Friday, June 5, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson

My Review
Masquerade at Middlecrest is a historical novel set during the Regency period. Elizabeth is a young unmarried mother. She marries Lord Torrington in haste and goes to live at his estate. However, not all is as it appears at the manor.  Lord Torrington is a spy for the king, and there is murder and mischief afoot.  As Elizabeth gets to know her new husband, she also has to stay safe - and keep her young son, Isaac, out of danger.

I wanted to read Masquerade at Middlecrest because I love Regency fiction. The synopsis was appealing and the author was new to me.

What a fun read!  This novel combines Regency romance, a Gothic setting, and a mystery with adventure.  It is very fast paced and one of those "stay up past my bedtime" novels.

Elizabeth was a brave, resourceful, and intelligent heroine.  I admired her great care for her son and her willingness to look out for Lord Torrington's young adult children as well. She was also very smart. There was a secret code in the storyline and it was interesting watching her break the code.

Adrian (Lord Torrington) was a thoroughly dreamy hero!  He is strong, courageous, and just the right amount of vulnerable.  From the beginning I thought he and Elizabeth were a perfect match.

The storytelling is clever and the descriptions really add to the book. I enjoyed the Gothic elements, like:

"The air turned bitter that evening as a harsh storm billowed against Middlecrest’s thick walls, rattling the windows like an anxious prisoner terrified to escape. Though I fell into a fitful sleep early on, I was shaken awake by the wind’s persistent howl and the ravaging bursts of hard rain. I sat up in bed, darkness haunting every corner of my bedchamber. The fire had smoldered to ashes in the grate, and the obstinate chill of night had already crept over the floorboards and climbed the bedposts, intent on covering every inch of the room. I hugged the coverlet beneath my chin as lightning framed the window, illuminating the unseen for seconds at a time before plunging the room back into a black abyss" (Kindle location 2210). 

This is my first read by Abigail Wilson, and I look forward to reading her other novels. I recommend Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey for fans of historical fiction and Regency romance -- especially for anyone who also enjoys some Gothic and adventure elements.  This was a very enjoyable read!

Book Synopsis
n 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.


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Author Bio
Abigail 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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1 comment:

Abigail Wilson said...

Thank you for the awesome review! I so appreciate it. I also enjoyed looking through the dachshund memes. I had two mini dachshunds until they passed away a few years back, and they are such a favorite of mine.