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 Marlow, 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 Marlow 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 Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’ heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
Wow! What else is there to say about this good book? Everything about this book was simply wonderful, well written, and well done.
To begin with, the front cover fits perfect with the book’s setting. The pink outfit and the parasol in the back ground were eye catching. I liked that the cover did not show the woman’s full face.
I absolutely loved the main characters. They were perfect together. I enjoyed the part when Miranda’s brothers, after seeing her angry with the duke, had a “chat” with him. That part was completely hilarious. Right before that scene, Miranda punches the duke and all he does is shows her how to properly punch without breaking her thumb. I laughed throughout those scenes but there were also the suspenseful parts and the romantic parts at the right times.
If you cannot tell by now, I enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to reading more of Kristi Ann Hunter’s books. So, if you haven’t yet, go get a copy of this book and find a comfy chair and sit back and be prepared to read all night!
Title: A Noble Masquerade
Author: Kristi Ann Hunter
Author’s Website: http://www.kristiannhunter.com/
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.