Saturday, October 14, 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty - Book Review

An Inconvenient Beauty – Hawthorne House Series
Kristi Ann Hunter

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1815 London, Regency Era, England

We have finally come to Griffith Hawthorne’s story.  This story really flowed along at a nice pace as the characters got to know each other.
The Duke of Riverton is the eldest sibling.  He is logical and organized, even a bit subdued at times.  But, he has many layers to him.  His family has a legacy of marrying for love.  He has ‘decided’ the time has come for him to marry, so he sets out to find a reasonable wife, who will ‘fit’ into his life, and then he can come to love her. Enter Frederica St. Clair; a plain but fitting woman who should do the trick.
Isabella Breckenridge has practically made a deal with the devil.  Her uncle, Percy St. Clair, is wealthy and connected.  Her family is poor with little chance at a good future now that her father has been injured.  When her uncle, and cousin Frederica, decide to visit them after many years, he discovers what an undeniable beauty she has become and hatches a plan to benefit them both.  She is soon whisked to London during the high season and put on display for all of society to admire.  Her intent is to fulfill her uncle's demands and return home to continue helping her family along with financial relief and glowing recommendations for her brothers to attend school.  Her intent is NOT to fall in love since she has no use for such things.
But, what does God have planned?

Special Quote - Ch. 32 “Have you prayed about ?” “Every day.” Every moment. Griffith wasn’t sure there was an hour he’d been awake when some part of him hadn’t been crying out to God for a way to fix this dull ache in the middle of his chest that refused to go away as long as there was a chance…
I love this because sometimes I too feel like there are some parts of me crying out to God, more than a conscious prayer.  Very well stated by the author.
The story was sweet and endearing, and at times I laughed aloud.  I even sighed happily as I turned the last page.  Now that the series is finished, I plan to go back and read the books again.  They were that enjoyable.  Kristi Ann Hunter weaves wonderful stories.  And Bethany House has blessed her with lovely book covers.

© October 2017 Bethany House
373 pages
In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a copy from Bethany House Publ. which I am privileged to provide with no other compensation. - 5 stars
Read: 10/04&05/2017 - Reviewed: 10/14/2017

“The Hawthorne House Series follows a set of aristocratic siblings led by the Duke of Riverton. Set from 1812 - 1815, these stories show how beautiful life, love, and family can be when you let God be a part of them.”
(I love that there are more than 3 books, but we also did not have to wait forever between stories!)
A Lady of Esteem – Free eNovella – 7/1/2015
A Noble Masquerade – Book 1 – 9/8/2015 You’ve Got Mail, Regency Style
An Elegant Fa├žade – Book 2 – 7/5/2016
An Uncommon Courtship – Book 3 – 1/3/2017
An Inconvenient Beauty – Book – 4 - 09/2017

Blessings and a cup of Autumnal Tea,