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 fo...

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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

  • 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...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Oct 26, 2019
    Actual rating 3.5 stars. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Julie
    Dec 21, 2019
    Lots of fun! I loved that the heroine was not a pretty young thing, but rather a middle-aged woman, with a reputation for being domineering. Definitely recommended. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, has a good voice for this kind of novel. ...
  • 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 (Bring My Books)
    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. ...
  • Sarah Juhant
    Jun 11, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book. I absolutely loved Jennifer Ryan's first book The Chilbury Ladies' Choir. That book was unique with many different voices. I loved the epistolary style, and there was enough drama to keep me interested. The Spies of Shilling Lane fell flat for me....
  • Lata
    Aug 30, 2019
    Mrs. Braithewaite is amusing, straightforward, somewhat status obsessed (thanks to the influence of a now-dead aunt), and a bit of a bulldozer in her personal relationships. When she's ousted from her position in her village, she rushes to London to see her daughter, Betty, to share a ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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'...
  • 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. ...
  • Niki (nikilovestoread)
    Aug 31, 2019
    This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It was so much fun to read! Mrs. Braithwaite, whose life has fallen apart around her in her small village of Ashcombe, England in 1941, decides to visit her daughter, Betty, in London only to find that she is missing. No one ha...
  • 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...
  • Suzanne Kelman
    Oct 08, 2019
    Fun, a great follow up book to the The Chiltern Ladies Choir. Light, and enjoyable, perfect for a rainy day in front of the fire. ...
  • 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 ?...