Wednesday, February 1, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier he is not the duke in the family. Free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, he has grand plans of someday wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he barely knows, his dream of a loving marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever
(excerpt from back of book)

No preamble, I adore Kristi Ann Hunter and her books with their beautiful characters, hilarious wit, and heart filled gospel oriented writing.  Her stories are the perfect pick-me-up for mid winter blues. I honestly have sore ribs from trying not to wake my husband up while I giggled at poor Trent's circumstances.

For fans of the Hawthorne House  series, book three sees our attentions turned towards the male members of the family for an interesting change of pace. I really appreciate the care Hunter takes to stay true to the world and characters she has previously established, making for a much richer narrative.

Compared to previous outings, I found An Uncommon Courtship to march to its own pace. While A Noble Masquerade  held its intrigue, and An Elegant Facade  held the dance of Georgina's season, I appreciated the fact that An Uncommon Courtship did not try to match or copy  the pace of its predecessors. With the focus of Adelaide and Trent both learning themselves as well as how to live as one, I found the slower pace added to the overall feelings this thrown together couple  must have felt allowing this reader to more easily enter into the story.

That isn't to say the book is without dimension. Adelaide and Trent's grief and pain over the situation were just as believable as the more humourous side  (Trent's reaction over their "first night" and subsequent talk with the guys had me lost in giggles,  sympathetic ones of course ;) )Because that's the strength of Hunter's writing, her characters leap off the page of their book with such life that they can't help but ebb and flow like real individuals.

For myself, An Uncommon Courtship provides the perfect book three of Hawthorne House  by giving readers a new aspect into the family and new explorations of matters of the heart, the nature of love, and the realities of marriage.

5 out of 5 stars

For those of you who are long standing or brand new fans of the Hawthorne House series, there's still good news to come. Griffith will be getting his own book to round out the Hawthorne House series, rumours place its release in fall of 2017! 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

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