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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 ...more
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Published May 26th 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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PamG
MASQUERADE at MIDDLECREST ABBEY by Abigail Wilson is the first book that I have read by this author and it was exactly what I was in the mood to read. It is a historical fiction book set in England in 1815 while England and France were still at war. While it is also billed as a romance, the romance definitely took a back seat to the mystery part of the book.

The main protagonists are a widowed Lord Adrian Torrington who is also a spy for the crown and an unwed mother, Elizabeth Cantrell. When Adr
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Phrynne
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
The author is new to me and I am happy to note that she has written a couple of other books which I have marked to read in the near future.

As the pretty cover indicates Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey is historical fiction of the regency romance kind and it also has a dash of mystery in the mix. The two main characters are forced into a marriage of convenience and spend the rest of the book falling in love and solving a series of dangerous crimes.

It all sounds rather predictable but the author
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Melissa Tagg
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been on the best reading streak ever this week! I LOVED this book. Man, Abigail Wilson just gets better and better! I really enjoyed her debut novel (In the Shadow of Croft Towers)...I loved her second one (Midnight on the River Grey)...and this one is my favorite yet. It was atmospheric and romantic and just gothic enough to completely whisk me away without anything feeling melodramatic or overdone. The premise was intriguing from the opening pages and really, the whole story just comple ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Following a road accident Elizabeth Cantrell and her 11 month old son Isaach become parts of a cover up operation and suddenly she find herself married to undercover secret agent and British spy Baron Adrian Thorrington. Murder within the family put them all at risk and Elizabeth and Adrian are in the middle of a situation dangerous to both individuals and The British Crown.

In Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson the plot is centered around a missing document important to The Crown
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Melanie
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I read and enjoyed Midnight on the River Grey last year, so I jumped at the chance to read this latest release from Abigail Wilson. I'm so happy to say that I loved this one even more!

The story starts out with a scene that gave me a good introduction to the characters and also hinted at what was to come. I loved how the romance progressed - a marriage of convenience, but you could tell that there were sparks. ;)

The mystery was SO good. You didn't know who to trust and there was endless
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Rachel McMillan
Am I the only one obsessed with Abigail Wilson ? Everyone writes Regency, it's true. But there is a consistent intelligence and diamond cut voice to Wilson's books. They're just sooo smart. Gothic enough, sure. Meltingly romantic and with such assured pacing that every carefully crafted scene makes up a kind of delicate Jenga game. Pull one little element and the beauty of her intricately created world would fall. She has such a brilliant handle on the customs and traditions as well as authentic ...more
Staci
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Another historical mystery gem by the talented Abigail Wilson.

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey pulled me in from the first sentence. Yes, the first sentence. The marriage of convenience was at first difficult to believe, but as I put myself in the slippers of unmarried Elizabeth with a young son to care for, I realized Elizabeth was smart and quick thinking to accept the proposal.

Once the newlyweds arrived at Middlecrest Abbey, there was a delightful cast of characters (sarcasm inserted) includin
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Missy
This is definitely the masquerade of all masquerades. Everybody is hiding something, love, loss, hurt, all to mask it up and make people think otherwise. It was a great tale that kept me intrigued from the beginning.

The story follows Elizabeth whose carriage is captured by a highway man looking for a secret. Only to find out the highway man is Lord Torrington, the brother to Elizabeth's former flame, and the must marry . . . today! With twists, turns, murder, and secrets, somehow in the mix of
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I'm so happy to have found a new author to binge-read! I loved how this had the same kind of Gothic suspense that the Lady Darby Mysteries by Anna Lee Huber have (another binge-worthy series). It's not quite as gritty, but still a wonderfully satisfying read. The characters really came to life and the suspense kept me glued to the pages. The mystery kept me guessing which is always fun, and I felt like I was part of the investigation. It must have been so frustrating back then to not have the k ...more
Jerry
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come; I’m at work, and my lunch break is almost over!

EDIT: This was a crazy one! Historical romances like this are usually sweet, and this one was at times...but it was also intense! With a convoluted plot and even some action, this is definitely not your traditional Hallmark-Channel-style love story. Thanks to the Christian Fiction Devourers group for recommending this; I might not have read it otherwise...but I'm glad I did!
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Elizabeth
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Abigail Wilson quickly became an addition to my list of must-read authors, and this is my favorite of her books yet! After Elizabeth Cantrell is mistakenly accosted on the road by Lord Adrian Torrington, their marriage of convenience quickly lands Elizabeth and her young son Isaac in the middle of a dangerous plot unfolding in the shadows of Middlecrest Abbey.

The mystery was deliciously Gothic, the atmosphere perfectly creepy and the romance a slowly burning with plenty of sparks flying. I could
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Sarah
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
'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, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped by not only the duty to her country but her limited options, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her illegitimate son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent
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Julie Carpenter
Another unputdownable read for me! Abigail Wilson is a new to me author. I confess that I've eyed her first two books and debated about reading them. I sometimes hesitate with new authors because I just don't know what I'll be picking up. But after seeing reading friends who have similar tastes as me reading and loving this book, I took the chance. Now I'm kinda kicking myself for not picking up her previous books. Silly me! But I quickly checked and my library carries her books so I know what m ...more
Kav
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sqqquuuuuueeeeeeeepppppp Alert.!!!! This is seriously swoonworthy stuff. Regency Spy/Marriage of Convenience/Mystery with a Gothic air...I'm hyperventilating just thinking about it!

Abigail Wilson is a genius at creating ambiance. Her words just flow and fill my head with images and feelings -- such a divine escape from the stress of the day! I listened to the audible version narrated by Laura Kirman which made the whole experience that much more delectable.

The story is captivating -- from the h
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Tami
This was such a nice surprise! I haven’t read any Regency England historical mysteries, but after reading this novel by Abigail Wilson, I will definitely be looking for her next book.
The opening chapter provided a great hook to keep me reading and the story kept up the pace until the end.

Elizabeth Cantrell was traveling by carriage when it was overtaken by a highwayman, resulting in an accident. Turns out, the highwayman is really not who he appeared to be and ends up rescuing Elizabeth and her
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Susan Snodgrass
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely engrossing for me. I couldn't put it down. Wonderful characters, including a swoon worthy hero, who I loved from the moment I met him, a great plot (which I never figured out the culprit), and it just totally captivated me. The marriage of convenience trope is a favorite, too. Loved every minute. Well done!

*I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I loved MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY so much that I really want to read this, even though it's not my usual genre at all! Love the depth of research the author does, and how well she captures the 1970s Gothic novel formula and vibe.

Update: Currently $1.99 (5/1)
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Cara Putman
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I inhaled this story. From page one I was hooked. Richly layered — even when I anticipated where the story was headed, I enjoyed it
Gretchen
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great plot, great romance, great mystery, great narrator. A very fun & enjoyable book! My favorite of hers so far.
Melissa
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-audios
This was a FANTASTIC mystery! I could not read it fast enough to see how everything fit together and who the bad guys were. I really enjoyed the characters of Elizabeth and Lord Torrington and the ways they worked together to solve the mystery. I loved the way Torrington included Elizabeth in everything rather than shutting her out simply because she was a woman. This was such a fun read and I highly recommend it.

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive revie
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Alicia
Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey was an engaging read set in regency England, with a mystery that kept me on my toes and a marriage of convenience story that may not have been as convenient as they thought. While some parts felt a little rushed, I liked the plot and the twists that I didn’t see coming! I especially liked the dashing and considerate main character Adrian. 3.5 stars!
Loraine
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, suspense
Set in the Regency era and before the end of the the war between England and France, Lord Torrington is a father by day and a spy for England by night. When he pretends to be a highwayman in order to capture a transmission from someone to France, he accidentally highjacks the wrong carriage and finds he has turned over the carriage of Elizabeth Cantrell and her son Isaac. Thus begins the path to a marriage of convenience that is filled with danger, suspense, and a touch of romance.

This is my fir
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Megan
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you love curling up with a book on a stormy night? If so, "Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey" by Abigail Wilson is the perfect book for you! Ms. Wilson’s book can be described as a Gothic Romance where everything is not as it seems.

Ms. Wilson excels in describing her settings and giving them the perfect Gothic touch. Her descriptions are so beautiful, that sometimes I just stopped reading to soak it in. My favorite part of the book is how atmospheric it is. It reminds me a bit of Daphne du Maur
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Jennifer
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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About the book • 336 pages • Historical romance • Mystery • Clean romance • Release date: May 26, 2020 • Published by Thomas Nelson

The author weaves a tale of mystery, romance and a lot of doubts that reminded me at times of the book, “Rebecca”. Nothing was predictable about this story. I was instantly pulled in. I felt the chemistry. I did wished that the h hadn’t constantly refused her feelings for the H. I think it unnecessary to keep bringing that up over and over again. And I felt
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Abigail Harris
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it truly over?
When reading a book like Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey you are so centralized that you barely notice as pages turn, chapters tick away, and an hour then two have gone. And with the last word read I am in shock, in Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey there is such intrigue that you can't help but devour each word with a baited breath, until the story is concluded with a neat, sweet ending.

The mystery is something like Doyle, the romance a dash of Austen, and the writing all Wilson.
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Lucinda
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picking up a NG book from a new author is always a gamble, but I'm glad I got this one.

What an amazing story! It's got a Gothic tone, lots of tension, a mystery, bad guys, Christian themes, and a super fabulous romance! I couldn't put it down.

Elizabeth is a strong character with her share of troubles and worries, and the story starts with an accidental attack. She and her son Isaac (who's the cutest toddler) are taken by Lord Torrington to his home to recover. To keep her reputation and his sp
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Natalie Walters
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ooh, this story is an absolute treat!!

From the very first page I was pulled into the plight of Elizabeth Central and her son, Isaac who find themselves faced with an unlikely proposal. The story winds and twists around a mystery that had me guessing until the final reveal--such a delight when I can't guess it! The theme of forgiveness and unconditional love is revealed delicately but powerfully through the hero, Adrian, who I'll admit right now has me swooning big time. He's probably going down
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Rachel Scott
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Word. This story by Abigail Wilson pulled me in and wouldn't let me go until I devoured each delicious page! Having read —and gushed over! — her previous two stories, I already knew I was in for a literary treat, but this! This! I cannot begin to detail all the fabulousness that's tucked inside the pages. But I will say that the mystery is riveting, the romance is swoon-worthy, and the characters are dynamic. I am a forever a fangirl of this author's works and I can't wait to see what's ...more
Nicole
Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson is a fast-paced, highly engaging, unputdownable read! I loved every minute of this suspenseful story, and I’m sad my time with Elizabeth and Adrian is over. The storyline is a solid mystery. I was kept guessing and guessing and guessing until the very end. I found the characters, both primary and secondary, to be well crafted. What I appreciate about the secondary characters is that they ALL are mysterious enough that at one point I thought each ...more
Joleen
The book kept my interest for two reasons:
1) Interesting story and family dynamic, and a love story that isn’t forced but grew over time.
2) It also kept my interest because of the flaws. I began highlighting them just to see how many I could find.

Clearly the second reason is not a good basis to enjoy a book. Once you start seeing them it’s hard to stop. I tried to ignore it and just enjoy the story...not as easy as it sounds.

The gist of the story was about a character's fiancé who returns to he
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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 diving meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impre ...more

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