April 1, 2016

A Spy's Devotion

A Spy's Devotion, the latest novel by Melanie Dickerson, opens with Miss Julia Grey attending the first party of the season with her cousin, Miss Phoebe Wilhern.  Julia is the poor relation, while Phoebe is the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in England.  When Julia sees Mr. Nicholas Langdon, a wounded army officer, across the room, she worries that Phoebe will not be able to control her obsession with him.  You soon discover that Nicholas's eye is caught more by Julia rather than by Phoebe!

You also learn that Nicholas is more focused on fulfilling the promise he made to a fellow wounded soldier during the war than on dealing with love-sick women.  Nicholas must deliver a diary to a Garrison Greenfield.  To ensure the safety of what appears to be military code, Nicholas copies down the entire contents of the diary.  On his way to the war office, Nicholas is set upon by two thieves, who abscond with the very diary he was about to deliver!  Nicholas discovers a new occupation for himself as he is drawn into an effort to discover who is behind this theft.  It soon appears that the man they are looking to arrest is Mr. Robert Wilhern, Julia's uncle!

Will Julia be drawn in by Nicholas to spy on her uncle or will she decide to venture off on her own to secure her future?  This is an interesting tale to follow both Julia and Nicholas as they seek to find their place in this world!