Love, Lies And Spies by Cindy AnsteyLove, Lies And Spies by Cindy Anstey

Love, Lies And Spies

byCindy Anstey, Cynthia Anstey

Paperback | April 19, 2016

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Full of humor, English Regency charm, and starring a whip-smart strong female heroine, this hilarious homage to Jane Austen will "have readers rooting for love and science" (Entertainment Weekly).

Juliana Telford isn't your ordinary nineteenth-century lady. She's more interested in publishing her research on ladybugs than in marriage or fashionable dresses. Spencer Northam isn't your ordinary nineteenth-century gentleman. He's a spy for the War Office on his first mission. But when Spencer's assignment involves keeping an eye on the lovely Julianna and her friends, their plans for a season without romance are unapologetically foiled.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey is a debut novel with the perfect mix of romance, action, and adventure, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for Love, Lies and Spies:

"A delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue." -Entertainment Weekly

"Perfect for readers looking for an Austen-inspired tale of intrigue and romance." -Booklist

"A cute premise and cover make this a solid purchase for budding historical romance readers." -School Library Journal

Cindy Anstey spends her time writing and adventuring around the world. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her backyard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, ...
Title:Love, Lies And SpiesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.26 × 5.55 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:8.26 × 5.55 × 0.91 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250084032

ISBN - 13:9781250084033


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful homage to Pride & Prejudice but more action This book was an absolute delight! Loved every single page of it!! Although I would describe this as "Pride and Prejudice inspired" it is very much its own original unique story, with clever characters, a wonderful story, and lots of fun. Juliana is a charming, spunky, intelligent young lady. She is, admittedly, a bit of a klutz, and a bit of a catastrophe-magnet, but in fairness, most of that isn't her own doing or fault, and it makes for a very fun story, with plenty of opportunities for adventure, which are fully realized. The plot of this book is wonderful! It is clever and exciting, well-written, and very faithful to the era in which it is set, with events and situations that Jane Austen would certainly have approved of. The pacing of the story zips right along and keeps you reading to find out what happens next. If you love P&P and would appreciate a story that is an homage to that great book, but with a slightly more active and adventurous story and heroine, then definitely check this out. I loved it and highly recommend it as a fun, light entertaining read.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Debut novel, couldn't put it down Excellent! A classic regency romance novel that up high with those written by Georgette Heyer and by Mary Balogh. I couldn't get enough of Juliana's and Spencer's stories and would have been thrilled if the book had continued into their next adventure. By the time I turned the first page, I was hooked. Juliana is an unusual young woman for her time. She values learning and research above social climbing. Spencer appears to be a young man happy to wander through life, but in reality is working for the government as a spy. Their first meeting is dramatic and left me wondering what author Cindy Anstey could do to top it. I didn't have to wait long for the drama to continue. Considering how restricted women's lives were in that time period, close friends, often neighbours, and family played a significant role in their socializing. Carrie and Mr. Bobbington filled these roles well. I thought I knew what to expect from each, but was surprised to find that they had more backbone than anticipated. They could have their own story I'm sure. As much as I loved Aunt Phyllis for her manipulative nature, it was Uncle Leonard who stole my heart with his superhero nature by taking Juliana's side when none other in the family was able to. This book has everything a reader would expect from a Regency romance with a little less bodice ripping since it was written with a teen reader in mind. Ms. Anstey's next book Duels and Deception is due out April 11, 2017. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jane Austen with spies and bugs! If you’re a fan of historical mysteries with a teen twist, this is a great book for you! It’s set in England in the 1800s and features Juliana Telford as a young ‘lady’ who doesn’t exactly subscribe to her conventional lot in life. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening chapter of the book where Juliana is dangling from a cliff but attempts to refuse help from a nobleman (Spencer) who stopped to help her because word would get back to her family that she was being ‘improper.’ The situation was absurd and yet I could see how in those days a lady’s reputation was everything. So Juliana, rather than being occupied by balls and finding a suitable husband, is actually more interested in bugs. Specifically, the research that her father has completed on beetles. Spencer is also someone who is steering away from his ‘expected’ path in life and they decide to team up and pretend to be seeing each other in order to get their families off their backs. Where the title comes in is that Spencer is a spy for the War Office and has been charged with spying on Juliana’s companions, as well as her (although we don’t discover this until partway through the book). I had really high expectations for this book and unfortunately they fell a little flat. As an avid reader of novels set in Victorian England, I need more than historical accuracy (which this book has in droves) to keep my attention all the way through. I think that if someone were to read it who is unfamiliar with the time period, they would be absolutely enthralled by the descriptions and the detail but I found myself skimming over multiple parts of the book. Also, the author often uses the same combinations of words and this could have contributed to my feeling as if I had already read that chapter, resulting in more skimming. I really did enjoy the sentences that started each chapter and the writing was on-point; I just found my attention wandering. Note: this book does not contain sexually explicit scenes, blood, or gore and is safe for teen and YA readers. Disclaimer: I’m an Indigo employee and I was gifted with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read! This book was a quick, fun read! The main character is likeable right from the beginning, and the setting of the book is well done - you can tell the author did her research. The romance between the characters is red hot, even though they are barely allowed by society to speak to each other.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rather bland... After watching one too many episode of Downtown Abbey, I was in a phase for anything periodic and that's when I picked this book up. I thought the cover was lovely, and it would be a fun, light and witty read. It was neither of the tree. Despite the titles, there is no mystery in here. The story is fairly predictable and it's fairly obvious who are the bad people from the good. The characters have no depth and are rather monotone. It's a fairly easy novel to read, but it seem dragging and tedious for no reason. Everything was rather dry. It was clearly not for me.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rather bland... After watching one too many episode of Downtown Abbey, I was in a phase for anything periodic and that's when I picked this book up. I thought the cover was lovely, and it would be a fun, light and witty read. It was neither of the tree. Despite the titles, there is no mystery in here. The story is fairly predictable and it's fairly obvious who are the bad people from the good. The characters have no depth and are rather monotone. It's a fairly easy novel to read, but it seem dragging and tedious for no reason. Everything was rather dry. It was clearly not for me.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Historical Romance Fans! Witty banter, handsome suitors, and a dash of espionage make Cindy Anstey's Love, Lies and Spies an incredibly fun YA debut. Playful and well-researched, it's a cute historical romance that's fully aware of the tropes found in the genre and utilizes these conventions to its comedic advantage. I loved that the language stays true to a Regency romance, and how each new page was a constant source of irresistible entertainment. Juliana Telford would happily prefer to spend her days in the country researching ladybugs with her widowed father. She's never cared for society's expectations, nor that her interest in natural sciences is unusual for a genteel lady. Juliana is proud to be a bluestocking, and secretly hopes to publish her research in London. Thrust into the whirlwind of the Season, attending balls among the ton with her cousin Carrie, Juliana's plans to slip away to find a London publisher are derailed with her formidable Aunt Phyllis chaperoning her every move. Fashionable dresses and husband hunting hold no interest to Juliana... at least, that's what she keeps telling herself. If only a certain young gentleman with blue eyes and a friendly smile would stop entering her every thought. Spencer Northam is on his first mission for the War Office, investigating a smuggling operation that has placed England's security at risk. He suspects the Pyebald family, neighbours to Juliana's relatives who are accompanying them in London, are secretly helping Napoleon. A fake courtship with Juliana could allow him to carefully observe the Pyebalds for evidence they're traitors to the Crown. Spencer's focus should only be on his work, yet why can't he stop thinking about a certain clever lady with a penchant for trouble? I kind of wish the book delved deeper into Spencer's work as spy instead of being mentioned in passing most often. Love, Lies and Spies didn't quite give the thrilling climax I'd hoped to see happen as the traitors were inevitably caught, but I was still very much satisfied with the ending. Juliana and Spencer have such perfectly complementing personalities, and I adored watching their relationship shift from deceptions and infatuation into mutual respect and love. I never doubted for a moment they wouldn't find their happily ever after! Cindy Anstey's Love, Lies and Spies is truly a delightful homage to Jane Austen and the romance stories she continues to inspire today. I'd absolutely recommend the book to fans of historical romance in a heartbeat. And seriously, wouldn't you buy Love, Lies and Spies for its gorgeous cover alone?!
Date published: 2016-04-28

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Love, Lies and Spies:"It's Jane Austen meets Jane Foster in Anstey's debut novel, which serves up a delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue for a tale that will have readers rooting for love and science." -Entertainment Weekly"Love, Lies and Spies is an adorable little romp in Regency-era London, perfectly-paced and delightfully entertaining. It had me grinning from ear to ear, cover to cover. And the best part of all is that it seems to be a stand-alone with none of those ridiculous miscommunications. It really was just a pleasure to read!" -The Starry-Eyed RevuePraise for Duels & Deception:"[Duels & Deception] is Jane Austen spiced with action, suspense, and humor. The question is never about their love but how they will overcome society's demands in order to realize it. Young girls who enjoyed Anstey's Love, Lies and Spies will snap up this adventure." -VOYA, starred review"Jane Austen fans in need of a good new book, look no further. Cindy Anstey's new YA novel, Duels & Deception, is your next regency romance treat." -Entertainment Weekly"A great introduction to historical romance novels for younger YA readers. . . . Anstey's novel is a wonderful coming-of-age journey filled with entertaining characters and wild adventures." -School Library JournalPraise for Suitors and Sabotage:A Junior Library Guild Selection"Anstey's tale embraces a self-reliant main character, a loyal friend, innocent romance, witty conversation, and English country settings, each more splendid than the last. This is a delightful salute to Jane Austen and will be a treat for her fans." -VOYA"Mystery and romance are delightfully intertwined . . . Taking inspiration from Jane Austen novels, Anstey's latest is a lighthearted and romantic read." -Booklist