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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Book Review - Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell

Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are the cat or the mouse.
Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte.

When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell.

Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, what then will he do?

With sharp wit, fast-paced dialogue, and infectious intrigue, Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors--and no one is who they seem.

There is just something about the Regency era of romance novels that just intrigues me, and with the novel "Moonlight Masquerade," I found that my interest is well satisfied. This is a story of a strong-willed young widow who is torn between loyalty to her homeland and loyalty to the ones she loves. 

Lady Celine Wexham is a fascinating character - she was widowed young, she is beautiful, independent and intelligent. But she meets her match in the form of her handsome new "butler", Rees Phillips, a man sent to keep an eye on her activities and to figure out whether she is a threat to her country or not.

As Rees and Celine play their very serious game of spy, they soon find an attraction to one another, but can their social standings allow them to pursue their romance?  You have to read the book to find out!

Ruth Axtell has done a magnificent job of capturing the era with all it's glory and griminess as well!  Her characters are full and realistic and the mystery that weaves throughout the story is mesmerizing!

I highly recommend this novel for fans of Regency era romances, those fond of inspirational faith fiction, and for anyone who likes a good, solid read!

Ruth Axtell is the author of thirteen novels, including Wild Rose, one of Booklist's Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands.

Check out her website at www.ruthaxtell.com for more information on her books and upcoming projects!

My thanks to Baker Books/Revell for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Ruth Axtell said...

Thanks,Sharon, for your thoughtful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Moonlight Masquerade.

I love the look of your blog. Green is my favorite color!

Happy St. Paddy's Day.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Ruth!