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, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more 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?
A tantalizing read....I wish this book never stopped. Beginning to end, the loveliness of story, setting, characters, and prose satisfied my reader's heart.
The widow, Lady Celine, is believable and such a strong heroine. I wanted, oh so wanted, her to get the best at the end. It seems such an impossibility, being French, considered a spy, caught in intrigue.
Then you have Rees...at first, I wasn't sure what he would truly add to the story. He seemed to be in a rut, but given a chance to prove himself and move up in his world, you will see he provides a satisfying part of the story...and, in fact, perhaps the most interesting.
Moonlight Masquerade, for me, was one of the best Regencies I've read, with its always-brilliant characterization, dialogue, and moving scenes. Absolutely the best!
Thank you to Revell for the complimentary review copy!