The Miss Mirren Mission

The Miss Mirren Mission

by Jenny Holiday



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ISBN-13: 9781518786860
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Miss Mirren Mission (Entangled Select Historical) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
When the mysterious Earl of Blackstone meets the unconventional Miss Emily Mirren, sparks fly. They form a deep connection that neither will acknowledge. He's a part of a secret spy ring working to bring about Napoleon's downfall. She's a rebel who fights against slavery by writing a newspaper column under a male alias. Blackstone wants to help her in this battle, but he can't if his mission is to succeed. Can these two find each other among all the lies? I enjoy a strong heroine and Emily is that. She is determined to save her childhood friend, Sam, from slavery even if it means putting her life in danger. Blackstone is intrigued by this defiant woman. She reaches a part of his heart that he thought was dead. Their chemistry is amazing. I loved their continual battle of wills. The story was well plotted and the intertwined stories came together in a startling conclusion. This is the first book by Jenny Holiday that I've read, but it won't be the last. I enjoy her writing style and her witty dialogue. This was a very enjoyable historical novel.
artfullee More than 1 year ago
This was such an enjoyable book, both the characters and the storyline keeping me entertained the whole way through. I cut my romance reading teeth on historical romances and always love revisiting these time periods, going back in time to a different era and meeting interesting and engaging characters. Emily Mirren is a unique character, she is shunned by the ton, fiercely independent and a smart and intelligent woman. She is a force to be reckoned with and this is what makes the ton so uncomfortable in her presence. She doesn't like to conform to societies wishes, blithely going along with whatever they say, having no mind of her own. No, she is outspoken and a loyal supporter of the underdog. I loved her spark and zest for life, for righting societies wrongs and her wit and sarcasm. She was a strong character and I found her easy to relate to. The Earl of Blackstone is one of the country's top spies, on a personal quest for revenge against his arch enemy and has the country's safety as his only priority. He was a formidable adversary, loyal to his country and steadfast in his resolve to complete his mission successfully. I loved his strength of character, his loyalty and the way he eventually accepted Miss Mirren into his plans. The situations they found themselves in were charming and I loved seeing them navigate their blossoming romance. Both of these characters were a perfect match for each other, in wit and intelligence and I loved how their relationship developed. I loved their banter and when they challenged each other and you could feel their passion for their causes and the fact that they enjoyed this aspect of their relationship. Together they were feisty and playful, funny and flirty, clever and focused. Both characters had painful baggage which added depth to their characters, their emotions were palpable, their feelings heartfelt. The mystery and intrigue in this story added more layers to the story and was well paced. This was a great regency romance and I look forward to reading more by this author.
MaureensBooks More than 1 year ago
In ‘The Miss Mirren Mission’ we meet Emily Mirren, a twenty three year old unmarried woman with a passion for books and writing. Since it’s the early eighteen hundreds woman aren’t supposed to be emancipated and writing column’s for a abolitionist newspaper. But Emily isn’t like other woman of her time. This makes Emily Mirren unbiddable for marriage by most. But Emily isn’t planning on getting married, she has her own plans in life. The Earl of Blackstone, Eric Woodley is a well-known bachelor. He is mysterious and isn’t seen in social circles often. In fact Eric want’s nothing to do with most people. He has only one goal, and that is to achieve a promise he made many years ago. But when Emily and Eric meet they soon realize that life doesn’t always go the way you planned and things may change in a short time. It took me a little while to get into this story at the beginning. There seemed to be a lot of secrets and mystery in both Emily’s and Eric’s life and at first I kept wondering which direction this book would take. But after the first two chapters I began to love Jenny Holiday’s writing style and her ability to describe her characters. This book is a historical romance and I really loved everything about it. ‘The Miss Mirren Mission’ is not your typical regency novel but it definitely kept the essence of a regency story intact. Emily Mirren is an amazing character. I loved the way she worked for her own money and her independence and how she was able to take control of her life in a time woman weren’t really allowed to do that. Emily is intelligent, at times really funny and very curious about unknown things. I really came to love this character. The romance between Emily and Eric is built in an great and intriguing way and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s not a fast paced romance but that what I love about historical romance. Not only is this book a great romance but I also really enjoyed the way the author slowly reveals the characters secrets. There was definitely a lot of mystery in this book and it made me anxious to read more and more. I really loved this book and couldn’t stop reading. Another favorite for me, and I would definitely recommend it to other (historical) romance, regency novel readers.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The elusive Earl of Blackstone is in service to the crown, bent on bringing down the French threat from Napoleon.  Eligible and sought  after, he’s spurned many of the attempts to draw him into the marriage mart, as the cause holds all of his attention.   Emily Mirren is firmly out of society’s favor: intelligent, headstrong and unwilling to hide her considerable intellect and passions behind  the niceties of society, she is a fierce abolitionist and pens a well-known newspaper under a male pseudonym.   Both Blackstone and Emily are single-minded in their pursuit of their own agendas, and both are more than confident holding their own council. When they are paired under rather unusual circumstances, and their relationship starts to show signs of attraction, so much of  the development and belief in the characters (as well as introduction of more backstory here, rather than later in the book) would have served them better. As would a simple conversation: these two are incredibly poor communicators, and that leaves their characters feeling very one-dimensional. Unfortunately, it also had detrimental effects to the story as the focus seemed to switch to Blackstone’s chase of his French nemesis.  While I understand his reluctance to share with Emily, as their relationship is still new, her apparent understanding and absorption of the complexities of many of Blackstone’s actions didn’t feel real.  Too many twists that were too easily explained away as coincidence, and the letting-go of the romance to further the chase and end the mystery left me feeling as if I was reading two entirely different stories. The real connections back to Blackstone and Emily are revealed  in passages of backstory here, which would have served everyone (including the couple) better had they just spoken. Especially since Blackstone is aware of Emily’s connection to his mentor in the espionage game.  As a first foray into the genre, it was not a bad attempt, but several misses in character and plotting arc could have taken an okay read  into good territory with some care applied to revelations appearing with a more organic feel in terms of the romance.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun romance.  Emily is on her way to becoming one heck of a bluestocking, and she's proud of it.  She reads about anything and everything - which I always like in a character - and it's given her a unique perspective on quite a few things.  She's also a reformist.  She wants to abolish slavery and punish those that are still illegally buying and selling them.  When her goals of finding information on a slave trader interfere with an investigation in process she finds herself caught up in quite an adventure. Blackstone is a spy.  He's trying to find who has been trading English secrets to the French and suddenly Emily is in his way.  He finds he rather likes her there - it's making his life interesting.  But he owes a debt to her father and finds his wishes don't align with his mission for a change.  So he writes a new mission - the Miss Mirren Mission. Watching these two dance around their growing feelings was actually very fun.  It didn't get overly tedious as they both discussed why they would never marry.  It was just a part of who they were.  As this romance involves spies - there is quite a bit of adventure and intrigue mixed in and it merges just about seamlessly with the romance until they are all tied together.  Such a fun historical with a lot of really great characters.  Hopefully, I get to see a few of them again when book two comes out. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blackstone is a man laboring under the burden of guilt. The second son of an Earl, he joins the army but during the war he watched his Captain die & feels guilty that he wasn’t able to save him but instead under direct orders of said Captain saved a young soldier. Injured in battle he returns home a war hero and is recruited into the Intelligence Operation, his sole aim to fulfill the last wish of his Captain … to end the war. The second burden of guilt he carries is his inability to avert his brother’s suicide which led to him inheriting the title.  Emily is my favourite type of heroine – a bluestocking with a cause. She meets Blackstone when she joins her former guardian’s daughter, her good friend in attending a house party that Blackstone throws where he hopes to lay a lure to capture his nemesis, a notorious French agent whom he feels will be the key to ending the war. Blackstone can’t believe his eyes when he meets Emily, the one person in the world he most wants to avoid – the daughter of the man he didn’t and couldn’t save & who is orphaned because of him. The author writes a beautiful story with wonderful interaction between the Emily and Eric (Blackstone). Emily’s compassion soothes the guilt Blackstone carries while he becomes fiercely protective of her – even if she doesn’t welcome it! I love how their relationship grows from slowly learning each other & not just a burst of passion or wild attraction. The chemistry is definitely there but it’s a quiet, deep connection interspersed with humour (they ARE both very intelligent!) I liked the little quirks the author threw in that gave them a real depth - their love of swimming, how they both are list makers.  I totally enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more from this author. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Emily and Blackstone are a couple of wonderfully complex, rich characters each with their own exciting backstory and driving force behind their actions and thoughts in the present plot. But in the second half of the story – where we get most of the backstory – it was almost like there was TOO much going on. The first half of the novel was the charming exploration and development of Emily and Blackstone’s relationship. It wasn’t a love-at-first-sight situation and it was delightful to watch their love grow and evolve as they got to know each other. The second half of the novel delves into the dynamics of Blackstone’s pursuit of the villain Le Cafard and Emily’s abolitionist activism. While this provided a fascinating extra layer to Emily and Blackstone’s characters, the focus of the narrative shifted from heartwarming, witty romance into a lukewarm, run-of-the-mill spy story. So much was happening and so quickly that it really took away from the enjoyment of reading the novel, especially since it seemed like it was no longer a romance novel. Emily is a very passionate character, which fits right in with her abolitionist mindset. When she sees a problem, she attacks it from all angles and with all her heart in the interest of justice and seeing a problem solved. Blackstone is a bit broody and quite powerful in the right social circles. His career as a spy requires cunning and determination – characteristics he possesses in spades. Though his mouth! Good god, there was a lot of cursing in this novel. Very much a turn off in terms of seeing Blackstone as a “hero” character and also for just general enjoyment of the book. Overall, a great debut from a promising author. This wasn’t the best historical romance – plot lines need to be tightened, plot holes filled in, and the “convenient”-like plot points removed – but I can tell that this author will certainly become much better with time and experience, so I’m eager to see what she publishes next. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Spies, anti-slavery and romance in a delicious novel! Set at the turn of the nineteenth century, Miss Mirren is a blue stocking, twenty-three years old and resolute about never marrying - she’s not been impressed by the treatment of wives she’s seen. She’s also a feisty, independent and determined promoter of anti-slavery. Her father was killed in the war and she now has control over her own considerable fortunes. Now add in a handsome but injured war hero, mix in spying, mystery, thriller and romance together with an accomplished, highly entertaining, author and you have the recipe for this great book! I really enjoyed the fantastic characters in this story, readers are drawn in to empathise with their beliefs and attitudes, understanding the background behind them and really hoping they’ll let their love conquer their fears and preconceptions to gain their own happily ever after. The storyline is robust, well paced and enthralling - altogether a great read which I highly recommend. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Inishowen_Cailin More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite genres, historical, romantic mystery. This is Jenny Holiday's first foray into the genre and I would definitely read more of the same by the author. There was plenty of intrigue to keep the story flowing. The background to the characters was very interesting and it added a sense of credibility to their blossoming friendship. The characters meet during a house party but neither are there for romance. They have their own agendas to pursue. The Earl of Blackstone is a spy and determined to catch his nemesis Le Cafard or 'The Cockroach.' Emily is digging up evidence of slave trading against her former guardian Mr. Manning and to reunite with her long lost childhood friend, Billy. When their agendas clash Blackstone must betray Emily in order to catch his prey. It wasn't too difficult to guess the identity of Le Cafard but it didn't matter. I enjoyed reading the story unfold and how Blackstone and Emily resolved things in the end.  I'd recommend this book for fans of the genre. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
Well, I must say I’m very fond of Ms. Holiday’s writing style. I’ve really enjoyed reading this historical. I think it follows her previous works “theme” of the anti-commitment, emotionally stunted H who can’t help it but fall for the quirky, irreverent but still lovable h. In this instance Eric (AKA Blackstone the Earl) has had a quite difficult childhood and is forced into retirement from the military. He now spends his days as a spy for the English Crown, gathering information against the French. In a turn of events he couldn't have predicted, he is forced into the presence of Miss Emily Mirren. She is the daughter of his beloved Captain, the only father figure he had ever known and the man he was forced to let die on the battlefield. Miss Mirren is nothing like he could have imagined, and he is not sure if she has been sent from Hell to torture him or from Heaven to be his absolution. Emily isn’t aware of the complex onslaught of emotions she is provoking on the taciturn, practically anti social Earl of Blackstone. She is on a mission of her own, against the cruel guardian his absentee father forced her to grow up with. Luck would have it that both missions intersect and forces these two into each other’s company. We get to see both their feelings for each other grow and their relationship develop, quite unconventionally, while the fate of both their missions depend on the other one failing. With funny dialogue, sexy illicit encounters and quite a bit of mystery, this was a very enjoyable read. While reading like a historical, it didn’t have the tediousness of language that sometimes these books fall prey to, and it was fairly fast paced. As always, I would have liked an epilogue, I just need that tiny glimpse into the HEA (I know I sound like a broken record, I’m sorry but I like my epilogues!) so in the future I hope to see that little word (EPILOGUE) on the last pages of your books Ms. Holiday, because I know I’ll be reading whatever else you write.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Loving her would be his downfall… To society, the Earl of Blackstone cuts a mysterious figure. He is eligible, withdrawn, and endlessly fascinating. Yet as an integral part of London’s underground spy ring intent on defeating Napoleon, Blackstone has no mistress but the cause. Miss Emily Mirren is considered “unbiddable” by the ton. She wields a fierce intellect, which she channels into her own secret cause—writing an abolitionist newspaper column under a male pseudonym. When Emily’s aims clash with Blackstone’s, they stray into a dangerous game of attraction and subterfuge, and secrets are the going currency. And in order to complete the most important mission of his career, Blackstone must thwart Emily, even if it breaks both their hearts. Review: This was quite the enjoyable read from this new to me Author.  I thought her writing was engaging and she made me care for her characters.  Plus, there is pirating, mystery and a steamy romance. Everyone has secrets in this story including Emily and Blackstone.  I loved their back-stories and thought it really added dimension to the characters.  Emily is very progressive, smart and has an excellent moral compass.  It was fun and exciting to read where her spying and trying to find her friends took her.  At times she did kind of annoy me with some of her feelings on marriage, the woman doth protest too much and much...  When she tries to find her childhood friend she ends up at Blackstone's country house for the weekend.  Of course the sparks fly between the two of them, especially after Blackstone catches Emily on her midnight swims.  Blackstone has had an especially traumatic childhood and young adult life, with a mother and brother both suffering and dying from metal illness, then he is debilitated during the war and the poor guy just cannot catch a break.  I really liked him and thought he was very well-written, he has hurts and flaws, but he seems to come to terms and allows himself to fall in love with Emily even when she is still trying to push him away.  I thought the mystery of who Le Carfard was,  was done nicely and the Author did a good job of throwing me off.   This is the first historical romance for this Author and I think if she does others, they will be even better.   4Stars 
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This captivating regency romance is the story of Eric, the Earl of Blackstone and Miss Emily Mirren. Eric has been pursuing a French spy for several years, the man whose actions resulted in the loss of his commanding officer (Emily's father) on the field of battle, leaving Emily orphaned and living under the guardianship of Mr. Manning. They both have aims to expose Mr. Manning of underhanded things, but unbeknownst to Emily, Eric's aims clash with her own. Now with time on no-one's side, it's a race to see whose plan will prevail first and whether or not hearts will be broken along the way. There is a mental checklist I have of tropes I love to see in a historical romance and the author must have had a copy of this list because she captured everything I love about this genre. A spy for the crown -check. A wounded war veteran hero - check. A smart and feisty virgin heroine - check. Loyal comrades of the hero - check. An English country estate - check. Shenanigans at this estate that could result in ruination - check. A surprise twist to the ending -check. With all of this going for her, and a fast moving and entertaining plot, there wasn't really anything I wasn't going to like. So the question then is, what makes this story unique and different from what else is available in the genre today? The answer to that is twofold for me. Firstly, and without giving away any spoilers, I liked how the "ruination" unfolded (and I mean that in more than the fact that the sex was well written and steamy ) but also in how things were resolved along that front. In general, plots where the heroine engages in activity of such a nature generally end up with a forced marriage. I won't say what happens here except to say that it was all rather delightful what ensued. Secondly and more importantly, I can't recall ever reading a regency romance where the topic of the slave trade (in particular blacks from Africa) and the impact of it on English Society has ever been discussed. Here it is a huge part of what has shaped Emily's character, her past and her future. I had honestly never given any thought to the fact that black slavery existed in Britain as in America so kudos to the author for choosing a unique subject to focus on for the plot of this story, in addition to the more routine (and equally well written) espionage plot. There is definite chemistry between Eric and Emily from the first time that they meet, thought initially it is one of dislike rather than like - but never indifference. As Eric opens up to reveal some of himself to Emily, it becomes a tit for tat endeavor and before long they realize that they can in fact be friends, with perhaps some added benefits. I loved the sexual tension between them, and how their relationship unfolded. I also really liked Eric's moral dilemma of working towards his ultimate goal when he realizes that in doing so Emily's own plans will be ruined. From beginning to end I found this to be a real page turner, and I can't wait to read more in this series. 5 stars!