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The Grand Masquerade (Bold Women of the 19th Century Series) by [Hughes, Amanda]
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For readers who like Southern Gothic with a bit of a love story.

It is a life built on secrets, lust, and lies, and Sydnee Sauveterre is at the center of the charade. Used as a source of income at a stand on the Natchez Trace, she escapes at a young age to start a new life in Louisiana. Gifted with visions and a knowledge of Hoodoo, Sydnee must find her way through the quagmire of danger and deceit that is 19th Century New Orleans. She bans together with four friends to create an illusion within the elegant, high society of the Louisiana Creole. It is a risky charade meant to fulfill all of their secret desires, and Sydnee gambles everything, including love, to lead this double life. Will she survive the grand masquerade?
"Once again Amanda Hughes splashes the pages with gritty adventure and love stories about audacious women in the 18th and 19th Century. Her page-turning tales will keep you on the edge of your seat as you take wild rides through dramatic and dazzling periods of history."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4756 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Lillis and Jaymes (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OABX19M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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.This is a good book the is great I'll buy another book of hers. I loved the story u can't put it down
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A great read !!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3acfa38) out of 5 stars Superb Storytelling! Oct. 8 2014
By Regan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This story has it all: adventure, romance, intrigue, mystery and great storytelling.

It begins in 1831 as 14-year-old Sydnee Sauveterre ekes out a modest living at her father’s tavern, the Devil’s Backbone, on the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. Her father is a perverted brute who whores out his young daughter for money and then takes the babies she gives birth to. Sydnee takes refuge in her friendship with animals and her gift of visions that she shares with her father’s slave, Margarite, who engages in Hoodoo rituals for customers of the tavern.

When Margarite dies and Sydnee’s father is killed, she flees and heads for New Orleans where the spirits tell her she will find a better life. And she does. Through a series of events, she is able to gain an education and a lady’s poise. And she makes friends—four unlikely young people who band together with Sydnee to live a “grand masquerade” in front of the world, while secretly fulfilling their own desires. And though Sydnee finds happiness, she still longs for more.

This is a saga that covers more than a decade in the lives of these five friends as Sydnee becomes a lady and discovers her true purpose in life—and the love of her life. Based on considerable research, Hughes’ story brings to life early 19th century New Orleans and Natchez and the plight of abused girls and women. To accomplish her purpose to rescue them, Sydnee lives two lives and risks much. And the masquerade continues as the very worthy hero, Dr. Fletcher Locke, enters her life.

A great storyteller, Hughes has woven an intriguing, suspenseful tale with terribly wicked villains and wonderful characters (though you’ll have to wait until the second half of the book for the romance!).

I recommend it!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3acfa8c) out of 5 stars Hughes Hits Homerun! Oct. 26 2014
By Thundermustard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have followed Ms. Hughes writing career and feel she is rapidly rising up the list of first class story tellers. I was afraid when I first started to read her novels they would be light weight "chick lit", heavy on romance but light on story and historical background. So much for my preconceived notion. I enjoy her character development and it is obvious she does her homework on the time period she is writing about. Her Novels are fast paced and never dull. Cudos. Keep up the good work.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3acfec4) out of 5 stars "The Grand Masquerade" by Amanda Hughes is her best work yet Jan. 16 2015
By Kathleen T. DeShong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Grand Masquerade" by Amanda Hughes is her best work yet! I couldn't put it down and I didn't want to stop to sleep. The story is extraordinary, yet believable. Sydnee was born into poverty yet makes the best of what is given to her to develop into the "first lady of New Orleans" through her lifelong friends she establishes along the way. Ms. Hughes develops her characters and situations that you can visualize them as you read. In the end, the twists and turns almost destroy her and her friends.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ad32a0) out of 5 stars Good story, but poor editing Jan. 29 2015
By LAB - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written at about the fourth-grade level, with a simple and predictable plot. It could have been a good story. However, the time sequences are often confusing, subject-verb usage poor, descriptions of scenery long and often inaccurate: (for instance, the Mississippi River was referred to as a lake in one scene). I spent so much time trying to correct the usage errors and figuring out how the author could have written correctly, that I was distracted from the story itself. I will not be reading any more of this author's work: it's painful!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ad324c) out of 5 stars The Grand Masquerade is a grand read! Oct. 8 2014
By M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A really enjoyable page turner. Loved the historical aspects and how they was woven into the tale. This is a story about Sydnee's survival against overwhelming odds. The author presents an incredibly accurate portrayal of society in the early 1800's. It certainly wasn't all romance and the opportunities for women, especially women from Sydnee's background were extremely limited. Her tale of survival and triumph is heart warming. I highly recommend this wonderful book.