Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell


About this book!

Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are the cat or the mouse.

Lady Céline 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, what then will he do?

With sharp wit, fast-paced dialogue, and infectious intrigue, Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors-and no one is who they seem.

“Intrigue, romance, a clandestine kiss . . . all cast in a Regency setting so magnificently detailed I could see the fabrics and feel the glow of another era. A wonderfully romantic and memorable read!”-Maureen Lang, author of Bees in the Butterfly Garden

“The first paragraph drew me into the story, and the next twist held me there to the end.”-Laurie Alice Eakes, author of A Flight of Fancy

“A wonderful romance, graced with expert detail of the Regency period, as well as with Ruth Axtell’s usual flair for intensely romantic situations between characters so real I couldn’t stop thinking about them.”-Melanie Dickerson, two-time Christy Award finalist and author of The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter



It seems that someone is a spy in Lady Wexham’s house but who could it be? Rees Phillips is trying to find out, with his new job disguised as a butler. But can Rees sneak around and try to find answers without anyone suspecting him? This book gets very interesting as the sneaking around continues, not only with Rees but others in the household.


This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. I enjoyed the era of the setting and the vivid details so perfectly described by Ruth Axtell. The characters were unique and believable and they keep readers guessing and reading throughout the story. I really liked Rees and his attempting to be a butler, which he did very well. And the tension between he and the Lady Wexham was enough to keep me reading to find out what the outcome between them would be.


I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves a good historical fiction with a bit of suspense and romance. You will not be disappointed!

A copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishers for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.




Ruth Axtell

Ruth Axtell

Ruth Axtell is the author of thirteen novels, including Wild Rose, one of Booklist‘s Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands.

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