About A Noble Masquerade
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’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
I hadn’t read a book by Kristi Ann Hunter before. I really enjoyed this one. And I’ll be reading more of her books. I’m excited to have found out that this book is the start of a series. So there are more books in this world.
I loved Miranda in this book! I loved the way she latched on to the idea of the Duke of Marshington. And how she wrote to him throughout the years. To the point that she had a whole trunk of letters to him. I like the thought of all of us having someone like this to write to. Someone we can be anonymous with. Or we can tell things that we can’t tell anyone else, the highs and lows. And Miranda is the kind of woman who is not a shrinking pansy. She knows what she wants and she is willing to go after it.
Marlow is Miranda’s brother Griffith’s new valet. Or that’s what he appears to be. He’s really the Duke of Marshington trying to find a spy. And he finds Miranda’s letters to him as he searches things in the home. This part was so funny! Especially when he starts to reply to her current letters.
The plot of this one has romance, and danger. I loved that both of these things were included in this one. The plot kept me interested until the very end. I need to go start reading the rest of this series!
I borrowed a copy of A Noble Masquerade using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.
What to read after A Noble Masquerade
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