11 February 2016

Noela reviews A Spy's Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

A Spy's Devotion

Waterfall Press (February 9, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 STARS *****
A Riveting Regency Romance

Melanie Dickerson’s sweeping new Regency novel encompasses a delectable Jane Austen aura and an exquisite charismatic romance. And with the combination of the additional heart-pounding suspense and thrilling pace, you’ll be left utterly breathless and completely spellbound!

In an era gone by where society was divided by classes and propriety was of the utmost import, Julia, the niece of Robert Wilhern of England’s high society, constantly strives to excel in gentility. She hopes it will help her to be accepted and loved without the condescension that accompanies being an unequal to her cousin, Phoebe Wilhern. When the self-absorbed Phoebe sets her heart upon marrying Nicholas Langdon who has temporarily returned from the war due to an injury, she enlists Julia to help garner Nicholas’ attention. What is Julia to do except assist her cousin, even while battling against her own intensifying affections for the handsome army officer. It is the way of things, for she has neither title nor worthwhile inheritance.

Before Nicholas Langdon returns to the war, he determines to fulfil a dying soldier’s wish for Nicholas to deliver a coded diary to a relative. Little did Nicholas realize the significance of the diary concerning England’s future or to the danger it held for him and others. When suspicions point towards Julia’s uncle, Nicholas must lean on her for help. Together they must stand against the evil intended for their country at enormous risk to themselves. Will they also have the fortitude to protect their hearts as well?

It’s hard to believe this is author Melanie Dickerson’s first Regency novel for it is a pure masterpiece! I flew through this novel in record time and while I wanted to linger, it was impossible to do so. I was swept up in a world of balls and dancing, of lowly maids and lonely governesses, and of treason and traitors. Filled with irresistible characters, surprises around each bend, and capped with palpable romantic tension, this was one satisfying novel! Highly recommended!


**Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.**

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You can purchase this book from: AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE

GIVEAWAY: Melanie Dickerson is generously giving away a paperback copy or e-book of A SPY'S DEVOTION to one blessed commenter! *Outside of US, e-book only.* To be eligible, please leave your e-mail address for contact purposes, written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself against spammers.


85 comments:

  1. Thanks Noela for the great review! From your great description, I can't wait to read it! Thanks also to Melanie for writing A Spy's Devotion and this giveaway! My e-mail is lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, you're welcome LYNNE, and thank you for coming by to read about Melanie's amazing new release!

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  2. Oh wow. Oh WoW!!! I want this book. Seriously, Regency is my FAV era to read.
    Noela, I will admit to skipping the review because I don't want to know ANYTHING about the story. I want to discover it ALL for myself. Is that bad?! :) I know you write fabulous reviews though. Mwah!

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    1. ANNE I think you might even read this one quicker than I did, lol, and I read it at warp speed! ;) No probs about skipping the review but I do promise I barely said anything. You are a sweetheart!

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  3. I really want to read this book. The cover is lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a must-read for sure, KATE! :-) I agree about the cover... Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  4. I have never heard of this author, so I am super thankful for your review! It sounds like an AMAZING book!!
    sarahsmithstorm@gmaildotcom

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    1. That's awesome to hear SARAH! All the best with your entry... I'm sure you'll have a new fave author after reading this! :-)

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  5. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!

    Gpk1946 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm positive it would be, PHYLLIS! It's a brilliant story! :)

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  6. NOELA, I loved this TANTALIZING review! This novel is at the top of my wish list!

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    1. It's like dipping your finger into chocolate isn't it CARYL! Such a tiny teasing taste... But oh wait until you get to eat the whole thing... SO delicious! :)

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  7. Speaking of irresistible! Exactly what I would entitle this review, NOELA! I am almost halfway through this book and am enjoying all the ballroom dancing. Except for the time that big oaf stepped on my toes! ;) Nicely done, my Aussie cohort!

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    1. Oh thank you DIANA, you're so sweet!! Take care of those toes... I think you need to find another dancing partner my friend. Perhaps a handsome and thoughtful army officer might take you for a light spin around the dance floor? Have fun reading the rest!!

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    2. Hmm...better pass on the spin, Noela. Lol A walk in the garden might be nice! :)

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    3. Lol, yes any sort of spinning doesn't bode well for vertigo does it! A walk it is... Much more intimate anyway. ;)

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  8. Thanks SO MUCH for this wonderful review, Noela!!! You and Diana are both amazing at writing reviews! (Some people are good at it, and some people, like ME, are not! Seriously, even if I love a book, I just can never express it in the way I want to! I know, it's weird. LOL!) Seriously appreciate you and all the good people on OWG! Thanks, Carrie, Teresa, Diana, and Noela!!!

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    1. And Bonnie Roof! Nice to "meet" you! This is such a great blog. Great work!

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    2. Thank you so much, MELANIE! Well if your talent lies just in writing these amazing and inspiring stories, I'd say forget about how you write reviews! ;) For me, I always highlight parts and jot down my thoughts while reading a book... Sometimes I can have a few pages to sift through by the end, lol! And with wonderful stories like yours, it makes it so much easier! We appreciate you too Melanie, and the effort you put into your books! Hugs!

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    3. Your diligence shows, Noela! And I have to say, you so perfectly captured what I was trying to do/say in this book! Fabulous review! When I read a review like yours, I just am so happy, and I always think, She gets it!!! She gets what I was trying to say! Yay!!!

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    4. Thanks for your sweet words, Melanie! It's easy to write reviews on books that we're excited about, but I'll be the first to admit that my reviews don't hold a candle to Noela's. She has such a wonderful way with words! I do agree with her...with your talent you don't need to be writing reviews. Lol

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    5. Hi, Melanie! Noela is so talented as are Diana, Teresa, and Bonnie. We've got an abundance of amazing reviewers and are so blessed but more than that, they are GREAT ladies, real ANGELS!!! Thanks for your kind words!

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    6. Melanie, so wonderful to meet you, also!! I've read much exquisite online "buzz" about "A Spy's Devotion" (as well as your other beautiful books), I'm anxiously awaiting the opportunity and pleasure of reading it. And I SO agree with you re: OWG, before I even became a part of it - I thought it to be one of the very best blogs. I love it's objective, the wonderful authors and books we get to feature, and am blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of a group of sweet godly women. Thanks for your sweet comments.

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    7. Noela - WOW!! Your review left ME breathless and spellbound!! Absolutely beautiful descriptions, I'm yearning to know more of sweet Phoebe's story. What an exquisite read this has to be - filled with all those amazing elements you mentioned. Such a beautiful cover too!!

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    8. Thanks so much Bonnie. :-) It is an exquisite read indeed. I look forward to you reading it!!

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  9. I haven't yet read anything by Melanie Dickerson. By the sound of this great review, it's long past time. This book sounds great, and yes, the cover pulls me right in. Going on my list. Thanks, Noela!

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    1. MARCIA, I highly recommend all of Melanie's books! I think you'd absolutely love them! :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY again btw... Perhaps you'll win a belated birthday gift from Melanie!

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  10. Great review Noela!
    Congratulations on your book Melanie Dickerson! I just bought an e-book copy yesterday and can't wait to read it (so, I am not entering the contest).
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thanks so much TINA, so lovely of you to come by! Enjoy A Spy's Devotion when you get to read it!! :)

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  11. Oh, I wanted to let all your readers know that my publisher is doing a sale on my first 5 books for Valentines Day! So you will be able to snag the ones you may have missed for your e-reader, starting Sunday, lasting only 2 or 3 days! Not sure if the sale price is 99 cents or $1.99, but it will be a nice discount!

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    1. Thanks MELANIE, that's a VERY nice bargain!! :-)

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  12. I'm really looking forward to reading this book! I love the Regency era! Thanks for sharing your review.

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    1. Where'd you disappear to Heidi? :D Hope you weren't raptured without the rest of us! ;) You'll love this book Heidi, all the best!

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    2. Oh I see the rest of your comment now!! Half of it had disappeared before! How strange!

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  13. What a great review! I haven't read one of Melanie's books before but have been anxiously awaiting a chance to read it. Thank you for the offer of a free book.

    Melanie, I struggle with writing book reviews,too. I never seem to quite express my thoughts as clearly as I want to.

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    1. I forgot to leave my email. phoneticpanda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Thanks KATHY! Oh I so want you to either win or get yourself a copy of this book, Kathy!! I LOVE seeing new readers get to know these fabulous and wonderful authors that we feature here! Kathy, writing reviews isn't easy at all. It takes me quite a few hours to write one similar to Melanie's and then I always stress about them! I'm sure yours are awesome!

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  14. Oh, this looks so good! I have been hearing really wonderful things about it. Thank you for your review and the opportunity to win a copy.

    Stephanie C.
    grumpysmurf817(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, STEPHANIE, and we're glad to give you the opportunity. I hope you get to read this amazing book soon, it's a real treat to read!

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  15. Wow! "I was swept up in a world of balls and dancing, of lowly maids and lonely governesses, and of treason and traitors." Now, that's what I love about Regency novels! =) This will jump up on my must read list for sure! Great review Noela, always hits home! Love it!
    Annie
    justcommonly[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks so much ANNIE, you always say the nicest things! :-) This one is definitely for the must-read list!! Hugs, Annie!

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  16. I do enjoy Regency! This sounds like one I'd really like...
    dkstevensne AToutlookDOT coM

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    1. It's such a beautiful and exciting Regency, DEANNA. I know you will absolutely love this one!!

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  17. I love the cover and the book sounds like a great read.
    Thank you for a great review and the opportunity to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, MELANIE. The cover is just gorgeous, isn't it! And it's definitely a great read. I hope you get to read this beautiful story soon Melanie!

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  18. Jane Austen with heart pounding suspense I'm SO THERE! :D LOL! This sounds AMAZING!

    Many Blessings, Amada (a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Haha it's true too, AMADA, it was TENSE! :-) And sooo good. Here's to a win or that you get to enjoy it soon!! Bless you!

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  19. Wonderful review, Noela! This book sounds like a keeper. Thanks for the giveaway - I would love to win.
    bettimace AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I'd LOVE you to win also BETTI... It's such a beautiful and exciting read! All the best my friend!

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  20. What a fun surprise when an author's first shot at a new thing is such a winner! Looking forward to reading this one for myself. Loved reading your review. alison (dot) louise (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It shows real talent don't you think ALISON, when they can pull it off so successfully! I really hope you get to enjoy this book yourself soon!!

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  21. The Regency era is a great favorite of mine. This sounds fantastic.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It's a real treat to read, MARY! And especially so, if you love Regency's! :)

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  22. Beautiful cover! Wonderful review, the book sounds so exciting!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. I agree, just such a gorgeous cover, LIENTJIE! And a very exciting story, too! All the best Lientjie, and thanks!

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  23. What an exciting story and Regancy! Cousins, secrets, romance, danger...

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Oh yeah MELODY, all that and more! You'll love this one!! :)

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  24. This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. It sure is, SUSAN! All the best with your entry and God bless!

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  25. My daughter and I absolutely love Melanie's fairy tale retellings (I've bought every book as gifts for my daughter) so I was excited to hear she is branching out to write Regency novels as well. I'm so glad she is continuing the fairy tales. Thanks for this great review. I really didn't doubt that this book would continue the fantastic stories we've come to expect from Melanie. Thanks for the chance to win A SPY'S DEVOTION. I'd sure love to!

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. PAM, I'm with you on that! I LOVE those fairytale re-tellings also and can't get enough of them. But oh boy after reading this one, I want both from Melanie. ;) Blessings!

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  26. A Spy's Devotion sounds a lovely, engaging Regency!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. MERRY it is so engaging, you'll fly through it I'm sure!! :-) All the best!

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  27. Ooh! I was already wanting to read this book-- now I'm really looking forward to it! :D
    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Yay, good to hear AERYKAH! :-) I wish you all the best with your entry and hope you are able to enjoy it soon!

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  28. Thanks Noela!!! I ordered the audiobook tonight and hope to start listening to Melanie's Regency tomorrow!!! I know it has to be good if you think so. Hugs!

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    1. You know it has to be good if it's from Melanie Dickerson!! Thanks so much CARRIE, I hope you enjoy the audiobook as much as I enjoyed reading the book! Hugs back!

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  29. Great review sounds like a good book. I love Melaine's books. I am looking forward to something different from her. Tighefan2(@)gmail.(com) Tammy Hudson

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    1. This is very different for Melanie, TAMMY, but just as spectacular and enjoyable as Melanie's other books! :) All the best!

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  30. Great interview and this review has convinced me that I need to read this book.
    Thanks!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Awesome, CONNIE! Perhaps you'll win it and get to read it all that sooner! :)

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  31. Would you believe I've never read anything by this author ? Gasp, I know ! This has been in my radar for a few months I mean just look at that cover and I love regency. Thank you for the wonderful review, Noela.This is right at the top of my want to read list.
    Deanne P. Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Gasp! I can barely believe it, DEANNE! ;) We must do something about this Deanne!! I'm hoping for a win for you but if that doesn't work out, I hope you try out either this one or any of Melanie's other books! They are such treats!!! Bless you!

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  32. Nice review. Her books are always a great read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. Thanks KIM. Yes they certainly are great reads! All the best, Kim!

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  33. What a great review Noela! I immediately put this on my TBR list because the regency era is one of my favorites to read. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks so much LORAINE, and I wish you all the best with your entry! This is a truly beautiful and well-written Regency so I know you'll love it!

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  34. Oh, this sounds lovely! Now that Downton is wrapping up and is promising certain withdrawl it'll be nice to curl up with Melanie's new book. nataliewalterswriter (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Can't imagine anything better, NATALIE! :-) Thanks for coming by and all the best!!

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  35. I decided a couple of months ago to start reading through all of Melanie's books. I have read a few so far and enjoyed them all! I absolutely adore her covers; she has some of the best ones, in my opinion.

    mallori(dot)norris(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Absolutely agree with you on that, MALLORI! Awesome decision you made btw, Melanie's books are such a treat to read!! Hey I love the spelling of your name too Mallori!

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  36. Great interview Noela. Really sounds interesting. Melanie has some good books. Thanks for a chance if not too late. With some bad health problems I've been dealing with for awhile and my computer going crazy I get on, haven't been on much for awhile. GOD bless you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. No problems, MAXIE, I understand... And since I'm just about to do the drawing, you're in it! Saying a prayer for you Maxie for your health problems. Big hugs!!

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