The Traveling Sisterhood: A Noble Masquerade and A Lady of Esteem: Free Jane Austen Era E-book!

Saturday, December 5

A Noble Masquerade and A Lady of Esteem: Free Jane Austen Era E-book!

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the free e-novella A Lady of Esteem. I'm a huge fan of e-novellas, as you can simply sit and enjoy a nice story in an hour or two. I am also a huge fan of regency everything: artwork like the portrait above of Mademoiselle Charlotte du Val d'ognes, movies, and books.  A Lady of Esteem totally captivated me! When I realized this was a prequel to the upcoming "A Noble Masquerade", I couldn't wait to read it! 

Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my new favorite authors, up there with Julie Klassen, who is simply amazing!  She weaves together a wonderful story, her characters are very likeable, and the plot is mysterious and oftentimes unpredictable.  In A Noble Masquerade, Miranda Hawthorne has always felt pressure to be perfect, something so many of us can relate to.  She struggles to keep her feelings deep inside and, in journal style, she writes letters to her brother's college friend whom she has never actually met, the Duke of Marshington. She doesn't mail them, of course, and she writes these letters throughout her teenage years, continuing through adulthood.  Well, the Duke of Marshington ends up staying at her home as a butler in disguise.  Miranda doesn't realize who he is, he ends up finding her letters and reading them, and she berates herself for beginning to have feelings for this butler who is decidedly below her station!  You'll have to read the book to find out how everything turns out but I'll tell you it's a gripping story with many twists and turns, faith is mixed with danger, and mystery entwines with love.  You may want to order the book from Amazon, or simple download the free e-book prequel which is just as page turning... can you call an e-book pageturning? ;)

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.  
 Set in nineteenth century England, this novel is full of interesting historical facts and perfect descriptions of all that 1812 held.

The Prequel: Miss Amelia Stalwood may live in London at her absent guardian's townhouse, but she's never actually met any nobility, and instead of aristocrats, her closest friends are servants. By happenstance, she's introduced to the Hawthorne family and their close family friend, Anthony, the reformed Marquis of Raebourne . They welcome her into their world, but just as she's beginning to gain some confidence and even suspect she may have caught Anthony's eye, she's blindsided by an unexpected twist in her situation accompanied by nasty rumors. Will she lose her reputation when the world that has only just accepted her turns its back on her, or will she rest in the support of the friends who've become like family and the man who's shared his faith and captured her heart?  Download the free e-book on Amazon.
Special thanks to Bethany House for providing me with these books to review. 
All opinions are honest and my own.

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