Ahh, the French Revolution. Bonaparte, Jacobians, loyalties, royalty and incredible amounts of change all around Europe. It’s so foreign to think of a revolution that would change the world today as this one did, but that time period shaped what we know as France today. So intriguing! I wonder what side any Lapeyrolerie’s were on…time to do some family research…
It’s against this backdrop the talented Ruth Axtell sets Moonlight Masquerade. What a lovely tale it was too!
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?
Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.
Axtell has such a way with words, that as soon as you start reading, you’re immediately sucked in with no hope of being productive for at least three hours. So sneaky.
As I mentioned I love the time period (anything that bring Mr. Dantes to the forefront is my mind is okay with me) and I liked the characters. From their individual growth and change to tested loyalties and family ties. So fascinating and intriguing! Just one of those books you were really happy to have read.
Have you read any of Axtell’s books? Or how about this time period? What are some of your favorite pieces of literature?