A Noble Masquerade

 
A Noble Masquerade-Kristi Ann Hunter
A Noble Masquerade-Kristi Ann Hunter
A Noble Masquerade-Kristi Ann Hunter

 
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From the Back Cover: Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. 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, the Duke of Marshington. Since she's never actually met the man she has no intention of ever sending the letters and is mortified when her brother's mysterious new valet, Marlow, mistakenly mails one of the letters to the unsuspecting duke. Shockingly, this breach of etiquette results in a reply from the duke that soon leads to a lively correspondence. Insecurity about her previous lack of suitors soon becomes confusion as Miranda finds herself equally intrigued by Marlow, a man she has come to depend upon but whose behavior grows more suspicious by the day. As the secret goings-on at her family's estate come to light, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
 
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
 
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Hunter is a fresh voice in Regency fiction—her debut adds both humor and mystery to what might otherwise be formulaic.

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R

egency is my favorite genre. If I have a choice and some time on my hands, that’s my go-to; while an old standby is good, it’s nice to find a new author writing during my preferred time period. Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut is a very pleasant surprise in its plot, depth, and characters, plus a fantastic romance provides plenty of sigh-worthy moments.

Our heroine, Lady Miranda, is a delightful mix of propriety and energy that sometimes overwhelms the rules governing her conduct. She combats jealousy over her younger sister’s successful debut, fights romantic feelings for two men, can be clumsy at times, and yearns to be loved rather than treated as a financial transaction. Miranda takes on flesh within these pages and I found a friend as I read her story—she becomes real and relatable.

There are a lot of little details that make this a shining Regency novel, including the many, many, many “lady rules” Miranda is required to adhere to. I love that Hunter shows us the innumerable demands put on women, the acceptable ways to get around a few of them, and the outright refusal to comply when more important things need attention. The author never lets the history rule the story however, and I appreciate the depth her knowledge of the time period gives the story written within its confines and strictures.

The one thing I absolutely did not expect but adore is the humor I found within these pages. I would compare her writing to Jen Turano’s in its ability to make me literally laugh out loud as I read; the incredible situations and physical comedy inserted into the narrative breaks some of the tension at just the right time and it adds something a little extra to the story that really makes it sparkle.

The story is perhaps a bit predictable in the beginning, but I was surprised that several things were revealed so soon. Really, the author took some of what I thought was going to happen and turned it upside down on me so I had no idea what was coming next—she took a potential downfall of the novel and turned it into one of the best parts of her story.

Hunter is a fresh voice in Regency fiction—her debut adds both humor and mystery to what might otherwise be formulaic. This expertly crafted tale contains lots of historical detail, great characters with amazing backstories, and a lively, fun romance to lighten things up when necessary. I will eagerly clear a spot on my keeper shelf for this novel and for those she pens in the future.


Lynda Edwards

 


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