Autumn Masquerade is a regency set of three novellas by three very talented ladies. If you are familiar and enjoy the Timeless Romance Anthology collections you will be quite pleased with these longer regency novellas.
Josi S. Kilpack is a new author to me and her story starts off the collection. In her story, A Merry Dance, Lila is in love with her cousin Neville and longs for his return at the masquerade dance. However, her uncle has other plans for her when she overhears him hoping to set her up with a military veteran by the name of Mortimer Luthford. Determined not to like him she goes to extreme, often times hilarious measures to make him not interested in her. I laughed and cringed at some of her antics and really hoped the best for her in finding her true love.
The next story, Unmasking the Duke, is written by author Donna Hatch who I have had the pleasure of reading her works before. Taking a very shy young woman, Hannah Palmer, and dressing her up as Aphrodite at the masked ball helps her to come out of her shell and be a bit bolder. However, what happens when the one whose eye she catches is the one she can’t stand? I was engrossed in this story wondering which one, the stubborn pride or the stolen kisses, would come out as the victor in the end. This one is lighthearted, with some angst mixed in, trimmed with a lovely romantic story that I have come to expect from Ms. Hatch.
What’s in a Name by new to me author Nancy Campbell Allen was my favorite of the three. Dealing with identical twin sisters Persephone and Penelope Timely, who couldn’t be more different, they switch places so the older, favorite twin can be with her one true love (a lowly doctor), while the younger sister accidentally falls in love with the Duke she has been corresponding with as her sister. A delightfully, romantic, and swoon worthy story follows as the Duke comes to the masquerade ball held at his estate eager to make the acquaintance of the young lady he has fallen for. This was storytelling with a twist.
I am pleased with all these clean reads and look forward to more in these collections and the other books written by these authors. I do hope they release this book in paperback as well. I received an e-copy for an honest review from I Am a Reader, and the opinions are my own.