Review: Masquerade by Joanna Taylor

1786 : Regency London. Everyone is hiding something. But someone is hiding everything.

Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious noble pursues her, it seems her luck is changing. But though Lord Hays offers to grow Lizzy's fortunes, his price is unexpected. She must masquerade in the sumptuous gowns and social mask of a true lady.

With the stakes so high, love is out of the question. But as Lizzy navigates the fashion and faux-pas of the London elite, she finds her tough facade failing her. Lord Hayes wants to show her that nobility is more than skin deep . . . and as the connection between them grows, it's no longer certain who's wearing the mask. As the street-girl and the lord collide, Regency London is poised for scandal . . .  

It was only after finishing this book that I found out it is essentially a scene by scene retelling of Pretty Woman set in the 1800s. While I picked up on the street girl/gentleman comparisons I have to admit that I've never actually seen the film the whole way through. Therefore I enjoyed this book for what it is - Lizzie's journey from rags to riches. Edward was dashing from the start, but never had me entirely convinced. Lizzie on the other hand I loved. The story is told from her perspective and you really feel for her. Packed with period detail, this was a true Georgian fairytale. 4/5 stars.


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