Julia Grey has few prospects, as the orphaned poor relation who is living with her uncle and aunt she has little to offer as a dowry. Julia hopes to make a good match despite her financial shortcomings, so that she can avoid becoming a governess like her friend Sarah Peck. Julia attends the local parties as a companion to her flighty cousin Phoebe, who is titled, moneyed, and smitten with the dashing Nicholas Langdon.
Nicholas Langdon is on a mission for king and country, tasked with flushing out those trading confidential information with the French, and endangering the English crown. He has reason to believe that Mr. Wilhern, Julia’s uncle, is one of the traitors, all Nicholas needs is the final piece of evidence that will confirm his suspicions.
Melanie Dickerson’s signature themes of adventure, faith, honor, and abiding love, run strong in her regency fiction debut, but she doesn’t leave her fairy tale roots behind either. A compelling and riveting read the entire way through, filled with hope, faith, and love.
I felt for Julia and her less than ideal situation, though more fortunate than most, she struggled to reconcile herself to her lot in life, trying to follow the laws of society to the letter. Julia is an exemplary friend to her cousin, Phoebe, and tries to guide and shield her as best she can, offering support and sound advice. I admired Julia’s determination and bravery to do what was right in the face of an uncertain future, as well as her compassionate spirit.
Nicholas Langdon is a admirable man, strong, honor and duty bound, he is also intentional and he is very aware of his actions.He is kind and compassionate, genuinely charming, and impossible not to admire for his faith and sense of duty.
Overall, a riveting read that blended a well curated atmosphere with an Austen-esque romance, and a thrilling suspenseful plot. Julia matures quite a bit over the course of the story, coming to terms with her situation, and taking a stand for what is right despite the consequences A fantastic read, that I would highly recommend to fans of regency fiction and/or fans of Ms. Dickerson.