Book review:  Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince

April 21, 2015


Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince
Jennifer Moore
208 pages
hard copy edition

From the Publisher:
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 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, 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 evermore near, can Meg and Rodrigo find the courage to put aside their pretenses and discover if they can beloved as they truly are?

This is a new release (it came out April 1) that I have been anxiously waiting to read.  I have really enjoyed Jennifer Moor’s other books, but now that I’ve read all three, If I had to pick a favorite, this might be the one.  I really enjoyed this book!

It’s a short quick read and I really loved the characters.  Meg was funny and charming.  She has a love for adventure. I love that she was real, and had faults.  She tried her best to try and fit in with the aristocracy, but she didn’t always let it get the best of her.  I thought Carlo/Rodrigo was so fun.  I think it would be so interesting to be in his position – a prince, where most people only want to be around you because of your title or money…but be ale to meet (and fall in love) with someone who has no idea of your status in life. That must have been such a relief for him. I was a little surprised at how fast Meg caught on to the idea at the end of the book.  That was my only problem with this book, was it was short.  I felt the ending could have had so much more!

Similar to Jennifer Moore’s other books there is adventure and love.  This is a fun, clean regency romance book. It’s one you can sit down and read in one day.  I’ve really enjoyed Moore’s books and hope she continues to write many more!

If you like books by Sarah M. Eden, if you loved Edenbrook or Blackmoore, or if you read Josi Kilpack’s new book, A Heart Revealed and enjoyed them, I think you would love this book, or any of Jennifer Moore’s other books.

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