Hello reader friends! Welcome to my Spring Into Reading Event! Every day this month I’m going to feature a new release (or will be released) book for you to add to your TBR. There will be guest posts, giveaways, book excerpts, and more! So make sure you come back daily and see what book is in the spotlight next!
Today I am excited to share with you Abigail Wilson’s Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey, which releases on May 26th! I’ve got top secret information on the two main characters to share with you. Just remember – it’s secret. 😉 AND Abigail has generously offered to give a paperback ARC!!! Um…I kind of want to enter the giveaway myself, but it’s kind of against policy lol.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this new Regency romance, Elizabeth knows she must protect her heart from the charm of her new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.
When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.
Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murderer, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.
Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.
Celebrity Inspiration: Yvonne Strahovski
Physical description: Tall, regal with blond hair and blue eyes
Loves: Her baby Isaac, who takes up a great deal of time, quiet and solitude
Hates: Insincere people, shallow relationships
Biggest difficulty: She was abandoned by her child’s father while she was still pregnant and later shunned by society for her mistakes.
Family history: Elizabeth and her brother Lucius grew up in a family that valued social status, money, and parties, but after her parents died and she later ended up pregnant, everything changed. She now has Isaac to think of and her cousins Curtis and Sybil Sinclair to rely upon.
Work: Elizabeth has taken a position as housekeeper to a family in Dover; however when her coach is overturned by accident on the road by a secret British spy, she is forced to accept a convenient marriage to protect not only her son but her country as well.
Adrian Radcliff, Lord Torrington
Celebrity Inspiration: David Wenham
Physical description: Tall, Copper-colored hair with a streak of gray, and blue eyes
Loves: Music, dancing, riding, and his two grown daughters
Hates: People of unsteady character who he cannot trust
Biggest difficulty: As a widower he’s been forced to cope with all the difficult choices made by his first wife.
Family history/background/siblings: He assumed the role of Baron in his twenties after dealing with a rather controlling father. He had no siblings that survived childhood.
Work: As a gentleman, he cannot have a job beyond running the estate, Middlecrest Abbey; however, he’s found that posing as a highwayman in secret fills quite a bit of his time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s diving meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.
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After seeing these characters, what intrigues you the most about this story? Don’t forget to stop back every day this month for more great reads, and if you’ve missed any days, go back and check them out!