Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are the cat or the mouse.
Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need-or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte.
When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell.
Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, what then will he do?
Ruth AxtellRuth Axtell is the author of thirteen novels, including Wild Rose, one of Booklist's Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands.
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Rees is a butler, or rather a British Officer sent to find out if Lady Celine is a spy or not. He finds himself stowed away in her wardrobe after trying to search her bed chambers. Trying to keep his real identity under wraps is quite challenging, and act like a butler.
I really enjoyed the espionage and regency of this book. It fit perfectly with the time of Napoleon.
This was the first book I have read by Ruth and it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
**Available March 2013 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**