“A Noble Masquerade” Book Review

Oct 19, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Kristi Ann Hunter’s book, A Noble Masquerade.


As is my custom, if I could ask Kristi one question about A Noble Masquerade it would be — “How did you know how far Marsh should go when being under ‘masquerade’?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!


From the Back Cover:

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. 


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


I loved this book! Kristi wrote a book that grabbed at my heartstrings and pulled me right into her book. The secrets and dangers that surrounded the Hawthrones made this book difficult to even put down.

Miranda was a character that was easy to relate to. She longed for love and felt jealousy ever time her beautiful sister put her down. As her mother drilled into her lady etiquette, Miranda found that it was easiest to write her feelings down in the form of letters to her brother’s friend the duke. And then the letters were sent! I found myself pained for Miranda knowing what she must be going through.

Miranda and Marshington certainly took some exciting turns. I like how Kristi made us wonder till nearly the end of the book though at what would REALLY happen. Would Miranda fall in love with Marshington who read her letters that should have never been mailed? Or Marlow, the servant who she shouldn’t be in love with?

I received the book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review which I have given. 

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