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Book Review: The Prince of Spies

We met Luke Delacroix under terrible circumstances in the first book of the Hope and Glory series, then again in the second book. Now, he gets his own story. The Prince of Spies, the long-awaited (for me) third book in Elizabeth’s Camden’s series is ready for your reading pleasure. And, indeed, it is a pleasure. 🙂

The Delacroixes, Luke in particular, have one major enemy: Clyde Magruder, a competitor in the food industry. So the last thing Luke expects is to fall head over heels when he meets Marianne Magruder, the daughter of his nemesis.

Fresh out of a Cuban prison, the intrepid Luke deals with the afteraffects of months locked up under horrid conditions, never wanting to experience that atrocity again. A government photographer, Marianne has her own issue with a secret from her past. Together, they’re an early 20th-century Romeo and Juliet, the victims of a feud worthy of the Hatfields and McCoys – minus the flying lead.

From the get-go, I enjoyed meeting Luke and could tell he would be a worthy hero, which he is. He’s brave and mischievous and loyal, the first and latter being a characteristic Marianne shares. She’s loyal to her family, even when they don’t deserve it, but even she has her limits. I loved seeing how these two got together when it seemed all was lost.

The whole series swept me up and carried me off to the late 1890s/early 20th century, involving me in espionage, assasination, and the foundations for the present-day FDA.

So, let’s get to the nitty-gritty. I give a full five stars to The Prince of Spies. Okay, I give them to the whole series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


If you enjoy romances set during the time period in which the Hope and Glory series takes place, you can learn more about my newest novel, Rekindling Trust, here. Then preorder your copy so you’ll have it when it releases on April 20.



Sandra Ardoin engages readers with stories of love and faith. She’s the author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com. Subscribe to receive her updates and specials: http://eepurl.com/Xjqwr. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and BookBub.

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