to arrest is Mr. Robert Wilhern, Julia's uncle! Will Julia be drawn in by Nicholas to spy on her uncle or will she decide to venture off on her own to secure her future? This is an interesting tale to follow both Julia and Nicholas as they seek to find their place in this world! http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. So creative and I fell in love with the characters. I highly recommend it!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Spy's Devotion is my favorite written by Melanie Dickerson to date. I cannot wait to continue with The Regency Spies of London series. Beautiful romance and wonderful suspense makes this a must read. 5 plus stars.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
As an orphan, Julia Grey is at the mercy of her guardian uncle. Her only hope for a future is as a wife or governess. Nathaniel Langdon is a second son and dutiful soldier. His circumstances have placed him in a position to investigate a possible threat to his superior, General Wellington. Flirtations and secrets abound as Nathaniel and Julia's paths cross. I enjoyed the way the characters dance around the social rules of the time and search out the truth while wondering who is trustworthy. I found both Julia and Nathaniel to be compassionate and determined to do what is right. Melanie Dickerson does not disappoint in her first regency! I requested a copy of this book through NetGalley with the intention of reading and providing my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
BookLover16 More than 1 year ago
For any of you who have read Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance Series you'll know that her books are keepers. I had high expectations when I started her new series; which takes place in London during the Regency era. I was not disappointed. In fact, this is now one of my favorites of all her books! While there could have been more suspense added to the story I was satisfied with the amount there was. The characters were all well developed. Julia and Nicholas were of course my favorites. Although far from perfect, they had many good qualities that are an example to anyone who reads. And the romance between them was dream worthy yet realistic too. A perfect read for young adults and grown-ups alike.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
When England's future is at stake, it is up to Miss Julia Grey to thwart an assassination. Miss Julia Grey is the epitome of propriety. She lives by society's standards and regulations. An orphan, living with her Aunt and Uncle, she has no significant inheritance to her name. However, when she overhears her Uncle Wilhern's conversation regarding a coded diary, Julia's world is turned upside down. Mr. Nicholas Langdon is an upstanding gentleman with no fortune. He has been wounded in war and has been brought home to London to heal. However, the coded diary that he promised to deliver on behalf of his dying friend, is stolen from him. With suspicions that the culprits are working with the French, he will stop at nothing to see the suspects behind bars. When Mr. Langdon meets Miss Grey he is immediately besotted, as is she. But with neither bound to inherit, it would be an unsuitable match. They are determined to live up to the standards that society demands of them. But when Julia discovers that she has the ability to aide her country, she agrees to help. Little does she know the repercussions of her actions. She will have to make a decision. Will she continue as the quiet demure woman she was raised to be? Or will she throw caution to the wind and follow her heart? I thoroughly enjoy reading Melanie Dickerson's books! A Spy's Devotion definitely has a different feel to it, but it is just as enjoyable as her Medieval Fairy Tale books! As one who tries to follow my heart rather than follow the expectations put on me by others, I had a hard time relating to Julia Grey personally. But it was wonderful watching her discover the inner strength that she possess. And to see her fight for what is right and true. Her love and concern for her family and friends is touching. Her compassion is real. And in the end she finds peace in her circumstances and watches how God can work everything out better than we could plan ourselves. This is a mystery book and I definitely felt my heart try to explode with anticipation multiple times. An excellent intro into a new genre for Melanie! I received a free digital copy of A Spy's Devotion from Waterfall Press (an imprint of Amazon Publishing) through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
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 it 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 *originally posted on worthy2read.wordpress.com
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I seriously love Melanie Dickerson's Christian fairy tales. All are well written and very fascinating. Melanie has stepped out of her fairy tale mode to write a tale of Regency England. I very much love a good Regency and this one was outstanding! She captures the era wonderfully well and proves that she is completely adept at switching genres. This is top notch! I had trouble leaving the book at times and couldn't wait to finish. Dickerson has proven she is a very, very good Regency writer. I hope she decides to write more in this genre, for she is very good indeed at it. I was not the least bit disappointed. She captured my interest from the start and held it until the last word. Julia Grey and Nicholas Langdon are the chief characters here and Melanie has created them so well that the reader feels a part of their lives. The secondary characters are well developed also, although some were not quite so likable. Dickerson keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace, not once bogging down. Not at all! I am looking forward to her doing more books in this vein. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Combine Melanie Dickerson and Regency fiction?!? Yep. I’m pretty much on cloud 9. A Spy’s Devotion is the first in Dickerson’s new Regency Spies of London series and is brimming with Austenesque goodness. While admittedly the first few pages are a bit heavy on narrative and present a bevy of introductory information, any lingering slowness dissipates as soon as Julia and Nicholas begin to dance for the first time. That’s when I knew with certainty that I would love Melanie Dickerson as an author of Regency romance just as dearly as I love her fairy tale series. In fact, Nicholas and Julia may be my favorite of Melanie Dickerson’s romantic leads – across her series. And considering how much I adore Lord Ranulf & Annabel and Lord Hamlin and Rose… this is saying quite a lot. But, really, how could I not love Nicholas when Julia herself describes him by saying, “His smile was too appealing for anyone’s good.” Yet, impressed though she is by Nicholas’ swoony good looks, Julia is not the type of lady to look only at physical appearance. In talking about someone else, she noted, “If a person was kind, respectable, and sensible, they tended to look the handsomer for it.” That being the case, Nicholas looks the handsomer from page to page. Considering he was already “too appealing for anyone’s good“, you may want to read this book from the safety of your fainting couch. But I did say I loved Julia too, didn’t I? With good reason. Julia is gracious in the face of mistreatment and exhibits great courage and resolve toward her situation. And… she, by way of the narrator, has one of my most favorite lines in the book: “Spying was quite the most terrifying thing she had ever done.” (In case you’re wondering, my other most favorite line in A Spy’s Devotion is, “Her whole world was in the depth of his eyes.” OH! So gorgeous! I won’t tell you who this is talking about or when it appears so as not to spoil the various plot points for you but I just couldn’t resist including it.) Bottom Line: In A Spy’s Devotion, Melanie Dickerson has achieved the perfect blend of history, suspense, and the all important romance! With shades of Sense & Sensibility hovering around the edges, Melanie Dickerson brandishes a Regency quill with excellence. Vivid characters bring the exquisite setting to life and establish attachments with the reader that guarantee an avid following for the series. I highly recommend A Spy’s Devotion for fans of Julianne Donaldson, Sarah E. Ladd, and Donna Hatch. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Spy’s Devotion ( The Regency Spies of London- #1 ) By: Melanie Dickerson A Spy’s Devotion is the first book in The Regency Spies of London series. Wow, Ms. Dickerson has stepped out of her box . I am use to her fairytales stories, but she has herself a winner with A Spy’s Devotion. Ms. Dickerson weaves us a story for adult fiction Regency Romance. It is still Christian story for all. She captured my heart right from the start and did not let go till the end, and I was still wanting more. Yes the title is right it does have spying going on , and at times I caught myself holding my breath and could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. Julie was taken in by her aunt, uncle, and her cousin Phoebe at an early age. I really did feel sorry for Julie all throughout the story. Handsome Nicholas is a soldier who returns home to heal from an injury. There is some attraction between some of the characters. I am not going to say anything else because I do not want to give the story away. I strongly recommend A Spy’s Devotion . I am sure that you will love it. I really loved it and can’t wait for book two in the series. I was given a copy of this book by the author and NetGalley for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Spy’s Devotion was a delightful novel! I really enjoy the Regency setting and love finding good, clean books placed in this time period. Add in the fact that this story had a suspenseful thread running through it and also was a Christian fiction novel - well all of these things made me a very happy reader! The author did a great job of creating characters whom I had extreme compassion for, such as the main character, Julia, and her friend, Sarah. And the hero of the story, Nicholas, was very nicely written. He struggled to balance the life of espionage he found himself entangled in, the interest he felt for Julia, and what his future plans for himself should be. There were some really awful characters, as well! My, oh my, Julia’s aunt, uncle, and cousin were the personification of greed and selfishness. Their various ploys to demean and use Julia simply made her sweetness all the more impressive. The espionage and traitorous dealings led to a few very tense moments in the book, along with danger for the main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed A Spy’s Devotion and look forward to reading more in the series.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
In a battlefield infirmary in Regency England, Nicholas Langdon receives a book as a last request from a dying man. At first, he thought it was just a journal to take to a family member, but he soon realizes it contains secret codes that could devastate the British army if put into the wrong hands. He is soon embroiled in spying on the uncle and guardian of Julia Grey, who he has been attracted to for some time. Will she help him or hinder him in his mission? And how will Julia balance her attraction with him and her agreement to help her cousin’s infatuation with Langdon? Wow. I quite loved A Spy’s Devotion. Melanie Dickerson has broken her chain of historical, fairytale retellings to start a new series in a different time period. It did not addict me quite as much as some of the others, but it was still awesome. A spy romance in Regency England is certainly a great premise, and it is just the beginning! The only way to describe Langdon and Julia’s relationship with each other is complicated, as annoying as that word can be. The spying on Julia’s uncle, Phoebe’s infatuation with Langdon, Julia’s desperation to marry, and so much more adds to the danger and misunderstandings of their relationship. The characters were not focused on the romance developing between each other, but it was a major part of the story, developed very well. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
I have to say, the cover is what first drew me to this story. Then, after reading the description, I was intrigued. I don’t see many regency mysteries, which I quite enjoy. I love the time period and mysteries, so I believe they are a great combination. I’ve read a few of Ms. Dickerson’s books and enjoyed them, so I hoped that would be the case for this one. I can happily say I that it met my expectations. I believe this is Ms. Dickerson’s first attempt at a regency novel, and I think she did a wonderful job! The descriptions were well written and didn’t overwhelm the story. Ms. Dickerson seems to lean toward the “less is more” writing style with this one, which I really appreciated. I found her writing engaging and she kept me quickly turning the pages to see where the story might go next. Now for the characters. I adored Julia! She is a great heroine and I was able to easily connect with her. I loved how realistic she - though she is strong and determined to do the right thing, no matter the cost to her, she has flaws. We see her hurt, angry, resentful, but also kind, loving, and generous. I found a character that I would love to be friends with, if she was real. Because a good portion of the story comes from Julia’s perspective, I didn’t really feel that I knew Nicholas that well. Which I found kind of disappointing, because I believe I would’ve really liked him. From the little I knew of him, I knew he was kind, generous, bold. All of the foundations for a great hero, if a few more of the blanks had been filled in. I do have to say that I really didn’t like a few of the secondary characters, particularly Julia’s cousin, Phoebe. She drove me crazy! She is incredibly selfish, self-centered, and shallow! She’s honestly one of those characters that I alternate between feeling sorry for and wishing some terrible fate would befall them. That being said, her errors made me love Julia more. And surprisingly enough, Julia even learned something from her loony cousin. The suspense was woven in well, without inadvertently becoming the main focus of the book. There honestly wasn’t much done in the way of detective work, which makes sense for the time period, but I found that it bothered me just a bit. I think I’ve simply become too accustomed to our modern way of investigating. Though it threw me off a bit at first, I still really enjoyed the question of how everything was going to play out. My final thoughts are that though I enjoyed this book, I don’t believe it’s going to become a favorite of mine. It has all of the marks of a great story, but there were just a couple things that I would’ve liked to be different. That being said, I am looking forward to reading the next in the series and finding out where Ms. Dickerson takes her stories from here. I happily recommend this book to anyone looking for a regency novel that breaks from the norm and shows that there is more than one side to every story. I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.