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Returning from a life of adventure and travel, Miss Sophie Everton is surprised to find she's been recruited as a spy for the Prince Regent. Despite having trouble adapting to the life of the ton, she accepts in order to save her family home.
Alex, the dashing Duke of Rockeforte and agent for the War Office, has been asked to keep an eye on Sophie but can't seem to do so without finding ways to kiss her. So it's no wonder that neither realise that danger lurks just around the corner.
This is the first book in Johnson's Providence series and is followed by
Destined to Last
. The characters all feature in each novel but having read the books out of order myself, I can't say that they need to be read in order to be enjoyed and understood.
For some reason I just couldn't get engrossed in this book. That might explain why all the intrigue and subterfuge had me baffled at times. The plot, or at least the machinations of the characters to create the plot, was a tad ridiculous although I'm sure not meant to be taken seriously. Sophie and Alex were likeable characters but I could really have done with a little more depth and chemistry between them. The book definitely got more interesting as I kept reading and I'm glad I stuck with it as I really liked the group of characters introduced.
Unfortunately I have to mention a huge drawback to this book and that's the horrific amount of Americanisms contained. Normally you'll find one or two in a book of this sort but there were so many that I was cringing at times as I read.
Having said all that, this is a light, likeable enough read that is worth a go if it's sitting in your bookshelf. I'm still looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series and will probably look out for other books by Alissa Johnson in the future. 3 stars.
Enormous quantities of evasion by both Sophie and Alex, perched on top of an improbable plot involving spymasters enlisting Sophie, newly arrived in London after 12 years traveling in China and other distant places, to investigate her greedy cousin and his friends. Sophie is resourceful and independent, used to solving her own problems. Alex, Duke of Rockeforte and agent for the Crown, is capable and intelligent, but fails to make Sophie understand his interest. And who are these mysterious people skulking, pulling strings, observing? Sophie's underlying premise, that all good luck (or providence) in her world will be followed by bad luck, resurfaces in the final chapters to confound the inevitable HEA.
I read book 2 first and loved it. So maybe my expectations were too high, because this story was not as exciting or romantic. I just couldn’t get into it, and some of Sophie’s choices and actions were out of characters and annoying. The ending was a bit of a mess to, you get a hea but only for 12 years and six months...... or was it 25 years. Okay... you get a hea.
I was enthralled with this story until the last quarter. Then all of a sudden it deflated into almost nonsense. But other than that.... Alex and Sophie were meant foe each other. I was disappointed in Mrs. Sanders, Mr. Wang and William. This story should have had a much different ending.
I read this after reading the second book in the series,
, so I already understood some of the background. That may have affected how much I got into this one, but I'm not sure. Either way, I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the second book.
The premise was fun, clever even. Johnson is a good writer with effective prose & believable dialogue. The characters are interesting & likeable. What annoyed me most was the ending (not of the love story so much as the adventure part). It was kind of a letdown for me. The heroine annoyed me a bit toward the end, too. Part of me wanted the option to smack her, but she's back to normal in the second book.
Overall this is a good book, & I enjoyed reading it. It's a strong start to a 4-book (I think) series. Again, I recommend the second book more, but reading them in order may be prudent. Either way, I'll probably give book 3 a try sometime in the near-future.
This story was fun to read, except for one quirky writer's gimmick: the "former and latter" usage in every single chapter drove me crazy! Use it a couple of times maybe, but in every chapter? Overdone. Otherwise, it is a good, well paced story that keeps your interest.
GAVE THIS BOOK 3 And 1/2 STARS. I Liked Alex but I just couldn't warm up to Sophie. She was deplorable to Alex by constantly arguing with him. Went way beyond bantering. Sophie was afraid of the dark but thought nothing of roaming about London to search library's and study's of her peers in the dark and alone. I am certainly glad there was an Epiloge to explain the idiotic way she reacted when Alex told her he loved her. Should have rented this one from the library.
I picked this up as a Kindle Deal of the Day; it was a little outside my norm but I like a good historical romance so gave it a shot. The story was well written, the plot generally flowed well and I enjoyed the read and gave it a solid 3 stars. It was missing some key elements in my opinion. If you're a fan of sweet stories and don't like sexy romances, you'll probably be happy with the book. If you prefer a little more sizzle and bacon so to speak, you might not like this book. I'd rate this book G or PG except for one scene, which comes late in the book. Everything after that is soap opera style - references to sex but it all happens offscreen.