The Spies of Shilling Lane

The Spies of Shilling Lane

Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed 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. But when Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed ...

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Title:The Spies of Shilling Lane
Author:Jennifer Ryan
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B07K62LGW8
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Spies of Shilling Lane Reviews

  • Susan
    Jun 12, 2019
    There are very few WWII books I would describe as "fun"; this is one of them. Although it's not without its poignant moments, THE SPIES OF SHILLING LANE is mostly a madcap adventure story starring an indomitable village matron and her timid, unwitting sidekick. The tale is lively and f...
  • Sue Seligman
    Jun 30, 2019
    I am a huge fan of Jennifer Ryan?s first novel, The Chilbury Ladies Choir and when I heard that her second book was about to be published I was really excited. The Spies of Shilling Lane is also set in England during World War II but that is where the similarity ends. The main charac...
  • Allison
    Mar 29, 2019
    It seems odd to call this WWII spy story cozy and charming, but Jennifer Ryan has a knack for recreating a world which brings to mind the song, ?There?ll always be an England.? There is no wondering who are the good guys or the bad, but going back to a time when honorable men and...
  • Annie
    May 07, 2019
    After the heavy reading I?ve been doing lately, I needed something a bit lighter. A book set in London during the Blitz centered on a mother looking for her lost daughter, such as Jennifer Ryan?s The Spies of Shilling Lane, doesn?t seem like the most obvious choice. But from the ...
  • Jan Polep
    Jul 28, 2019
    Set in 1942 or so in England, a mother goes looking for her daughter who has gone missing in the Blitz in London. Quirky characters, rat-fink bad guys, mother/daughter angst, predictable plot, but all in all, a fun read if you can suspend belief about how bad WWII was. There is a set-u...
  • Maine Colonial
    Jan 31, 2019
    The publisher provided a free advance reviewing copy of the book, via Netgalley. I enjoyed Ryan?s first novel, The Chilbury Ladies? Choir, and expected this would be similar, since it?s also about women in World War II England. Well, yes, but it?s as if Ms. Ryan, having had ...
  • Gail
    Jun 16, 2019
    Not as good as The Chilbury Ladies Choir, but still very entertaining. I absolutely loved Mrs Braithwaite! ...
  • Jo
    Jun 16, 2019
    The Spies of Shilling Lane By Jennifer Ryan Jennifer Ryan became one of my favorite authors after I read her delightful Chilbury Ladies' Choir. The Spies of Shilling lane, brings us the wonderful Mrs. Braithwaite, who truly is an unstoppable force. Shes very fixed in her views. But...
  • Lisa Wolf
    May 30, 2019
    Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years -- and she strikes gold yet again with her newest novel, The Spies of Shilling Lane. Here, we meet the intimidating Mrs. Braithwaite, pushed out of her leadership position wi...
  • Liz
    May 01, 2019
    Mrs. Braithwaite was not initially my cup of tea. Brash, overbearing and opinionated, I could understand why the ladies of the WVS had pushed her out of her position as chairwoman. She comes to London to see her daughter, only to find her missing. Like a steamroller, she plows over eve...
  • Lindsey
    May 29, 2019
    Having read & enjoyed Jennifer Ryan's previous work, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, I was really looking forward to this title! As I started reading, I realized I didn't really remember too much of the CLC (other than liking it), but this does not affect the readability of this book a...
  • Julie  Durnell
    Jun 19, 2019
    Another great book by Jennifer Ryan. I so enjoyed the spy plot of the story but Mrs. Braithwaite and the timid Mr. Norris were the stars of this book set in London during WWII. Mrs. Braithwaite's growth from the insensitive and cold-hearted divorced woman in the start to how she reconn...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Jun 10, 2019
    3 stars Thank you to Penguin First to Read and Crown for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published June 4, 2019. London, WWII, spies and a mother/daughter situation. Controlling, busybody Mother went in search of her daughter in London. Once there she finds out that she ha...
  • Lori
    Feb 05, 2019
    As a big fan of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, I was delighted to be able to read an advance copy of Ryan's latest book, The Spies of Shilling Lane. The book did not disappoint. Like Chilbury, this book is largely about the home front in England during WWII, although it was not confined t...
  • Renee
    Feb 08, 2019
    The Spies of Shilling Lane If you enjoy Foyle?s War & Bletchley Circle, you?re likely to enjoy The Spies of Shilling Lane. This is the charming story of how Mrs. Braithwaite goes off to London in search of her daughter and ends up finding herself. Mrs. Braithwaite comes to t...
  • Tina Woodbury
    May 04, 2019
    The story opens with Mrs. Braithwaite being demoted from the head of the Women?s Voluntary Service (WVS). She is upset and stunned that she has been treated this way. She has recently divorced her husband and now finds her life in turmoil. She decides a visit to London is long overdu...
  • Rachael Mellen
    Aug 18, 2019
    I read this book in three days. It was thoroughly enjoyable with heartwarming characters who grew and developed. The WW2 setting is spot-on and the plot kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended. ...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Jun 03, 2019
    Delightful! This is a sort of cozy thriller set during WWII with spies and fascists and all sorts of things. Yes it's a tad hokey in spots but I defy you not to root for Mrs. Braithwaite and Mr. Norris by the end! Mrs. Braithwaite is searching for her daughter Betty, who lives at Mr. N...
  • Faith
    Jul 23, 2019
    Note to self: do not try this author again. ...
  • Gena DeBardelaben
    Feb 01, 2019
    eARC: Netgalley I think I've found a new happy place and it's in a Jennifer Ryan novel! I loved her first book, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, so when I saw she had a new novel I was so excited! The Spies of Shilling Lane met all my expectations! It has a wonderful story, delightfu...
  • Erin
    Jun 01, 2019
    Thanks to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Happy Pub Day After reading The Chilbury Ladies Choir back in March, I knew I wanted to read the author's second WWII era novel that is being released in June 2019. Jennifer Ryan'...
  • Linda Quinn
    May 22, 2019
    Fun and unputdownable, this new novel by Jennifer Ryan plunks the reader down into World War II London while bombs are falling and spies could be anywhere, trying to help the Nazis invade England. When Mrs. Braithwaite is forced out of her women?s group in her tiny village due to her...
  • CallMeAfterCoffee Breanne Wiesner
    May 26, 2019
    Thanks to netgalley for the eArc for review. Unfortunately this book and I didn't get along. I was expecting a heavier read, something more hard-hitting, but I was left feeling like these characters lacked depth. The Characters came across very one dimensional and bland, and the arcs w...
  • Thomas
    Jun 17, 2019
    4 stars for a light, enjoyable mystery/ romance/character study. The blurb sets the premise of the story: "Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband?s selfish divorce petition. Never deterre...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    Feb 03, 2019
    4 stars. Review tomorrow. ...
  • JennSchell
    Feb 24, 2019
    Jennifer Ryan became one of my favorite authors after I read her delightful Chilbury Ladies' Choir and this second book of hers does not disappoint. I adored the characters especially Mrs. Braithwaite and Mr. Norris. As I was reading this I kept thinking that BBC should make this into ...
  • Mary
    Jul 22, 2019
    The Spies of Shilling Lane is a sweet story revolving around a mother trying to find her daughter in the midst of the chaos of World War II. Mrs. Braithwaite is your classic village busybody--she has opinions on how things ought to be done, and she delights in being at the top of the s...
  • Joan Happel
    May 30, 2019
    A cozy and charming WWII spy novel? Why yes, it can be done, if the writer is Jennifer Ryan, the author of The Chilbury Ladies? Choir. The novel centers around Mrs. Braithwaite a newly divorced, middle aged woman who has just be fired from her position as head of her local Women?s ...
  • Katie B
    May 14, 2019
    2.5 stars Not quite what I expected. Given the story is about a woman searching for her missing daughter during World War 2, I assumed going in this would be a heavy read but instead it had more of a cozy mystery vibe to it. So that threw me for a loop and probably had some effect o...
  • Tammy
    Feb 15, 2019
    I was charmed and delighted by The Chilbury Ladies? Choir. Unfortunately, Ryan?s second effort was neither charming nor delightful. The characters are caricatures and the dialogue is clich. Would you believe the leader of a gang of thugs would signal an attack by shouting out ?...