The Murmur of Masks

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.

Introduced into society by the young Duchess of Gracechurch, Olivia meets Luke Fitzmaurice who is instantly smitten. She is forced to recognise that she has renounced the joys of girlhood without ever having experienced them.

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 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.

Review: This is a beautifully written historical drama set in the regency period against the backdrop of the Napoleonic era which includes accounts from both the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo.

The tale starts with Olivia, a young lady saying farewell to her father and brother as they are called to service with the navy. Shortly after they leave, her mother unexpectedly dies and Olivia soon finds herself having to marry in order to secure her station in life.

She marries Jack Rembleton, a much older man out of convenience. But Rembleton has his own reasons for marrying and it isn’t long before further complications arise, and truth will out in the end.

The amount of research and adaptations of actual documents/letters used from the Napoleonic era is nothing short of amazing. Kullmann has poured in all of her creative talents to make this the exquisite work it has become.