The Beauty and the Spy

by Gayle Callen

Avon, October, 2004.
Paperback, 373 pages.
ISBN: 0060543957
Subgenre: Historical

The Beauty and the Spy by Gayle Callen Charlotte Sinclair is a young widow, finally free of the burdensome restrictions of 1844 British society. Her mourning garb discarded, she attends a grand ball to get back into the swing of things. Desperately bored with her life and surroundings and buoyed by her discovery that her father was a secret spymaster for England, Charlotte impulsively follows a mysteriously handsome stranger, and overhears a conversation that she shouldn't. The handsome stranger, Nicholas Wright, is actually an undercover spy himself, trying to make a connection with a notorious traitor. His contact wants Charlotte killed immediately, so Nick does the only thing he can to save her life: he kidnaps her. Charlotte decides that adventures are inconvenient things and that her boring life wasn't really so bad after all. She also thinks that it's also quite unfortunate that she seems to have fallen in love with a spy who worked for her father. But whose side is he working for now?

The Beauty and the Spy is the second book in Gayle Callen's delightful "Spies and Lovers" series. Ms. Callen has a light touch with her writing that is very appealing. She keeps the action moving swiftly, and fills the pages with intrigue. Charlotte, the young widow who had a terrible experience with marriage, is as endearing as she is brave. Those who enjoy adventure and a bit of fun in their historicals are going to love Gayle Callen.

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This review was published in the September-October, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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