Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters Book #1): A Regency Romance

Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters Book #1): A Regency Romance

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by Ruth Axtell
     
 

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Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties

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Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?

Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441240736
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Series:
London Encounters , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
109,415
File size:
1 MB

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Ruth Axtell is the author of thirteen novels, including Wild Rose, one of Booklist's Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands.
Ruth Axtell is the author of many novels, including Moonlight Masquerade and Wild Rose, one of Booklist's Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands. Learn more at www.ruthaxtell.com.

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Moonlight Masquerade: A Regency Romance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
bride03 More than 1 year ago
I'm beginning to feel like a broken record where this author is concerned. Her writing is consistently good. But my review won't tell you what the book is about. You can read that in the synopsis. I truly enjoyed this story and found it to be a real page turner. She had me hooked right from the first chapter. Ruth has a way of making her stories feel so real - like I'm right there in the room with the hero and heroine. I kept thinking, as I was reading, 'how does she come up with this stuff?' It was just so real to me. Nothing about it feels forced or made up. It all flows so naturally and realistically. I can only imagine the amount of research that went into this story. Nobody does the Regency period as well as this author. Her knowledge of this historical period knows no bounds and it shows in her work. This book is a Christian Romance but I didn't feel like it was shoved in my face like so many Christian Romance novels do today. I felt Rees' faith without having him spew scripture verses to me at every turn. He lived his faith! I liked both Rees and Celine very much. I'm hoping a bit of their continued story will be included in book 2. The only negative for me was that I would have liked a little more kissing. The first one was so good that I wanted more. :-) I received this copy from the publisher for reviewing, though the opinions are solely my own.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I've heard a lot of great things about Ruth Axtell, so I was excited to read her new regency romance Moonlight Masquerade. Unfortunately, however, this book just didn't click with me. The book got off to a really slow start. There were a few times when I thought the story would pick up but then it would slow back down again. I also felt like the author alternated between long, descriptive passages and lengthy sections of dialogue filled with tedious details. After reading 80 pages, I realized that I couldn't really tell you what had happened so far. While I hate not finishing any book—especially one I've received for review, I decided I needed to move on to something else. There are, however, quite a few great reviews out there, so if you enjoy regency romances or historical novels, this might be a good fit for you. [DNF = Did Not Finish] I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review. Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
SharonChance More than 1 year ago
Ruth Axtell has done a magnificent job of capturing the Regency era with all it's glory and griminess as well! Her characters are full and realistic and the mystery that weaves throughout the story is mesmerizing! I highly recommend this novel for fans of Regency era romances, those fond of inspirational faith fiction, and for anyone who likes a good, solid read!
kutchka More than 1 year ago
I love Historical books {nnok} Ruth Axtell wites it so well, tht I can't put it down until the end
Anonymous 12 months ago
GAG! Repetitive! Christian proselytizing! Could not plow through to the end.
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BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
In times of war people have been known to go to drastic measures. Where will loyalties lie when the truth comes out? Mr. McKinnon, or rather Rees Phillips, has been sent as a butler, a spy, into the house of Lady Céline Wexham. Céline is a French émigré who is most likely a spy herself. Although as he gets to know her his loyalty to his homeland falters. It is 1813 and word has it that Bonaparte will soon be conquered. The royalists long to reestablish the monarchy in France, however Lady Wexham is in favor of the republic. She has made enemies of the French and the British. Will Rees follow his country, his heart, or God’s call? Moonlight Masquerade is an exquisite tale of love in regency England. Intrigue, espionage, masquerades and highwaymen fill the pages of this book from beginning to end. It is a very moving story filled with sorrow and joy. Ruth Axtell did a wonderful job detailing where our true loyalties must lie. First and foremost to God. Our path will become clear, if not easy, as long as we rely on Him to guide us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved almost every page, however the ending was too quick, needed a little more passion.
toboggan78 More than 1 year ago
Another great Regency read.
Nell13 More than 1 year ago
A great read
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leahhhh12 More than 1 year ago
Moonlight Masquerade is the first Ruth Axtell book I read. The cover itself is what drew me in but after reading the description, I figured it would be something I would enjoy and I was correct about that.   This book had suspense right from the start. We are immediately brought into the world of Celine, the wife of a deceased earl. Her butler, Rees, is an undercover spy trying to discover if Celine is giving information to the French. Despite her suspicions of Rees, Celine takes him under her wing and grows fond of him. As Rees seeks to expose Celine, he finds his heart softening towards her. As their feelings grow, they are both reluctant to expose the other. But will keeping the secret of each other’s loyalties end up hurting them in the end?   I always enjoy a good regency novel and I did enjoy this one. While it was not a favorite book of mine, I am glad I took the time to read it. The characters came alive and I found my heart beating fast with the suspense and wondering how everything would be resolved. I kind of thought the end was dragged out more than necessary but other then that, this was a great book and I look forward to reading more of Ruth Axtell’s books, including A Heart’s Rebellion, another regency novel!   I received a free ecopy from Revell Books through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this review nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
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InSpirit More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  A Regency with suspense, espionage, ruses and red herrings enough to keep me reading for more.  Surprise revelations, gorgeous settings, precise timing, excellent characterization of protagonist and antagonists,  secondary characters, both French and English, high speed horseback and carriage chases,  midnight escapades and masquerades, romance and intrigue, all made for above average reading pleasure.  Rees Phillips, delegated butler, is delectable.  Sent unsuspected from the British Foreign Office , he is intelligent, responsive and willing to take necessary action!   But his attraction to Lady Celine must be shaken if he's to fulfill his raison d'etre.  Learning more of Lady Celine's past and its formational effect on setting her up for espionage gives readers the information Rees is lacking.  Intense scenes where I often wondered,  "What would I do now?"  What would I have done in the situations presented...?  The story definitely lived up to its book cover! No disappointments. The ending is delicious.. A do not miss invitation to Ms Axtell's next novel! *With appreciation to Revell for providing a reading and review copy without obligation.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was a great book! I enjoyed it from the very start and about halfway through, it became one of those books I just didn't want to put down. The characters in this story seem doomed to not ever be able to follow the feelings in their hearts due to their situations. Rees has been assigned as butler in Lady Wexham's house. Lady Wexham is a widow who is suspected of being a French spy. The story follows the unfolding situation of what is to be done if Rees does indeed discover that Lady Wexham is a spy after he falls in love with her. I admit that I had trouble trying to figure out how this story was going to work out! But, the author did a great job of tying everything up and at the end of the book, there is a teaser chapter from the next book that is coming out next year. It will cover the character of Jessamine, who was introduced in this book. I am anxiously awaiting getting to read her story. I was provided with a copy of Moonlight Masquerade from Revell in exchange for offering my honest review.
TheReadingMom More than 1 year ago
Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell is a Regency Romance novel set in 1813. Lady Celine Wexham is living a double life. By day, as a widowed English countess, she attends events, entertains guests and lives the life of leisure. By night, she is a spy for Napoliean Bonaparte. Rees Phillips is sent by the British Foreign Office to pose as a butler in Lady Wexham’s household. He is trying to determine if she is indeed a spy. Both question the other’s motive but neither intend to have feelings for the other. You’ll find romance, intrigue and danger in this fascinating world of balls, spies and deceit. I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review. These are definitely my own opinions on the book.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ruth Axtell in her new book, “Moonlight Masquerade” published by Revell brings us into the lives of Lady Céline Wexham and Rees Phillips. From the back cover: Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are the cat or the mouse. Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need–or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, what then will he do? With sharp wit, fast-paced dialogue, and infectious intrigue, Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors–and no one is who they seem. Spies in the British nobility. Lady Céline Wexham is a French patriot who is looked upon as a British Countess who also happens to be a widow. She is spying for the French. Rees Phillips is working for the British Foreign Office. He is spying on Lady Wexham posing as her butler. They are supposed to be at odds with each other as they represent opposing viewpoints. Yet, somehow, romance begins to develop. Ms. Axtell gives us espionage, suspense, adventure and romance all rolled up into one neat story. All the characters are likable and Ms. Axtell has a way of bringing you into the story and making the characters lives very real. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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.” Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE by Ruth Axtell is an exciting inspirational Regency Historical Romance set in 1813 London. "A Regency Romance". Follow, Lady Celine Wexham,who has a secret and Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office on a journey of treason,secrets,intrigue and love. Rees goes from a butler to a diplomat and everything in between. Lady Celine is a possible French spy. "Moonlight Masquerade" is filled with mystery,romance,faith,healing,social class,forbidden love,betrayal,adventure,spies,and second chances. A heartfelt story of how love can blossom in the strangest places and when you least expect it to. Ms. Axtell has written a story that is intense,heartfelt with an intriguing plot and characters that pull you in from the first page to the last. With secondary characters who are also engaging and intriguing. A must read for anyone who enjoys spies,treason,romance, French spies and England. Filled with historical intrigue.A wonderful,fast paced story. Received for an honest review from the publisher. “Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Lady Céline Wexham is living in England in 1813, she is a sweet, kind woman. When her butler is injured, he sends his nephew, Rees Phillips...aka Mr MacKinnon, to help out. Yeah right...his cover is blown when they see him, handsome, tall and only 31. Whereas most butlers are at least in their 50's. What no one realizes is the fact that everyone seems to be a spy. Spies and spying on spies...yup. Makes for a very interesting read. Love all the historical background given, and you find yourself living in the beautiful homes, traveling the countryside, and attending lavish balls. Also you feel like you are in the room looking for clues...creak, creak on the floor boards. Where does Céline's loyalties lie? With England or the home of her birth France. Is she a Royalist, or following Nepoleon? Will Ree, a very Godly Man, remain loyal to England, or follow his heart? Travel along with this page turning read, you won't be disappointed, and you will relive a lot of history. I really enjoyed this book, and hope you will also! I received this book through the Revell Publishing Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Julie Klassen turned me into a Regency fan -- I discovered I loved the time of Jane Austen's England, but alas Julie only writes one book a year. With Moonlight Masquerade, Ruth Axtell joins this time period...and does so with an eye on the details that I was transported into this tale of impossible love and forbidden longing.   Take a French emigre who is the widow of British nobility and add in a British foreign office employee who is posing as her butler and you have a recipe for a book filled with tension. Add in a dash of spying, a pinch of counter-espionage, and a dollop of  intrigue stirred with a generous helping of interest in each other and it created a recipe for a book that drew me happily to its pages.  I received a copy of this book for review purposes. 
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
This is a great Regency era story with suspense and intrigue woven throughout. The author allows you to see the story unfold from both the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' viewpoints which adds a lot of depth to the story. And isn't that a great cover? It's one of those books that catches and holds your attention from the moment you see the cover and flip it over to peruse the back, until the end of the story.  The author's writing reminds me of Julie Klassen, another author of the same genre. Her characters are engaging and believable, and the relationship that develops between the Lady of the house and her servant is handled smoothly. The scenery and locales she describes make it easy for you to feel as if you can see it all happening. This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring