Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
Full of humor, English Regency charm, and starring a whip-smart strong female heroine, this hilarious homage to Jane Austen will “have readers rooting for love and science” (Entertainment Weekly).
Juliana Telford isn’t your ordinary nineteenth-century lady. She's more interested in publishing her research on ladybugs than in marriage or fashionable dresses. Spencer Northam isn’t your ordinary nineteenth-century gentleman. He’s a spy for the War Office on his first mission. But when Spencer’s assignment involves keeping an eye on the lovely Julianna and her friends, their plans for a season without romance are unapologetically foiled.
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey is a debut novel with the perfect mix of romance, action, and adventure, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.
Praise for Love, Lies and Spies:
"A delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue." —Entertainment Weekly
"Perfect for readers looking for an Austen-inspired tale of intrigue and romance." —Booklist
"Acute premise and cover make thisa solid purchase for budding historical romance readers." —School Library Journal
About the author
Cindy Anstey spends her time writing and adventuring around the world. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her backyard 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. She currently resides with her husband in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Praise forLove, Lies and Spies:
"It’s Jane Austen meets Jane Foster in Anstey’s debut novel, which serves up a delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue for a tale thatwill have readers rooting for love and science." —Entertainment Weekly
"Love, Lies and Spies isan adorable little romp in Regency-era London, perfectly-paced and delightfully entertaining. It had me grinning from ear to ear, cover to cover. And the best part of all is that it seems to be a stand-alone with none of those ridiculous miscommunications. It really was just a pleasure to read!" —The Starry-Eyed Revue
Praise forDuels & Deception:
“[Duels & Deception] isJane Austen spiced with action, suspense, and humor. The question is never about their love but how they will overcome society’s demands in order to realize it.Young girls who enjoyed Anstey’sLove, Lies and Spies will snap up this adventure.” —VOYA,starred review
"Jane Austen fans in need of a good new book, look no further. Cindy Anstey’s new YA novel,Duels & Deception, is your next regency romance treat." —Entertainment Weekly
"A great introduction to historical romance novels for younger YA readers. . . . Anstey’s novel isa wonderful coming-of-age journey filled with entertaining characters and wild adventures." —School Library Journal
Praise forSuitors and Sabotage:
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Anstey’s tale embraces a self-reliant main character, a loyal friend, innocent romance, witty conversation, and English country settings, each more splendid than the last.This is a delightful salute to Jane Austen and will be a treat for her fans." —VOYA
"Mystery and romance are delightfully intertwined . . . Taking inspiration from Jane Austen novels, Anstey’s latest is alighthearted and romantic read." —Booklist