Fans of both historical romance and historical women's fiction will love this smart, witty, and suspenseful series from bestselling author Jessie Clever. If you like Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, or Amanda Quick, you're going to fall in love with this author.
Society's most capable housekeeper, Eleanora Quinton, has a problem. Not only does a dead body fall right into the middle of her mistress's ball and her son get kidnapped, the only person who can help her also forces her to face her most crippling fears.
But the last thing Eleanora expects when the dead body hits the floor is love with the son of a duke.
A spy for the British War Office and illegitimate son of a duke, Nathan Black pulls the infallible housekeeper into a cyclone of espionage, intrigue and danger as he searches for the meaning behind her son's kidnapping. Fighting to keep Eleanora safe, Nathan struggles with his growing attraction to the unflappable housekeeper, but as the treasonous plot twists around, too many clues point to Eleanora and a past of which she will not speak.
Can their love withstand her dangerous secret?
The books in the Spy Series:
1/2. Inevitably a Duchess (A prequel novella)
1. Son of a Duke
2. For Love of the Earl
3. A Countess Most Daring
4. To Save a Viscount
About the Author
Jessie decided to be a writer because the job of Indiana Jones was already filled.
Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them.
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset hounds. For more, visit her website at jessieclever.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The interaction between characters was comical in some parts and added to the story line. Good to read an historical book with characters other than peers only as lead players. Samuel was precious. Gmas
A love story within the aristocracy but not between titled individuals, there is humor interlaced through character thoughts and descriptions (had me chuckling rather loudly at times) and a plot line with just enough twists to not want to take a break from reading. Nora and the Duchess are both strong women who have found men who react positively to their strength and love them for it. Young Samuel is observant and wise beyond his years; his character pulls at your heart strings. Great read!!
A wonderful read. Finally about regular people than aristocracy. Loved e very minute.
This book has it all. Love, laughs, mystery & excitement.
Review can also be found in Chill and read Society’s most capable housekeeper, the infallible Miss Eleanora Quinton, has a problem. Not only does a dead body fall right into the middle of her mistress’s ball and her son gets kidnapped, the only person who can help her also forces her to face her most crippling fears. The heroin is a woman that has suffered a lot, away from her family, serving her aunt’s family and now a house in London for more than 10 years now. She is known to the house and her maids as strict and infallible and she is treated with respect. Turns out she is known to her mistress’s peers. The story starts with a murder during a ball. A mystery kind of book that evolves to a historical romance. The beginning is very promising and the reader expects to find a really good plot and a couple of twists just around the corner. As a matter of fact, the story line is a good one, even though one would not expect that housekeepers get noticed by the peerage, but yet again, this is fiction we are talking about. It could continue really good and turn to a very interesting book, if it wasn’t written in a hurry… At least this is what sums up. It is an easy read. The hero, Nathan, is a real hero in the book and is described as that. He is displayed to be thoughtful and caring, apart from being a spy and a brave man. His actions are up to the formed character. The heroine, Nora, is a woman that rarely smiles. She is running her staff on a firm hand. Somehow, these two fell in love quickly enough to get married in-spite of the common logic. The story evolves surprisingly fast. All obstacles come clear miraculously. There should be some more development on the action/spy scenes. They would provide that special touch to make the book something more than a purely love story. There is room for improving and addressing a wider audience. Yet again, this is up to the author to take into account. The book was provided as a prize of the "Big Summer Reading Giveaway" hosted by the author.
Great storyline but I could not get into it. I love the characters, spy story and I just could not get thru it. I will try her second book FOR LOVE OF THE EARL because that storyline sounds great. I only give this 2 finger up and 4 toes.