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
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.
If you are in a book club, here is a discussion guide for this book (again, in PDF format)
About The Author:
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.
An intense book with well-developed characters and a story line that grabs your attention from the first words of chapter one! Now that is a book you want to read, and Moonlight Masquerade is such a book. It is truly evident that much research was done to make the book authentic and I truly enjoyed watch each character develop throughout the novel. With romance thrown in with themes like social class systems you know this book will be one you will not want to put down. It is an easy and quick read, and I would say it would be appropriate for readers high school aged and older.
I do not like to give away story lines or spoilers in my reviews but suffice it to say that you will not be disappointed, but inspired, as you read Moonlight Masquerade. I know I was.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Moonlight Masquerade at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***