Miranda Hathaway is officially a "Lady" in her social circle, but that hasn’t prevented her from teetering on the edge of spinsterhood at the ripe old age of twenty. It’s not that she’s discontent really, for she would make a wonderful aunt to her siblings’ future children. But she does get lonely. Her long standing habit of writing letters (but not sending them) to the Duke of Marshington, her brother Griffith’s friend, is rather therapeutic. She’s never met the Duke, but has formulated a persona based on Griffith's stories from their school days.
She finds herself bumping into Marlow, Griffith’s new valet, at every turn. Even though he belongs to the working class, Miranda is drawn to him. Although she isn’t quite sure what he’s all about, she finds him interesting and looks forward to opportunities to speak to him.
To her great dismay, one of her missives somehow finds its way to the Duke. When he responds, she is stunned and embarrassed. The plot thickens (for real!) when Miranda discovers Marlow caught in the crossfire of shady dealings around the estate. Of course, she has no choice but to intervene.
This story offers an action packed glimpse into England’s “genteel” society in 1822 – from the rules and expectations to treason and deceit. Danger lurks in unexpected places, as does love and heartbreak. A Noble Masquerade is full of intrigue and surprises. Miranda, Griffith, Marlow, and the Duke find their loyalty, mettle, and faith tested as they sort through exciting events and details to find the truth. This book kept me on my toes – I like that!
Kristi Ann Hunter does a wonderful job, combining an entertaining and action packed story with great characters. Rich historical details complement this deep and well-balanced tale. It had me engaged from the first page, and didn’t let go until the end - I enjoyed this book from start to finish.
Ms. Hunter is a delightful and talented storyteller. I’m adding her to my list of favorite authors, and will be on the lookout for more of her books.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Just in case you missed it - here's the link to last week's interview with Susan J. Reinhardt complete with info on her new book, Out of the Mist.
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