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Susanna and the Spy (Susanna and the Spy #1)

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What if the man you loved was a smuggler--or a spy?

Jobless and nearly destitute, Susanna Ward intends only to find work as a governess. She certainly has no intention of contacting her family, who cast off her father and scorned her mother years ago. But a chance encounter with a figure from her past suggests that her estranged grandfather was murdered, and that his death
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Anna Elliot (first published January 1st 2011)
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Marlene
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was very tempting to rate this five stars just because I enjoyed it so much. Anna Elliot's book Susanna and the Spy, the first in a two book series, is a stand-alone Regency mystery with some romance. Susanna is on her way to look for employment as a governess, when she is startled by a bleeding man bursting in her room at an inn. Susanna decides to help him hide from his pursuers. Between encountering the mysterious man, and visiting her previously unknown father's relatives, she's embroiled ...more
Julie
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Susanna and the Spy by Anna Elliott is a cozy mystery with just a dash of historical romance. While traveling, in search of a post as a governess, Susanna meets a man employed by her late, estranged grandfather. The man suggested that Susanna's grandfather's death may have been the result of foul play. Susanna had only met her grandfather once, so she struggled with the responsibility of whether or not to visit her family and see if what the old man said could be true.
Before she makes up her min
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
This book is free on Kindle

Susanna Ward has since her fathers death three years ago been earning her living as a governess.Her father was cut off from his family after marrying Susannas mother an italian peasant girl who his father considered unworthy.

While on the journey to London to seek out a new position she is recognized by an old man ,a gardener who she met briefly during a unpleasant visit to her grandfathers home as a child and learns that her grandfather is dead and the old man hinting
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Mara
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
2 stars (kinda..)

The best I can say is that it was a quick and easy read. Otherwise it doesn't really have much sense. I really doubt any "sane" woman in [state the period, I can't]* would involve herself in this story for the silliest reasons. The plot lacks a believable start and it doesn't improve. There's no real investigating, nor much deep characterization. I admit it's a novella, but I read better. Her own Dawn of Avalon is way better.

(There's not much romance either...)

*ok, that was a b
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Rachel John
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a clean mystery/romance which is always nice. However...the main character did a lot of things by "instinct." Like taking off in the night to go look for smugglers. Besides being bored and slightly stupid, there wasn't really a true motivation. I found myself imagining more realistic scenarios to bring the characters together as I was reading. It was a good effort, just not very well done.
Lori McD
I thoroughly enjoyed the innocence and mystery of this book. Susanna's father married a woman not approved by his dour father, so her father was cut out of the will. Susanna's mother died early, and the one trip to her grandfather's house with her father resulted in rage for both her father and grandfather. Susanna only remembers being treated harshly and called "riff-raff" by her grandfather.

So when her father died, Susanna quickly learned that the reason they moved so much was to stay ahead of
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MRB
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mystery/suspense is my very favorite genre of literature, and I'm not-so-secretly addicted to Regency romances. So I get so geekily delighted whenever I stumble on books that combine both these genres (or which at least purport to!) that I'm pretty uncritical: all I ask is that they're moderately entertaining and enjoyable. Sadly, this book failed to meet even that modest goal. I don't mean to sound excessively harsh, but I found the writing amateurish. Writing style is important in determining ...more
Juanita
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Review: Susanna and The Spy by Anna Elliott.

This is a good historical story and reminds me of a lot of the Jane Austen stories and writing style but not as strong. The story was full of suspense and the mystery kept me guessing until close to the end. The setting was in England and I found the characters well developed. The story was more based on the traits of the characters that held my interest and not the crimes committed. The ending I think was a little unfinished or maybe rushed to give th
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Delonda
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read Nook version obtained for free from B&N.

Story line was okay but I was distracted several times by inconsistencies in the ages of the characters as described. The author did not seem to have set the ages of her characters properly, if at all.

It is made quite clear that Uncle Charles was the eldest and the heir to her grandfather. However, when we meet him, the author describes him "somewhere about forty years of age".

Susanna's father Matthew met his wife while on his grand tour, when h
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QNPoohBear
This story is a good, clean, fun romp. There are a few historical inaccuracies such as Susanna staying at an inn all by herself, riding a horse astride with no mention of hiking up her skirts indecently, etc. However, if you can suspend your disbelief and lose yourself in the story, you will enjoy it. I got sucked into the mystery and couldn't put it down even though halfway through I figured out who the villain was. Susanna should have known because the villain tipped his/her hand. The ending i ...more
Nicole N.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Free book on Kindle! Of course I have to get it! Regency period romance with a little mystery thrown in there? Yes, please!

Young Susanna Ward lost her father months ago and also lost her job as a governess. She finds herself in the town of Broughton, home to Rutherford Hall, the home of her lately deceased and estranged grandfather. When she happens to meet a Mr. Franklin, garden of Rutherford Hall, her intrigue for her dead father's old home sparks.

While staying at a local inn and looking for e
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Teena Stewart
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Susanna Ward’s grandfather cut her father off from his inheritance years ago because he disapproved of his marriage. When her father dies, she is forced to see work as a governess. Ok. This is not the newest plot in the world, but it’s a mystery and therein lies the different. Her grandfather meets with a mysterious death which a stranger indicates might have been the result of murder. She resolves to impose on her relatives residing in her grandfather’s estate and ask to stay with them, determi ...more
Marina
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the title, I thought it was great mystery story. What I read was "Amanda Quick" story. Don't get me wrong, I like Amanda Quick's stories. I don't say this in a bad way, but somehow it was like reading some of her books, like reading a copycat. I was expecting more mystery and more romance. There was lack of both. The mystery wasn't mystery enough, it was discovered in the title itself. And there wasn't even one kiss in whole story. So where is the romance?

What I liked was Susanna's char
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Mary
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle-free
I got this as a free Kindle book. Susanna is an out of work governess in England during the Napoleonic war. She happens to travel near her father's family home - the family who wanted nothing to do with him after he married beneath him. She finds out that her grandfather has recently died under mysterious circumstances and decides to visit her relatives. Along the way she meets the mysterious Captain Clark, a local smuggler, and helps him escape.

The gardener who told her about her grandfather is
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Kay Bolton
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
I'm not sure that's the best cover I've seen, it felt a little too 1970's cheap print for me.

However, once inside it was a really nice, and I have to say surprising read.

Nice little bits of dialogue between the two main characters, with a good sprinkle of chemistry and hasten to the bedroom tension.

Susannah certainly was a game one, nothing seemed to put her off, or slow her down ..... brave, or stupid? .... you decide!

I actually found it a bit reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, with a bit of Julia
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Sweet
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic, regency
Susanna and the Spy melds two of my favorite romance subgenres, the Gothic and the Traditional Regency. While the book has the Napoleonic War-setting and slow-burn sensuality of the Traditional Regency, it also features many of the conventions of the Gothic: woman in peril (in this case almost-governess, penniless Susanna), a family estate complete with unexplained deaths and a mixture of kind and not-so-kind family members, a dark, dangerous, very evocative hero and a mystery to tie it all toge ...more
Maria Schneider
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know how to rank this since I don't read a lot of romance. It has a nice mystery, although since it's a fairly linear story, I knew the whodunit early on. It's farfetched in the extreme in a few places, but this isn't read for believability. It's the characters and the fun and the book comes through in those cases. It's light and clean and enjoyable. I usually ask for a bit more plausibility from a book, and I do think Elliot's writing and plotting is much more mature in her Urban Fantas ...more
Leanne
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-e-books
Really pretty bad. However it had some saving graces in that the characters were likeable, and the author didn't fall into the terrible trap of dialogue in modern English (something that annoys me greatly - especially with Americanisms). It was a shame in that it felt a bit rushed - there was little character development, and the whole plot was weak and unconjugated at best. The heroine seemed to be hurrying around doing things that seemed very out of character for a sensible governess (or, fran ...more
Jennifer
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once I started reading this novel I couldn't put it down. It held my attention throughout and I couldn't stop myself from turning the pages because I had to find out what happened next! I loved the characters and I found myself instantly on-board with Susanna, the female protagonist. The story was full of suspense and the mystery kept me guessing until close to the end.
This novel is for fans of regency romance, with language that is slightly more modern than those novels of Georgette Heyer (whic
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Sandy
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
The title of this book needs spoiler tags on it. The mystery would have had much greater appeal if I hadn't known exactly the motives of an important male character based on this title.

I love a good, clean romance, but seriously? Not a single kiss even at the end? These leads had ZERO chemistry.

Usually, with a short story or novella, I wish there was MORE...more depth, more plot, more entanglements. With this story? You could cut 3/4 of it and still get to the same end because there was so much
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Elaine
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy reading an historical novel. This time it's set in the Regency period in England where smugglers and spies abound.
Susanna returns to the family estate, after years of separation due to her grandfather's rejection of her father. When hearing that her grandfather's recent death may not have been accidental, she sets out to discover who in the family is responsible.
She meets, James, the presumed smuggler and spy, and so her adventures begin.
I like the easy reading style and the
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Keely
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, I didn't love it but it was a quick easy read that was entertaining. Although it was said to be written in Austen's 'style', I'm not sure if I agree or disagree with that. So, yes maybe at times. For a free Kindle download I cannot complain! I am intrigued enough to maybe check out the next installment to this developing series as I can see the potential. Character development was lacking if I had to pick one thing that bothered me and that nagged me while I was reading it. I guess for an ...more
Rebecca
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
A romance without the obnoxious conventions and with some mystery mixed in. Set in Austen's time but with a disregard for conventions that would have horrified her.

I did have a big issue with the description of the book (the one on Amazon). It makes it sound like she knows how complicated things are when she chooses to let the man in, only she doesn't! She barely even suspects her grandfather was murdered at the time and has no idea who or why. So the description doesn't fit too well with the b
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Norma Huss
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historic
Susanna doesn't want to have anything to do with the family that rejected her and her mother when she was a child. All she wants to do is find a new job as governess. But the story she heard from an old man who subsequently was killed changed her mind. She decided to find out what he meant. Since the grandfather who had sent her away so many years ago was dead, the rest of the family welcomed her. Then she met a secretive Captain Clark, the spy.

This is historic romantic suspense at its best. Gr
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Bluejay44
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A regency period mystery / romance. Susanna is between jobs - being young and attractive, governess posts are not easy to keep but not many alternatives are available. On her way to London to a job agency, she finds the route passes the estate owned by her estranged grandfather and hearing from another passenger that her grandfather is dead - "Them at the Hall- they killed him."
On impulse she gets off the stagecoach at the next inn so changes her life. Meeting Family, some friendly, others not
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Carol
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
It is impossible for me to review this book without noting that A) I got a free download of it and B) I was in the mood for something mindless. The price was right and it certainly was mindless....enough holes in the plot to rival Swiss cheese, a heroine who is not unlikeable but kind of a dim bulb, and a romance without any ripped bodices. Lightweight mystery, somewhat bland characters. Not badly written as much as poorly imagined. The title is kind of dumb, too, as it gives away a plot twist t ...more
Lbousson
Book #1 in Susanna and the Spy.

What a delightful little story. A fun read from beginning to end. I like turn of the century stories (Victorian era,) especially wen the protagonist is a feisty woman. Susanna is that woman; she gives all the gentlemen the run for their money in this story, and yet she still sticks by her principals. She smart and savvy, and I think that might be why I really enjoyed this story so much.

Three stars.
Divya
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
After enjoying Georgiana Darcy's diary I decided to give another book of this author a shot. Unfortunately this one is too simple and cliched to really enjoy. There are incidents aplenty but I really didn't get a sense of history of place or even really like the characters even by the time I was finished with the book. Typical classic-imitation with some romance and "mystery/action"
Madeline Sloane
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this well-written book by Anna Elliot so much, I'm still thinking about it, even two months later. I was very impressed with the authentic historic details and the clever plot. I have several other books by Elliot on my Kindle and am working my way through the library to them. I would recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a historic adventure with a dash of romance.
Luna Raven
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
The writing is well paced though the story timeline is a bit fast. A few continuity errors and it was much too easy to figure out who why and what. Susanna seems spunky but I would have liked to have some of the characters fleshed out a little more.

I'm not saying love can't happen quickly, just that this didn't quite feel as natural as it could have.
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