In Moonlight Masquerade widowed Lady Celine Wexham, French by birth, appears to be a model British subject, but the British government suspect she may be a spy for the Napoleon. Rees Phillips, lowly clerk in the British Foreign office, poses as a butler in the Wexham household in order to find out the truth. Moonlight Masquerade is the first novel I’ve read by Ruth Axtell and while I appreciated the expert historical details, I found the story a little slow at times. I also couldn’t quite manage to suspend my disbelief at the idea of a lowly clerk and a countess pairing up. For the rest, I found Axtell wrote many exciting scenes and I enjoyed getting to know her characters. Occasionally, I found myself skimming over a few pages to stay interested. Overall, a solid read. I think if this is your favorite genre then you will really love it, but I can’t say I’m waiting with bated breath for her next book.
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?
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