A Regency Romance
- ISBN: 9780800720896
- Pub. Date: Mar 2013
- Publisher: Revell
- About the book . . .
Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are the cat or the mouse.
Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need-or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte.
When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell.
Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, what then will he do?
With sharp wit, fast-paced dialogue, and infectious intrigue, Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors-and no one is who they seem.
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- About the author . . .
Ruth Axtell is the author of thirteen novels, including Wild Rose, one of Booklist's Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands.
- Reader Review . . .
- Rees Phillips was stuck in a seemingly dead-end job in the British Foreign Office when he was sent to pose as a butler in the household of Lady Celine Wexham. The widowed English countess seems respectable enough, but being French by birth, she is suspected of being a spy for Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the duty of Rees to spy on Lady Celine and report on her activities, but when his heart becomes involved, it is questionable as to where his loyalty will go.
- This is another one of those books that begins slowly and then hooks the reader, with the pace growing steadily. For the first couple of chapters, it seemed a bit sluggish and then suddenly, I couldn't put it down. However, I must admit that the story loses momentum before the end of the book. The last chapter seemed a bit like an effort to tie up loose ends.
- The characters of Rees and Lady Celine were engaging. I truly cared what happened, and whether or not she was a spy. Madame de Beaumont, Lady Celine's mother, seemed so cold and selfish, but believable.
- The author possesses an excellent style of writing for this particular genre. Important to note: this is not only a Regency romance, but Christian fiction. The religious aspect is not really strong throughout the storyline, but seems to appear at odd moments. It is not what I consider to be a strong element until near the end of the book.
- This is a great novel for fans of historical fiction, especially those who enjoy European history, as I do. I not only enjoyed the historical cloak-and-dagger romance, but learned a little about the politics of that era.
- Clean romance; mild violence
- 4 stars
- “Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
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2013 A-Z Reading Challenge
Do you love to read? You know I do! Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting a reading challenge for 2013.This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2013.
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It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book
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- Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go
along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of
the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find
books to fit.
- Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the
alphabet. For example: A – The Azalea Assault B- Blue Monday C – Crops
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Need some help finding titles to match the alphabet – Jandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started.
Here is my list:
A AN ANGEL BY HER SIDE - RUTH REID - 4 stars
C CHRISTMAS WITH THE FIRST LADIES - COLLEEN CHRISTIAN BURKE
D THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW- OLIVIA NEWPORT
H HANNAH'S VOICE - ROB GRINDSTAFF
I ICONIC SPIRITS: AN INTOXICATING HISTORY - MARK SPIVAK
K KILLER RATINGS - LISA SEIDMAN
L TO LOVE A WOLF - BK WALKER
M MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER - ROBIN OLIVEIRA
N NEVER LET YOU GO - ERIN HEALY
O O! JACKIE - MERCEDES KING
P PERIL: FROM JACKBOOTS TO JACK BENNY - PEARL GOODMAN - 4 STARS
Q QUEEN OF THE AIR: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND TRAGEDY AT THE CIRCUS - DEAN JENSEN
R RAISING CUBBY-JOHN ELDER ROBISON
S SECRETLY SMITTEN - COLLEEN COBLE, DENISE HUNTER, KRISTEN BILLERBECK, & DIANN HUNT
T THE POSTMISTRESS-SARAH BLAKE
U UNCONQUERED: THE SAGA OF COUSINS JERRY LEE LEWIS, JIMMY SWAGGART, AND MICKY GILLEY - J.D. DAVIS
V VANISHED-IRENE HANNON - 5 STARS
W WHEN THE HEART HEALS - ANN SHOREY - 4 STARS
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challenge. Here's to a year of good reading!
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