Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 19th April 2016
Boffins, Dymocks, Booktopia, Publisher
Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
There are definitely not enough YA Historical Romances in my life!
Love, Lies & Spies is the quirky tale of budding romance and daring intrigue all set against the lush background of Regency England. Julianna would rather be studying lady beetles with her father & working on research that could give them accolades throughout the scientific world, despite it earning her the title of “bluestocking” amongst her peers. When an upcoming trip to London gives Julianna the perfect opportunity to sneakily find a publishing house for her research, she agrees to a Season with her cousin.
Love, Lies & Spies opens beautifully with our heroine dangling off a cliff, and the appearance of our hero, Spencer, who with the help of his friend rescues her. From the first page, Anstey held my attention with quick witted prose and hilarious banter between the characters.
While definitely a lot ‘tamer’ in the romance department than the adult historical romances that I’m guilty of loving, you can’t help but love every interaction between Spencer and Julianna. Spencer, eager to prove his worth with the War Office, was a little dense at times in a very Henry Tilney kind of way that made me fall in love with him a little bit more each time. I also loved that Julianna’s love for science didn’t overtake the story, but her passion for her work was present on every page.
If you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s work, especially Northanger Abbey, then pick up this adorable light read with the most gorgeous of covers!