I found Autumn Masquerade delightful reading and an engaging addition to the Timeless Regency Collection. Comprised of three novellas, Autumn Masquerade introduces us to three eligible but ordinary young ladies. All orphans, Lila, Hannah, and Penelope find themselves at the mercy of relatives as they come of age. Authors Josi S. Kilpack, Donna Hatch, and Nancy Campbell Allen have adeptly written tales of loss, love, and hope that amuse and engage.
A Merry Dance by Josi S. Kilpack introduces us to Lila and her potential suitor Mortimer Luthford. Lila is a girl in love of with her comfortable life and her cousin Neville who is part of her comfortable life. Using humor and delightful wit, Josi S. Kilpack shares Lila’s story and shows us how expectations change, and how the unexpected can be wonderful.
An intense story, Unmasking the Duke by Donna Hatch, introduces us the shy Hannah and the self-confident, almost perfect Duke of Suttenberg. In costume and emboldened by anonymity, Hannah intrigues the Duke and becomes the woman of his dreams. But happily reconciling the pretend with the everyday proves more difficult than playing a part at a masquerade ball.
Penelope is the compelling young lady in What’s in a Name? by Nancy Campbell Allen. Penelope has always done what she could to help her twin sister Persephone, including writing to the Duke of Wilmington and inadvertently engaging his affections in behalf of her sister. When the Duke and Penelope meet face to face, Penelope faces the horror of continuing a charade that has become dear to her heart. I love how author Nancy Campbell Allen takes an expected plot and turns it upside down.
Overall, I read Autumn Masquerade in short order and highly recommend it as a great read. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Autumn Masquerade for my candid review.