Monday, September 7, 2015

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 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.

My thoughts: When I first started this book, I thought "Here we go again. Another story where you can tell what happens and have figured out the mystery within the first chapter". Thankfully, that was not the case with this book! While there are some things you can figure out from the beginning, they are not built up to be a great mystery through the whole book. I like that there is a lot more to the story then the synopsis lets the reader originally believe. The pace is steady and the characters are delightful. I love that she took the time to develop her secondary characters and look forward to reading about them as the series progresses!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my review.

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