The Friday 56: Love, Lies and Spies

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“She cast her gaze languidly upon Juliana with a glimmer of interest until, after having swept the length of Juliana’s serviceable gown, even that light disappeared. She dismissed Juliana with a cursory nod and turned to the youngest member of the party.”

I was really looking forward to Cindy Anstey’s debut novel Love, Lies and Spies. Anything that hints at being inspired by Jane Austen, usually gets added to my TBR. And while I liked this one, I could not help thinking it needed a bit more. The plot dragged a little and the main character Juliana really wasn’t given time to shine. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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.”


23 thoughts on “The Friday 56: Love, Lies and Spies

  1. Sorry it isn’t as awesome as you had hoped for! Hmm…it seems like a lot of people have been having the same type of thoughts about this one…like maybe it’s lacking something that would make it a little deeper? Either way, I’m still curious about it and might grab a copy eventually!

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