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A Noble Masquerade
     

A Noble Masquerade

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by Kristi Ann Hunter
 

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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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780764214325
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/08/2015
Series:
Hawthorne House Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
164,552
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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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A Noble Masquerade 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Writer4God 6 months ago
This book was not terrible but nor was it incredible. I really enjoyed the first half of it when Miranda was exchanging letters with the duke, but then it took a boring turn as the second half was filled the London season of parties and suitors calling on Miranda and her sister at their home. That may sound exciting to some, but it was just too much of the same ol', same ol' for me. There was some action toward the end and the excitement picked up some, but even so I still found myself becoming a bit bored. It was decently written and all, just too much like other books I have read before. A 3 star rating from me. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The chemistry between Miranda and her hero is electric, from the very first moment they share a scene together and every moment thereafter that their names appear together. I seriously found myself forgetting to breathe a few times because I was held captive by them being held captive by each others’ gazes. And – spoiler alert – their kisses?? Whew. Break out the fan. And the fainting couch. And keep them handy. But one thing I enjoyed the most about the romance is the humor shared between them. As one of my friends & fellow reviewers said on Goodreads, “Miranda is a hot mess.” Yes, yes she is – delightfully so – and her hero seems to appreciate that about her with a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face. As they would say here in the South – bless her heart, she tries. Her mother’s frequent lessons on being a lady have lodged deeply in Miranda’s awareness, and perhaps she’s trying too hard….but girlfriend is so endearingly full of life that she just can’t be contained by the restrictions of proper expectations. Fortunately, this makes her absolutely perfect for her hero who is yummy and swoonworthy and everything you would want in a Regency hero. Or a contemporary hero. Or, really, a hero from any historical era, for that matter. The more obvious humor in A Noble Masquerade follows Miranda around, but surrounding the hero is this wonderfully droll wit that made me laugh out loud more than Miranda’s unintentional antics did. (A prime example is the line that began this review, said by an associate of the hero’s.) Bottom Line: There are many types of masquerades going on simultaneously in Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut novel – some obvious, and others more subtle. But all of them swirl together in a gorgeously orchestrated waltz that will keep you grinning from cover to cover. Beneath it all, there lies a sweet reminder that “family” can be found in unexpected places even when – especially when – we feel the most alone. A Noble Masquerade is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency romance, full of vivid characters as well as fun and wit and even a good deal of intrigue and suspense. I completely understand why everyone kept insisting I read it, and I’m sure “A lady never is so unfashionably late when reviewing a good book” but it was exceedingly worth the wait. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Lady Miranda Hawthorne forces herself to conform to polite society's expectations for a proper lady but under her carefully controlled exterior, she's feisty, passionate, energetic, and determined to be loved for herself or not at all. Lady Miranda's free-spirited nature is nearly bursting at the seams. Miranda's complex relationship with Marshington and Marlow, her insecurities surrounding her fourth season, and the bonds she shares with her friends and family make this book hard to put down.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A delightful historical romantic comedy! This is Kristi Ann Hunter’s 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 mother’s 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 isn’t 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.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
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.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Mystery, danger and romance in a historical setting. Christian Historical Romance at its best. Lady Miranda tries to be a Lady and live up to her mother's expectations, but she has a rather wild streak that she likes to indulge. She is very close to her brother though. Having growing pains in this struggle and after four unsuccessful seasons, she decides to write letters to her brother's closest friend, a Duke, whom he speaks highly of - but only to vent and bare her soul, not to really send. These letters are kept in a secret place in her room. But somehow, she starts receiving responses to these letters. After her mortification wears off, she feels close in reality to her former fictional friend. But at the same time she is drawn to her brother's new manservant, which is really against all rules of society. Something mysterious is going on and there is more depth to the story than is apparent on the surface - and something dangerous. The unfolding story is very entertaining and enjoyable to read! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
A passionate lady, a determined spy, a desperate villain Lady Miranda Hawthorne has a passionate nature which she has learned to conceal behind an acceptable ladylike veneer while in polite society. As a catharsis for her true emotions, Miranda pens letters addressed to her oldest brother’s friend, yet she never mails them to this man she has never met. One day Marlow, her oldest brother’s new valet, efficiently collects the letters to be mailed and, unknown to Miranda, includes her latest healing tirade. The letter’s recipient, Ryland Montgomery, Duke of Marshington, responds to Miranda’s inadvertent confessions, thus beginning a lasting correspondence. Miranda longed for a husband and family of her own but sometimes struggled with trusting God for her future. Marlow determined to locate and eliminate the spy ring. Ryland avoided his only remaining blood relatives because of unresolved issues while growing up. These very human struggles made the story true-to-life. But there were other instances, including word choices and phrasing, that I felt were not true to the time period. Also, at one point Miranda and a male were escaping some of the spies and were out overnight together unaccompanied. To be true to the time period, I would have expected Miranda’s brother to insist upon marriage but he didn’t. I loved the idea of this book. The spy-searching-for-the-traitor storyline was intriguing, Miranda and her family were mostly endearing, and Ryland and his generosity with his cohorts was heartwarming. There were parts where I laughed out loud, segments where I cried in sympathy, and portions where I trembled with tension. But sometimes I was also confused; I simply couldn’t follow the logic of the characters. This debut novel by Kristi Ann Hunter was a bit predictable and was not always clear, but it was a pleasurable story to read. I would recommend A Noble Masquerade as a clean, fun novel, and I look forward to finishing the series in the future. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
A Noble Masquerade is Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut novel. I am totally surprised. Hunter is an awesome author, which leaves me wondering, where has she been? I can’t wait to read more from her. When I read the back cover I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the way the story turns out, but I totally did. This book takes us back to a time when who your parents were, determined how your life was going to be. A Noble Masquerade focuses on Miranda and her family during her sisters debut season. Miranda feels plain next to her sister, and is not excited about the upcoming season at all. Seeing things through her sisters’ eyes, Miranda tries to feel some of her sisters’ excitement. Miranda’s mother has taught her to always be a lady, so when things frustrate her she puts pen to paper. She has always looked up to her brother’s best friend even though she has never met him. From the stories her brother told her, she feels that “Marsh” is one that would truly understand her. Because of this, he is the one she writes all of her letters to. Knowing they will never be sent gives Miranda the courage to pour out her heart. When one of them accidentally gets sent Miranda is beside herself with worry. This could ruin her life and make her the laughing stock of everyone. Miranda’s brother recently got a new valet, and he is anything but your average man. Marlow is different than anyone Miranda has ever met, and she can’t help but find him interesting. Marlow is on a mission, and the last thing he needs to do is become attracted to a woman. Miranda hides herself behind a lady like demeanor, but her true self shows through sometimes. It’s the real her that Marlow finds interesting. And because he is just a servant, Miranda doesn’t worry about being perfect around him. You don’t want to miss out on the journey these two embark on. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I can honestly say that this will be a book I will read again. Hunter took me on a wild adventure and I enjoyed every moment of it. I can’t wait to see more of this family and more from Hunter. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Noble Masquerade is the first book I have read by author Kristi Ann Hunter, by I am certain it will not be the last. Book 1 in her Hawthorne House series, this is an enchanting story that I truly loved. I am ready for Book 2...and 3! The author delivered spunky, feisty characters that I became invested in very quickly. Her smooth writing style drew me into a story of intrigue, mystery, action, romance, inspiration, and history. I loved it! The book is set in 19th century England. Traditions, customs, and people were very different at that time but due to the author's historical accuracy and detailed script, I was easily transported into a world of aristocracy, galas, and proper society. From dress details to brewing tea, I found myself immersed in London's 1800 culture of the well to do. It was interesting to read what a proper lady did and did not do. My but times have changed! The book's heroine, Miranda Hawthorne is a woman on the verge of becoming a spinster. Having Griffith, a Duke for a brother is at times a problem for her as is her younger, pretty sister Georgina. Miranda manages to keep things under control with readers entertained, inspired, and pulling for her. Her brother's best friend, The Duke of Marshington, is interesting. He has great morals, is kind hearted, handsome, strong, loyal, and just the perfect guy. Miranda vents to him in letters that she never mails - except accidentally. Secondary characters are as vivid and spicy as the main ones. Once into this book, I found it hard to put down. The author weaves a spell binding tale that has some twists and a few that are predictable. It is inspirational without being too preachy. The book was so well written that I just kept reading and reading. It was hard to put down. I would highly recommend this book. Any historical, romance or inspirational loving reader will enjoy this book. It was rated 5 out of 5 stars by me. A copy of A Noble Masquerade was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this inspirational historical fiction by Kristi Ann Hunter! Lady Miranda Hawthorne always tries to hold herself to the standards of how a Lady should always behave, but there are times she rather be bold and carefree. As a child she started sharing her true feelings in letters that are addressed to her older brother's friend, but never sent until her brother's valet mistakenly sends one. Duke of Marshington is surprised by the letter because he has never met Lady Miranda, but in a breach of etiquette he answers her letter anyway. They soon form a bond and look forward to receiving letters from each other. During this time Lady Miranda also forms a unique bond with her brother's valet, a man that she soon starts to rely on because of strange things happening at her family's estate. She is not only pulled into situations that may matter to her heart, but also her life. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Noble Masquerade is the first installment of the Hawthorne House series. What an awesome read! It is full of humor, action, mystery, and suspense. I cannot wait to read the next book of the series. 5 plus stars.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A Nobel Masquerade Hawthorne House By Kristi Ann Hunter Lady Miranda Hawthorne has a secret - she's been secretly corresponding with brother's schoolmate the Duke of Marshington. No one knows that she has been writing these letters and if her mother found out she would tell her "Miranda, a lady never corresponds with a man who is not a family relation." For 12 years this has been her emotional outlet, a means to act the part of a lady and yet let her emotions out without embarrassing her family. But she has never posted a single letter - hiding them away from prying eyes. That is she has never posted one until her brother's new valet comes across one and posts it for her. Miranda will be ruined if word of her breach of social etiquette is revealed. Fortunately the Duke has not been heard from nor seen for nine years, so there is little chance of him receiving her letter. But when a reply is sent Miranda's world is about to crash in around her if this is discovered. How can she ever explain this if her mother, brothers, or sister find out what she has used her precious blue paper for? Griffin's new valet - Marlow is not who he appears to be. Slipping in and out of rooms. Always everywhere it seems. He is searching for something or someone within the Hawthorne Estate and he is very good at what he does. England's war with Napoleonic France has been going on for years and the Duke of Riverton has access to information that could aid the French cause if properly relayed. With the London season about to begin Miranda finds herself torn - she is entering her fourth season while her sister Georgina is about to enter her first. Miranda has never attracted the admiration of the eligible of London, her only draw has been as the sister of the Duke of Riverton. A less than flattering compliment and one that has kept Miranda from accepting any of the offers of marriage that have come her way. And now the eligible are seeking her out to inquire after her sister! Is it any wonder that she seeks a forbidden correspondence with a person she never expects to meet. Lady Miranda doesn't not fit the mold of a perfect refined lady. Yes, she can appear so, but when she is unable to vent her frustrations through pen and paper you don't want to be the person who sets her off! If you love historical fiction, with generous dashes of romance, intrigue, danger, and humor mixed together in one delightful story you have to pick up a copy of A Nobel Masquerade you won't regret the time spent reading! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House in exchange for my honest review - which is I loved it!
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Lady Miranda has spent her entire childhood being told how to properly act as a lady. She's now a proper young lady in her third season and is beginning to lose hope of ever finding a husband who will love her. As a young girl she began the practice of writing to a friend of her older brother, named Marsh. It would be highly improper for her to send them, so she uses the letter writing as a cathartic therapy and then hides them in a trunk. But one day the new valet accidentally mails one. What will Marsh think to be receiving a letter from a stranger. But to her horror he replies. And thus begins the most confusing months as Miranda tries to grasp the concept of actually sending letters to Marsh while falling in love with someone highly inappropriate. I'm a huge fan of regency novels. And this one fit the bill perfectly. It has suspense, romance, proper conduct, and faith in God. The characters were entertaining and fit well with the genre. The plot moved quickly and I loved several of the secondary characters. It was a quick read and I was sad to reach the end. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
From the first page I was hooked! “A lady never…” which lead me to believe in this book I’d discover a lady doing lots of things she shouldn’t! There was mystery and intrigue and scandal yet through it all not only did the lady continue to be herself, she prayed and sought God. This book thoroughly charmed me with its clean romance and regency style villain chasing. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
Talk about a fun book! This author had me hooked by the first chapter. I loved the premise of this story – of letter-writing gone wrong. To this day I still enjoy sending letters through the mail, so I could totally relate to Miranda’s desire to pour out her heart on paper. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that had me laughing out loud. This one did it on more than one occasion. I was pulled from one chapter into the next without hardly realizing it. The story was romantic, witty and charming all in one breath. Miranda is a lovable character, in all of her quirky and feisty ways. She’s unlike your average heroine and really added her unique perspective to the story. I always enjoy reading Regency novels and enjoyed seeing this lady learn to step out and be herself. She struggles with insecurities, expectations, her emotions – all things we can relate to. And her hero in the story? Ohhhh, be prepared to have a new fictional crush! ;) I’ll let you read it to find out who exactly I’m referring to. But don’t worry, you’ll know him when you see him. It’s hard to pick what traits about him I liked the most. Everything I guess. :) The perfect hero for the story, in my humble opinion. There’s even some mystery and several twists thrown in there to keep you guessing right up to the end. Needless to say, I was up too late a couple nights in a row to reach the conclusion. This new-to-me author has a voice that cannot be missed. I look forward to reading more. Well done! This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher and author for my copy.
kwitemeyer More than 1 year ago
Kristi Ann Hunter has done a great job with her debut novel. She captures the regency world with elegance and sophistication with a fun spymaster/valet twist that made me smile throughout the entire first half of the book. I loved Miranda's feisty spirit and the way she attempted to tame it in order to follow her mother's "lady lessons." But that same inner fortitude is what led her to save the day on more than one occasion. Her quirky personality with the letters and folded napkins was delightful. Marshington made a dashing hero. I loved his down-to-earth personality and take-charge manner. He was truly a hero worth rooting for. Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen and Sarah Ladd or any entertaining historical romance will enjoy Kristi Ann Hunter. I highly recommend A Noble Masquerade.
KarenLange More than 1 year ago
Miranda Hathaway is officially a "Lady" in her social circle, but that hasn’t prevented her from teetering on the edge of spinsterhood at the ripe old age of twenty. It’s not that she’s discontent really, for she would make a wonderful aunt to her siblings’ future children. But she does get lonely. Her long standing habit of writing letters (but not sending them) to the Duke of Marshington, her brother Griffith’s friend, is rather therapeutic. She’s never met the Duke, but has formulated a persona based on Griffith's stories from their school days. She finds herself bumping into Marlow, Griffith’s new valet, at every turn. Even though he belongs to the working class, Miranda is drawn to him. Although she isn’t quite sure what he’s all about, she finds him interesting and looks forward to opportunities to speak to him. To her great dismay, one of her missives somehow finds its way to the Duke. When he responds, she is stunned and embarrassed. The plot thickens (for real!) when Miranda discovers Marlow caught in the crossfire of shady dealings around the estate. Of course, she has no choice but to intervene. This story offers an action packed glimpse into England’s “genteel” society in 1822 – from the rules and expectations to treason and deceit. Danger lurks in unexpected places, as does love and heartbreak. A Noble Masquerade is full of intrigue and surprises. Miranda, Griffith, Marlow, and the Duke find their loyalty, mettle, and faith tested as they sort through exciting events and details to find the truth. This book kept me on my toes – I like that! Kristi Ann Hunter does a wonderful job, combining an entertaining and action packed story with great characters. Rich historical details complement this deep and well-balanced tale. It had me engaged from the first page, and didn’t let go until the end - I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Ms. Hunter is a delightful and talented storyteller. I’m adding her to my list of favorite authors, and will be on the lookout for more of her books. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
Miranda Hawthorne and Duke of Marshington/Marlowe interactions with each other were hilarious. I liked Miranda. She was a woman bound by the rules of her time. She describes her inner most feelings in letters to her brother’s friend the Duke of Marshington. She feels secure in these letters because she know that he will never see them. Unfortunately one of her letters were mailed by the new valet Marlow and sets off a chain of events that had to me clued to what would happen next. Marlowe was a man complicated by his dual life. He had no idea how posting one letter would further make his life difficult. I appreciated how the author wrote about the conflict he faced. The author helped the reader to see and understand that the life of a spy is not an easy one . The lines are not clear cut as you would like to believe. The secondary characters added a lot to Miranda and Marsh storyline. It was great to see the interaction between the siblings and the friendship that resulted from that. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Noble Masquerade written by Kristi Ann Hunter was a very interesting story, but most of all I liked the writing style. I am a huge fan of Jen Turano and when I heard that Hunter’s writing style was similar to Turano’s I knew I just had to read this book. I can assure you I was not disappointed Hunter had the dramatic, humorous flare of Turano but also a way of writing that was decidedly her own. I enjoyed the story and the plot line greatly and found myself on the edge of my seat- unable to put the book down- on more than one occasion. The story starts off when Miranda, the heroine, is eight years old and begins writing for journalistic purposes to her brother’s friend, the Duke of Marshington, a man she has never met and certainly has no intention of ever mailing those letters to. It picks up when Marlow, Miranda’s brother’s new valet mails one of her letters to the Duke of Marshington… can I just say oh, boy... Even though I knew that it was going to happen from what I read on the back of the book I was still horrified that it happened. The book picks up even more when… and then… and oh I was holding my breath when- well I suppose I’ll just let you read it and find out for yourself what a decidedly captivating book A Noble Masquerade is. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
It is the 1812 in England. The country is at war with France. Miranda Hawthorne has been trained to act like a lady for the purpose of marrying well and keeping up her family traditions. Unfortunately, during her two seasons, she has met no one who will love her for herself and not for her brother’s title and land. It looks like this third season will not prove successful as her beautiful younger sister is making her debut and Miranda is very much in her shadow. As the family is preparing for the upcoming social season in London from their country estate, a new valet comes on the scene. Unknown to Miranda he is not a regular valet at all, but a man on a secret mission looking for traitors to the crown who are reputed to be living or working on the estate. Despite his apparent status as a valet, Miranda finds Ryland fascinating. When he “accidentally” mails letters to her brother’s boyhood friend, Miranda is mortified and fears she is ruined. She has been writing these letters to the Duke of Marshington for years, but she never mails them. They are a type of diary in which she pours out her heart about her life. When the Duke answers her letters, she is sure she will be banished from society. But, the Duke seems interested in getting to know her better. As the mystery of traitor to England seems to be solved, the mystery of Ryland may be the mortification of Miranda. This was a fine Regency novel. It didn’t just have a story filled with English society , London parties and matchmaking mamas. It also had a mystery to be solved and lives to be protected. The true villain remains hidden until the last chapters. I received this from The Book Club Network in exchange for my opinion.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
A Noble Masquerade was a good book. I liked the romance, the historical parts, and the mystery that was in there. Reading historical books that are interesting and tell me about God are really nice. I received this book for free from the author and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
I’m finding it difficult not to gush when I say how much I adored Miranda’s story! This book had it all: intrigue, romance, an interesting cast of characters and a well paced storyline. I can’t think of a single thing I’d change to make it better. (Because I enjoyed it so much, I’ve included links to giveaways and a free e-book novella of A Lady of Esteem, a great introduction to this series, at the end of this post.) Plot: Lady Miranda Hawthorne has a scandalous secret. She’s been writing letters for years , pouring out her innermost thoughts and feelings to the Duke of Marshington, a man who’s not a relative and she’s never met. The only thing that keeps her out of trouble is the fact that she never sends them. Until her brother’s new valet, Marlow, accidentally mails one. Miranda is horrified! What will her proper mother think? Then the Duke responds and Miranda continues the highly improper communications. In the meantime, she’s becoming friends with the valet, Marlow, who doesn’t act like the usual servant. All is not as it seems in the Hawthorne House, as Miranda finds herself thrown into the middle of some dangerous situations. There were a few storylines that were fairly predictable, but the author reveals things early, so even though the reader learns some of their secrets, you still wonder when the other characters will figure out things. There were also some interesting twists and the story was filled with humor, which I really enjoyed. Even when the heroine is in dangerous situations, she’s cracking me up with her inner monologue.  “A lady never sits on the floor.” A lady probably wasn’t supposed to crawl on her belly through the dirt either. Characters: Miranda was such a great heroine. She tries to act like the proper lady, but is not always successful. She’s definitely not the damsel in distress, which she proves on more than one occasion. The Duke of Marshington was intriguing, as he’s only mentioned towards the beginning of the book and we don’t actually meet him until later. The fact that he’s disappeared from society hints at some secrets in his life. I adored the valet, Marlow, who tends to follow his own set of rules. Miranda’s brothers, Griffith and Trent are fun and I look forward to seeing more of them in future stories. The sister, Georgina, comes across as a little spoiled and vain, but she’s young, so I hope she’ll mature. Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book, even to those who don’t usually read historical. This was not a typical Regency romance. It was packed with spies, intrigue, danger and suspense. There was enough of a faith element to let you know where the characters stand, but it didn’t get preachy at all. Rating: 5/5 stars I received a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Lady Miranda Hawthrone’s mother is constantly chiding her about the proper behavior for a lady. But Miranda’s emotions don’t seem to want to obey; she seems to expose them at the wrong moments. As her younger sister makes her debut into society, Miranda begins to feel increasing more inadequate and struggles with feelings of jealousy. Her sister is getting a lot of attention from suitors and Miranda is reminded of her inability to acquire a husband. Since she was eight, she has found an outlet in writing to her brother’s school friend, Marsh, whom she has never met. Furthermore, these letters she has written have never been mailed and sit locked in a chest under her bed. So once again, she pours out her feelings in a letter to Marsh. Unfortunately, her brother’s new valet, Marlow, inadvertently mails her letter to the Duke of Marshington or “Marsh.” Miranda is horrified especially when she actually receives a response from the hardly seen and secretive “Marsh”. The odd behavior of her brother’s new valet creates suspicion for Miranda but at the same time she finds herself becoming attracted to him. Miranda then finds herself getting involved in the strange happenings that involve her brother’s valet. The story takes place in nineteenth century England. The characters were unconventional and original but also endearing. The major characters have depth to them including past memories that effect their current situations and defects that are sometimes humorous. Miranda’s brothers are constantly looking out for her and the family cares about each other, even with the annoyances that accompany those familial relationships. The plot was absorbing and kept the reader engaged and involved in the story. There is a mystery to be solved as well as a romance that develops. I also liked the fact that not everything was predictable; there were some surprises as well as suspense. Overall, I thought this novel was well written, but occasionally I felt as though I missed something in the descriptions and had to go back and reread a paragraph. I would recommend reading this book if you enjoy historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany house in exchange for an honest review.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Lady Miranda Hawthorne, whose father died when she was young, has a very strict mother who has constantly bombarded Miranda with comments like “a lady never” or “a lady always.” Now it is time for her sister, Georgina, to have her first season and she is so excited. Miranda has already had several seasons and is not at all thrilled about another one. Their mother has since remarried and is Lady Blackstone. Miranda and Georgina live with their brother, Griffith, the Duke of Riverton. Griffith has also told her about his good friend from school, Ryland Montgomery, the Duke of Marshington, and what a support he was to him. So, from the time she was quite little, Miranda would write a letter on her special blue paper to Marshington pouring out her heart and problems to him. However, she never mailed these letters, but tucked them away. They were her way of blowing off steam. While in London, Miranda and Georgina are staying with her brother, Griffith. His valet, Marlow, is a very efficient man and when he finds one of Miranda’s letters to Marshington, he posts it. Gah! Oh the embarrassment. Miranda is so worried but receives a nice reply. As it turns out, no one has actually seen Marshington for a number of years. So, curious by his kind note, Miranda is hoping to finally meet Marshington when she is in London. In the meantime, Miranda and Marlow become better acquainted and Miranda cannot help but be intrigued by this man. Who is he? That’s where the story gets interesting. Marlow is a man of mystery and to give out any more here would be giving out spoilers. Suffice to say that the story is a good one with mystery and lots of humor. A good book and one that I enjoyed very much.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I’m not sure what I was expecting but what I got was laugh out loud humor and adventure. Set in England in the early 1800s, this Season for Lady Miranda Hawthorne brings more than she ever imagined. It is her third or fourth Season, and she has resolved that spinsterhood would be a better choice than marrying someone as a business transaction versus marrying for love. Miranda has been lectured since childhood of the proper dos and don’ts of a lady. Oh, she knows the rules, she just has a difficult time reigning in her emotions and following them. It is what makes her character so loveable. I don’t want to spoil the story. So, let’s just say there is a Duke, Marshington. Marshington went to the same boarding school as Miranda’s older brother, Griffith. Miranda enjoyed all the stories in the letters to home from Griffith about the adventures at school that involved Marshington. As a way to vent pent up emotions growing up, she wrote letters to Marshington, but never mailed them. The letters were her way of journaling and she wrote many of them. Unfortunately (actually fortunately), her brother’s new valet found one of the letters and mailed it. Of course, Miranda was mortified and the story takes off. The correspondence that ensues is hilarious – to the reader, maybe not so much for Lady Miranda. I absolutely cannot recommend this book highly enough. If not my favorite of 2015, it is certainly within the top 3. I’ve read over 100 books this year, so top 3 is big! All of the characters are simply amazing. This is one book you won’t want to miss. I guarantee it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.