The Masquerade of the Marchioness by Claire Delacroix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Masquerade of the Marchioness is the 2nd book in Claire Delacroix’s new regency series The Ladies’ Essential Guide to the Art of Seduction. Although the book is a part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone.
Penelope has been masquerading as her deceased sister, Philomena for the past three years, only able to hide it from Philomena’s husband because he has been absent for almost the entire time.
Garrett finally comes home for an extended period and immediately suspects his wife is not the same woman he married. Before Penelope can make her planned confession, or Garret can confront her, a jewel thief hits London and misunderstandings and misconceptions get in the way.
With the introduction of a villain The Masquerade of the Marchioness is a little darker, and serious in tone than the first book in the series which was a bit more comical (although this book did have a few comical moments) and did not have as much action as this book.
I was worried how the author would explain the fact that no one noticed Penelope had taken her sister’s place for three years without questioning or suspecting anything. Yes, they were identical twins, but they had completely different personalities. I’m happy to say this was dealt with in a manner that satisfied me, so I was able to fully enjoy the story.
The Masquerade of the Marchioness was a fantastic addition to the series and was difficult to put down. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series as there were a few open ended threads at the end of the book. I hope the author resolves them in future books.
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