A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Lady Miranda Hawthorne tires of the lady lessons from her genteel born mother, instead desiring to allow her inner thoughts and emotions run free. In order to appease her mother but still have an outlet, Miranda writes a journal of sorts. Only instead of a leather bound book, it’s a series of letters to a childhood friend of her older brother, a man she believes has a similar opinion of high society despite his being a duke. Since she has never actually met the man, she merely stores the letters in a trunk under her bed. But when her brother’s new valet mistakenly mails a letter, she is horrified. She is even more surprised when the duke actually responds and they strike up a lively correspondence. Yet as the strange events occurring at her home escalate, Miranda must turn to an unlikely source to solve the mysteries before it is too late.

This novel has a creative and interesting plot. Although the letters were disappointingly less of a cornerstone of the plot than I expected, I enjoyed the banter of the characters and their relationships throughout the book. I particularly liked the romance as it was not forced nor developed too quickly. Portions of the dialogue and plot were a little choppy at times, but overall the myriad of events makes for a pleasant read. A recommended regency novel!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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