A family of spies and a mystery to solve... The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch (Review & Giveaway) #christianhistorical #suspensebooks #romancebooks #newbook @KregelBooks @audrajennings

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The Debutante's Code
(Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries #1)
By Erica Vetsch
Christian Historical Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 312 Pages
December 7, 2021 by Kregel Publications


Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn't spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They've been living double lives as government spies--and they're only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family's legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors--not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents' last mission?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.

Read an excerpt here.

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My Review

THE DEBUTANTE'S CODE is about a woman who is finally coming home after her schooling to make her debut into society and a man who is trying to prove himself as a Bow Street Runner. Their lives intertwine when a string of crimes involve both of them. Readers of the genre will enjoy getting to know these characters and journey along on this adventure, while fans of the author will enjoy another entertaining read plus a few cameos from a prior series.

I really enjoyed these characters. Juliette is this mix of innocent youth and determination. She's intelligent, loyal and is trying to figure out who she wants to be. Daniel is a detective who has been blessed with opportunity but also doubted because of it. He's intelligent, hard working, and also trying to figure out if he can permanently earn his place as a detective. I liked how these two meet and the chemistry that develops between them. I liked that romance doesn't overtake the story. There really isn't actually much romance at all, but more of two individuals who are aware and attracted to each other as the story unfolds. I also liked the overall plot of coded messages in artwork. I loved the secondary characters and the cameos of characters from the prior series. I also really love the idea of a series focusing on Juliette and Daniel and am looking forward to seeing what their next mystery will involve.

There were some things that didn't work for me. I felt like the some of the spying aspects were not as well done as I would have liked. Some things just didn't make logical sense to me, including the whole reason for Juliette's parents to be absent. Other things weren't handled very carefully and clues that felt apparent to me were somehow missed by the good guys. Also the conclusion was a bit unrealistic with its timetable and some of the characters' reactions. The religious aspect also felt a bit forced instead of being weaved through the story more naturally. I think I just wanted a more sophisticated, realistic or logical plot that felt fully developed. Not to say I didn't enjoy the story because I did. I just wanted more from it.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall entertaining read with delightful characters and an engaging plot. I'm looking forward to the next adventure in this series.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Audra Jennings Book PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About 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 is the author of many novellas and novels, including the popular Serendipity & Secrets Regency series and the new Thorndike & Swann Regency Mystery series

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.
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com.

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