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Moonlight Masquerade Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject French by birth but enjoying life in as a widowed English countess she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need or to spy

  • Title: Moonlight Masquerade
  • Author: Ruth Axtell
  • ISBN: 9780800720896
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lady Celine 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, heLady Celine 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 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, will he do the right thing

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    1. Anne on said:

      Moonlight Masquerade takes you straight at the heart of Lady Céline Wexham's household, where intrigue confronts attraction, and loyalties confront love. Rees Phillips has being assigned a spying mission for the British, and poses as Lady Wexham's butler to discover if she is spying for the French. Separated by social and political barriers, Rees and Céline nevertheless develop a sparkling attraction for each other, and Rees's mission soon takes a turn towards protecting Lady Wexham instead of [...]

    2. Maria on said:

      The only thing Rees Phillips wants, after he has spent several years working as junior clerk at the British Foreign Office, is to get a well-deserved promotion in order to take a wife and start his own family. Therefore, when he is asked to pose as a butler at Lady Céline Wexham’s household to discover if she is a spy for Napoleon Bonaparte, he promptly accepts this new demanding task. He does not imagine that, besides the truth, he will find out more than he thought he would.When I read the [...]

    3. Tweety on said:

      Well, I finished despite Rees, and because of Céline.I found Rees tiresome. If only we could have known a bit about his past! Not cold, hard facts but experiences. Because we don't ever really know his past I didn't understand him. What made him do and say the things he did? I understood and liked Céline as we did get to know her experiences in life.The first three pages are page-grippers, the middle is un-put-down-able. But all the in between, let's just say I say that came to the sudden conc [...]

    4. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ on said:

      This is one of those Kindle freebies I popped down in an evening or two when I was supposed to be reading Better Stuff. Squeaky clean inspirational Regency (the hero is a 31-year-old virgin, y'all! How often do you see that in a romance?) mixed with rather confusing scenes of spying, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma lots of discussion about prayer and finding God. The religious talk seemed vaguely evangelical, which doesn't match up all that well with my understanding of the prevailing reli [...]

    5. Casey on said:

      With the new fad of Downton Abbey (and I’m speaking as an avid fan myself), it seems there will probably be a great many more regencies showing up on the Christian fiction market. But what I liked about “Moonlight Masquerade” is that it doesn’t have to fit any one “mold” or expectation. The story was fresh, interesting and engaging. I liked the “espionage” angle and it is definitely one of those upstairs/downstairs relationships with a twist that I wasn’t sure the two main char [...]

    6. QNPoohBear on said:

      2+ stars - not quite 3 This story of romance and intrigue is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Rees Phillips is on loan from his job as a lowly clerk in the Foreign Office to the Home Office. He has been sent to spy on the young widow, Lady Exham, nee Celine de Beaumont. If he can find proof she's a French Bonapartist spy, he'll achieve a promotion and finally be able to marry. The problem is, Lady Wexham is very very beautiful and very kind. Can he keep his mind on his job and fi [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      A real page turner that kept me reading. Regency and spies is a great mix. While there were a couple of things that weren't great about the book (girl dressing up as a guy for some unexplained reason, more physical attraction then character) I really enjoyed this Regency romp.

    8. Ceri on said:

      This is a Christian historical romance, set in 1813. Rees Phillips is working in London for the Home Office. He’s posing as Lady Wexham’s butler under the pseudonym of Mackinnon, trying to discover if she is a spy for Napoleon. Lady Wexham is a young widow of a much older husband, who she married at her mother’s behest. She is a French émigré and she is, in fact, spying for Napoleon. Her reason for supporting him is partly that she sees Napoleon as a better leader for France’s future t [...]

    9. Michelle on said:

      Closer to 4.5 stars.This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed this Regency. The era when Napoleon waged war with the rest of the world is a fascinating time in history. I liked the French and English settings in the book and the theme of spying for either side in the midst of war. This was well done. The tension was so delicious it was even palpable at times.I read this book in a few days. The best part was probably the setting. It had a definite Regency feel to it, bu [...]

    10. Melissa on said:

      I enjoyed so much about this book. It had some great complex characters. The story line pulls you in, trying to figure out what is going on. The writing is well done. The Christian elements were light not overtaking the book or the story line just a nice add in. It held some great romantic tension between these two. The three stars are given because it lost some of its magic because it drug on too long. In an effort to keep the tension going between these two the author drug the book out for me [...]

    11. Amanda Caldwell on said:

      Moonlight Masquerade is a regency romance set in 1813 England. The story follows Lady Wexham a spy for France and her butler, Rees Phillips, who was placed in her household unbeknownst to her by The Home Office to keep an eye on her and determine whether or not she is a spy. First of all, I am so happy to be done with this book. It took me about a week to finish it. The book is only 352 pages and I've finished books with this exact amount of pages in 2-3 days. This book got me so behind on my re [...]

    12. Amber Stokes on said:

      Moonlight Masquerade took me back to England and France in the early 19th century, giving me a glimpse of the the colorful costumes of spies, the intricate political dances of the time, and the beautifully decorated settings. The historical details are interesting and the writing is generally clean in style and structure. All this is to the story's credit.Unfortunately, I felt like I was on the perimeter of the dance floor as I read, for the most part - watching events unfold and admiring certai [...]

    13. April Erwin on said:

      After reading Moonlight Masquerade, I've decided I need a butler. A tall, strapping, pious, manly, good looking butler. *sigh* Okay I'd rather he not be a butler or a spy necessarily, but goodness does Ruth Axtell know how to write a good character! Before you all pass this off as a fluff book though, let me get past my heart palpitations and tell you what else was great about this book. Um. Everything? :) The connection between Celine and Rees is just the beginning, the tension that pulls you i [...]

    14. Carol on said:

      This was one of the best Regency romances I've read. There was lots of history, but it was woven into the plot seamlessly and didn't feel "tacked on." Sometimes you feel like you're reading a history book, but not this time. I liked that the romance wasn't "kitchy" - they didn't go weak in the knees every time they saw each other like sometimes novels have them do. Their romance grew in a believable but entertaining way.Loved it!

    15. Hannah on said:

      I bought this on a whim and had it read within the week. It's a well-written Regencyt perfect, but very good. Yes, there were a few spots I'd have liked a little more detail, but such are the limitations of strict third person POV. It moved along at a good pace, kept me guessing to the end, and left me satisfied and ready to order book 2. 4.5 stars.

    16. Kathleen E. on said:

      Friday, March 8, 2013Ruth Axtell's Newest Regency ~*~ Moonlight Masquerade, ©2013Oh, what an amazing story! I loved Moonlight Masquerade. Very deep and captivating all at once! Waiting for espionage around every corner, it was thick with my very favorite Historical genre. I began reading last evening and throughout the day, as my husband and I traveled an hour and a half to a larger city. I could even be found on a Lowe's bench seat happily waiting for my husband to "take your time, take your t [...]

    17. Rachael on said:

      In her regency era romance Moonlight Masquerade, Ruth Axtell tells the story of a Rees Phillips, a merchant's son, who is vying for promotion in the government by agreeing to spy on a widowed countess - French by birth - who, with her powerful connections in both England and France, could well be a spy herself. Posing as a butler, Rees infiltrates the house and begins his observation of her. Are her suspicious actions merely coincidental, or do they point to treason? And if she is a spy, what of [...]

    18. Rebeka on said:

      Moonlight Masquerade was an interesting look into the Regency period, one that I especially love because of Jane Austen's books. Add that to politics, spies, and a sprinkle of romance, and I'm hooked.What I loved about Moonlight Masquerade was how much I enjoyed the characters. Celine and Rees complimented each other well--Celine especially drew me in with her kindness and wit. Despite her aloofness due to her social standing, her head was very interesting to be in. And watching Rees struggle be [...]

    19. Jodi on said:

      As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. These spies never anticipated how close they would actually become.I've been looking at this cover for a couple of months, unable to decide if I wanted to read Moonlight Masquerade or not. I've never read anything written by Ruth Axtell, and after all of the books I've read recently, written in the Regency time period, I was unsure if this one would hold my attention. The cover is beautiful and kept drawing me back, almost dema [...]

    20. Margaret Chind on said:

      I have been looking forward to reading something from Ruth Axtell, aka Ruth Axtell Morren for a while ever since I kept seeing such beautiful covers on mass market imprints. I'm delighted that she is now writing for publishers like Howard and Revell Books. Revell has another great read in this author and I hope for more to come. I did not know what to expect with this story except romance and that was definitely there as well as some fun suspense all set in the background of an English regency. [...]

    21. writer... on said:

      Loved it! A Regency with suspense, espionage, ruses and red herrings, enough to keep me reading for more. Surprise revelations, precise timing, excellent characterization of protagonist and antagonists, secondary characters, both French and English, high speed horseback and carriage chases, midnite escapades, and masquerades, all made for above average reading pleasure. Rees,of the British Foreign Office, now delegated butler,is delectable. Intelligent and responsive amidst action. Willing to ta [...]

    22. Jeffrey on said:

      A Christian based romantic tale of cultural clashes and espionage. Lady Celine is the widowed countess from one of France's most historical and aristocratic families exiled to England. Rees Phillips is the son of a prosperous merchant working in the English home security office. He has been charged with infiltrating Lady Celine's household posing as a butler. It seems she is suspected of espionage activity against England and appears to have French Republican sympathies. The romantic chemistry b [...]

    23. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) on said:

      Wow. Seriously. I couldn't put this one down. I read it in a day.I loved Rees and Celine. I loved the way they danced around each other and the issues at hand. Was he a spy? Was she? I love the Downtonesque upstairs/downstairs thing. How they both struggled with the attraction and the realization that he was the "butler" and she, the Lady. Their chemistry was amazing and believable and quite refreshing for a regency romance. And, more than that, the friendship that developed between them was fan [...]

    24. Becky on said:

      I enjoyed reading Ruth Axtell's historical romance novel, Moonlight Masquerade. The novel is set in Regency England. Rees "MacKinnon" is Lady Wexham's temporary butler, her regular butler being an elderly gentleman who broke a leg while visiting relatives in the country. There are plenty of reasons that the book's couple should not be together: he's a British agent sent to spy on a widowed Lady suspected of being a spy for the French; she's actually a French spy risking her life passing along in [...]

    25. Celestial on said:

      This book to me was very hard to get into. I have to say I generally like this mysterious type of book where the main characters are spies during a war. For some reason however I just didn't like this book. To me this felt like a romance novel. I know it is supposed to be romantic, but as I read this story it kind of felt like I was reading a cheesy paperback romance novel with the hot man and woman on the cover. I will say that I don't remember any inappropriate romance in it, however I did rea [...]

    26. Jessica on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. The suspense and mystery in it was great.Celine's character was great but it was Rees who really had me turning pages. His double life as a spy and butler was captivating. He had me hooked as soon as he was introduced.The romance was a bit on the heavy side for my tastes just with how much Celine and Rees were in each other's thoughts but there was always a level of restraint that Rees held fast to. I also really respected how Rees held onto his faith even to the poin [...]

    27. Kate on said:

      Main characters are drawn well and interaction is pretty well-written, but the biggest struggle of the book comes from a lack of complications to move the plot forward. If this were just a romance, it would have received a higher rating from me, but the lack of real danger in a plot line centered on espionage kept the book unconvincing. Internal personal struggles reigned supreme and were written pretty well, but left a glaring hole where more significant external struggle should have been prese [...]

    28. Ashley on said:

      This book had a good story, but it took me forever to really get into it and then it was still hard to stay interested until the about the last 50 pages. Also the story felt like the story was drawn out forever when in reality it could have been a 150-200 page book instead of roughly 340. The author provided a lot of interesting details about the setting, but the characters seemed to be lacking so you don't really connect with them. There were a lot of cool historical facts and figures that made [...]

    29. Mary on said:

      One of the more boring books I've read in a while. It takes so many tropes and really took out any interesting part of them. By the end of the book, I really didn't care about any of the characters.

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