Received: Received a copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: April 19, 2016
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Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s travelling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
The title of this book is what really peaked my interest, I didn't even really read what it was about, the cover was interesting and the title hooked me. After finishing this book, I'm still a little unsure of how I feel about everything that went on through the story. I liked the storyline and the romance and intrigue throughout, and yet I felt like everything went by so fast and then the story was over... I actually wish there had been more to the book.
I really enjoyed Juliana's character, she knew how to play her part and yet she also fought things in a bit of a more sly way. She acted interested and yet at the same time, used being in London to research more and also to find someone to publish the research her and her father compiled. What I loved is how Cindy Anstey opens this story up with such an intriguing first scene, I feel like I was hooked knowing that these characters we've been introduced to are very unconventional.
I can say that this was an adorable book in so many ways, I love how Juliana and Spencer interact and you can see how their relationship grows over the book. As they spend time with one another they learn more about themselves and they grow as people, learning that they can have everything. Juliana is able to continue her research and still have love. I really enjoyed their time together and how they helped each other through the season.
The one thing that disappointed me was that everything happened so fast, I would have liked to spend a little more time with these characters and learning more about them. One thing happened and then it got settled so quickly. I would have liked this book to be a bit longer so that we could get to spend more time with all the characters, I believe we barely scratched the surface with these people, and that Cindy could have gone a bit deeper.
But all in all this was such an adorable book, I loved the relationship and it definitely made me swoon (hahaha get it, because it's from Swoon Reads...) Everything was so cute and I definitely couldn't put the book down, I wanted more of Juliana and Spencer together because everytime they were put in a situation together I was so happy. This book was not at all what I expected and I really enjoyed it!