Book Review: The Spies Of Shilling Lane


The Spies of Shilling Lane
A Novel

by Jennifer Ryan

Crown Publishing


Historical Fiction

Pub Date 04 Jun 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Spies Of Shilling Lane through Crown Publishing and Netgalley:

Mrs. Braithwaite is the self-appointed queen of her English village, and finds herself unwanted following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left—her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war.

When she arrives Betty’s timid Landlord Mr Norris informs her that her daughter Betty has not been seen in days, and the fact that bombs have fallen and destroyed villages has Mrs. Braithwaite deeply concerned about what might have happened to her daughter.

Mrs. Braithwaite Storms into the London Blitz dragging along a reluctant Mr Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty’s unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that’s been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?

If you are looking for a novel with a lot of twists and turns along with a quiet humor you will love The Spies Of Shilling Lane!

Five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

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