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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 meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

322 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 9, 2016

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Melanie Dickerson

35 books5,673 followers
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). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

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February 20, 2021
About this book:

“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 meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?”

Series: Book #1 in “The Regency Spies of London” series.

Spiritual Content- Many prayers; Talks about God, His plans & ways, Providence, and pleasing Him; (Most) ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Julia says she rarely prays expect in church (which I don’t believe as she prays many times in this novel); Nicholas had thought to be a clergyman (but his father disapproved); A mention of a(n old) man not being a strong believer in God; A couple mentions of Bible reading & God’s Word; Mentions of an iron cross, Bibles & a book of prayers; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of church & sermons; Mentions of Christians; Mentions of angels & miracles;
*Note: A mention of “the hell hounds”; Regency sayings such as “pray tell”, etc.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘shut up’, and two forms of ‘stupid’; Lots of Pain, Blood, Bruises, being shot & attacked, along with thinking you’re dying (semi-detailed); Fighting, Knives & causing pain (up to semi-detailed); Threats of death & stabbing someone; Remembering pain (up to semi-detailed); Remembering a horse being beaten (semi-detailed); Many mentions of war & injuries (and deaths) it caused (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of drinking, drunks & brandy; Many mentions of treason, betrayal, & hangings; Mentions of assassins, murders, shooting & enemies; Mentions of gambling, debts & betting; Mentions of cigars & tobacco; A couple mentions of hunting.

Sexual Content- six hand/wrist kisses, three forehead kisses, four not-detailed kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss & four semi-detailed kisses; Thinking about kissing & Staring at lips (barely-about-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing; Touches, Nearness & Dancing (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; Flirting; Many mentions of flirting; Many mentions of reputations & compromising situations; Mentions of mean leering at women & having ungentlemanly thoughts; Many mentions of men ruining governesses & taking advantage of the ladies; Mentions of a young woman who was seduced, abandoned & now carries his child; Mentions of an older man being overly friendly with Julia (when he tries to touch her, she steps on his foot and gets away); A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of betrayal over a broken engagement; A mention of Julia possibly being attacked or molested in an unsafe area; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Julia Grey
-Nicholas Langdon
P.O.V. switches between them
Set in 1811
322 pages

Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star (and a half)
Early High School Teens- Two Stars
Older High School Teens- Four Stars
My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half)
Hmmm! While very different from all the author's other novels, I enjoyed “A Spy’s Devotion”. I admit I kept checking the title page to see if this was really written by Melanie Dickerson since it was so different...no Fairy-tale element and set in Regency era. It started out slow and wasn't till about half way in that the plot picked up and my interest started. Julia was very sweet and I liked Nicholas. I didn't like Phoebe or her parents or Mr. Edgerton at all. I really liked Leorah and hope she'll have a story in this series, as she made me laugh. ;)
Julia had to learn about following God’s ways instead of society's ways, which I thought was a neat element in a regency book. “What if she followed her heart and concentrated only on obeying God’s rules, instead of society’s rules?”

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*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.
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137 reviews53 followers
February 15, 2017

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 the feelings an emotions of the characters felt relevant. There were just so many timeless lessons about love/dating (or more like courting for that time period) and the value of integrity. :- )

I took away a lot from this story! I love books that are entertaining and thoughtful. There are are few quotes I want to keep forever! Like...

“You should not give your heart to someone who hasn’t asked for it. You never know who may fall in love with you, or who you might come to love...”

Julia is such a great character to read! She wasn't your typical spy... ie; gadgets, explosions and what not, lol. Julia was brave, kind and just a woman of honor. It was amazing to see her taking on the task of helping to defend her country. While she was a strong character, she was still a young woman who had struggles with self-worth, and having to conform to what society says about her versus believing on what God say about he in His Word. And trusting God for her security and future. Even with things were seven layers of crae, crae. ;-)

I also loved Nicholas, how can you not like the dude! The dynamic between Nicholas and Julia added to the story! Oh! And I cannot forget about His sister Leorah!! She is my favorite too!! I cannot wait until her book 'cause the girl is just funny, and she was a good friend to julia! I give this 5 stars all the way!!

♥♥ Favorite Quotes ♥ ♥

“He said God expects us to trust him to help us make important decisions, that God will give us wisdom if we ask him. Promise me you will pray about this, that you will ask God to help you know how you should act and how to control these emotions. Pray for wisdom.”

“But a young lady should never try to gain a man’s affections by flirting when she feels no attachment to him. It is wrong.

"Didn’t God see inside a person’s heart and judge them for their thoughts and motives? God’s ways were not man’s ways. It was starting to seem obvious to her that polite society’s rules and God’s requirements were completely different"

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1,323 reviews805 followers
February 19, 2016
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, Julia's cousin and companion since childhood, who is all at once loyal and vain and romantic and shallow and good and disloyal and vapid... He character didn't make sense as the story progressed and it felt like the author hadn't decided what she was like. One minute she's a lovely young woman reminiscent of Jane Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, the next she's barely a character at all, more a shadow, and then she's vapid and vain and shallow.

I did like the story. I liked the intrigue and how Julia was thrown into her role of spy. I liked that it took time for the story-line to develop. She wasn't a spy at the beginning, she was just a girl living with relatives, with few prospects and a deep love for her cousin. I loved how she made mistakes and tried so hard, even with such dire consequences.

What didn't sit with me so well was the religion in this story. Whereas in other books by this author it is to be expected and not only fits with the plot but is an integral part of the setting, the religious references in this story didn't seem to fit the setting or plot so much. It felt a little bit preachy.

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
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Author 2 books358 followers
January 12, 2016
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'll hope some gentleman sees fit to ask for her hand, or resign to a lonely life of a governess.
Things are stirred up as Julia's cousin, Phoebe, declares she is irrevocably in love with Nicholas Langdon, and Mr. Wilhern wants Julia to marry a man she does not trust. To make matters worse, something important goes missing ... and whispers of treason are heard.
Will Julia have the courage to do what's right and just, or will she live a life she can hardly bear?

Despite a more slow beginning, A Spy's Devotion soon enough captured my interest and pulled me on a lovely journey! It was different than expected, but I ended up very much enjoying it! The sweet love story. The intrigue. The dear characters. And just the regency era feel! Melanie Dickerson did well with that, I felt; and I was immersed into the early 1800s where treachery is afoot and a true love is forbidden.

I found Nicholas to be quite an interesting and likable character. That he never danced with the same lady twice during balls certainly caught my attention, I was waiting for the day when he would single out a special young woman! *smiles* I loved his sense of humor. His very gentlemanly attitude, yet the kind and gentle heart underneath. I like him very much, and it was lovely getting to know him more through the course of the story.

Julia was a lovely character as well. Sometimes I wanted to yell and storm about a little for her ... as it appeared she had angry thoughts time and again, but was so calm and pleasant again and again. I could hardly bear how badly some people treated her! Julia did have her moments though. And eventually, she learned some important lessons and such. I enjoyed watching her courage and strength come out. And I liked that she kept her forgiving, kind nature even while learning to stand up for herself. She had some words of wisdom even as she wondered and questioned society's rules, and maybe made some mistakes. Overall, Julia was a sweet and lovely character to journey along with.

The whole spying business that was expected from the title was very fun! Once it came to that part. As I mentioned, the beginning a bit slow. But once we get the action, was it ever intriguing and fun! And nerve-wracking!! I'm happy to say it wasn't too complicated and terrifying; because sometimes I just want a more light story, that still has a generous dash of intrigue and suspense! At one point, things get more deep, and you see indeed it is a dangerous, frightening situation.

Oh, and did I mention that I quite enjoyed the secondary characters of Sarah Peck and Leorah Langdon? Felicity too! Phoebe rather annoyed (and sometimes infuriated) me. But she did perhaps have a pleasant, kind side as well. Anyway, they were grand. Perhaps we'll see some more of them ... ? *smiles*

The romance was very sweet. (I always say that, don't I? Well ... I can't help being a hopeless romantic! Most love stories in books I read just make my heart sigh! Haha. *smiles*) But yes. It was endearing. Gentle, though forbidden. There weren't hardly any "romance-y" scenes during the novel; no kissing. However, at the end, there are two scenes with many kisses exchanged. So that's why I recommend for about sixteen and up. This book is classified as adult though, mind you.

So yes. I really liked A Spy's Devotion! A beautiful regency tale! Lovely historical. Some action, danger, and suspense. Drama, and a darling love story. Fans of historical romance, particularly regency, you will not want to miss this new book by Melanie Dickerson!

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a e-copy of A Spy's Devotion in exchange for my honest review.
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Author 25 books1,079 followers
January 12, 2016
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 home with a great new Regency voice. The attention to detail and swoon-worthy love stories we have come to expect of Dickerson in her fairy tale retellings is rampant here with just the right amount of swathed-through tension and spry espionage twist.

I am very excited that a perennial favourite author of mine has two concurrent series!
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337 reviews59 followers
March 11, 2016
I will try to have a longer review up soon haha X)
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26 reviews4 followers
January 22, 2016
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 disappointed in this book. In the past I would have said I loved Ms. Dickerson retelling of fairy tales but her Regency's historical novel blow those out of the water... it is my understanding that her next retelling is a take on the little mermaid. The Spy's Devotion has risen the bar for what I expect from Melanie Dickerson.

Well done, Ms. Dickerson. By the way I can't wait to read your retelling of the little mermaid.
Side note: I read an ARC for NetGalley
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2,741 reviews5,976 followers
February 17, 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
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Author 4 books60 followers
December 7, 2016
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. I think it is Christian enough to satisfy Christians but understated enough to be read by anyone whatever their beliefs.
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4,290 reviews
June 5, 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 to see come too over time together.

I am very pleased with the ending, even though many times throughout the story I had thought "if it just ends here, I will be so pleased;" however the author knew better than I and kept writing to produce an amazing piece of literature. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter.
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1,538 reviews17 followers
February 2, 2016
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 to heal after an injury and meets Ms Julia Grey. Julia is living with her uncle, aunt and cousin, Phoebe. She finds herself attending many parties and balls where Nicholas is in attendance. She tries to keep her distance as she knows her cousin has her future set on Nicholas. Lacking any kind of dowery, Julia accepts it as her lot in life to look elsewhere for her happiness.

When she overhears her uncle talking about a diary and later learns that Nicholas had a diary stolen from him, she finds herself sneaking around to discover what she can. Secret messages passed, hiding in wardrobes, and following people become her way of life. Phrases take on new meanings.

The story did a great job of holding my attention. There was a lot of adventure and mystery of how they were going to prove that her uncle had turned traitor. Who else was involved? How was a murder plot going to be averted, and how was Ms Grey going to avoid being forced to marry a man she would never love?

The characters were very well written and the romance was very refreshing. I hope Ms Dickerson will continue to write Regency novels in addition to her fairy tale retellings that are so loved by her fans.

Take a chance on A Spy's Devotion. You'll enjoy the trip back in time.

I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
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2,448 reviews1,337 followers
March 25, 2016
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 said about the state of the hero's beliefs. Other than those mentions of prayer, it is a clean novel that would be just as much at home in the secular market.

The writing style is choppy in places, but the character development is excellent. The plot does feel a trifle rushed in parts, but I did not find myself having to go back and redhead to get the sense of it; it simply moved a little too fast. One thing I did like was how Julia must search her heart to see if things she did for society's sake were actually right or wrong on their own, like when she examines her heart as to why she feels guilty over flirting with a man who is not free to marry her.

So, though I would not call the writing "brilliant" or the spiritual content "inspiring," it is still a nice, solid little story. I will definitely be interested in reading the second book when it comes out.
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1,382 reviews
December 11, 2019
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 involved in espionage under the tutelage of Juia's uncle. Nicholas tries to undercover information while under the guise of attending balls, musicals, and visits to the park as any other young man in society is apt to do.

Conundrums and secrecy are entwined in this Historical romance portrayed in this complex novel. Complex characters, a believable plot, and creativity are woven together to create this captivating story.

This is a clean and wholesome story that concludes with a H.E.A.

A Spy's Devotion
(The Regency Spies of London #1)
by Melanie Dickerson
Print Length: 322 Pages
Published: February 9, 2016
Published: by Waterfall Press

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Author 32 books182 followers
January 17, 2016
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, seasons and scullery maids . . .

And just for good measure, she throws in a war hero trying to complete a mission of mercy, sneaky spies and treason among the ton.

Book 1 of this new series releases February ninth so there’s not long to wait!

Review © JCMorrows 2016
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135 reviews40 followers
August 11, 2018
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 readers beware.

Definitely some romance as well. Nothing inappropriate. I don’t prefer a lot of romance, so the last chapter was not my favorite for *ahem* kissing reasons, but if you like romance, it is a clean, adventure, romance novel.

Give this a go! It’s worth the read! :)
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Author 6 books203 followers
July 22, 2018
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.
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488 reviews100 followers
April 11, 2016
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 was so nice but not stupid. The hero, Nicholas, was of course awesome; an honorable gentleman-spy-by-necessity. ;) I really liked the alternating viewpoints between the two of them — that was such fun to read. The romance was really sweet and I so enjoyed reading their story. I JUST LOVED THEM! ^_^

The slight dash of espionage/suspense added a lot of interest to the plot. Regency spies in London — what a fun idea! I also loved that it had a bit of action and danger, which added to the heroism of the hero (and heroine)! I don’t tend to think of “action” when I think of Regency tales, but the time-period is perfect for it, so I LOVED seeing that in this!

I love Melanie’s fairytale retellings, but this was her first published “original” tale, and it was actually fun to not know anything about the plot and be kept guessing! So… I really love both this and her retellings, in different ways. I’m very much looking forward to book 2 of The Regency Spies of London, whenever it may release! (I hear it’s going to be about Nicholas’ sister Leorah, who I really liked, so that excites me!) I can’t wait!

This book is technically for adults as opposed to YA, but in this case I didn’t mind. It was quite an enjoyable Historical Fiction / Christian / Regency Romance novel, which I’d recommend to anyone who likes the genre, or even to try if you haven’t yet. I just really enjoyed it. :)

Overall? It’s not my usual genre or type of book to read, but it was a fabulous read despite that! I enjoyed it a good deal and I’d say I rather love it. ^_^

(Plus, that cover has got to be one of THE most gorgeous ones ever! It still makes me ever so happy every time I walk by my shelf and see it nestled in amongst my growing collection of Dickerson books. <3)

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2,300 reviews148 followers
January 31, 2017
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 nicely written. He struggled to balance the life of espionage he found himself entangled in, the interest he felt for Julia, and what his future plans for himself should be.

There were some really awful characters, as well! My, oh my, Julia’s aunt, uncle, and cousin were the personification of greed and selfishness. Their various ploys to demean and use Julia simply made her sweetness all the more impressive.

The espionage and traitorous dealings led to a few very tense moments in the book, along with danger for the main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed A Spy’s Devotion and look forward to reading more in the series.

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Author 1 book367 followers
March 13, 2016
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 of Regency romance just as dearly as I love her fairy tale series.

In fact, Nicholas and Julia may be my favorite of Melanie Dickerson’s romantic leads – across her series. And considering how much I adore Lord Ranulf & Annabel and Lord Hamlin and Rose… this is saying quite a lot. But, really, how could I not love Nicholas when Julia herself describes him by saying, “His smile was too appealing for anyone’s good.” Yet, impressed though she is by Nicholas’ swoony good looks, Julia is not the type of lady to look only at physical appearance. In talking about someone else, she noted, “If a person was kind, respectable, and sensible, they tended to look the handsomer for it.” That being the case, Nicholas looks the handsomer from page to page. Considering he was already “too appealing for anyone’s good“, you may want to read this book from the safety of your fainting couch. But I did say I loved Julia too, didn’t I? With good reason. Julia is gracious in the face of mistreatment and exhibits great courage and resolve toward her situation. And… she, by way of the narrator, has one of my most favorite lines in the book: “Spying was quite the most terrifying thing she had ever done.”

(In case you’re wondering, my other most favorite line in A Spy’s Devotion is, “Her whole world was in the depth of his eyes.” OH! So gorgeous! I won’t tell you who this is talking about or when it appears so as not to spoil the various plot points for you but I just couldn’t resist including it.)

Bottom Line: In A Spy’s Devotion, Melanie Dickerson has achieved the perfect blend of history, suspense, and the all important romance! With shades of Sense & Sensibility hovering around the edges, Melanie Dickerson brandishes a Regency quill with excellence. Vivid characters bring the exquisite setting to life and establish attachments with the reader that guarantee an avid following for the series. I highly recommend A Spy’s Devotion for fans of Julianne Donaldson, Sarah E. Ladd, and Donna Hatch.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
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713 reviews30 followers
January 14, 2016
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 happy ending, right? Honestly, this story just grabbed me and held me captive through the entirety! I know Dickerson has not done it before, but I would LOVE it if she wrote the same story from Nicholas' perspective! I was dying to know all of his thoughts throughout the book! Dickerson tells Julia's story masterfully and I am convinced there is nothing she writes that I will not love! A true love story to its core, A Spy's Devotion will have you asking, what would you do for the one you love? I received an ecopy via Netgalley.
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213 reviews18 followers
July 27, 2017
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!
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Author 3 books79 followers
January 18, 2018
I enjoyed this tale. I listened to the audiobook, mostly on my long drive to and from work. Definitely brightened the car ride.
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933 reviews2,387 followers
October 11, 2016
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 the most recent books in the series. Because of this, I was hesitant to try Ms. Dickerson’s new Regency series.

I’m so glad I picked it up. Thanks to the Christian Fiction Devourers group here on GoodReads for choosing it as one of their Books of the Month. Without that nudge it might have sat on my Kindle forever, and I would have missed a wonderful story. A Spy's Devotion, in my opinion, takes the setting and conversational format of Jane Austen’s novels, mixes in the spy intrigue of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and sprinkles Christianity throughout, while remaining as readable as any modern novel. It was a remarkably fast read. Once I had some free time, I flew through it quicker than I have any book in a long time.

A Spy's Devotion was the best Christian fiction book I’ve read in quite some time. I will eventually be buying a hard copy to have on my shelf. This book is definitely worthy of a re-read. I can’t wait until February to read A Viscount's Proposal, the story of Nicholas’s sister Leorah!
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2,002 reviews202 followers
September 5, 2016
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 hope she decides to write more in this genre, for she is very good indeed at it. I was not the least bit disappointed. She captured my interest from the start and held it until the last word.

Julia Grey and Nicholas Langdon are the chief characters here and Melanie has created them so well that the reader feels a part of their lives. The secondary characters are well developed also, although some were not quite so likable. Dickerson keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace, not once bogging down. Not at all! I am looking forward to her doing more books in this vein.

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
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Author 31 books1,632 followers
February 20, 2016
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 regency world.

Julia Grey is a sweet woman with an intelligence and devotion that runs deep. Mr. Langdon sees her intelligence and kindness outshing the insensible women all around, and his heart is captivated.
Unfortunatley, they are both in danger of losing more than their hearts as they become involved in a darker plot against king and country.

I must say, I absolutely adored Mr. Langdon - and the pairing between he and Miss Grey was fantastic, especially when they danced :-)

I can't think of a better word to describe it than a proper 'delightful' :-)
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Author 4 books74 followers
February 8, 2018
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 book in the series.

(It reminded me a whole lot of Jane Austen's books, including the romance level, which thankfully means it was clean.)
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Author 21 books119 followers
January 16, 2016
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!
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