|About the book|
He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life
When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.
But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.
Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?
The Gentleman Spy is the second book in the Serendipity & Secrets series. I love how the characters in this series are not perfect but instead have flaws that make them seem human. Charlotte and Marcus’ story drew me in and make me want to read the third book having already read the first book.
Charlotte’s parents attempt to marry her to any man willing to do so, regardless of his age or anything else. When Charlotte and her mother encounter the mistress of Charlotte’s father, her life and that of her half-sister forever changed. Marcus serves as a spy, but has also been forced to assume the title Duke of Haverly after his father and brother are killed in a carriage accident.
Marcus sets out to marry Charlotte after encountering her once as Hawk and then at a party they are both attending. I love how Charlotte speaks her mind and looks at the heart of people rather than just the surface. Marcus eventually recognizes he cannot neatly compartmentalize his life, and instead must embrace his new life with a wife who can support and encourage him.
Charlotte demonstrates through her words, actions, and prayers how to exemplify a life well lived for Jesus Christ. While the Christian themes are definitely present in this book, it is done in a way that illustrates the power of prayer and faith.
So if you like books set in England in the 1800s that examine being a spy and dealing with prostitutes who are there only because they have no where else to turn, check out this book for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
|About the author|
Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).
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