Moonlight Masquerade - A Regency Novel by Ruth Axtell
12.16.12 | | Comments
Rees Phillips, a strong Christian man, has been a number of things in his life – the son of a prosperous merchant, a midshipman in Britain’s navy, a prisoner of war, and a clerk in the British Foreign Office, but he’s never before been a spy, or a butler in the haute ton. Now he is both, as he tries to discover if his employer is, as rumored, passing secrets to Napoleon Bonaparte’s army.
Celine, the Countess of Wexham, has been in a variety of positions as well, she was born into the French aristocracy, she’s been a poor French émigré in London, she’s been wife to a much older man, and now’s she’s a wealthy young widow, who believes that France needs to become more of a republic if it’s to survive. And without realizing it, she’s developed some dangerous enemies.
It’s refreshing to read a Regency romance where the characters face difficult situations with realistic emotions and responses. How can Rees reconcile the need to live a lie with his desire to walk uprightly as a Christian should? How can he report the activities of the woman he’s beginning to love when he only wants to protect her? Celine wonders why she is drawn to a mere butler whom she suspects is not what he seems – and if she must flee to France for her safety, how can she leave him behind? If Bonaparte is defeated and the Royalists return to power, will she ever be safe?
I enjoyed reading Moonlight Masquerade. It was an entertaining and believable story of people living in that time, and gave a clear picture of the political dilemmas facing the French émigrés. I was pleased to see that there will be another book coming, which will follow the story of the girl Rees left behind.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.)
Christian Fiction, Copyright 2013 (release date March 2013), ISBN 978-0-8007-2089-6