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 father. 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. Afraid of what Lord Torrington might do if he learns of her son’s true identity, Elizabeth must remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless mystery person bent on her new family’s ruin.
My Thoughts: This was my first Abigail Wilson novel, so I can honestly say that I picked it up based on the plot and I had no clue what to expect. From page 1, I was blown away. I was immediately drawn into her first-person writing style and the vivid world she was painting for me.
The story picked up right away and didn’t stop until the very end. I was fully entertained by the mystery … not mention the cozy love story.
Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey wasn’t listed as a series but the characters are clearly connected. Either way, it was easy to understand without having read the others. But if you’re a stickler for going in order, you’ll want to read her work in order of publication.
The spiritual thread was very light, but she did touch upon the subject of forgiveness. Overall, it was a delightful read, and I’m looking forward to catching up on her other novels.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey 5 stars. I recommend it to those who enjoy historical mystery, marriage of convenience, and Christian Regency.
~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for my review or required to give a favorable one.