Afraid of what Lord Torrington might do if he learns of her son’s true identity, Elizabeth must remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless mystery person bent on her new family’s ruin.
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Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail WilsonPublication Date: May 26, 2020 Thomas Nelson Paperback & eBook; 336 Pages Genre: Historical/Regency/Christian In this new Regency romance, Elizabeth knows she must protect her heart from the charm of her 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 murderer, 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.
About the AuthorAbigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.
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Content Warning: Murder, Death by poisoning, Injury by gunshot wound
Here was the rake Brook had warned me about, the one who could sway any woman’s heart. And I had gone off and married him.
Elizabeth Cantrell hasn’t had an easy lot in life. After losing both of her parents, having a child out of wedlock, and having a brother confined in prison, doesn’t place her in the best sights of society.
Lord Torrington, highborn of Middlecrest Abbey has long had a reputation of his own. Charming, handsome, and somewhat of a womanizer, it’s completely unexpected when the longtime widow asks for Elizabeth to marry him. The two after crossed paths after he impersonates a highwayman to rob a carriage which happens to be the wrong one. Secretly working for the Crown as a spy against the French, Adrian’s current position puts him at risk of exposure. When the two wind up together at an inn, he proposes a preposterous scheme of marriage to secure his cover, and Elizabeth’s reputation. Little does he know that Elizabeth’s son is his very own nephew.
I had discovered years ago that in many cases, life should not be so easily labeled.
Arriving to Middlecrest Abbey shortly after their quick nuptials, the two must work to convince Adrian’s family that their marriage is based out of love, even though it was made upon a non-romantic contract between the two. Elizabeth learns that Adrian’s daughter is soon to be wed, and they arrive at the height of the celebration before the big event. Awkward and out-of-place, Elizabeth struggles to settle into her new life with her son.
Despite her efforts in procuring normalcy, an accidental death leads to the grisly discovery of a murder. It becomes clear that the murder was well-orchestrated, and someone is now hunting Elizabeth’s new family. Eager to hunt down important intelligence that will keep the country from going to war, Elizabeth and Adrian work together to find clues to the mysterious events. The more time they spend together, the more they both wrestle with their developing feelings.
Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey is a story about opening oneself up to trusting others, and healing from past hurts. While the murder mystery remains at the center of the story, the warm undertones of processing feelings of harbored forgiveness are the true purpose of this story. Eloquently-written, with real and very relatable characters, this Regency novel was a heartfelt and equally engaging read.
Sexual content: Kissing only.
My Rating: ★★★★
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