Sunday, May 24, 2020

MASQUERADE AT MIDDLECREST ABBEY by Abigail Wilson, Reviewed by Kim and Paula

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey is my first Abigail Wilson read, but it won’t be my last! This story is so good! I really enjoyed everything about it.

I loved this storyline! I mean a marriage of convenience story with a charming hero? I’m in! I really liked both Adrian and Elizabeth and how their relationship grew! The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing until the very end and I was totally surprised at how it all played out. I also loved the feel of this story. It had a wonderful regency/gothic feel to it.

I can’t wait to read Abigail Wilson’s backlist and am looking forward to whatever she writes next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book.

In Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey, Abigail Wilson takes us back to the region of her first two books. This one is set in 1815 in Southeast England. The cover is just beautiful with a pretty heroine in period dress and an imposing residence. The story, too, has a gothic feel to it.

Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son, Isaac, are in a carriage accident on their way to Dover. As a result, she meets Adrian, Lord Torrington, and is thrust into a marriage of convenience, not to mention danger and intrigue. While out on a stealthy mission, she describes the night: “Far above, the stars were tucked neatly behind the thick blanket of clouds, yet the lonely white light of the moon wound its way through the insidious darkness.” Very gothic indeed.

This was a refreshingly unique story with many mysterious goings on and several secrets to keep or reveal. Masquerading may be too much for Elizabeth and Adrian because “ trust is personal and dangerous and terrifying.”and Elizabeth says: “ but that is the funny thing about truth-it set me free.”

I have enjoyed all these books set in the same area and like that we see recurring characters. The theme of spying runs through them all. In Masquerade, we glimpse a bit of the background of repentance that Adrian and Elizabeth have gone through. This is a wonderful book to add to my keeper shelf.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 

BackCover Blurb:
In this new Regency romance, a young unwed mother must protect her heart from the charms of her convenient new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.

When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murder, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.

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