Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey is a charming, new, Young Adult novel set in the Regency period and written in the spirit of Georgette Heyer. I’ve been excited to read it ever since I found out it was being published. Regency? Mystery? Georgette Heyer? Check, check, check! A couple positive reviews and this book easily went up on my to-read list.
While it wasn’t amazing, this book definitely didn’t disappoint. Love, Lies, and Spies contains the usual tropes of the genre (such as a heroine uninterested in marriage) and as many outrageous, dramatic scenes and kidnappings as could possibly fit in one novel. However, it does so almost tongue and cheek and it is hard not to enjoy intrigue and humor of the improbable situations.
I enjoyed the characters and, for the most part, the main couple’s romance (even if it got a little sappy and definitely was aimed at female readers.) I like that the heroine was gutsy and smart. The hero was charming. Everything was kept clean and there is no language that I can think of.
I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would definitely re-read it but its main audience is clearly teenage girls. Fluffy but fun