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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel



Release Date - November 2013

Sarah Zettel
HMH Books for Young Readers

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

As an orphan, sixteen-year-old Peggy Fitzroy is appreciative that her aunt and uncle took her in, but she's less than pleased to learn her uncle's arranged a marriage to a man who is heading for the Caribbean. She's not thrilled marrying a stranger and definitely not with being uprooted from her cousin. When her husband-to-be accosts her, Peggy fights back. She ends up being kicked out of her uncle's home empty-handed.

Peggy is lucky enough to have had a mysterious man approach. He says he was a friend of her mother's, so Peggy doesn't have to be out on the streets. Instead, she's given the opportunity to pose as Lady Francesca and become part of King George I's court. The ruse seems easy enough, Lady Francesca became ill and while she actually died, Peggy is going to pose as a recovering Lady Francesca. Along the way, Peggy becomes certain that Lady Francesca didn't succumb to an illness but instead was murdered. Peggy is determined to unravel the truth.

I have to say, I don't read many historical romances because they tend to follow the same old plot. Palace of Spies is different. I started out with a lot of respect for Peggy, because she didn't do what was expected of women in that era. She fought her betrothed and definitely had the skills needed to keep herself safe.

Once she was out of her uncle's house, the action picked up and the book became part spy novel and part romance. I loved that balance. I became addicted to the story and kept reading well into the night to see how everything would play out. This is the first book in a new series, so I'm anxious to see what happens next.


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