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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.

©2015 Kristi Ann Hunter (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Enjoyable story!

I love stories with romance and suspense. This fit the bill! I will definitely be getting the next book! Thoroughly enjoyed this clean Christian novel.

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Loved it!!!

This book was beautifully written, entertaining, and I loved every moment of it. I would absolutely recommend this as a clean romance story with great characters and fabulous narrator.

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Lovely clean romance

A lovely romantic story with just enough mystery to keep the listener in. Well narrated and easy to listen to. A sweet clean read.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 02-05-17

Noble......?

My 2 cents..... I don't listen to Christian books, or inspirational or anything like it. The Christian aspect in this was several times annoying (unnecessary to the story as if added to give the book another heading) and that made it frustrating as it took away from the book in my opinion. OTHER THAN THAT this was a really good book told by a most excellent narrator.
There was NO HEAT whatsoever but it didn't matter.

Basically this was a Regency Era spy/romance/mystery with some religion thrown in instead of sex, neither was needed. It worked, I mostly really enjoyed it and recommend it as creditworthy.

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formulaic

Would you recommend A Noble Masquerade to your friends? Why or why not?

No, because of the Christian factor.

Was A Noble Masquerade worth the listening time?

It needs tightening up, both editing-wise and speeding up the narration just a touch.

Any additional comments?

The story was fine, if predictable. There were quite a few secondary characters, and it felt to me that the writer was setting some of them up for future books in the series. It has a very appealing premise, but the story didn't live up to its promise, IMO.

What I didn't like AT ALL was the strong Christian bent to the story. That didn't start happening until about halfway through, so I was quite surprised when it did. At the end (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) you're left with the clear impression that the H & h's prayers were why they got together and were so happy.(END SPOILER) I would never have purchased or read this book if that had been evident in the blurbs. It could be there, but sure wasn't very prominent. I don't normally read reviews before I buy a book, so being mentioned there wouldn't have helped me.

If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, or you're looking for a sweet romance (I personally look for a strong sensual/sexual aspect) you might enjoy this one.

The narration isn't awful, but narrator mispronounced many words (markEE instead of marQUISS, that sort of thing. She gets valet correct, however, pronouncing the T at the end.) The writer has used some contemporary terms saying 'guys' instead of 'gentlemen', for example.

It's an okay listen, right down the middle of the road. And I really wanted to like this one, too.

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Fun story

Would you listen to A Noble Masquerade again? Why?

This is an enjoyable story. If you're annoyed by authors who aren't absolutely strict sticklers about historical details & characters who seem rather modern, then this may not be your cup of tea. However, I found the characters likeable and the story engaging.

The narrator's English accent sounded a bit off somehow but not distractingly so & overall did a very good job of helping immerse into the story. I definitely recommend this story as an entertaining - and clean (not sure why Audible labled it "sizzling") - regency romance

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Clever plot and well written

It was such a joy to read this book. Mature H/H and interesting plot. The Duke's pursuit was also very real and believable. I really enjoyed her selfish spoiled character as well. Can't wait to read the following books and find out how she becomes likable.

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Fun story

Entertaining plot. Likable characters. Great comedic relief. Fabulous reader. Looking forward to her next book.

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  • nancy
  • boynton beach, FL, United States
  • 04-03-18

surprise at series and gratitude to recorded books

This series is very good but the first available reader was acceptable at best. The recorded books narrator is very good and all gratitude is given the choice. This series has what could be called a chaste side to Regency Romances. It is still funny, compelling relationships, and well plotted as are the best of Regency Romances as a group. The difference is that the effort to reform choice and behavior is presented through faith rather than lust or eccentric compatibility. Eccentric pairings find their way to each other in self regulated compliance to shared convictions. The romances are still convincing, however, the whole of the books are more than entertainment. They become good company. It is hard to stop wanting the best for the characters and sorry to see the series completed.

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Loved every bit!

Such a sweet story! And I loved the drama of it too! (I didn’t expect it!) Also, this narrator is wonderful!!!