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A Noble Masquerade

(Hawthorne House #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,953 ratings  ·  975 reviews
Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories abo ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Bethany House
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I picked up this Regency romance at the library because it was a sequel to a book I read last week, A Lady of Esteem, and because the premise sounded very cute, if very contrived. Lady Miranda has been using her brother's friend as an imaginary friend for years, writing him letters that she then hides away in a trunk under her bed. Both her brother and his friend, by the way, are young, handsome dukes (it never ceases to amaze me how many of those there are in Regencyland). Then one day her brot ...more
It is never a happy day when an eight-year-old girl's cheesecake lands in the dirt, and she certainly doesn't take kindly to the laughing little boy who put it there.

From that first line that had me laughing out loud and explaining to my brothers what was so funny... I was sure I was going to enjoy this book. And I'm happy to say that I wasn't wrong! :D

This book was so much fun to read! If I hadn't had to go to work, I likely would have finished it in one day. For the most part, it's a light
This was such a romp! I loved every minute of it. If you need a good laugh, this is definitely the one to pick up. And yet, under the humor of it, there is the stark reality of the spies Marlow is risking his life to catch. There is drama and excitement.

What I loved best is how hard Miranda tries to be a lady. Yet she's always managing to mess up, to fall going down the stairs, to knock her food off her plate, to run into people in the hallway, even to smash her own nose into someone else's rais
I've never before read a book that falls under historical romance, historical fiction and Christian fiction genre. So I wasn't sure what to expect at all but the beautiful cover made me pick it up.

The best part of the book was how the romance developed between the leads, mixed with tender yet extremely funny moments.

I liked how the author portrayed Miranda's character. Miranda felt happy that her younger sister's debut in London was turning out to be a success but at the same time as the older y
Karen Witemeyer
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kristi Ann Hunter has done a great job with her debut novel. She captures the regency world with elegance and sophistication with a fun spymaster/valet twist that made me smile throughout the entire first half of the book. I loved Miranda's feisty spirit and the way she attempted to tame it in order to follow her mother's "lady lessons." But that same inner fortitude is what led her to save the day on more than one occasion. Her quirky personality with the letters and folded napkins was delightf ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, regency
Dear Reader,
From eight-year-old Mirandas' cheesecake landing in the dirt, to the exploding tomatoes - no, even farther than that - through the entertaining acknowledgements, "A Noble Masquerade" held me captivated! Riveted. Laughing. In suspense & yelling at various characters. Enchanted.
Only once before have I read an author's debut novel and couldn't believe it was their first venture into the world of publication. Kriti's novel is jam-packed. Armed. Overflowing. Oozing with genius and talent
Elizabeth Dragina
This book is just - wow - so good!

Miranda : A Lady who trys very hard to cover her true emotions with lady like behaviour. So she expresses her feelings on paper to her brother's best friend. As soon as her brother gets a new valet adventure starts for Miranda and she must decide who she really loves. Even after her trust in men is broken can she learn to love again or must she become a spinster?

Ryland : A man who is trying to protect his country. How long can he keep his secret? How will he eve
A quickie review!

A Noble Masquerade was just an all-around fun read. I loved the light mystery and the two main characters, Miranda and Ryland. I also loved the relationship between Miranda and her brothers - they were very worried about her honor, but sometimes a bit clueless as well, and the scenes between them were humorous.

The scenario is a bit contrived, but I still found myself enchanted by it - especially the first part when a certain duke is masquerading as a valet. Sometimes Miranda act
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Noble Masquerade was really, really good! I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it (I am always hesitant to start a Regency England book) and it was much better than the novella.

Lady Miranda pours out her heart in letters to her brother’s friend, the Duke of Marshington, which act as a form of journal entries and are never, ever meant to be read. When one is accidentally posted and finds its way into the duke’s hands (and he replies!), a correspondence of sorts begins, and no one is mo
Merry Jewelhound
I really enjoyed the book. It starts off with the Heroine writing her thoughts and feelings out to a friend of her brothers in letters that are never to be sent. The friend years later is a spy for the crown. It was a fun book that tells the story of how the relationship develops and a bit of mystery is involved.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved Miranda's enthusiasm and spirit! She reminds me of my own four year old- busting full of life and feelings. I could relate to Miranda's mother who is trying her best to teach her daughters the proper behavior for ladies... but I'm just hoping for good manners ;) I liked the angle that the letters brought to the story, where even though Miranda felt compelled to suppress her emotions as a lady, she found an outlet to release them. It was good to see part of the story through Marlow's eyes ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, bff-read
This book was unexpectedly funny and entertaining in a way that made it impossible to put it down. The pace is perfect and the story is full of intrigue, mystery and enough romance to melt the heart.

In "A Noble Masquerade" we follow Lady Miranda's journey from her estate to London, to a few other surprise whereabouts as she tries to build confidence in herself and discern her heart, which has been weirdly fascinated by her brother's valet and a duke to whom she has been writing since her childho
I ended up really enjoying this one. I thought it was a little wordy in parts, but overall an enjoyable story. It's my first book by Ms Hunter, but it left me wanting to read more from her.

Lady Miranda Hawthorne was a fun heroine to read about. I liked that the story did not play out how I thought it would, had a few twists along the way that kept things interesting. My favorite parts were the scenes with Miranda and Ryland together. I thought it was a little slow when they were apart, but not
Charity Andrews
A new author to me and boy was it fun!! Miranda is a hot mess. This girl is trying to be a lady in Regency England, but every ounce of her energy is about to burst through the ladylike facade. As she tries to help the man she loves, comedy, romance and intrigue abound.

Totally fun story. The characters were engaging, the plot moved along and God was throughout the story line. (The cover is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous too). I would say that this falls into the mystery/rom-com category. I hope you pick up
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Delightful debut!

A Noble Masquerade is about Miranda, a noble woman trying to be a lady although it doesn't always suit her personality and Ryland, a duke with a lot of intrigue about him. The way the two meet is incredibly cute. The light comedy moments are sprinkled throughout this novel. There is also a mystery, however, I didn't find that to be a strong part of the novel. Miranda and Ryland's characters are what made this novel a success.

I look forward to reading more by Kristi Ann Hunter!
I loved this book! I look forward to reading the second one when it comes out in June.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book started out wonderfully! I loved the idea of the heroine, Lady Miranda, writing letters to her brother's friend for twelve years, but never mailing them. Then one day, her brother's valet "accidentally" mailed a discarded letter, and Lady Miranda received a reply from the duke. The entire farce of who the valet REALLY WAS was a neat twist to the story. For the first half of this book, I felt like I was reading a four-star novel.

As soon as the Duke of Marshington reappeared for the Lon
This is my first read by Kristi Ann Hunter and definitely won't be my last. Filled with adventure, humor, mystery, and romance, I could not put it down. Definitely a great start to a series, making me want to pick up book 2 (and go back to the prequel novella I have on my Kindle.).

With a great mix of mystery and humor, Hunter's plot and characters are incredibly well done. Lady Miranda is in her fourth season and still has no husband. Offers have been made but none for love. She rebels against
This book was so delightful! ^_^ Fresh, intriguing, and romantic - a worthy Regency novel! At the end, there was a little much kissing for my preference; but overall I loved it! I'm so excited to read the next book in this series, An Elegant Facade! ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
A Noble Masquerade is the introductory book in the 'Hawthorne House Book' series written by Kristi Ann Hunter. This engaging Regency romance novel was an exceptional read and since we own the book, I'm sure that I will reread it at some time.

A secret correspondence, which definitely breaches etiquette, between the hero and the heroine began an engaging adventure that created layers of charm, trust, and heart flutterings.


Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but insi
This was such a fun debut. I totally enjoyed every minute listening to this audiobook. The narrator did an amazing job with the story and different voices and Colin's Scottish accent.

Miranda was such a fun female character. She tried so hard to be what society tried to box her in to be, but her personality was just to strong and caused for a few embarrassing, unladylike moments. Ryland was a dashing hero and also had a great personality which added to a lot of laugh out loud moments. (view spoil
Sarah Monzon
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, I’ve only been wanting to reread books lately.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've heard such great things about Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House series and I'm happy to say they are all true! The moment I started reading this book, I was drawn into the story and I grew to love the characters.

I loved the intrigue and suspense in the book. I didn't expect it, considering it is historical romance, so it was a pleasant surprise! Also, the romance was great and the letters between Miranda and Marsh were so much fun to read -- and one of my favorite parts of the story.

Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I loved this novel, especially because it was the audio version! The woman that narrated this story had almost a British accent which added to the overall appeal of the book.

To say that the main characters had chemistry would be a major understatement! These two individuals are from the same side of the tracks, but one of them doesn't know it. Lead astray by lies and deception, their love was almost broken apart at the seams.

Luckily, God's will and the pureness of their faith in each other hel
Bookish Ally
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Mystery with love interest gets me in the adrenaline. I wish I could give 4 stars to the first half of this book and 3 to the last which really did drag in spots. I loved the heart in my mouth swooning I mentally went through in the beginning, but by the end I was a bit done with Ryland thinking Miranda was beautiful. I can go from a romantic fool to an ungentlemanly cad after too many drags - but I will still give it 3.5 stars for making my heart thud. Mystery? A little too convoluted with vagu ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The chemistry between Miranda and her hero is electric, from the very first moment they share a scene together and every moment thereafter that their names appear together. I seriously found myself forgetting to breathe a few times because I was held captive by them being held captive by each others’ gazes. And – spoiler alert – their kisses?? Whew. Break out the fan. And the fainting couch. And keep them handy.

But one thing I enjoyed the most about the romance is the humor shared between them.
Julie Carpenter
I loved this book! If you haven't read this or her prequel novella and you are a regency fan then you need to put them on the top of your reading list. What a wonderful debut novel! It has all the aspects of a great novel.

The heroine, Miranda was such a great character. I loved watching her trying to follow all of her mother's admonitions of what a lady does or does not do. From the time Miranda was a little girl her mother has been giving her "lady lessons" which consisted of Miranda sitting o
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good story! It started out slowly for me, as the author set the tone of the novel. I loved watching the interactions between Marlow and Miranda, as well as the way Miranda reacted to receiving letters from her brother's friend, Marshington.

Once I hit the halfway mark in this book, and the family headed to London for the season, it absolutely took off for me and I could hardly set the book down! I loved the way things played out between the Duke of Marshington and Lady Miranda i
Haley S
My sister was the one who told me about this book. When I read the summary (the one above), I was a little bit confused. So, I was hesitant to read it. After I thought about it for a little bit, I finally understood (kinda) what the story was about.
Then, I started reading it and…guess what? I could not stop reading it! It was so good!
Miranda was an absolutely awesome main character. Marlow was even cooler! So were all of the other side characters. The only one who I didn’t like as much was Georg
“Never mail the blue ones.”

When I first learned of A Noble Masquerade it instantly caught my attention. Something about my book-loving instinct knew I would be just as instantly won over by it. Imagine my excitement at finding out I could finally prove that instinct when I saw this was up for review. In my greatest of expectations I had no clue how much I would really love this novel.

Humorous. Romantic. Sweet.

To fans of all things regency, Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut novel will make the perfect re
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Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at ...more

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