Lady Dearing's Masquerade

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RT Book Club's Best Regency Romance, 2005!

Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal es and she becomes the ton's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from...

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Overview

RT Book Club's Best Regency Romance, 2005!

Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal es and she becomes the ton's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

Two years later, Sir Jeremy Fairhill still hungers for the lady from the masquerade. She felt like his match, more than his saintly deceased wife, more than any of the respectable ladies his friends urge him to marry. Failing to find her, he throws his energies into the cause of the Foundling Hospital, where he serves on the Board of Governors. Hearing that a notorious woman has some of the foundlings in her charge, he is impelled to investigate. He has no idea that she is the lady he seeks, but soon his sense of honor is at odds with his dangerous passion for the elusive, alluring Lady Dearing.

LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE was originally published as a Signet Super Regency and was awarded Best Regency Romance of 2005 by RT Book Club. Length: 268 pages. Sensuality: includes sex scenes.

Reviews:

"Lady Dearing's Masquerade could have been a dark, depressing story considering its many tragedies: orphaned foundlings, throwaway babies, malicious gossip, years of abuse. But it's a tribute to Elena Greene that the story is poignant, and the admirable way in which Jeremy and Livvy deal with their trials endears them to readers and will have you rooting for them to unite."
-- Romantic Times Bookclub (4 and 1/2 stars, TOP PICK)

"Lady Dearing's Masquerade is a delightful Regency romance. The characters of this remarkable tale sparkle with sensitivity, wit, humor, and a genuine quality that will make them stand out in readers' minds long after the last page is turned... The passion and romance of this wonderful story are heartwarming and a pleasure to read. The characters shine with genuine emotions and believable dialogue. Secondary characters are an essential element to the story and an insight into Livvy's and Jeremy's personalities. For a story that is sure to stoke the romantic fires burning in every Regency fan, be sure not to miss Lady Dearing's Masquerade." -- Edith Morrison, for Romance Reviews Today

"This was a very well written novel, with great characters and a terrific (and plausible) plot... I'll definitely be looking for more books by Elena Greene." -- Lynn Lamy, for Rakehell

"This is a SuperRegency from Signet, which means it has a greater page count and more sensuality than your basic Regency, both of which Elena Greene puts to good use in Lady Dearing's Masquerade... this was a terrific read, and I recommend it."
-- Cheryl Sneed, for All About Romance

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Editorial Reviews

RT BookClub - Romantic Times
"Lady Dearing's Masquerade could have been a dark, depressing story considering its many tragedies: orphaned foundlings, throwaway babies, malicious gossip, years of abuse. But it's a tribute to Elena Greene that the story is poignant, and the admirable way in which Jeremy and Livvy deal with their trials endears them to readers and will have you rooting for them to unite."
Romance Reviews Today - Edith Morrison
"For a story that is sure to stoke the romantic fires burning in every Regency fan, be sure not to miss Lady Dearing's Masquerade."
Rakehell - Lynn Lamy
"This was a very well written novel, with great characters and a terrific (and plausible) plot... I'll definitely be looking for more books by Elena Greene."
All About Romance - Cheryl Sneed
"This is a SuperRegency from Signet, which means it has a greater page count and more sensuality than your basic Regency, both of which Elena Greene puts to good use in Lady Dearing's Masquerade... this was a terrific read, and I recommend it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480055292
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/24/2012
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Greene grew up reading her mother's Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn't until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own. Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella. Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005. Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters.

Find Elena online at:
www.elenagreene.com www.riskyregencies.com www.facebook.com/ElenaGreene www.twitter.com/ElenaGreene7

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Good plot, but fails to draw reader in

    Greene is a good writer, but there is something missing from this book. The plot/storyline had potential; the concept was good. The Prologue was excellent, but then the book started to flat. It started to become a little too predictable, and many of the characters remained underdeveloped (the villains not even that scary, because such minimal time was spent on them). As a result, the book falls short of its full potential. It wasn't a bad book - I gave it 3 stars - it just wasn't what I had hoped it would be.

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

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    By: Elena Greene Published By: Createspace Age Recommended: Adul

    By: Elena Greene
    Published By: Createspace
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
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    "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" by Elena Greene was a historical romance novel that turned out to be a nice romantic read. This novel was one that once you pick up the read you will not be able to put it down until the very end especially with all the twist and turn in this read. You will find from the read that the villains in this novel were not recognized by the heroine and what all she had to put up with was something to read of. However, even with all that was going with Lady Dearing will she find a wonderful man in the end? This is where I say you must pick up "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" to find out what all this author has in store for the reader. The characters especially the children were so sweet and adorable. The other characters were well developed and captivating only making this a interesting well written read even though it was somewhat predictable. I did enjoy how the author was able to present the interesting history of the community of London in there effort to care for unwanted children and the orphaned.

    If you are look for a nice romance you have come to the right place for "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" would be recommended to you as a good read.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Very Enjoyable

    I greatly enjoyed this book and am now looking at her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Loved this romance

    Livvy and Jeremy's story is a wonderfully written romance. I read all of the 663 pages in one evening. So sweet and loving...I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Very good read

    enjoyed reading this book and recommend it.

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    Posted November 14, 2011

    Riveting

    Engaging read, with strong plot and characters. Couldn't put it down! All around good story.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Great read

    I really enjoyed the characters and the story.

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