Title: A Noble Masquerade
Author: Kristi Ann Hunter
Genre: Regency Romance
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“Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.
When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men–one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.”
Romance, intrigue and adventure await! A Noble Masquerade is a Christian Regency novel with a great plot (although it could have been strengthened a bit, here and there). Lady Miranda is seeking to find her place in life and learns to be bold, while Marcus struggles to reconcile his current life with…well I’ll let you read and find out. I would have loved a little bit more mystery but it was a fun summer read. Also, sometimes I feel like the “Christian” aspect of these novels is a little strong but I loved how it was in this book. It’s weaved into the story seamlessly which for me makes it more like real life.
Not sure if this book is for you? Download the FREE prequel on Amazon and see if you like the introduction to the characters, you won’t be disappointed!