Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: 352 Trade Paperback
Date Published: March 1, 2013
Publisher: Revell Books
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.
I have been looking forward to reading something from Ruth Axtell, aka Ruth Axtell Morren for a while ever since I kept seeing such beautiful covers on mass market imprints. I’m delighted that she is now writing for publishers like Howard and Revell Books. Revell has another great read in this author and I hope for more to come. I did not know what to expect with this story except romance and that was definitely there as well as some fun suspense all set in the background of an English regency. Trying to figure out characters’ motives and sides in the war between France and Napoleon was an interest keeper and I enjoyed coming back to this novel every time I had to put it down for life events. I truly enjoyed the characters and while I’m not ecstatic about the novel, without a doubt I will be willing to go back for future novels as well as backlist from Ruth. She knows how to tell a story. While it’s a century earlier, this one would also appeal to Downton Abbey-esque fans with an Upstairs/Downstairs dynamic and feeling as well.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
“Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
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.
“Intrigue, romance, a clandestine kiss . . . all cast in a Regency setting so magnificently detailed I could see the fabrics and feel the glow of another era. Secrets and past disappointments keep Céline and Rees apart, not to mention the largest chasm of all–class. A wonderfully romantic and memorable read!”
Maureen Lang, author of Bees in the Butterfly Garden
“The first paragraph drew me into the story, and the next twist held me there to the end.”
Laurie Alice Eakes, author of A Flight of Fancy
“Moonlight Masquerade is a wonderful romance, graced with expert detail of the Regency period, as well as with Ruth Axtell’s usual flair for intensely romantic situations between characters so real I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Moonlight Masquerade is an exciting romantic adventure of spies, forbidden love, and happily-ever-after that I thoroughly enjoyed.”
Melanie Dickerson, two-time Christy Award finalist and author of The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter