My Lady, My Spy
by Sheridan Jeane
Secrets and Seductions #4
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
What it’s about:
He’s a spy— Certain truths aren’t his to share…
London, 1854 ~ Frederick Woolsy is Queen Victoria’s finest spy. His mission at the Russian Embassy’s annual ball is one of the most critical ones of his life, but his careful plans end in disaster. The book he was assigned to secure has been stolen and now England and Russia are on the brink of war. Even worse, the love of his life has caught him in another lie (he’s a spy, certain lies are expected). However, in this case, it might mean he’ll lose her forever.
She’s a lady who demands honesty– above all else
The nights Lady Josephine Harrington spent with Frederick in her bed were glorious… enough to tempt her to consider abandoning her independence as a wealthy widow to spend her life with him. Tonight, he canceled their plans to attend the Russian Embassy’s ball, saying he would be otherwise engaged. Now he’s shown up at the event with his brother. She’s not sure what he’s up to, but she’s going to find out…if she doesn’t eviscerate him first.
Secrets and lies…
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My Lady, My Spy by Sheridan Jeane is a historical fiction that is filled with artful flirtation, romance, and Victorian-era espionage. I did not realize that this is the fourth book in a series. Apparently, several of the characters were introduced and developed previously, and the significance of Frederick’s current mission is explained in an earlier book. With the exception of feeling a bit lost about his mission, My Lady, My Spy can be read as a fun, light-weight standalone.
Frederick Woolsey is a spy for Queen Victoria. He is driven to prove himself due to allegations of his father’s possible treasonous act. He is very disciplined and focused on his career. At least he was until he became enamored with Lady Josephine Harrington. I loved how flummoxed Frederick was over his feelings for Josephine. Josephine is a young widow whose arranged marriage never suited her. Her husband promised her travel and adventure, and she didn’t get either. She also found out that her late husband thought it unseemly that she actually expected to enjoy their marriage bed activities. Josephine is intelligent; she lives within her means and greatly enjoys the independence afford a widow. While she has being thinking that she’d never marry again, Frederick has her thinking that marriage might not be so bad afterall.
My Lady, My Spy is rich in historic detail. I felt like I was in the middle of Victorian England. Some of Lady Harrington’s flirtations and the party scenes reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. The delicate social interactions are fabulous to read. The one plot point that nags me most is that Josephine has figured out that Frederick is a spy, but we don’t know how she figured that out. Furthermore, Josephine being an intelligent woman who knows Frederick’s profession but wouldn’t cut him any slack on not being 100% truthful (when he had not divulged that he is a spy) didn’t completely work for me. While I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed life of Victorian England upper class, the trumped up angst and the more-modern behaviors/solutions detracted from the story.
Overall, My Lady, My Spy is a quick fun read. There is a little romance, a little history, and a little mystery. Something for everyone, and a clean read that anyone can enjoy.
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About the author: Sheridan Jeane writes exciting and emotion-packed historical romances set in the Victorian Era that confront issues of trust and conformity. With the advent of the industrial age, life was changing. Many people tried to hold on to the old ways of life while others embraced the new opportunities open to them. Join Sheridan as she explores the clash between the old and the new.
Despite naming their daughter Sheridan because they thought it might someday look great on the cover of a book, Sheridan’s parents urged her in a more practical direction for college. Sheridan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in English.
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