Romance and treason in Regency LondonIt is the autumn of 1809, and Susanna Ward's life is more perfect than she could ever have dared hope. She is reconciled with her estranged family and engaged to the man she loves, Lord James Ravenwood. But across the English Channel, Britain's war with the Emperor Napoleon still rages. And when a chance letter arrives from London, SusaRomance and treason in Regency LondonIt is the autumn of 1809, and Susanna Ward's life is more perfect than she could ever have dared hope. She is reconciled with her estranged family and engaged to the man she loves, Lord James Ravenwood. But across the English Channel, Britain's war with the Emperor Napoleon still rages. And when a chance letter arrives from London, Susanna learns that James has secretly allowed himself to be drawn into the shadowy world of espionage and intrigue. To be with James, Susanna travels to London--and is soon caught up in a dangerous operation to uncover a ring of French spies and a traitor within the British War Office.Susanna will risk her life to protect both her country and the man she loves. And yet as she sees James torn between love for her and duty to King and country, she realizes that the greatest danger may be to her own heart.Set against the glittering backdrop of a Regency London Season, London Calling is a cozy mystery, appropriate for all ages. It is approximately 61,000 words or 244 pages in length.Although London Calling can be read alone, the story builds on the events of Susanna and the Spy....
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london calling Reviews
Well... I was enchanted with Susanna in the first book, "Susanna and the Spy". But the British Nancy Drew stretched my limits in this second book.Susanna is now engaged to Lord James Ravenwood. She knows that he's a spy for the Crown, and while he's supposed to be in Darbyshire, she realizes that he's really in London when she receives a snotty letter from her snotty aunt Sophia tattling that she saw James at Almack's with a very pretty woman, dancing quite closely. Susanna doesn't suspect James is being unfaithful; rather she suspects that he's on another mission and didn't tell her. She's getting letters from him almost daily posted from Darbyshire. So Susanna contacts her dear aunt Ruth to take her to London and find out what James is up to.Which is all well and good, but really... does Susanna have the right to show up and interfere? She stumbles too many times into dangerous situations, ventures out alone at night, and puts herself and James in almost constant danger by her desire to "help" him with his mission. Even though she manages to "rescue" James a time or two and she does provide him with information and access to suspects, Susanna manages to blunder just about everything, usually ending up falling and hitting her head, only for us to hear James exclaim, "Susanna! Oh God!"What was charming in book 1 wasn't so charming in book 2. In book 1, she was in a rural area and near relatives. In book 2, she's in London - a much bigger, darker, more dangerous place. Wandering about alone in the dead of night isn't good. And Susanna's interrogation techniques aren't all that hot - she usually gives away as much as she gets, and she manages to turn the heat up on James, signalling his enemies as to his real identity.I really wanted to like this book, but I really, really wanted a bit more reality. Susanna is too good... too Mary Sue. She's too understanding of James' missions and too eager to help. And for all the kissing that goes on in this book, there could have been a scene or two of real passion - even if the author chose to fade out rather than give us details. Susanna and James find themselves in bedrooms and on sofas alone, at night, and all they can do is kiss. And James is constantly being hurt! It seems Susanna's nursing skills are called on with each encounter.So... I can't like this book as well as the 1st. And I doubt I'll continue on with Susanna and James.
I enjoyed this novel as much as I did Anna Elliott's first novel in this series, Susanna and the Spy. I found both Susanna and James to be interesting characters in the first novel and so I was eager to read more of their story. I was not disappointed. This novel was complete with the mystery and suspense that the first novel contained, aswell as a heightened awareness of the passion developing between the two characters. Both of these things made this novel a worthwhile and entertaining read.The other characters in this novel were also well-developed, and I feel as though Ms Elliott does a particularly good job in crafting her characters to fit in with various stereotypes of the time period. That is not to say that they are boring in their stereotypes, but rather they are allowed to flourish in a novel that allows them to 'play their part' to the fullest extent.I would recommend this novel to anyone with a love of regency novels, albeit that this novel falls more into the mystery category than it does the romance. However it is unique in how it entwines both of these things together to create a story that is enjoyable all the way around.
This is the sequel to Susanna and the Spy. At the beginning of the book, we are given updates on the characters from the first book. It is happily announced that Susanna and James are engaged. James has gone to his property to prepare things for his wife. But, when Susanna gets word James was seen in London mixing with high society, Susanna knows he has taken on another assignment. He did so without telling her. She knows he just wants to protect her, but Susanna wants trust and honesty if their marriage is to work. So, she travels to London to find James. She is immediately swept up in intrigue and danger. I had my suspicions early on about who the spy was, despite the author's red herrings. The plot was interesting enough that I wasn't bothered by having figured out the biggest part of the mystery. There were some romantic moments for James and Susanna as well. But, doubts about marriage plagued both of them. You will have to read the book to see if they decide it could work despite the war and James need to continue taking missions. Overall a B+
The "glittering backdrop of a Regency London season"? I would hardly call the setting such. I like the characters of Susanna and James. I like that she's a "sleuth" in these times of ladies doing no such thing. I liked that at least there was some kissing and a hint of passion/desire in this book. But really, she was knocked out with a concussion twice in a week without any ill side effects? And what of James' stitches as he's carrying her everywhere? And while there are references to what proper ladies should and shouldn't be doing, Susanna does what she shouldn't anyway. And I had the traitor pegged right away. I still like the characters and if there are continuing adventures, I will probably read them.
I love Anna Elliott's novels! I really hope the author continues to write more of the Susanna and the Spy series. Susanna is delightful along with her beau, James! I enjoyed this novel immensely - the romance, the sweaty palms when you are terrified the heroine or hero is about to be caught, the excitement of a good intrigue. Elliott has a gift for writing a good spy novel and set in my favorite time period it's just a perfect way to spend a Sunday!
I enjoyed this book every bit as much as the first in the Susanna and the Spy series. I love the sweet romance of these books and the strong female character of Susanna. I hope to see a continuation soon! Thank you Anna!
light but interesting
Pretty entertaining....Lord Ravenwood was as cool as always :-)
Hope she continues the series.
Not as light as the first novel, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.