A Noble Masquerade
series: Hawthorne House
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.
"Kristi Ann Hunter has given us a charming Regency tale. . . ."
Jennifer McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author
"Kristi Ann Hunter is a fabulous new voice in historical romance. A Noble Masquerade is a captivating read, filled with compelling characters and an intriguing plot--a story that should not be missed."
Jen Turano, author of After a Fashion and In Good Company
"Kristi Ann Hunter creates characters who capture your attention, then your heart, and keep you engaged to the end."
Laurie Alice Eakes, bestselling author of A Stranger's Secret and other Regency romances
"Debut author Hunter pens a fantastic Regency romance. The characters are endearing and their motivations are not always what they might seem on the surface. This air of mystery adds depth to the tale. The romance portrayed is top notch and will cause readers to sigh with delight in the end."
RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"Another literary debut--this time a rip-roaring Regency romance jam-packed with incident and adventure. . . . This is a lively and entertaining romp through Regency London--and is great fun."
Jane Austen's Regency World
"A well-developed full-length novel debut, A Noble Masquerade, first in the Hawthorne House series, is layered with subtle flirtation and charm. . . . If you're looking for an engaging Regency romance to sweep you away for a few hours, this is the book for you!"
USA Today's Happy Ever After blog