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by Elizabeth Mansfield

Kitty's father arranges a marriage for her with the Earl of Edgerton's younger brother, but on the way to their first meeting, Kitty and Emily, her maid decide to change places
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ISBN: 0441515681
ISBN13: 978-0441515684
Category: Romance
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Elizabeth Mansfield
Language: English
Publisher: Ace Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 1987)
Pages: 217 pages
ePUB size: 1258 kb
FB2 size: 1247 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 347
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I have read several Elizabeth Mansfield books and it is a mark of her abilities that they have been different enough that this one surprised me by being so silly. I agree with the other reviewers that the heroine's character brought silly to the story, and the story WAS fun. However, at more than one point, I checked the page number to see when I could expect the story to move along/come to some sort of resolution. There were actually three love stories involved! Each was a mismatch of some sort. Perhaps the light touch of their beginnings carried them through?
Perhaps not my favorite, but if you like Elizabeth's style, get it. The characters are good and the story has good moments enough to make it a good read.
The Novel is a pleasant story, well written and with a love story that moves slowly but interesting. I recommend it. Maria Rennard
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a mischievous and witty little imp of a school girl who was such a troublemaker and pain in the neck that her father decided to marry her off to the equally feisty brother of the Earl of Edgerton. It was arranged that Kitty Birkinshaw was to spend a fortnight at the Earl's estate to enable the young couple to get to know each other. The ever inventive Kitty switched place with her abigail in a scheme to get out of this arranged marriage. However, Kitty, used to the position of giving command, was too spirited and unruly to be a totally submissive servant. Her sharp tongue and impertinence drew the attention of the Earl and later he deduced from her personality and the scrapes she got herself into that she must be Birkinshaw's wild,trouble-making daughter in disguise.He was besotted but repressed the feeling and Ketty was also in love with the Earl. This brazen, saucy little girl, knowing that the Earl would never offer for a servant girl, had the nerve to offer to be his mistress. The story is hilarious and titillating and of course ended happily.I love the story. I love the characters -- the heroine is so cute and endearing and the hero equally appealling. I wish the story were longer with more escapades by the feisty heroine.Don't miss this
The Magnificent Masquerade has a simple and charming story -not really unexpected. But, the characters are well-drawn out. When Kitty, the heroine gets into mischief, you can feel the fun and thrill she experiences. You can see the her character developing over time as she carries on her masquerade and you know why she suits the groom she finally selects.

The side characters - the doctor, the sister-in-law and butler and so on are well-drawn too with a lot of thought. You can see the writer knows the subject well. I have rarely read a historical which covers the behavior and work of maids, butlers and abigails with such knowledge.

Best of all, there is no lust-at-first sight, unbelievable behavior ( even though the heroine is a hoyden), modern slang, extensive and unnecessary love scenes, or anachronisms - all diseases that affect many of the new authors.

The entire book is laced with gentle humor that makes for a pleasant read.
Highly recommended for fans of Georgette Heyer.

When Viscount Birkinshaw sought to marry off his impertinent daughter Kitty to the Earl of Edgerton's equally spirited brother, it seemed like the perfect match. But neither of the titled matchmakers could have anticipated the consequences of their scheme. For from the beginning of Kitty's journey to meet her husband-to-be, there seemed to be some question as to which lovely young lady was the bride, and which the conspiring domestic.

As Kitty and Emily, her maid, are brought from the decorous academy run by Miss Marchmont to the sprawling elegance of Edgerton Park, it becomes necessary to keep a sharp eye out for the regal bride and the beautiful imposter..

My Opinion:

My shear impatience led me to skipping in depth descriptions just to be able to get to the dialogue since the story was that interesting. I was lucky and downloaded this for free but would have easily paid $4 and not felt bad about spending the money. Happy Reading, Enjoy