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Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey: A Book Review

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Love, Lies, and Spies
is a debut novel of Cindy Anstey, a love story set on the nineteenth century London.

Back book cover plot:

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 Juliana and her friends, their plans for a season without romance are unapologetically foiled.

This book belongs to the category of books that I first hated but then learned to like as I continued reading it. And I did not just like it, I soon loved it.

I hated it first because I was disappointed by the fact that it was compared to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. So naturally, my expectations for this book were set to its utmost high as Pride and Prejudice is one of the classics I really love and look up to. But then as soon as I started reading it, it became evident that it is nowhere near Pride and Prejudice though they are set in the same era and location —nineteenth century at England. I think what gives it away for me is on how it was narrated. The narration was a bit force to seem like the story belongs to the old nineteenth century, and it all comes out unnatural.

Aside from that, everything else is okay for me. The plot and character development is okay enough to keep the story going and interesting to read until the end.

What I like about this book is that it is light, fun, and quick to read. The characters’ thoughts are amusing and funny. It is a good breather book, if you’ve been bogged down lately from reading too many heavy emotional novels. There are no unexpected cliffhangers or sudden heart-breaking or coma-inducing ending here.

So, if you love happy-endings and a good-feel novel, this is a good book to read.


Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.




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    August 19, 2016

    What a great review! This seems like a great book to read, especially by the fact that they weren’t looking for love, or felt hopelessly lost in some lonely world which they wished to escape through romance, but rather people who met unexpectedly. Thanks for writing this, I honestly wish to acquire it now 🙂

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      Cynthia Go

      August 19, 2016

      Thank you! It is indeed a good one. 🙂 and it just so cool and cute to see how people in the past may act when they like someone. 🙂

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