Lady Harriet Devere is enlisted by the government to help to unmask the man responsible for her secret agent brother Nicholas's death. She agrees to keep tabs on a possible suspect, her brother's friend and fellow spy Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, during the upcoming family Christmas celebration. Harriet's sleuthing—and the disturbing proximity of the earl—leads to unintended consequences. The more she comes to know—and love—Julius, the more divided her loyalties become. VERDICT Appealing protagonists, a charming, slowly developing romance, and an intriguing, nicely spun mystery will make this a perfect romance for fans who like their holiday fare with a dash of danger. Feather (A Wedding Wager) is a veteran writer of popular historical romance; she lives on Chesapeake Bay. [Page 65]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
This 1797 holiday crowd-pleaser calls for an afternoon curled up next to the fireplace. No heat? No worries. Feather (A Wedding Wager) provides plenty of sparks between English spies Lady Harriet Devere and Julius Forsythe, earl of Marbury. Harriet is assigned to determine whether Julius is a dastardly double agent who slit the throat of her brother, Nicholas. She's given the perfect opportunity at her grandfather's annual Christmas gala, where Julius is in attendance. Harriet is suspicious from the moment she meets the earl. He assures her that he and Nick were best friends, but she can't recall her brother ever mentioning Julian's name, and later she catches him in a small but undeniable lie. On the other hand, he's thoroughly charmed her grandfather and her 10-year-old twin siblings—and she finds him devilishly attractive. Readers will cheer as Harriet bravely wages dual battles against a pair of French spies and her own desires. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
When her older brother Nick, a British spy, is killed, Lady Harriet Devere is tasked with a mission by the Ministry of War--spend Christmas determining if Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, is a double agent for the French. Original. 450,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When her older brother Nick, a British spy, is killed, Lady Harriet Devere is given a new mission by the Ministry of War--to spend Christmas determining if Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, is a double agent for the French.Review by Publisher Summary 3
A touching and sexy Christmas-themed historical romance from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather in which a young woman must carry out a spy mission against the man she loves in honor of her recently deceased brother.A Christmas house party, a sexy lady spy, and an enigmatic earl spell holiday magic. Join New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather in this seductive story of spy and counterspy dueling beneath the mistletoe. While others dance and flirt, Lady Harriet Devere has a secret life, assisting her older brother Nick with his duties as a British spy. When Nick is killed, however, Harriet assumes that her work passing coded messages to the Ministry of War will cease. Instead, she is charged with a vitally important mission: spend Christmas determining if Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, is a double agent for the French. Harriet expects danger, just not to her heart. . . . As the hostess of a holiday house party, she is perfectly placed to closely observe her noble guest—his elegant clothes, his penetrating dark eyes, his virile athletic build. But when passion flames between them, Harriet realizes that only a holiday miracle will allow her to find true love—in the arms of this spy who has come for Christmas.