BLOG TOUR: The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch [GIVEAWAY]

The Gentleman SpyThe Gentleman Spy (Serendipity & Secrets #2)
by Erica Vetsch
Release Date: July 28th, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction

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SYNOPSIS: 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?

REVIEW: Something I really like about this series is that marriage isn’t the end goal. We get to see our protagonists marry and then also get adjusted to married life. Especially in these historical romances, marriage is so different from the courting process, so I like getting to see beyond the wedding.

Both Charlotte and Marcus were likable characters and I did think they were distinguishable from the protagonists in book one–that’s not always the case in these series that feature different main characters. I really liked Marcus from the first book and I thought this book did justice to the character I’d been forming in my head.

I thought overall, the plot was quite good even if the “mystery” wasn’t very mysterious. I liked how some of the secondary characters played larger roles than I’d been expecting. There were some minor parts that felt a bit rushed or sudden, but it was easy to look past that. I would definitely recommend this one for anyone who enjoyed the first book who likes proper romances.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None
Violence:
Moderate
Smoking/Drinking:
Mild
Sexual Content:
Mild


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Erica VetschABOUT 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.

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Note: I received this book free from the author/blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Kate has always wanted to go to Blackmoore and now she finally has her chance. Henry Delafield (the neighbor boy that she grew up with) has invited her to stay at Blackmoore over the summer. Kate sees this as her first step towards independence and her end goal–India. Her mother proposes a deal. If Kate can receive and reject three marriage proposals while at Blackmoore, then she will be allowed to go to India with her aunt. What Kate doesn’t plan on is the hearts she might have to break (hers included) to fulfill her end of the bargain.15795628

I thought Kate was a great character. She’s stubborn and willful and overall just very complex. You could sense that she had a lot of things (and feelings) that she was struggling with but she wasn’t whiny about it. She just kind of did what she needed to do and moved on. Henry was also a good character but I felt like he could have had a little more depth to him. He was nice enough, and I liked him, but maybe just a little flat. Especially when compared to Kate. As for the mothers…Mrs. Worthington (Kate’s mom) and Mrs. Delafield (Henry’s mom) were seriously outrageous. Are there actually mothers out there like this?

The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was that I felt like there were a few plot holes. Small ones, but sometimes I was like, “Why can’t anyone see a solution to this?” For example, when Kate’s mother shows up at Blackmoore acting really inappropriate and such I felt like Kate should have teamed up with Mrs. Delafield. Mrs. Delafield would have been all for making Kate’s mom look like a fool so…it felt like an obvious choice to me. Maybe not though. Overall I thought this book was great (and clean!) and I can easily overlook any plot holes.

Overall Rating: 5
Violence: None
Sexual Content: None
Language: None
Smoking/Drinking: None