Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky YA Regency romancefrom the author ofLove, Lies and Spies andDuels & Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.
Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended.
But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .
InSuitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.
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 a lighthearted and romantic read." —Booklist
About the author
Cindy Anstey, author ofLove, Lies and Spies,Duels & Deception, andSuitors & Sabotage, spends her days painting with words, flowers, threads, and watercolors. Whenever not sitting at the computer, she can be found—or rather, not found—traveling near and far. After many years living as an expat in Singapore, Memphis, and Belgium, Cindy now resides with her husband and their energetic chocolate labrador, Chester, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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 isa 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 isa lighthearted and romantic read." —Booklist
Praise forDuels & Deception:
"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 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
"A great recommendation for teens who are not quite ready to tackle the complex language of Austen’s classics. . . . A cute premise and cover make this a solid purchase for budding historical romance readers." —School Library Journal
"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
"Fantastic romance that I fell completely in love with. Theamazing characters and intriguing mysterywill make this a big hit with all YA regency fans!" —Dark Faerie Tales
"I never want it to end. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. Juliana, Spencer, Bobbington, ALL of them are just so utterly wonderful. This is BETTER than Georgette Heyer. YEP, I SAID IT. It even reminds me of my absolute favorite—the regency romances by Jude Morgan. . . . Just wonderful!" —Kelly Zekas, co-author ofThese Vicious Masks