- Title: The Mask Revealed (Jacobite Chronicles Book 2)
- Author: Julia Brannan
- Pages: 350
- Kindle ebook
- Released: January 8, 2016
- My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The second in the fascinating series about the lives of the beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends.
Britain moves ever closer to the 1745 rebellion and the impending attempt to restore the Stuarts to the British throne.
With no other options available to her, Beth marries the effete and tedious social butterfly Sir Anthony Peters.
She resigns herself to a future of formal parties and dismal social gatherings, whilst accompanying a husband who is both tiresome and physically repellent to her, but consoles herself with the thought that if she is not to know love, then at least she will have a secure and comfortable life. It may be uneventful, but she will be free of her brother.
The ink on the marriage contract is hardly dry, however, when Beth makes a shocking discovery, one that turns her world upside down and throws her whole future into doubt once more.
Almost immediately she must make a decision. Will she opt for the safe but dreary life her husband wishes her to lead, or will she fight for a life of passion, adventure and excitement, knowing that in doing so, she risks not only her own life, but the lives of those she loves?
*All opinions are my own.
*May contain spoilers.
I loved this book. I had read the first book in the series because it was a free book from Bookbub and I choose to buy the second. I feel that this book is and example of where the second is even better than the first. I have always enjoyed historical fiction with a strong-minded female character like Beth Cunningham.
The book swiftly revealed Sir Anthony’s true identity, confirming my suspicions from the first story. Learning that Beth had truly married Alex, a man she could actually bond with, was expected but exciting none the less. The details of how Alex became Sir Anthony and the adventure that ensues was what I really enjoyed.
I loved the scene when Beth and Alex reconcile in the rain. As I read I could see the rain washing Sir Anthony away as his spoken words revealed the real Alex. Such a poetic way of demonstrating the change in the relationship. In a time when arranged marriages were still normal it is always nice to see a happy couple.
After finishing this book and am throughly hooked and cant wait to read book three. Sure, its historical fiction and I know who will be King of England next but that doesnt mean I cant be excited for Beth and company. I am a little behind in reading this series so I wont have to wait long to find out what happens next, yay.
Anyone looking to start reading a new book should check this series out. Julia Brannan does a wonderful job in every way.