Review Title: Pretenses Leading to Love (review of Masquerade Marriage by Anne Greene)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
I love this book. From the first to the last page it has high stakes of life or death ordeals, romantic tension, and a lively historical setting. As a reader unfamiliar with the the Scottish brogue, expressions, and culture within this book, I did read more slowly to get a fuller grasp on the nuances of the story. My patient and careful reading brought great reward and a sense of immersion in a distant time and place. The suspense continues through to the last chapter. As I progressed through the pages I becamee increasingly familiar and comfortable with the ways of both the Scottish Highlanders and the Lowlanders.
The character development of both Megan, the Lowland lady of the upper class, and Brody, the Highland fugitive warrior, goes deep and wide. The story reveals unexpected personality facets based on their living in the 1700s. Various settings allow the author to show the characters reactions while under pressure and when at ease. I feel like I know these people now, and I want to spend more time with them.
Anne Greene weaves spiritual motivations based on the Bible into the main character’s lives. This fits the storyline perfectly giving a positive message of how faith in God carries believers through difficult times of waiting and loss.
I won a paperback copy of Masquerade Marriage in a collaborative authors’ launch party. I am under no obligation to give a positive review. I do my reviews to help followers choose wisely when selecting their next read. I highly recommend this book for all who do not mind spending a bit more time on learning a touch of the Scottish brogue of olden days.