Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince by Jennifer Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Covenant to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: 1812
Southern belle Meg Burton is her parents’ last hope of avoiding financial ruin, and a distant cousin’s kind gesture seems an ideal solution: he will sponsor Meg for a London Season. The pursuit of a wealthy husband was not exactly how the bookish young woman had envisioned her first trip abroad—after all, what does a girl from Charleston, South Carolina, know about being a lady? Amidst the stunning gowns and extravagant balls of the ton, Meg feels like an imposter. Thankfully, she has one friend who knows her true self—Carlo, a handsome stable hand. Despite their difference in station, love blossoms between the unlikely pair, and Meg is sure of one thing: she wants nothing to do with the insufferable European aristocracy.
Prince Rodrigo de Talavera has lost everything to Napoleon. Jaded by war, he has become bitter and miserable—until he meets Meg, an American woman whose eccentric schemes and passion for life remind him what it is to laugh and to love. If only she knew him for himself and not as Carlo the stable hand. With the shadow of deception looming over their happy acquaintance and the dangers of war drawing ever more near, can Meg and Rodrigo find the courage to put aside their pretenses and discover if they can be loved as they truly are?
My thoughts: Meg Burton is a young lady raised in the "wilds" of America. She is not socially refined, but many overlook her many faults because she is from Charleston.
Meg struggles to draw the line between her true character and the facade placed upon her. She would rather read novels and poetry then play the pianoforte. She would prefer to ride a horse than take a carriage ride around the park. Her friend Carlo understands all of this and encourages her to be herself and not stifled by society. What Meg doesn't know is that Carlo is really a Spanish Prince seeking refuge in England from the French who have overrun his homeland.
This book is so incredibly cute. I loved Meg's sense of adventure and the fun that she brought back to Carlo/Rodrigo's life. Their relationship is a friendship that blossoms. I loved that it wasn't insta-love, but friends finding their way together.
Another plus for me in this book is that I was able to re-connect with characters from Lady Emma's Campaign. This book is a companion and can be read as a stand alone novel.
This book contains a little kissing, sword fights (both mock and real), treasure maps, adventure, and a kidnapping.
About the Author: Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.
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