The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan

spiesI did not like the overbearing Mrs. Braithwaite so it was difficult for me to get immersed in the story line. A woman who puts status, accomplishments and one’s station-in-life above all else, she’s hard to warm up to. She eventually examines what makes a successful life and considers status verses a loving family and well….just being a good and kind person. I plowed ahead hoping it would interest me more.

She left her village to search for her daughter Betty in London.  The setting is London during WW II.  The descriptive writing placed me in London and I could imagine the scenes.

Unfortunately our main character put me off so much that I had to make myself read more. Eventually I skimmed as I no longer cared what happened to Mrs. Braithwaite or the meek landlord Mr. Norris.

I very much enjoyed The Chilbury ladies Choir but this one didn’t grab me. If you check my link you’ll see I couldn’t put Ryan’s first book down.  This had the opposite effect on me.  Obviously from the reviews I am in the minority.

Much thanks to NetGalley for allowing me read this advanced copy.  This will be published June 4, 2019. I was not compensated for my review and opinions are mine.

Sharing with Joy for British Isles Friday.



6 thoughts on “The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan

  1. It’s too bad this didn’t work out since I liked Chilbury Lady’s Choir, too. I prefer books with characters that I can care about.


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