The Gentleman Spy -fiction (series) review

I am so thrilled to not only have found a wonderful fiction series to recommend, but also a brand new, to me, author! Erica Vetsch is a talented author who truly develops characters and entrenches the reader in their hopes and dreams, she weaves an incredible story that had me invested and baited until the very end. In this second installment of the “Serendipity & Secrets” series called The Gentleman Spy, Vetsch did a beautiful job of incorporating past characters and extending the story to new places. Honestly you could probably read the books separately because of how Vetsch so beautifully incorporates parts of the previous story. However, you’ll love it all the more if you read the whole series, and if you read book two first you’ll just end up jumping back to read more about the characters in book one, The Lost Lieutenant.

I devoured both the first and second book. And now cannot wait for March 2020 when The Indebted Earl comes out!

Good news is that you have the first two books  to tide you over until then. And yes that lovely ocean tide pun was intended. During a really weird time in our world I have found a couple of beaches where I can escape both physically and mentally as I dive into a book and my kiddos play happily in the rocks, sand, and shells. As they looked for creatures in the sand I got to know the creatures in these books and found myself completely enthralled in their stories. It was a beautiful escape, a reprieve in the craziness.

Another interesting aspect that surprised me was were the handful of words that were not in my repertoire. Literally her carefully selected verbiage led me to the dictionary, which I love in an author! She uses exact and precise language that help the reader understand the characters and the story better and can even lead us to new places.

I was so grateful that the story continued with the beloved Marcus, disregarded second son and inhabitant of Haverly Manor, who was just a minor character in the first story. Although he was mysterious enough to leave me wanting more and to plant the possibility in my mind that he would be the main character in the next story. 

Do yourself a favor, there are just a few days to enter the giveaway below, but if you don’t want to wait grab these books so you can be prepared for the next installment coming March 2020!

I was given a copy of this book as part of an I Read with Audra Blog Tour, but all opinions and thoughts shared in my review are my own.



He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life.


When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

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 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.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

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