Reviewed by Scherry Jenkins for Readers' Favorite
In A Christmas Masquerade by Melissa H. North, 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.
A Christmas Masquerade is a delightful quick read. The story is quite short, but Melissa H. North filled those pages with love, humor, goodness, and a warm Christmas spirit. This is 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. 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 is the first book I've read from author Melissa H. North, but I certainly intend to read more from her!