Welcome to my tour stop for Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey, hosted at Xpresso Book Tours. You can follow the rest of the tour here.
Author: Cindy Anstey
Published Date: April 19, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adults
**I received the book from Xpresso Book Tours through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way can affect my opinion on the book and its content.
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 traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.
Hi Mrs. Anstey, thank you so much for stopping by! Firstly, congratulation on your debut novel, Love, Lies and Spies! I’m super duper excited for this opportunity.
CINDY: Thank you, I’m very excited too.
To start off, is there something about yourself that you would love for us to know? Something, perhaps, only a few know…? *suggestive eyebrows*
CINDY: Publishing is a dream come true. Few know that I was about Juliana’s age when I met my husband. The swirl of emotions, the headiness of first love, and the self-doubts are very clear in my memories and likely contribute to my understanding of how Spencer affects Juliana.
Wow, we readers would never be able to guess that! Was there any massive change in Love, Lies and Spies, from inkling of an idea to a published novel? What’s the most surprising thing you have learned writing the book?
CINDY: There was, indeed, a significant change. In my original plot, Juliana’s mother was still alive but being held in Verdun, France as a prisoner of war. In that version, Spencer follows the communiqué to France, where he uncovers the story of her mother’s capture. It complicated the story needlessly and wiser minds suggested that it go.
As to the most surprising, there were many historical facts that took me aback in my research. For example: while hands and faces were washed daily, many neglected to wash the rest of their bodies… from year to year.
That last piece of information is *cough* very interesting, indeed. If you must convince a person to read Love, Lies and Spies in only 5 words, what would it be?
CINDY: Scholar and spy confront love.
The book involves Love, Lies, and of course, Spies! What is your favorite spy book/story/movie? Is there any resemblance between that spy and our (boyfriend goals) Spencer?
CINDY: Without a doubt my favorite spy is James Bond—the film version. It is my husband’s fault; he introduced us. However, my favorite spy movie would be True Lies and it is more the interaction between the two main characters than espionage or action that draws me in… that and the humor. There is no resemblance whatsoever between those overly confident experienced agents and Spencer. Perhaps, they began their careers with bright eyed eagerness but if so it has disappeared somewhere along the way.
Here comes the hard question! Which characters from Love, Lies and Spies would you “Kiss, Marry, Kill”?
CINDY: If I were still a young lady, I would
- Kiss: Lord Randolph Bobbington
- Marry: Spencer Northam
- Kill: Maxwell Pyebald
I’m totally in with killing Pyebald. Do you have a favorite quote or scene from Love, Lies and Spies? If so, can you share it with us?
CINDY: I love the very first scene of the book where Juliana is hanging off the side of a cliff in desperate need of help… but asks her rescuer to find someone else to aid her.
“Please, I do not wish to be rescued by a gentleman. Could you find a farmer or a shopkeep—anyone not of the gentry—and then do me the great favor of forgetting you saw me?”
“I beg your pardon?”
“I do not want to be rude but this is a most embarrassing predicament—”
“I would probably use the word dangerous instead.”
“Yes, well, you would, being a man. But I, on the other hand, being a young woman doing her best not to call attention to herself and bring shame upon her family, would call it otherwise.”
“Oh, most definitely.”
Last question! One of my secret sources (it’s just Goodreads) told me that we are expecting another fabulous book from you, Duels and Deception. Can you tell us something about it?
CINDY: Absolutely. Duels and Deception is another Regency romance of the traditional comedy of manners type. This book takes place in and around Bath when Lydia Whitfield’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of her lawyer’s apprentice, Robert Newton. Her carefully planned future—involving marrying her late father’s choice and keeping her family estate secure—completely loses its luster and she is no longer certain of the path ahead. To complicate matters, she and Robert are kidnapped, blackmail ensues as well as threats and a Bow Street runner makes an appearance. Humor, adventure and mystery, it was great fun to write.
Ooh… That sounds way too good to pass up! And that is all. Thank you so much for dropping by Book Is Glee!
CINDY: Thank you for inviting me!
Me when I first saw this book: Oh, well hello there, gorgeous… Guess who’s expanding her TBR?
If you love the following below:
- Smart & quirky heroine
- Attractive and gallant eligible bachelor who happens to be our hero
- Spies… and Bugs….
- Adorable romance that makes you want to wrap it in a blanket and hug it while giggling to yourself
- A good grin
Then you, my friend, have no reason NOT to pick up this cute and charming Love, Lies and Spies.
ABSOLUTELY LOVABLE CHARACTERS — Meet Juliana Telford, an independence, curious young lady who tends to find herself falling into dangerous situations (and a certain gentleman’s arms). Meet Spencer Northam, who happens to be that gentleman… and a spy, a very nice-looking one, I’ll give you that. I like both of them a bunch lot, especially their interactions. It’s so so adorable to see how their relationship gradually growing from one fateful encounter to hilarious friendship, and eventually *internal giggling* very, very close. They’re simply toe-curling cute!
AND SOME *cough* HILARIOUS ONES — that will make you rolling on the floor laughing, I guarantee. The sides characters of Love, Lies and Spies are absolutely lively and, whether lovable or not, each has a glint in them that create a very unique and special vibe for this book. Their hilarious antics add a delightful spark to the book, which brings out the most enjoyable and humorous aspect of the book that I absolutely adore. ❤
“EXQUISITE” BUT HILARIOUS WRITING — I’m very impressed with Cindy Anstey’s choice of words. While being influenced by Jane Austen’s style, the author still did an amazing job on making this book’s voice absolutely unique and extremely humorous. This book was extremely well-executed, and I love every minute reading it.
SO READ IT!! — Love, Lies and Spies is that read that brightens your day, the one that makes you want to experience all the great thing in the 19th century, wearing fancy dresses with matching ribbons, and go to London during the Season to find yourself a drop-dead gorgeous eligible bachelor. This book is a delightful little romp of love, secrets, and charming spies that will have you grinning from page to page. It was such a lovely and pleasurable read.
In which the cover is so pretty I can’t help myself from making a quote out of it
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN) – end May 5th
A print copy of Love, Lies and Spies