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About the Author
Heather Wilds has appeared in numerous plays on the London stage to great critical acclaim. She has also performed in award-winning films, appeared on TV and in commercials, and works as an audiobook narrator and voice actress. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publication date : January 29, 2017
- File size : 1667 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- ASIN : B01MSD0O4J
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542870194
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #674,493 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Francesca Dashing felt her chance at love and happiness had missed her. Her betrothal to Lord Roxberry had been broken- by her. She felt they didn't suit-and wanted more in her life. Her 'more' was her animals-the ones she saves whenever they become sick or injured. Her father's servants and the village surrounding their estate bring any injured animal her way.
Ethan - The Marquis of Winterbourne- was a rogue by choice. Several years earlier the woman he was in love with and engaged to marry crushed his heart - and shattered all of his trust in women - any woman. She cheated on him with the man that had been his lifelong best friend. Ethan had no intention of ever marrying. And he was dedicated to his work - as a spy for the Crown. His most important case in a long time is trying to piece together how France spies are working.
Francesca runs into Lord Winterbourne and begins to realize that the man she has had a lifelong crush on - and who embarrassed her before the Ton only a year ago- could possibly be the perfect person for her. They meet at her neighbor's, each for different reasons. But sparks fly placing both in danger of losing their hearts.
But their pasts could be the one problem that no one can solve. Trust is a big issue for both of them- having both survived a poor relationship prior to meeting each other. And inability to trust could be what spoils their chance for a happily ever after.
Shana Galan has a knack for Regency spy novels. She makes them interesting, quick paced, and fills them with interesting characters. This was no exception. Francesca is a wonderful heroine. And Ethan comes across as a man that every woman might want to tame.
I enjoyed the story of Francesca and Ethan very much.
I encourage everyone that loves 'Regency with adventure' to read this!
Francesca Dashing falls into the Earl of Winterbourne's arms while she is sneaking around a neighbors stables. She is trying to help an abused horse. Winterbourne has been sent to Hampshire by the Foreign Office to investigate a local smuggling ring and capture it's leader. Francesca intrigues him and after she is mysteriously attacked Ethan is determined to protect her.
Ms. Galen has created a cast of memorable characters in this book. Both the heroine and hero have secrets. Francesca has returned home to the country after a broken engagement. She is strong willed, feisty and loves her chocolate treats and gingerbread. Francesca has a small animal hospital where she devotes herself to injured and abused animals. Winterbourne is a spy ; a very handsome, sexy spy with auburn hair and amber eyes. He is visiting his brothers estate to ferret out the leader of a local smuggling group. Winterbourne believes that the attacks on Francesca are not random. He senses that Cesca has not been totally honest with him concerning her broken betrothal with Roxbury. Winterbourne's valet, Pocket and Cesca's mother, Lady Brigham are my favorite secondary characters. Pocket has Ethan's best wishes in mind whether he is handing him a glass of brandy, brushing dirt off of his suits or helping him put together a romantic picnic supper. Lady Brigham is a hoot. She is quite busy trying to marry off Cesca to Ethan and her love of all things Italian will make you laugh (and laugh).
Shana Galen adds several additional elements to this story which make it stand apart from a typical regency adventure. The author includes two social issues which are not standard fare in a regency adventure; body image and physical abuse. Francesca's Mother admonishes her daughter in Italian when Cesca reaches for a chocolate tart when they share tea with Winterbourne. Lady Brigham announces to Winterbourne that "Francesca may not be la bella di famiglia --that title is usually given to my younger daughter--but you will not find a sweeter girl in all of England."
While You Were Spying is full of romance, intrigue and passion. The storyline is well - paced and the last few chapters are suspenseful. What sets this novel apart from other adventure stories is that the characters have everyday experiences. Both Ethan and Francesca have been disappointed in love, how they approach their situations adds authenticity to both their characters and the story. Can Francesca and Ethan put their pasts behind them and learn to trust each other?
I found the resolution to be rewarding. I just loved this book; from the very regency inspired cover to the chocolate loving heroine and her passionate hero to the suspense filled conclusion. Why You Were Spying is a must read for Ms. Galen's many fans!
Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, thrives on his service as agent for the Crown. He’s visiting his brother’s estate in search of culprits who have been smuggling arms to the French. His cover is threatened by a meddlesome country miss trying to rescue a mistreated horse, so Winterbourne rescues her instead to control the situation. He dismisses her easily, but finds he can’t get her out of his mind.
Francesca and Ethan have a brief history, a dance at a ball in London, although at first he does not remember. Francesca remembers, since she fell in love with him that night, even though he embarrassed her in front of the Ton with his unfeeling actions.
I love characters who manage to heal themselves by their selfless actions to heal each other. Both Francesca and Ethan have serious emotional issues to overcome, yet the development of the romance between them is touching and sincere. And not far behind is the evil stalking them, adding danger to the mounting tension.
There’s also a cast of memorable secondary characters, from Pocket, Ethan’s valet, to Francesca’s over-the-top mom, and her stodgy, yet caring dad. It’s a fun and exciting story. I loved it. Shana Galen is one of my favorite authors. Enjoy.