a torn allegiance

About A Torn Allegiance

a torn allegiance

When the man she must spy on becomes the man she loves…

Peace is tenuous in the small kingdom of Oldenburg, and the looming threat of invasion from Napoleon weighs heavily on the royal family. Their country’s best chance for safety lies in strengthening their alliance with the English. So it is that Prince Hayes Wilhelm finds himself returning to England, where he hopes a prominent duke can help him protect his country. 


Lady Elsie longs to make a difference in the world, but spying was not quite what she had in mind. So when her father, the Duke of Shelby, approaches her about keeping a close eye on the visiting crown prince of Oldenburg, she reluctantly agrees. But the outspoken young woman did not anticipate finding in Hayes a man who shares–and respects–her progressive ideas. Their mutual attraction is undeniable, but Elsie cannot forget her charge to spy on the man who is quickly stealing her heart. With the threat of war looming ever closer, Elsie and Hayes must consider carefully whom to trust–before their secrets tear them apart.

My review

I LOVED A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson last year. This is the sequel to that. It would stand on it’s own with no problem. This one is so good!

One thing that this author is so good at is entwining history into her love stories. I love the way she does that. It makes history jump off the pages. And things make a lot more sense. I fell like I understand a lot more about why the Regency era was what it was after reading her books.

The love story in this one really shined. Lady Elsie is one of those characters who is so easily relatable to anyone. She had been asked to spy on Prince Hayes by her father. And she wanted to do that to the best of her ability. That leads to a lot of questioning on her part when he seems to be doing things that make no sense. Lady Elsie is a strong woman. There are several scenes where she shows the strength of her character. She isn’t just a pansy standing against the wall in a ballroom. I loved that about her. It made her seem real.

Prince Hayes is a great character too. He will be the next kind of Oldenburg. And he wants to know how to make life better for the citizens there. He’s trying to learn and become the best leader he can. And I loved him for it. He gets himself into some interesting situations. But he’s very obviously on the side of doing what’s right.

I really can’t wait to read more about these brothers. Prince Hayes has a couple of his brothers with him in this one. And those parts of the story were so great!

I was sent a copy of A Torn Allegiance as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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