A Noble Masquerade By Kristi Ann Hunter

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Noble Masquerade

A Noble Masquerade is Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut novel.  I am totally surprised.  Hunter is an awesome author, which leaves me wondering, where has she been?  I can’t wait to read more from her.  When I read the back cover I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the way the story turns out, but I totally did.  This book takes us back to a time when who your parents were, determined how your life was going to be.

A Noble Masquerade focuses on Miranda and her family during her sisters debut season.  Miranda feels plain next to her sister, and is not excited about the upcoming season at all.  Seeing things through her sisters’ eyes, Miranda tries to feel some of her sisters’ excitement.  Miranda’s mother has taught her to always be a lady, so when things frustrate her she puts pen to paper.  She has always looked up to her brother’s best friend even though she has never met him.  From the stories her brother told her, she feels that “Marsh” is one that would truly understand her.  Because of this, he is the one she writes all of her letters to.  Knowing they will never be sent gives Miranda the courage to pour out her heart.  When one of them accidentally gets sent Miranda is beside herself with worry.  This could ruin her life and make her the laughing stock of everyone.

Miranda’s brother recently got a new valet, and he is anything but your average man.  Marlow is different than anyone Miranda has ever met, and she can’t help but find him interesting.  Marlow is on a mission, and the last thing he needs to do is become attracted to a woman.  Miranda hides herself behind a lady like demeanor, but her true self shows through sometimes.  It’s the real her that Marlow finds interesting.  And because he is just a servant, Miranda doesn’t worry about being perfect around him.  You don’t want to miss out on the journey these two embark on.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.  I can honestly say that this will be a book I will read again.  Hunter took me on a wild adventure and I enjoyed every moment of it.  I can’t wait to see more of this family and more from Hunter.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Fire & Ice by Mary Connealy

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Fire and Ice

I had been dying to read Bailey’s story since I read the first book in the Wild at Heart series.  Bailey and her sisters Kylie and Shannon are introduced in book one, Tried and True.  I immediately loved them.  I have read all three books in the series but don’t feel that you need to in order to love this one.  That being said, honestly, if you don’t read all three you are missing out on some really good stuff.  I felt like I got to know these amazing people, and wouldn’t want you to miss out on the same experience.  These books will always be on my read again shelf.  Mary Connealy has a way with words, and creates the best characters.  I find myself wishing that there was another sister so I don’t have to say good bye to the Wilde sisters and their families.  Connealy not only makes interesting female characters, but amazing men too.  Fire and Ice focus’ on the oldest sister Bailey and her neighbor Gage.

Bailey has spent most of her life taking care of her sisters.  They all went to serve their country during the war, while they were disguised as young men.  They all carry the scars, maybe not physical but mental, of what they did and saw.  Now that her sisters have found their match Bailey has less to worry about.  When her sisters leave, she finds herself way lonelier than she planned.  There is too much snow to check on her cattle, so she has little to do to amuse herself.  She finds that she wouldn’t even mind her annoying neighbor stopping by, and knows that she’s in trouble.  He’s a decent man, but he sure knows how to drive her crazy.

Gage is a man with a mission.  He is the type of man, that when something needs to get done he’ll see that is does, and do almost anything to make it happen.  He has worked hard to earn all he has, and won’t let anything happen to his cattle.  When Bailey fights him every time he comes near her land, he knows he has to find a way to deal with this stubborn woman.  When unforeseen circumstances come up, he has no choice but to make an alliance with her.  They are both very different, but same in a lot of ways.  And Gage knows that Bailey is a strong woman, and a good rancher herself.  Can they form an alliance that will benefit them both?  Will they face their fears and see what God has in store for their lives?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical fiction.  Connealy had me laughing, and scared out of my whit’s, of course not at the same time.  I found this book was impossible to put down, and I’m sure you will feel the same way.  I know when I am picking up a book by Mary Connealy that it’s going to be amazing!  And Fire and Ice is definitely that.  It’s one of those books where you can’t stop reading, but don’t want to read it too fast because then it will be over.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.