Love in a Mask, or Imprudence and Happiness

Read by Lee Smalley

(4.3 stars; 30 reviews)

Love in a Mask, or Imprudence and Happiness, is an entertaining short novel by Honoré de Balzac, unpublished in his lifetime. Beginning with a flirtatious conversation at a masked ball, Balzac introduces his two main characters, a beautiful wealthy young widow and a gallant cavalry officer, and demonstrates his creative genius with deft plot twists of hidden identity and romantic intrigue.

The translation is by Alice M. Ivimy. --Lee Smalley (1 hr 46 min)


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one of my favorite readers

(4 stars)

the sound and volume was great on this one, too. 2018 - This story has a great plot. A man marries a woman and has a child with her (pretty common now), BUT he is not allowed to know who she is. She stays veiled or the lights are out every time they meet. She's somewhat a "man-hater" due to a previous bad experience. It's a cute love story. Just what I need every now and then.

Enjoyable Story

(5 stars)

This is a short story but every chapter is entertaining and narrated perfectly by Lee Smalley. It’s somewhat unique and probably pushed the envelope a bit for the time. I enjoyed it and and am very grateful to LibriVox and Mr. Smalley.

Reading is ok - story is amateurosh

(5 stars)

not a great story but ok

Love in a Mask

(4.5 stars)

A charming tale ~ classic Balzac

Fine short Romance

(4 stars)

Both romantic and moral talr.