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A Spy's Devotion

(The Regency Spies of London #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,397 ratings  ·  578 reviews
In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness 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.

Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Waterfall Press
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Melanie Dickerson Hi, Donna! Technically it is adult fiction, but it is completely "clean" and "safe" for teens as well. :-) I hope you like it!…moreHi, Donna! Technically it is adult fiction, but it is completely "clean" and "safe" for teens as well. :-) I hope you like it!(less)
Melanie Dickerson This book is not based on a fairy tale, but is kind of an homage to Jane Austen, an idea I got after re-reading all of Jane Austen's books in a 6 mont…moreThis book is not based on a fairy tale, but is kind of an homage to Jane Austen, an idea I got after re-reading all of Jane Austen's books in a 6 month period a few years ago. I added a spy-suspense thread to make it more exciting, since, let's face it, I'm not Jane Austen and I didn't want to bore my readers. :D Plus, I like some extra excitement and suspense in my novels. (less)

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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness 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

I must say that this was one of my favorites books by Melanie Dickinson since The Healer's Apprentice and The Princess Spy! The book had so many good things going on in it where do I begin!

First off I must say I always have a soft spot for the regency fiction. It's one of my favorite eras to read! But a Spy's Devotion was Regency amped up! I love the mystery and intrigue but I thought It stayed true to the era. I think Melanie did a wonderful job of keeping up with the history of the time but t
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, love, society, spying, deception.

My experience with this author has been a little hit or miss so far, it always seem to be either one extreme or the other when it comes to what I thought. So when this one was so-so I was a little surprised and decided it was a success overall.

When it comes to the characters, Julia and Langdon are undoubtedly the main cast - all of the other characters don't have much depth or characterisation. I think the most prominent example of this is Phoebe
I am accustomed to Melanie Dickerson's beautiful, intriguing medieval fairytale retellings, but I was nonetheless delighted to see she was coming out with a regency romance! And though A Spy's Devotion was different than Melanie's other books, being a simple historical, without the fairytale-ish thread, it was such a sweet story! ^_^

Julia Grey is an orphan without a substantial dowry, living as the ward of her aunt and uncle, the Wilherns. There's not much chance of a love match for her ... she'
Rachel McMillan
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
For fans of Teresa Grant and Julianne Donaldson.

A Spy's Devotion takes Dickerson in a new direction with a new historical canvas: one in which she easily excels.

While I found the first chapters of exposition to be slowly paced, the speed picked up and the pitch-perfect setting, dialogue --not to mention several nuances inherent to the 'ton' ---were quickly welcomed.

Fans of inspirational historical romance who like Jane Austen with a bit more Northanger Abbey than Emma, will find themselves at ho
Galaxy Adventurer
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will try to have a longer review up soon haha X)
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's evident that God blessed Melanie Dickerson with the gift and passion to write and to write well. Her story telling grow stronger with each book.

The Spy's Devotion -- Well I have already recommended it to two people, my best friend and my mother. I think women of all ages will love this book.

I wanted to read this book because I really liked Ms. Dickerson's retelling of fairy tales and I wanted to see how she would write an Regency's historical romance novel. I am so glad I did. I wasn't dis
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This cover caught my eye and it's a Regency spy novel so it sounded like something I would enjoy. I did. Held my interest and I stayed up late to finish it.

Content: Clean

Source: Kindle Unlimited
R.J. Rodda
Imagine a Pride and Prejudice style romance with spying for the government thrown in. Picture a very likeable though poor young lady of good family who is prepared to sacrifice all she has in the public interest. And a handsome honourable soldier who is too poor to marry someone without a fortune. There are genuine barriers to this romance and this well crafted story is a delight to read with all its twists and turns.

A personal aside. There is a Christian underlining here that is carefully done
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I was very surprised to see the lower rating that this novel normally received, due to the fact that I found it quite pleasurable and well thought out.

When you read the title of this novel, you think quick action with a touch of romance; however, that does not even begin to describe this novel. It was longer, very complex, and not rush as many books tend to be. The love story between the hero and heroine was truly enduring. It was not a match that was thrown together, but one that we were able
Haley S
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little too much dancing but REALLY good!!
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A regency novel is a different sort of story than Melanie Dickerson's previous novels. It's always interesting to see how an author performs going from one era to another. I must say Ms Dickerson did a remarkable job. I've read all her previous publications and have loved them. Her characters do an excellent job of pulling you into the story. The same is true for A Spy's Devotion as well.

In this story, we have Nicholas Langdon who is a soldier. He's been fighting against France. He returns home
✨ Gramy ✨
A Spy's Devotion is the introductory installation in 'The Regency Spies of London' series written by Melanie Dickerson. This adventure reveals many of the secrets behind the scenes of the beau monde, which include but are not limited to treachery, treason, cruelty, and blatant vulgarity.


By happenstance, Retired British officer Nicholas Langdon, meets Miss Julia Grey,a penniless orphan at a ball hosted by the Willhelms. Whilst while trying to determine individual members involve
Faith M:)
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Dickerson’s writing is so sweet and fun! However, I’ve only read 2 of her fairytale retellings- and both of them were a little predictable. I personally couldn’t connect to the characters, but still loved Md’s books. When I opened up this book, it was if this was another author. I connected to the characters, loved the suspense, and I didn’t guess what would come next!!! This book was INCREDIBLE and I cannot wait to read the others in the series!!!

There is some violence, so sensitive re
I loved this little journey into Regency England. It was quite delightful to read of Julia and Nicholas's unlikely relationship as they both end up spying to save General Wellington from a plot against his life. I also enjoyed the little twist on the spy plot, of neither them having been spies before being encountered with a mysterious diary and a murder attempt.

Julia has grown up in church and has never really used her beliefs in real life; she learns to rely on prayer in her trials. Nothing is
J.C. Morrows
Melanie Dickerson; of fairy tale re-telling fame, has expanded her writing repertoire.

Drawing on her love of classic literary fiction, Melanie has delved into the world of Regency England and penned the first in a new series to be published by Amazon’s Waterfall Press!

“A Spy’s Devotion” begins the new series with intrigue, treason and deception!

Melanie Dickerson has returned to England, but instead of a fairy tale setting, she takes us to a time of balls and bank notes, dowries and drawing rooms
C.B. Cook
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great historical fiction

This book was a really wonderful story! The plot was intriguing, and although some things were predictable, it was still an intriguing read.
Deborah O'Carroll
Sometimes you just want an enjoyable read, you know? This was that for me. :)

I don’t read a lot of Regency romance type things, but I so wanted to try this one because I’ve loved Melanie Dickerson’s medieval fairytale romances. I was not disappointed — Melanie does an AMAZING job with the Regency time period! I just felt there; completely drawn in. It was really awesome to be in the time period, somehow. Simply fabulous. :D

The heroine, Julia, was quite a good heroine — I really liked her, she wa
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ni
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
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
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Dickerson has long been my favorite author of fairy tales and now she has ventured into the regency genre! *squeal* I couldn't be more excited about how wonderful this book is! Julia is what makes this book! Her story speaks loudly to the reader and this incredible tale takes twists and turns that kept me up reading until my eyes were burning for rest. But I had to finish her story! I had to know if she would ever be able to be with the man she loved! She was so good and kind, she deserved a hap ...more
Katie Clark
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aw, I just love this book (so much that I've read it twice now)! Mr. Langdon is so sweet, and I love how the romance develops slowly and naturally over the course of the story. Melanie Dickerson has done a superb job of transitioning from an author of fairy tale retellings to an author of regency novels. Two thumbs up! ...more
m a r y l i z
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finished this on the plane ride to Realm Makers! It was a fun read, but I didn't like it as much as other Melanie Dickerson books for some reason. Probably just the distractions in the airport/plane. :P

Looking forward to the sequel, which I've heard is one of her best works!

4 stars!
Grace Mullins
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this tale. I listened to the audiobook, mostly on my long drive to and from work. Definitely brightened the car ride.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Well done, Ms. Dickerson. You’ve drawn me back into the fold.

I adored The Merchant's Daughter, the first novel I read by Melanie. It was a Christian retelling of my favorite fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, and I thought she did a wonderful job. I read three more books from her Hagenheim series, also retellings of famous fairytales. I liked each book less than the first. When I read The Captive Maiden, the fourth in the series, it fell flat for me and I struggled to finish and have not read th
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 h ...more
Pepper Basham
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh yes, I could have danced all night!

What a delightful journey into regency espionage with this intelligent, adventurous, and sweetly romantic novel by Melanie Dickerson. I fell in love with both Julia and her dear Mr. Langdon when he caught her folowing him...and there was no turning back then! The elegance of the dances, the expectations of society, and the wit in the dialogue are all there for your enjoyment - add into it some intrigue, and you have a wonderful step into Mrs. Dickerson's reg
Lydia Howe
I've seen these books floating around but wasn't really interested because they looked too romantic to me. But then finally the word "spy" made me curious enough that I started reading, knowing that I could stop anytime I wanted. I was pleasantly surprised. The book wasn't overly amazing, but it was interesting and the spy element, although not a huge part of the plotline - well, at least not very thrilling, I should say - was fun to read about. It was nice enough I choose to read the second boo ...more
Boring, bland, annoying, and an unsatisfactory ending. Ugh.
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Mel ...more

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