|A few months ago, I stumbled upon the free e-novella A Lady of Esteem. I'm a huge fan of e-novellas, as you can simply sit and enjoy a nice story in an hour or two. I am also a huge fan of regency everything: artwork like the portrait above of Mademoiselle Charlotte du Val d'ognes, movies, and books. A Lady of Esteem totally captivated me! When I realized this was a prequel to the upcoming "A Noble Masquerade", I couldn't wait to read it!|
|Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my new favorite authors, up there with Julie Klassen, who is simply amazing! She weaves together a wonderful story, her characters are very likeable, and the plot is mysterious and oftentimes unpredictable. In A Noble Masquerade, Miranda Hawthorne has always felt pressure to be perfect, something so many of us can relate to. She struggles to keep her feelings deep inside and, in journal style, she writes letters to her brother's college friend whom she has never actually met, the Duke of Marshington. She doesn't mail them, of course, and she writes these letters throughout her teenage years, continuing through adulthood. Well, the Duke of Marshington ends up staying at her home as a butler in disguise. Miranda doesn't realize who he is, he ends up finding her letters and reading them, and she berates herself for beginning to have feelings for this butler who is decidedly below her station! You'll have to read the book to find out how everything turns out but I'll tell you it's a gripping story with many twists and turns, faith is mixed with danger, and mystery entwines with love. You may want to order the book from Amazon, or simple download the free e-book prequel which is just as page turning... can you call an e-book pageturning? ;)|
|The Prequel: Miss Amelia Stalwood may live in London at her absent guardian's townhouse, but she's never actually met any nobility, and instead of aristocrats, her closest friends are servants. By happenstance, she's introduced to the Hawthorne family and their close family friend, Anthony, the reformed Marquis of Raebourne . They welcome her into their world, but just as she's beginning to gain some confidence and even suspect she may have caught Anthony's eye, she's blindsided by an unexpected twist in her situation accompanied by nasty rumors. Will she lose her reputation when the world that has only just accepted her turns its back on her, or will she rest in the support of the friends who've become like family and the man who's shared his faith and captured her heart? Download the free e-book on Amazon.|
Special thanks to Bethany House for providing me with these books to review.
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