Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Review - A Christmas Masquerade by Melissa H. North

Title:  A Christmas Masquerade
Author:  Melissa H. North
Genre:  Fiction, Steampunk, Holiday
Release Date:  October 15, 2017

About the Book:

A Christmas Masquerade is a short story.

Kingsley Radcliffe lives every day like it is Christmas, going out of his way to help those less fortunate than himself. But when a mysterious gift arrives on his doorstep with only a riddle inside, Kingsley along with his friend Ezra and his dog, Droolious, must unravel the clues to find the mysterious Christmas riddler.

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

Here it is the first day of December, so I thought I'd try to get in as many holiday reads as possible before all the confusion and madness starts.  A Christmas Masquerade was a delightful quick read. The story is quite short but Melissa H. North filled those pages with love, humor, goodness and Christmas spirit. This was Christmas Steampunk at its finest, and it certainly put me in the Christmas spirit. Portions of the story almost read like Charles Dickens, but with a definite twist.

Kingsley Radcliffe is a man with a heart of gold, a man who lives the Christmas spirit each and every day. When he receives a mysterious Christmas gift containing a riddle, he and his friend Ezra and Ezra's dog, Droolious (Gosh, I love that name for a dog!), embark on a scavenger hunt that takes them on a Christmas Eve adventure, stopping from time to time to provide Christmas cheer to others. No spoilers here as to where they end up, but the journey was fun and eventful and the outcome was delightful. I was sorry that this story ended so quickly because I was so enjoying reading it. Melissa H. North created a beautifully constructed world with descriptions that allowed this reader to visualize everything as if I was right there, making me feel the warmth and compassion of someone with a true Christmas heart and a bit of humor with the steampunk additives and delightful names of people and places. And that's difficult to do with such a short story! Congratulations to a very talented author.  A Christmas Masquerade was the first book I've read from this author, but I certainly intend to read more from her.

Disclosure:  A complimentary copy was provided by the author and Reader's Favorites in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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