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Anything Can Happen at a Masquerade – Just Ask Olivia Eighteen-year-old Olivia's naval captain father is 'somewhere at sea' fighting the French when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her daughter homeless. Desperately in need of security and safety, a distraught Olivia accepts Jack Rembleton's offer of a marriage of convenience, hoping that love will grow between them. Sh Anything Can Happen at a Masquerade – Just Ask Olivia Eighteen-year-old Olivia's naval captain father is 'somewhere at sea' fighting the French when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her daughter homeless. Desperately in need of security and safety, a distraught Olivia accepts Jack Rembleton's offer of a marriage of convenience, hoping that love will grow between them. She does not know that Jack's affections are elsewhere engaged. Ten years later, Olivia has made the best of her situation. She loves her children and has found her place in the ton. An unexpected encounter at a masquerade with the intriguing Luke Fitzmaurice leads to a second chance at love. Dare she grasp it? Before she can decide, Napoleon escapes from Elba and Luke joins Wellington's army in Brussels. Will war once again dash Olivia's hopes of happiness? A thrilling and touching story about love and war-an eternal triangle with a difference. Shortlisted for Best Novel, Carousel Aware Prize (CAP Awards) 2017.


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Anything Can Happen at a Masquerade – Just Ask Olivia Eighteen-year-old Olivia's naval captain father is 'somewhere at sea' fighting the French when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her daughter homeless. Desperately in need of security and safety, a distraught Olivia accepts Jack Rembleton's offer of a marriage of convenience, hoping that love will grow between them. Sh Anything Can Happen at a Masquerade – Just Ask Olivia Eighteen-year-old Olivia's naval captain father is 'somewhere at sea' fighting the French when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her daughter homeless. Desperately in need of security and safety, a distraught Olivia accepts Jack Rembleton's offer of a marriage of convenience, hoping that love will grow between them. She does not know that Jack's affections are elsewhere engaged. Ten years later, Olivia has made the best of her situation. She loves her children and has found her place in the ton. An unexpected encounter at a masquerade with the intriguing Luke Fitzmaurice leads to a second chance at love. Dare she grasp it? Before she can decide, Napoleon escapes from Elba and Luke joins Wellington's army in Brussels. Will war once again dash Olivia's hopes of happiness? A thrilling and touching story about love and war-an eternal triangle with a difference. Shortlisted for Best Novel, Carousel Aware Prize (CAP Awards) 2017.

30 review for The Murmur of Masks: Love and Heartbreak in Regency England

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Star Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Publication Date: 7/28/16 I loved this author’s word choices and sentence structure. This was her first book and the first I have read of hers. I believe she has only written one other book. This was a nice, sweet romance with an HEA that was a long time in coming. The writing style and word choices actually made me feel as if I were in that time period eavesdropping on their conversations. Miss Olivia Frobisher is the daughter of a career naval officer and her bro Star Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Publication Date: 7/28/16 I loved this author’s word choices and sentence structure. This was her first book and the first I have read of hers. I believe she has only written one other book. This was a nice, sweet romance with an HEA that was a long time in coming. The writing style and word choices actually made me feel as if I were in that time period eavesdropping on their conversations. Miss Olivia Frobisher is the daughter of a career naval officer and her brother is also a naval officer. They are a loving family, but it is often lonely with both her father and brother out on sea voyages all the time. It is just Olivia and her mother and they are very close. Then, with her brother and father at sea, her mother passes away and Olivia is all alone. Luckily, she has her mother’s brother to rely on – but he is older and a confirmed bachelor with no place for a young marriageable girl. He loves her though and will do his very best by her. So, when an offer of marriage comes, her uncle doesn’t force her into it – the decision is hers. However, he does like the man though he is twice Olivia’s age. Olivia accepts the offer with the hope that they can come to care for each other, maybe even love each other, over the course of their marriage. However – he is a cold fish with absolutely no interest in Olivia other than visiting her bed – very quickly – in order to procreate. She doesn’t discover why he is that way until after his death. Mr. Luke Fitzmaurice dotes on his family, especially his younger sister. He has always wanted to join the military, but his parents wouldn’t allow it because he had been very ill with rheumatic fever and the doctors were very afraid that it had damaged his heart. Luke is smitten with Olivia from the first time he sees her – and she is with him as well, but they know nothing can come of it because Olivia is married. Over the ten-year period of the story, there is one interlude with the two of them at a masquerade ball. She knew it was him, but he didn’t know it was Olivia. Napoleon escapes and the war starts up again. Luke is injured along with a close friend whose sister is also a good friend to Olivia. When Olivia escorts her friend to Brussels to nurse her friend’s brother, Olivia discovers that Luke is there as well. Luke and Olivia (now a widow) spend a lot of time together. I would normally never choose to read a book that includes infidelity - and this one does. Infidelity on Olivia's side and infidelity on her husband's side. I would love to explain his infidelity, but that would be a spoiler and if you choose to read this book, I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. As I said above, I liked the author’s word choices and the fact that it really felt as if the conversations were taking place during that time rather than the modern turn-of-phrase we usually read in our historical romances. What I didn’t like was that there were just so very many of those words. Maybe there weren’t that many actual words, but it certainly felt as if there were. The book was slow and plodding. You certainly didn’t find any exciting passages in there – even the interminable descriptions of Waterloo weren’t exciting. I guess, the bottom line is – I wouldn’t read the book a second time. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview "I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liz Doran

    I applaud the author for not only writing a most accomplished historical fiction book, but also making it interesting. This author knows her facts, or if she doesn’t, she certainly convinced me. With the right smattering of authentic period language, including some Latin phrases, military procedures, style and fashion of the ages, I never once questioned what I was reading. Granted, this is not my usual choice, although I do like to read a variety of genres. The author is as accomplished at writ I applaud the author for not only writing a most accomplished historical fiction book, but also making it interesting. This author knows her facts, or if she doesn’t, she certainly convinced me. With the right smattering of authentic period language, including some Latin phrases, military procedures, style and fashion of the ages, I never once questioned what I was reading. Granted, this is not my usual choice, although I do like to read a variety of genres. The author is as accomplished at writing convincing battle scenes as she is at transporting the reader to the drawing rooms of the bon ton, the dances, the inns, the carriage rides and all the pomp and glory of that particular era. She also injected the story with a couple of erotic and well-written love scenes which were never cheap and nasty. Her heroine is strong and likeable, her hero equally likeable and all too human. This is an intelligent writer who knows what she’s doing and who has excellent perception skills, especially concerning how men and women tick.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Tearle

    Olivia Frobisher is a teenage girl when her mother dies suddenly. With her father and brother at sea, she is taken in by her uncle who, almost immediately, arranges a marriage to an eminent botanist, 'Rambling' Jack Rembleton. It is a marriage of convenience for all parties concerned: Rembleton needs heirs, Olivia needs security and her Uncle needs to do his best for her. But Jack is not all what he seems and spends most of his time away from her. In the meantime, Olivia is introduced to Luke Fit Olivia Frobisher is a teenage girl when her mother dies suddenly. With her father and brother at sea, she is taken in by her uncle who, almost immediately, arranges a marriage to an eminent botanist, 'Rambling' Jack Rembleton. It is a marriage of convenience for all parties concerned: Rembleton needs heirs, Olivia needs security and her Uncle needs to do his best for her. But Jack is not all what he seems and spends most of his time away from her. In the meantime, Olivia is introduced to Luke Fitzmaurice, a younger man than Jack and with a reputation for the ladies. We move on ten years. Olivia has three children whom she loves, but Olivia is having some regrets about her marriage – Jack is not as attentive as he could be and has just left for Europe on another expedition with his partner, Bart Wilkins. At a masqued ball, Olivia, disguised as a Greek muse, meets Luke again. He seduces her – or does she seduce him? - unaware of who she is, but she is fully aware of his identity. Olivia, at last, finds fulfilment in love. Two important things happen then and the lovers are thrown together with the backdrop of Waterloo. This is a good story, full of the type of speech that we expect from those times and, apart from one or two minor 'niggles' I quite enjoyed it and am happy to recommend it fans of the genre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara K.

    What an excellent find! The writing here is some of the best I've seen in a Regency romance. In fact I hesitate to call it that. Although that's the genre it fits best, it transcends what I'm used to seeing in this genre. I would say the author rivals Georgette Heyer for historical accuracy, as well as Mary Stewart for skill in painting a story landscape, even approaching a position very near Jane Austen herself. In fact there are a few little nods to Austen in the book that I found delightful. What an excellent find! The writing here is some of the best I've seen in a Regency romance. In fact I hesitate to call it that. Although that's the genre it fits best, it transcends what I'm used to seeing in this genre. I would say the author rivals Georgette Heyer for historical accuracy, as well as Mary Stewart for skill in painting a story landscape, even approaching a position very near Jane Austen herself. In fact there are a few little nods to Austen in the book that I found delightful. Although incredibly accurate in historical atmosphere, the story deals with several social issues and topics we're much more likely to discuss openly today, the most controversial being that of a gay man of that era needing to hide his orientation from the world. The story is told from three different points of view, but there are really only two main characters here. The third POV is provided to give the reader a hint of what the heroine is getting herself into at the beginning of the story, before she herself realizes it. The characterization is superb, the sense of time and place so good that it's easy to imagine oneself right there with these people, through a story that spans from 1803 well into late 1815. The personal, philosophical and ethical inner lives of characters is also explored, and beautifully done. The children are well defined and characterized. An intricate mix of secondary and tertiary characters is orderly enough for the reader to keep track of and feel that there's a realistic social stratification depicted throughout the story. I know I've complained in reviews before about the kind of token, obligatory sex scenes that are rampant in romance novels since the late 1970s, which frankly bore me to tears even when they don't seem only meant to titillate as if romances are now soft porn. In contrast, the sex here was completely integral to the story, revealing an incredible amount of information about the characters, their situations and their attitudes toward one another. Those scenes are tastefully, sensitively rendered, never too graphic, never cringe-worthy, and never gratuitous. I applaud the author on her handling of them. I can't think of anything negative to say, and in fact I loved this story so much that I'm positive I'll read it again. I highly recommend it, and again I hesitate to call it genre fiction at all. *** POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS. The following contains minor spoilers from the beginning of the story, with more detail than usual for my reviews because of the complexity of the story. If you don't like to know anything about a story's plot or characters before you read it, you should stop here. The story opens in Portsmouth, England, in 1803. Young Olivia Frobisher and her mother Margaret Frobisher have just said goodbye to Olivia's naval captain father and her brother Robert, also a naval officer, as they sailed off to their separate destinies in the war with Napoleon. A short while later, Olivia's mother dies unexpectedly, and Olivia is left with only her bachelor uncle Samuel Harte and her mother's widowed friend Mrs. Carr to advise and protect her. She's 18 years old and emotionally devastated by her mother's death. She and her mother were very close, having had always to depend on each other while the men of the family were at sea. She cannot stay very long with Mrs. Carr. She will either have to be dependent on her uncle, and he will have to rearrange his bachelor life in London to accommodate her, as well as employ a companion, or Olivia will need to marry. She's never had a season out in society, so there's really no one Olivia is likely to marry, unless her uncle will take her into his London home and provide that social opportunity for her. Samuel Harte has no idea how to launch a girl into the marriage market. He mentions his niece's situation to an acquaintance, a fortyish bachelor named John Rembleton, who is a naturalist and always traveling. He's called Rambling Jack by those who know him, though he's also an extremely rational, logical minded man. He has his own problem, an older brother who is a viscount, with a wife now too old to produce more children, having borne only daughters. Jack remains his brother's heir, and the viscount now depends on his younger brother to marry and provide his own sons to carry on the title and family name. Jack has no desire to marry. He's secretly romantically involved with his collaborator in his studies, a man named Bart Wilkins. His brother is pressuring him and hinting more and more at his suspicion that his brother is a molly (homosexual). When Jack hears Harte's concerns about his niece, he has an idea of how to help both himself and Harte out of their predicaments, Harte with situating his niece and himself with the sticky need to appease his older brother and produce an heir. Luke Fitzmaurice is an intelligent young man who wants to buy a commission in the Army as an officer, but whose mother and stepfather discourage him from doing so. His mother is almost neurotically concerned for her son's health and safety, having seen him through a serious illness when he was younger, which the author calls acute rheumatism but must I am guessing have been rheumatic fever. He's trained himself in fencing and other forms of athletic and martial skills with the help of a groom who is a former army sergeant, and he's certain he's fit for service, but his mother fears he is not and insists he get a doctor's approval. The local doctor he sees to reassure his parents, the same who treated him for his prior illness, agrees with his parents, that it's too risky for his health, and Luke reluctantly returns to his studies at Cambridge. But later he's asked by a friend of the family, Lord Needham, who is seated in the House of Lords, to do some clerical work for him and travels temporarily to London, where he eventually encounters Olivia, but only after her unfortunate marriage. I was a bit shocked at Olivia's uncle and her mother's friend letting Olivia enter a marriage of convenience without even seeing to it first that she has the chance to meet other, younger men. But it was a period of time when a young unmarried woman was seen as not safe and in need of protection, and neither of them felt they were in a position to protect her for long without completely rearranging their own lives. To them this marriage is a way of ensuring her safety. Mrs. Carr assures Olivia that love often grows out of arranged marriages. Through a marriage to Jack Rembleton she may eventually become a viscountess. Her eldest son will certainly inherit the title and money, so it seems to be a solution to everyone's problems. They don't precisely push Olivia into it, but they also don't discourage it in the least and leave her, as a consequence of her inexperience, grief, and fear of inconveniencing her remaining loved ones, feeling that it's her best choice. Her mother, out of necessity as a naval officer's wife, taught her a certain amount of independence, and having her own house to manage seems more desirable than having her life watched over by a hired companion. None of them realize Rembleton is a molly. That is a well kept secret between Wilkins and himself, and he is not a bad person. He thinks he's doing Olivia no harm but in fact providing her a secure future. He's as gentle and considerate as he knows how to be, although lacking in even any attempt at real affection for Olivia. During her brief time in London as a newly married woman, while Jack is seeking to set up a separate household for his bride near where he lives and works with his lover Wilkins, Olivia meets and befriends a very young duchess, who is also in an arranged marriage. Lady Gracechurch takes it on herself to befriend other young ladies in such marriages, to provide each other friendship and support. Luke Fitzmaurice comes into Olivia's sphere, eventually, and he is immediately attracted to Olivia, when he meets her at a ball and mistakes her at first to be not Mrs. but Miss Rembleton. The story, as I mentioned earlier, spans 12 years, and takes us all the way through the Battle of Waterloo. The plot is complex and always intriguing, as the reader wonders how these people will somehow resolve their lives and find any semblance of happiness or real love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beverlee

    This novel had me happy and sad and frustrated and anxious... all hallmarks of a great story told by a skilled author. Protagonist Olivia Frobisher was thrown into adulthood with the unexpected death of her mother. With her father off at sea, fighting the French, she had little option but to marry, and the offer from Jack Rembleton seemed just what she needed. But Jack's secrets and a glance at the life of romance and flirtation she might have had cause Olivia to adopt a mask of severity and res This novel had me happy and sad and frustrated and anxious... all hallmarks of a great story told by a skilled author. Protagonist Olivia Frobisher was thrown into adulthood with the unexpected death of her mother. With her father off at sea, fighting the French, she had little option but to marry, and the offer from Jack Rembleton seemed just what she needed. But Jack's secrets and a glance at the life of romance and flirtation she might have had cause Olivia to adopt a mask of severity and restraint. Ten years later, a ball allows the mask to slip, and Olivia finds a taste of the happiness she missed as a girl. But her circumstances and the growing spectre of renewed war could destroy that happiness before it has a chance to blossom. By the time I had finished the novel, I no longer felt like I was reading about characters in a book, but about friends. Jack Rembleton, the errant husband, aroused my anger but also my pity, being placed in a situation he could not control. Olivia herself barricaded herself behind her mask both to maintain her reputation but also to protect herself. And Luke Fitzmaurice, flirt, man-about-town, and frustrated soldier-manqué, endeared himself to me with every regretful glance and hopeful smile. I felt I knew these people, and wanted them to be happy not just for the requisite happy ending, but for themselves. Ms. Kullmann is a lovely writer. From descriptions of tender feelings and half-noticed glances, to depictions of bloody battlefields, she keeps the reader engaged with every word. If I neglected much of my to-do list last week, this book is the culprit. Definitely recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Ascroft

    This novel is an entertaining Regency tale that intertwines upper class life and love in all its complexity with the gritty horror of officers’ and soldiers’ lives on the battlefield during the Napoleonic Wars. The deftly plotted story draws together Olivia Frobisher and Luke Fitzmaurice and brings the reader along on their life journeys as they experience attraction to each other, the constraints of societal mores and marriage, disillusionment with their lives and eventually love and fulfilment This novel is an entertaining Regency tale that intertwines upper class life and love in all its complexity with the gritty horror of officers’ and soldiers’ lives on the battlefield during the Napoleonic Wars. The deftly plotted story draws together Olivia Frobisher and Luke Fitzmaurice and brings the reader along on their life journeys as they experience attraction to each other, the constraints of societal mores and marriage, disillusionment with their lives and eventually love and fulfilment. The story unfolds over a number of years, allowing the characters to mature and develop so that the progression of events is believable. The novel has much more depth than I expected of a Regency romance and I appreciated this. It is a fully developed historical novel, as well as a love story, that explores every aspect of life in the era. The characters and the plot were both well developed and credible. The settings were rendered as expertly as the characters and the plot, and the author vividly and convincingly depicts both the harsh reality of battlefields in France and the pleasures and challenges of society life in England. The relationship that develops between Olivia and Luke is a satisfying love story that resonates with modern readers yet doesn’t lose the sense of the era in which the story is set. I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the escape of a love story or the pleasure of a good historical novel. It’s a gripping and entertaining tale.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Loved it. This tale of how two young people in Regency-era England live through their own challenges and gradually become entwined with each other makes for a fascinating read. The characters are well thought out and have a depth and personality that I often find missing in other romance novels. All of this against a clearly extremely well researched historical backdrop leaves me waiting for more!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I Sussurri delle Maschere è un libro ambientato nel periodo storico del 1803, in Inghilterra. Olivia Frobisher ha solo diciannove anni quando si ritrova sola, senza una madre a occuparsi di lei (morta improvvisamente) o un padre a vegliare sulla sua giovane età (intento a combattere contro i francesi, per mare in compagnia di suo fratello). Sconsolata e totalmente bisognosa di protezione, decide di accettare il matrimonio combinato da suo zio Mr Harte e sposare Jack Rembleton. Non lo ama ma l'am I Sussurri delle Maschere è un libro ambientato nel periodo storico del 1803, in Inghilterra. Olivia Frobisher ha solo diciannove anni quando si ritrova sola, senza una madre a occuparsi di lei (morta improvvisamente) o un padre a vegliare sulla sua giovane età (intento a combattere contro i francesi, per mare in compagnia di suo fratello). Sconsolata e totalmente bisognosa di protezione, decide di accettare il matrimonio combinato da suo zio Mr Harte e sposare Jack Rembleton. Non lo ama ma l'amore può arrivare col tempo, in fondo non è la prima coppia a sposarsi senza sentimento, no? Ma ciò che Olivia però non sa è che Jack non potrà mai portare l'amore che serve a quel matrimonio, per quanto lei possa impegnarsi, poiché l'ha sposata solo per nascondere la sua omosessualità, permettendosi così di portare da un lato degli eredi al suo casato, e di portare avanti dall'atro la sua vera storia d'amore, in sicurezza. Olivia è costretta a subire la doppia vita di suo marito che davanti al pubblico è un marito perfetto per la moglie perfetta e dietro le quinte è l'innamorato di Bart, la persona che occupa seriamente la sua mente. La fortuna, in un certo senso, una sera le permette di conoscere Luke Fitzmaurice, un giovane che per problemi di salute, è stato costretto ad abbandonare la sua pìù grande ambizione: entrare nell’esercito. Il loro amore nasce man mano, fresco come il venticello estivo e puro, vero come Olivia merita. Come entrambi meritano. Non posso negare di aver pianto, di essermi emozionata così tanto da sentire il respiro mancare per molte parti di una trama che ti porta a vivere ben dieci anni dei nostri personaggi. Lo stile è impeccabile, vero e giusto come solo un romanzo storico come si deve può essere. Mi sono sentita accanto a Olivia nella narrazione, ho provato le sue sensazioni e le sue emozioni pagina dopo pagina tanto che quando ho finito la lettura mi sono sentita triste a dover abbandonare i personaggi. Se ve ne consiglio la lettura? Beh posso solo dirvi che se non lo leggerete ve ne pentirete sicuramente.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Star

    Literate, well researched and very engaging. She evokes a very good sense of the social and military period. Her characters evolve convincingly throughout the novel and we can sympathise with their doubts and dilemmas . I’ll definitely read more of her work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    Wow an in-depth look at mores,manners,marriages in regency times Wonderful storytelling about marriage of convenience with one having ulterior motives. Author developed this over ten years,I was so invested

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Davis

    This story has much greater depth than many regencies. It is a love triangle, of sorts, although Olivia's uncaring husband, Jack, is as much a victim of the social and legal situation of the time as Olivia herself. It is refreshing to read a story where the 'villain' comes across as a real personality with his own, very real problems. All three main characters are well-drawn and believable, and I felt for all of them. I read and enjoyed Catherine Kullman's Perception and Illusion, but I liked thi This story has much greater depth than many regencies. It is a love triangle, of sorts, although Olivia's uncaring husband, Jack, is as much a victim of the social and legal situation of the time as Olivia herself. It is refreshing to read a story where the 'villain' comes across as a real personality with his own, very real problems. All three main characters are well-drawn and believable, and I felt for all of them. I read and enjoyed Catherine Kullman's Perception and Illusion, but I liked this one better. I look forward to her next book, and will definitely be buying it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Donelli

    http://www.esmeraldaviaggielibri.it/i... I sussurri delle maschere di Catherine Kullmann, romanzo Regency pubblicato da Vintage Editore il 31 agosto cartaceo e il 29 novembre in digitale. Quale periodo migliore se non quello natalizio per regalarsi una storia ambientata nel periodo Regency? Avevo questo romanzo in libreria da qualche tempo, ma aspettavo il momento giusto per dedicarvi la mia attenzione e in questi giorni avevo proprio voglia di immergermi nelle atmosfere dell’Inghilterra a cavallo http://www.esmeraldaviaggielibri.it/i... I sussurri delle maschere di Catherine Kullmann, romanzo Regency pubblicato da Vintage Editore il 31 agosto cartaceo e il 29 novembre in digitale. Quale periodo migliore se non quello natalizio per regalarsi una storia ambientata nel periodo Regency? Avevo questo romanzo in libreria da qualche tempo, ma aspettavo il momento giusto per dedicarvi la mia attenzione e in questi giorni avevo proprio voglia di immergermi nelle atmosfere dell’Inghilterra a cavallo tra l’ultima età Georgiana e quella Regency. Talmente voglia che appena terminata la lettura mi sono fiondata sulla serie di Netflix Bridgerton tratta dai romanzi di Julia Quinn (cliccando vedrete l’intervista all’autrice che parla anche della serie tv) di cui trovate le recensioni sul blog a cura di Alessia (Il duca e io – Il visconte che mi amava – La proposta di un gentiluomo). La cosa che più mi ha stupito di questa lettura è l’accuratezza storica, io non sono una gran esperta di storia devo ammetterlo, ma sono affascinata da tutti i romanzi che mischiano ricostruzioni accurate con parti di pura finzione. Olivia è certamente una giovane donna del suo tempo, una che mette la famiglia davanti a tutto e che lascia sempre se stessa un passo indietro. Luke è un giovane uomo che vorrebbe poter dare di più alla proprio patria, ma che per un periodo vede questo bisogno messo da parte per problemi di salute e fa quel che può per portare avanti i suoi ideali. Jack è un uomo che non può sentirsi libero di essere se stesso e si vede costretto a ingannare Olivia per nascondere la sua relazione. Un triangolo che scontenterà tutti, ma che è inevitabile perché le tempistiche giocano come sempre un ruolo fondamentale e Olivia si vede costretta ad accettare di buon grado un matrimonio combinato come usanza a quell’epoca. Un matrimonio con un uomo più grande di lei, che non le dedicherà mai un briciolo di affetto, certo non le farà mancare nulla economicamente parlando, ma l’amore è un’altra cosa. L’amore è quel sentimento che ti travolge e non ti lascia scampo, è quella cosa che ti fa tremare al solo pensiero di vedere la persona che hai nel tuo cuore, è quello che Olivia teme non proverà mai, almeno fino al giorno in cui il suo sguardo s’incrocia con quello di Luke. Luke rimane folgorato da questa ragazza che mai penserebbe già sposata con un uomo più grande di lei. Insieme passano una piacevole serata e quando lui si propone per corteggiarla la delusione per l’aver scoperto che lei non fosse nubile e l’orrore di saperla per sempre unita a un uomo che poteva essere suo padre. Si sentì arrabbiato con sé stesso per aver capito male e persino con lei, per la sua pacata correzione, anche se, cos’altro avrebbe potuto fare? Olivia in quell’esatto momento si rende conto di aver rinunciato per sempre a qualcosa che non ha mai conosciuto e che non avrà mai la possibilità di conoscere. Per lei niente flirt, corteggiamenti e innamoramenti. Per sempre tagliata fuori dal mondo dei giovani di cui dovrebbe fare parte, imbrigliata in una relazione priva di amore in cui il suo unico scopo è dare al marito degli eredi e non mettere bocca nelle sue faccende. Passano dieci anni, il ricordo di Olivia è ben presente nei pensieri di Luke e anche Olivia non lo ha mai dimenticato, entrambi sono andati avanti con le proprie vite, Olivia è ormai madre di tre figli, Luke è uno scapolo libero come l’aria e felice della sua condizione. Ciò che non si aspettano è di trovarsi di fronte a una festa in maschera, Olivia è irriconoscibile, Luke invece, nonostante la maschera e il travestimento viene riconosciuto da Olivia. Anche così finiscono per attrarsi e Olivia mostra un lato di sé che non sapeva nemmeno di avere. Che strano usare una maschera per togliersi una maschera, pensò Olivia. Ma chissà, magari quella notte avrebbe potuto aprire la gabbia in cui teneva rinchiusi i propri sogni e desideri. Sorridendo, prese la maschera e uscì. Luke però non saprà mai con chi ha avuto il piacere di intrattenersi, chi è quella donna che pur non mostrandosi si è concessa a lui e gli ha rapito il cuore. Olivia si è concessa una follia e ora è il momento di tornare nei ranghi, certa di aver assaporato almeno per una volta la bellezza della passione e della condivisione con un uomo che la desiderava con tutto se stesso. Da buona romantica anelavo gli incontri tra Olivia e Luke, certa che prima o poi qualcosa sarebbe cambiato e che il destino avrebbe fatto il suo corso concedendo loro la possibilità di amarsi apertamente alla luce del sole. Riusciranno Olivia e Luke a costruirsi un futuro insieme o la guerra li dividerà per sempre? La risposta a questo interrogativo sta a voi scoprirla, ma io voglio darvi il consiglio di dare una possibilità a questa bellissima storia d’amore e di leggere I sussurri delle maschere, certa che da amanti del periodo storico, non ve ne pentirete.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Mulcahy

    Kullmann proves herself once again a wonderfully engaging author gifted with an indefinable quality that lures the reader straight into a four in hand landau of Regency England. So much so that her words take flight from the pages and I can practically hear her Irish lilt (assuming she has one). Accomplished articulation and expression navigates the labyrinth of London’s ‘ton’ with intricacies of misperceptions that are typical of this genre yet subtly succours the various plot contours. Even bef Kullmann proves herself once again a wonderfully engaging author gifted with an indefinable quality that lures the reader straight into a four in hand landau of Regency England. So much so that her words take flight from the pages and I can practically hear her Irish lilt (assuming she has one). Accomplished articulation and expression navigates the labyrinth of London’s ‘ton’ with intricacies of misperceptions that are typical of this genre yet subtly succours the various plot contours. Even before the heroine says ‘I do’ at the beginning of the book, I was literally screaming in my head, ‘No! Don’t!’ Whilst the whole premise is cringeworthy for any heterosexual female to comprehend, a resonance of reality makes it all the more tragic. However, halfway through, there are suggestions of a second chance romance (phew) albeit frustratingly slow in realisation from both parties and I felt the ending was a bit rushed very much in contrast with the rest of the story which is the only reason why I knocked a star off. Having now completed all three of Catherine Kullmann’s Regency novels back-to-back that are set around the ‘Peninsula’ there was no explanation regarding that particular part of history that would have been beneficial in the author’s postscript. Here we see more explicit scenes that feel more pertinent to the storyline unlike Perception & Illusion that I actually considered gratuitous slotted in at the very end of the book as an afterthought. Although I didn’t feel as gripped as I did the other two novels, it was no less enjoyable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie's Kindle

    Although previously read, I re-read before reviewing so it would be fresh in my mind. Olivia was the daughter and sister to naval personnel. Her father being a captain and her brother in service. She and her mother were very self sufficient as the men were often called for service often and for long periods. What was not planned for was her Mother 's sudden death. Leaving Olivia in the care of her bachelor uncle with no access to father's funds. At eighteen years old, the only thing he knew to d Although previously read, I re-read before reviewing so it would be fresh in my mind. Olivia was the daughter and sister to naval personnel. Her father being a captain and her brother in service. She and her mother were very self sufficient as the men were often called for service often and for long periods. What was not planned for was her Mother 's sudden death. Leaving Olivia in the care of her bachelor uncle with no access to father's funds. At eighteen years old, the only thing he knew to do was secure her future by finding a solid husband. If only he had done that correctly! He was approached by Mr. Rembleton, who was heir to the Rembleton title and had no heirs of his own. He needed to marry despite having no desire to do so. Securing a home and future became paramount. The marriage was arranged.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Flo

    A different type of Regency romance since it tells much about the war with France and Waterloo. Olivia is 18 when her mother dies suddenly. Her father and brother are both naval men and are away at sea. She is left without money and nowhere to live. Her uncle suggests a marriage. She agrees to marry Jack Rembleton who needs an heir not knowing that he is tied to someone else. When she meets Luke Fitzmaurice, their attraction is immediate but they do not meet again until years have passed. Blatan A different type of Regency romance since it tells much about the war with France and Waterloo. Olivia is 18 when her mother dies suddenly. Her father and brother are both naval men and are away at sea. She is left without money and nowhere to live. Her uncle suggests a marriage. She agrees to marry Jack Rembleton who needs an heir not knowing that he is tied to someone else. When she meets Luke Fitzmaurice, their attraction is immediate but they do not meet again until years have passed. Blatant sex scenes and scenes of the horror of war make this into a far deeper story than expected. Not the type of Regency Romance I had expected or indeed wanted.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I really enjoyed the storyline, however, I've found the transitions in the author's books to be lacking. Scenes in the story jump around and the transitions are awkward and many times I have to reread previous paragraphs to understand where we are in the story. Likewise, I feel like there were many unnecessary characters thrown into this story as well. Again, their appearance in the stories was choppy, making it difficult to keep up with the plot. All that being said, I enjoyed the story and appr I really enjoyed the storyline, however, I've found the transitions in the author's books to be lacking. Scenes in the story jump around and the transitions are awkward and many times I have to reread previous paragraphs to understand where we are in the story. Likewise, I feel like there were many unnecessary characters thrown into this story as well. Again, their appearance in the stories was choppy, making it difficult to keep up with the plot. All that being said, I enjoyed the story and appreciated that the main character Olivia seemed more like a "real" woman than characters that have been portrayed in other regency romance novels.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane Shearer

    Very good! This is really a good story. Luke and Olivia are great characters. It’s well written, with a lot of little details that bring you into the world they moved in. The love stories, for there are several, are written with passion and compassion, which I really value. I’m not interested in bedroom scenes thrown in without thought because there ought to be one. These are really moving, both bad and good. I gave it four stars instead of five because the battle scenes are weak and we don’t get Very good! This is really a good story. Luke and Olivia are great characters. It’s well written, with a lot of little details that bring you into the world they moved in. The love stories, for there are several, are written with passion and compassion, which I really value. I’m not interested in bedroom scenes thrown in without thought because there ought to be one. These are really moving, both bad and good. I gave it four stars instead of five because the battle scenes are weak and we don’t get to see the Medieval games at the end. Otherwise, it’s lovely. I’m so glad there’s a series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patrizia

    Non certo all'altezza di 'The Duke's Regrets', che per scrupolo sono andata a rileggermi: molto più sfilacciato, molto meno intenso. Certo, c'è dietro un gran lavoro (soprattutto sulla battaglia di Waterloo); ma era proprio necessario trascinare la 'prim and proper' – e nonostante tutto fedele – Mrs. Rembleton in un bollente momento di sesso adultero con un quasi estraneo? Un episodio quasi imbarazzante che, volendo forse accrescere la tensione del plot, finisce al contrario per smontarla. Non certo all'altezza di 'The Duke's Regrets', che per scrupolo sono andata a rileggermi: molto più sfilacciato, molto meno intenso. Certo, c'è dietro un gran lavoro (soprattutto sulla battaglia di Waterloo); ma era proprio necessario trascinare la 'prim and proper' – e nonostante tutto fedele – Mrs. Rembleton in un bollente momento di sesso adultero con un quasi estraneo? Un episodio quasi imbarazzante che, volendo forse accrescere la tensione del plot, finisce al contrario per smontarla.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sally Stackhouse

    1803 Regency England. A well written book with good characters, believable personalities and a good flow to the narrative. I'm not usually one to read about battles but the description of the battle towards the end of the book had me hooked as it was so well written. I did find the first third of the book a bit confusing with all the characters and their names therefore it lost a star for me, otherwise it would have been ‘up there’ as a 5* book. 1803 Regency England. A well written book with good characters, believable personalities and a good flow to the narrative. I'm not usually one to read about battles but the description of the battle towards the end of the book had me hooked as it was so well written. I did find the first third of the book a bit confusing with all the characters and their names therefore it lost a star for me, otherwise it would have been ‘up there’ as a 5* book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina Miles

    Excellent I am thrilled to have discovered a new author whose stories I enjoy so much! I really enjoyed this tale and am so glad they got their HEA. Although I'm not a big fan of scenes describing war, Luke's experiences were written so interestingly that I didn't skip over it like I usually do. Thanks for a lovely story. I'm off to buy the next book right now! Excellent I am thrilled to have discovered a new author whose stories I enjoy so much! I really enjoyed this tale and am so glad they got their HEA. Although I'm not a big fan of scenes describing war, Luke's experiences were written so interestingly that I didn't skip over it like I usually do. Thanks for a lovely story. I'm off to buy the next book right now!

  21. 4 out of 5

    bibliolatry

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book Catherine Kulmann is a wonderful author. She has a writing style that fascinates with lifelike characters, wonderful plots and a wealth of historical information that brings the regency era to life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was fine, but not more. I was happy to keep reading it (it was not one that made want to throw the book down), but the romance was not actually developed despite going on for hundreds of pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ceinwen

    I liked the story, which had more grit than many books in this genre but some of the dialogue, especially at the beginning was a bit clunky.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Helen Hollick

    This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: 'This is a good story, well told, full of the type of dialogue that we expect from those days ' Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: 'This is a good story, well told, full of the type of dialogue that we expect from those days ' Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs

  25. 5 out of 5

    Valentina Murruni

    Blog La piccola libreria nel bosco Eccomi a parlarvi di un romanzo storico ambientato nel periodo delle guerre napoleoniche. La protagonista è Olivia, una giovane, figlia e sorella di ufficiali di marina. Mentre il padre e il fratello sono in battaglia perde la madre e siccome rimane sola, alla deriva, di lei se ne occupa suo zio, Mr Harte.  Quest'ultimo decide di combinarle un matrimonio con Jack, Mr Rembleton, il quale in realtà acconsente solo per nascondere la sua omosessualità e garantirsi de Blog La piccola libreria nel bosco Eccomi a parlarvi di un romanzo storico ambientato nel periodo delle guerre napoleoniche. La protagonista è Olivia, una giovane, figlia e sorella di ufficiali di marina. Mentre il padre e il fratello sono in battaglia perde la madre e siccome rimane sola, alla deriva, di lei se ne occupa suo zio, Mr Harte.  Quest'ultimo decide di combinarle un matrimonio con Jack, Mr Rembleton, il quale in realtà acconsente solo per nascondere la sua omosessualità e garantirsi degli eredi. Olivia spera che nonostante il loro matrimonio combinato sia impersonale e meccanico, col passare del tempo nasca l'amore. Purtroppo non è così, quello che riceve è puro disinteresse, infatti il modo di interagire di suo marito nei suoi confronti è distaccato, freddo. Jack dal canto suo vive tranquillamente la sua doppia vita, due mondi che cerca in ogni modo di tenere separati; se in pubblico è il marito di Olivia, in gran segreto è l'amante di Bart. Col tempo Olivia si rende conto che accettando il matrimonio con Jack è come se fosse tagliata fuori dal mondo dei giovani, non avrebbe avuto flirt, corteggiamenti o innamoramenti come le sue coetanee. La svolta avviene quando durante un ballo Olivia fa la conoscenza di Luke, un giovane che ambisce ad entrare nell'esercito, ma per problemi di salute non può farlo. Attrazione, curiosità e interesse fanno da collante tra i due giovani. Il loro non è un amore focoso o immediato, ma cresce con il tempo. La narrazione copre un periodo di circa dieci anni. Sullo sfondo sono presenti le battaglie napoleoniche, feste, balli e le ineguaglianze della società inglese, dove è importante mantenere le apparenze anche a costo di non essere se stessi. Lo stile dell'autrice è abbastanza coinvolgente e scorrevole, infatti la lettura procede in modo davvero fluido. Ben fatte le descrizioni e le caratterizzazioni dei personaggi, sia quelli principali che secondari.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ChillwithabookAWARD With

    The Murmur of Masks has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award. www.chillwithabook.com The Murmur of Masks has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award. www.chillwithabook.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susy Tomasiello

    Un regency ben scritto e davvero bello. Recensione completa qui http://imieimagicimondi.blogspot.com/... Un regency ben scritto e davvero bello. Recensione completa qui http://imieimagicimondi.blogspot.com/...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tra le pagine di un libro mi troverai

    Recensione sul blog ➡️ https://tralepaginediunlibromitrovera... Recensione sul blog ➡️ https://tralepaginediunlibromitrovera...

  29. 4 out of 5

    La Bibliatra

    http://labibliatra.altervista.org/i-s... http://labibliatra.altervista.org/i-s...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marya

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