Midnight Masquerade

Midnight Masquerade

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She was tired-oh so very, very tired. Never-not in all her life-had Evony Elorietta known such thoroughgoing fatigue. As she trudged out of the dark woods still veiled in the shadows of early sunrise, out across the expanse of cold, dew-drenched grass and onto the main road of the village, Evony wondered how she would ever endure a day that was only just beginning. Every bone in her body ached-every muscle throbbed in misery, every inch of her flesh begged for respite. Yet there would be none-at least not until she had finished her stitching-finished the near thirteen hours of sewing she now faced under the ever observant, incessantly critical eye of seamstress Agnes Teche. After such a long, chilled, and sleepless night spent in watching-peering through the darkness and into the rooms of the inn in the woods, until her eyes were too dry to watch any longer-after listening to the shallow, often vile conversations, until her ears hurt from the foul ferment of it-Evony dreaded sewing for Mrs. Teche more than ever before. The woman was a banshee of an employer. And yet, she was grateful Mrs. Teche had had the keen eye to recognize Evony's superior skills with needle and thread-for how else would Evony have managed to feed Mikol and Tressa-to shelter them-to keep them hidden?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Rio Rancho, NM, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0988958236
  • 9780988958234
  • 2,501,814

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634 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 34% (217)
4 36% (228)
3 21% (136)
2 6% (40)
1 2% (13)

Our customer reviews

For quite a while, I have seen this author's name, and her books have been highly recommended. But this is the first of her books that I have ever read, and I had no idea what to expect. I sincerely anticipated that I would enjoy it. I didn't even read the synopsis--I just knew I wanted to read a book by this author. Maybe not the most brilliant thing to do--I have been burned before--but I hoped that this would become positive. From the first few pages, I was rather persuaded that I would enjoy this book. And once I realized that it was based on the lesser-known fairy tale of the twelve dancing princesses, I was even more intrigued. In fact, I somehow missed the boat (I read the author's remarks at the end of the book), and I didn't read any of the other versions of that tale. Hers is the only one I have read, and Marcia Lynn McClure, I am definitely a fan! The story couldn't have been any better, and the characters were fantastically conceived. Okay, so maybe I knew how the story would end, but that honestly did not hamper my delight in this tale. There are absolutely no "red flags" in this book. There is no profanity, and the romance is clean as can be (but that doesn't mean it's not romantic nor spicy). This book is acceptable for any age to read. I think even tweens would savor this book, but that's just my opinion. If you follow my reviews, you know that fantasy and cheesy romances do not generally resonate with me. While this doesn't fit into the fantasy genre, it is a fairy tale adaptation. I am generally pretty quick to criticize such books, but this one does not deserve any constructive criticism, in my opinion. In addition to that, I would not place this in the cheesy romance category. Yes, it's a fairy tale without any edginess, but I find that the author's romance writing is sweet, involving, and definitely above average. Based on this book alone, I have become a fan of her works, and I look forward to reading more in the future! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
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