A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House Book #1) - eBook
A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House Book #1) - eBook  -     By: Kristi Ann Hunter
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441228857
ISBN-13: 9781441228857
Series: Hawthorne House

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Sparkling Regency Romance from a Captivating New Voice

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.

Author Bio

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

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  1. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deceit, Danger, & Romance
    November 22, 2017
    Crystal
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for #1: A Noble Masquerade.
    About the Book:

    Kristi Ann Hunter weaves an intricate web of deceit, danger, and romance in The Noble Masquerade that will thrill readers with every page turn! Fearing she may become an old maid, Lady Miranda Hawthorne finds herself pouring her heart out in letters to her brothers close friend, Marsh, a habit she started in childhood to vent the woes of her mothers lady in training sessions. Her letters were never meant to actually be shared with the Duke of Marshington- they simply were to serve as a place Miranda could shed her ladylike behaviors to express her true feelings about life. However, when her brothers valet accidentally mails one of the letters- and the Duke responds to Miranda in kind- her world is turned upside down not only by the embarrassment she feels at her secret letter writing being exposed, but also by the intimate correspondence the two begin exchanging on a regular basis. To complicate matters, Lady Miranda finds herself being drawn to her brothers valet, Marlow, even though she knows a romance with a servant is not possible.

    In the meantime, the Duke of Marshington- or Ryland if called by his first name- increasingly desires to formally court the passionate, intelligent woman who has been writing him letters, but he knows his own secrets may not only put an end to Mirandas budding affection for him, but may also put her life in danger.

    My Thoughts:

    As Ive said in many reviews before, I love it when a novel has a twist in the plot. Although the secret Ryland harbored was obvious fairly early in the story, I love the way Hunter used this secret within the plot for both those who were privy to it and with those who were not. Lady Mirandas reaction to learning the information was classic, as was Rylands disclosure of it endearing! Humor was laced throughout Miranda and Rylands interactions that was quite amusing! And when danger threatens, Rylands courageous pursuit of the villain allows both his heroism and his very deep love for Miranda to shine through. Great read!

    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
  2. Melissa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    February 6, 2017
    Melissa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Love! Yes, I loved this book.

    I started reading this series with the 2nd book and had to go back and read the first. There is some overlapping and it was so interesting to read this first one knowing what would happen in the second.

    Miranda's struggle with her heart held me captive. I couldn't wait for her to discover the truth but I was also worried about her reaction, maybe she wouldn't be happy when she discovered what was really going on.

    I adored Marlow, a hero in every way.

    Kristi is wonderful author who has written a fabulous series. I can't wait to read the third (soon).
  3. Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful historical romantic comedy!
    June 10, 2016
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: A Noble Masquerade.
    This is Kristi Ann Hunters debut novel. She has really set a high bar for herself with this one. She does have a prequel novella out that is available in eBook only.

    The characters are incredibly well developed and easy to connect with. The variety of personalities that are included are very entertaining.

    Lady Miranda Hawthorne grew up with her mother constantly pulling her aside to give her lady lessons in proper conduct. She hated these little lectures because they constantly constrained her very nature and emotions. But they were needed to help her live in polite society. Throughout the book when she is struggling with wanting to act one way and knowing it is wrong she hears in her own mind her mothers voice and the lady lesson that applies. I found each of these tidbits very amusing.

    Interspersed through the book is a bit of mystery and intrigue. The book is set in 1812 England and they are currently at war with France. There isnt much actual talk about the war but it is a backdrop for the story and there is mention of it and how it affects those in high society. Some of the more quirky characters are connected with the danger and intrigue.

    I received a free copy of this book through The Book Clue Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Entertaining Book!
    February 27, 2016
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: A Noble Masquerade.
    A Noble Masquerade is an entertaining book. I totally enjoyed reading about the humor behind the characters and the trouble they could find themselves in. It is not the typical regency romance. This is the first book in the Hawthorne House series. I can not wait to read the next one!

    I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  5. Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Noble Masquerade
    February 26, 2016
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: A Noble Masquerade.
    I loved this book. There were times when I got tired of Lady Miranda's tantrums, but I liked her for the most part. I liked her imagination and spunk. Ryland, the hero, was a complex character. When we (and Miranda) first meet him, he is Marlow, valet to her brother Griffith. Later we find out he is a spy on an undercover job and is really Griffith's longtime school chum, Marsh, otherwise known as the Duke of Marshington. Miranda has been writing letters (but not mailing them) to Marsh since she was 8 years old, as a way of expressing her feelings, so this causes some complications. Most of the story takes place in 1812, when there were quite a few expectations for ladies of high quality. Miranda despairs of her "lady lessons" given by her mother. The story is pretty fast paced, with kidnappings, masked balls, the spy plot, betrayal by relatives, and, of course, the romance between Miranda and Ryland. Quite a satisfactory tale that I recommend for all lovers of Regency romances.
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