Details: A Noble Masquerade is book 1 in the Hawthorne House series by Kristi Ann Hunter. It is a regency romance novel with a strong faith base.
What I Thought: If I could give this book ten, I would. This is the second book I’ve read by this author, the first one, I didn’t care for, but this one was amazing! Seriously, her writing is some of the best I’ve ever read. This is one of my favorite books. Ryland is incredibly attractive, and Miranda is so relatable. I can’t put into words just how much I love this story. The Hawthorne’s are one of the best families in the fiction realm.
Back Cover: Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. 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, the Duke of Marshington. Since she’s never actually met the man, she has no intention of ever sending the letters and is mortified when her brother’s mysterious new valet, Marlow, mistakenly mails one of the letters to the unsuspecting duke.
Shockingly, this breach of etiquette results in a reply from the duke that soon leads to a lively correspondence. Insecurity about her previous lack of suitors soon becomes confusion as Miranda finds herself equally intrigued by Marlow, a man she has come to depend upon but whose behavior grows more suspicious by the day. As the secret goings-on at her family’s estate come to light, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
The Style: Honestly, I can find nothing negative to say about any part of this book. The style was smooth and easy to read, while still being intelligent and descriptive.
The Moral of the Story… Like I mentioned above, there is a strong, and I mean strong, faith base to this story. I love how naturally the characters rely on God and strive to do the right thing. As far as content goes, there are some kisses, fluttering stomachs, and well-muscled men, but the characters are upright, pure, intentional in their relationship. Nothing scandalous to see here, folks.
Who Should Read This? This is a romance novel. Granted, its a clean romance novel, but I didn’t read my first romance novel until I was seventeen, cause that’s the way I roll. So that’s the age I’ll put on this book.
All in All: Go buy this book and read it (only if you’re seventeen or older). Then get on Amazon and leave it the best review you can come up with. The author and the book deserve it.