Secrets abound in Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson. When Elizabeth’s carriage is held up by a lone highwayman the last person she expects it to be is her son’s uncle. Or that he would propose marriage.
When Elizabeth goes to Middlecrest Abbey as the new Lady Torrington, more surprises await including a mystery and a murder.
Elizabeth had a lot of challenges to overcome because of the various scandals associated with her name. Elizabeth did not shy away from those who attempted to tarnish her reputation. Instead, she faced them boldly while keeping her word to Adrian.
I liked that Adrian was willing to overlook Elizabeth’s past and allow her the opportunity to prove her character.
Adrian and Elizabeth’s relationship slowly deepened as they worked together to uncover the mystery while protecting Adrian’s identity.
There’s a theme of redemption and grace that flows through Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey.
Readers will be reminded that appearances can be deceiving and that the things a person does in their past do not have to define their present or mar their future.
I listened to an audio version of Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey and found the narrator Laura Kirman delightful. Her voice and tone drew me into the story and enhanced the experience.
About Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey: A Regency Romance
In this new Regency romance, a young unwed mother must protect her heart from the charms of her convenient 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 forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.
Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murder, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France.
Meanwhile, she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.
Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.
About Abigail Wilson
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 gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book.
In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five Contest and ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.
About Narrator Laura Kirman
Laura is a professional actor and experienced improviser. She began her training with the National Youth Theatre and completed a Foundation Course at LAMDA before graduating from Rose Bruford College, with a BA (Hons) in Acting.