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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218255
ISBN-13: 9780764218255
Series: Hawthorne House

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An Exciting New Voice in Regency Romance

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.

With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

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Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Her debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, is a RITA double finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

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  1. Becky
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    October 1, 2016
    Becky
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you love anything Regency era, youll definitely want to check this one out. This is the third book in the Hawthorne House series, but you dont need to read them in order. I didnt, but I plan to because this one was amazing. All of the characters connect so Im sure it much more fun to read them in order.

    I absolutely loved An Elegant Facade. In the beginning, I really disliked Georgina. She is a snooty spoiled brat whose main goal was to further her place in society and to marry well. The man she had to marry couldnt be just any man either. He had to have status and money. However, as the story carried on, I began to really like the girl. Her snootiness is all a ruse! While I do not condone many of her thoughts and actions, I can easily understand where shes coming from. She has so many insecurities that she keeps hidden and she will do whatever it takes to keep anyone from finding out. By the end of the book, I loved Georgina.

    The book is beautifully done and I felt like I was reading a classic from the era. Most of the book seemed to work on getting Georgina to slowly peel away the many layers of herself until she was her true self. I found myself wanting to root for her in the end. In fact, I cheered and cried on her behalf all throughout the book.

    Georgina also has a really big secret. No one but her maid knew. She was quite clever at how she hid it from her family. It was quite interesting because I dont think Ive ever read anything about any kind of disability in historical fiction before. It was eye opening and made me wonder how a reading disability affected a lady of that time period. Ok, so at first I thought it was kind of odd. Why is dyslexia a bad thing? But Kristi Ann Hunter does an excellent job at explaining that in this time period, ladies were expected to run the house. Reading and writing were required to do these tasks. This added to the story and made it quite interesting.

    Now let me talk a little bit about Colin. He is probably one of the best male leads I have read this year. He is respectable and honorable. He refused to allow Georgina to keep up her facade in front of him. He tried to encourage her to tell her family her secret, but he never pressured her to reveal it. He is a man of character and quickly won me over. I loved that he was the only one who saw through her facade and still cared about her. Plus, hes from Scotland so thats pretty awesome. Hes also quite humorous and witty which is a good thing because it takes a lot to be able to keep up with Georgina.

    Overall, I was entertained all throughout the book. I give a 5 out 5 stars! Totally looking forward to the next book which is Trents story!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. gatorade635
    Midland, PA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it as much as the first one!
    September 8, 2016
    gatorade635
    Midland, PA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After adoring this author's debut novel I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and thankfully I loved this one too!

    I found it very interesting and rather cool how instead of picking up where the first book left off this one started in the middle of the events from A Noble Masquerade. But since they were told from two new perspectives it didn't feel repetitive and I actually loved seeing multiple sides of the same story.

    Georgina didn't come across very likable in the first book but as soon as we got into her head it was all explained. It was rather brilliant the way she had manipulated her life and created a character for herself all to keep her secret from being discovered. That she was able to hide it for so long from all but one person was remarkable. And even though she didn't start off on the best foot in my opinion by the end she had captured my heart and I was rooting for things to work out for her.

    Colin was an amazing character. I loved how despite being a shrewd businessman he always made sure to do the honorable thing and also the fact that he was content with his status on the fringes of society in a time when having a high status meant everything to most people. The way Colin and Georgina matched wits throughout left me with a smile on my face almost the whole time I was reading. I loved the way their relationship played out and there were some moments that were absolutely swoon-worthy!

    It was really fun to see some of Ryland and Miranda's story from another view and to see how things played out after the events of their book. It was also great to "visit" with the other familiar characters from book one and the prequel novella!

    In conclusion I loved everything about this book (like I did with the first one) and I cannot wait till Trent's story comes out so I can devour that one as well!

    I received this book free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. CozyWriter'sDen
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful
    September 2, 2016
    CozyWriter'sDen
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the second novel in the Hawthorne House series. The first, A Noble Masquerade, hooked me on this new and upcoming author. Kristi Ann Hunter has a knack for telling a riveting story and for creating both likeable characters, ones you only like to dislike, and then best of all ones you seriously dont know whether to love or hate.

    I believe I could place Lady Georgina firmly into the category of ones you seriously dont know whether to love or hate. It took me a while to begin understanding her character and I was nearing the end of the book before I fully appreciated the extent of this cunning and desperate lady who, on the exterior, appears to be nothing more than a spoiled dukes sister who cares nothing except for her own vanity and gaining titles and wealth.

    Colin McCrae is the only person not tricked by Lady Georginas faade. Even the ladies loving family sees nothing beyond a sister they have over indulged. Not deeming Colin worth any time and effort, Lady Georgina makes several minor slip-ups in his presence that allow him to see what others have missed. Desperate to keep her secret a secret, Lady Georgina and Colin enter an uneasy truce and battle of silent whit as they each attempt to manoeuver the highly complicated social scene that surrounds Londons elite.

    With Napoleons war still raging, spies combing the countryside of traitors, this novel is set in a riveting time period.

    An Elegant Faade was a wonderful follow-up to the first Hawthorne House book, and I loved seeing old characters brought back into the story and minor character from the first book more fully developed. Im looking forward to the next book in this hopefully long series.

    Thank-you to Baker Publishing House and Graf Martin Communications for the complimentary copy of this wonderful novel.
  4. BookLover
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent sequel! (4.5 stars)
    August 29, 2016
    BookLover
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An Elegant Faade is the second book in Kristi Ann Hunters Hawthorne House series, and I have to say that she is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical authors! I adored the first book, A Noble Masquerade, and was so excited to find out that this was going to be Georgina and Colins book! It was every bit as good as I expected and actually surpassed quite a few of my expectations, which is sometimes difficult when I so enjoy the first book. Ms. Hunter has definitely raised the bar with this novel and left me wondering how she could possibly top it for the next story!

    The story did start out a bit slow for me, since the first couple chapters were something of recaps of what went on in the first book, but when it picked up I didnt want to put it down! I also found that I really enjoyed seeing a bit of the goings on from the first book through the eyes of different characters. Ms. Hunters books are so unique and I love how she has her own distinctive style, but also tries to add in a bit of the conventional. Her details and descriptions are excellent, bringing life to the Regency era and everything that comes with being a person of notice about London during the Season. Though her books contain all of the usual elements, I have to say that I probably most love the dialogue found between the pages. That, and the moments of suspense found within this book and the previous one.

    Georgina Hawthorne is a very unique character and one that I wasnt entirely sure I would care for, especially since our first meeting was less than stellar. When I met her in A Noble Masquerade, she was the annoying, spoiled, selfish little sister to Miranda and I truly didnt care much for her. Surprisingly enough, I actually fell in love with her rather quickly, particularly after learning of her challenges and why she behaves as she does. She can actually be quite kind, funny, and stubborn, when she lets go of the faade that hides so many emotions. I loved the moments when Colin got behind her mask and I got to see the real Georgina. She still seems selfish and a bit childish at times, but it was made up for by the fact that she was slowly growing throughout the story. I did really appreciated the fact that her transformation is ongoing, rather than something that happens overnight. It was helped by the moments when I saw her upset over the way she behaved. She might have become one of my favorite heroines, despite not liking her at first glance.

    And Colin McCrae is by far a very compelling hero, but then, Im a sucker for men with accents. Colin is a good friend of the Duke of Marshington, the main character in the previous novel and I fell in love with him from the first meeting, when he was so enjoying his friends discomfort, but trying to not laugh too loudly. That just sealed the deal for me, and hes as equally mischievous in this book! Its not often I laugh through a Regency novel, but with Colin in the mix, I found myself doing just that more than once! Along with being mischievous, Colin is also kind, and funny, and strong, and sometimes, even a little unsure. I think it was the final trait that had me falling for him so quickly. I loved getting to see past the armor he wears for the world, behind the guy who finds humor in everything, to the man who isnt altogether sure of what he wants, just something beyond the shallow existence he has now.

    I also enormously enjoyed how the author wove faith throughout the story. It isnt a big focal point of the story, this book doesnt preach, but what it does say matters quite a lot. Colins faith has been what has guided him through life, and now hes searching for where hes to go next. Georgina has never truly believed in God, due to the imperfection she finds so glaring. She believes God has cursed her for some offense she doesnt understand. I loved seeing both of them grow, though especially Georgina. As with the rest of her behavior, she doesnt come to believe at once, something else I really appreciated. Its another slow transition, that had her asking questions and seeking answers. I loved seeing that and the encouragement I found in their story.

    I believe I shall be purchasing a paper copy of this book for my shelf, as soon as it releases, and then eagerly anticipating the next book, which Ive heard might be Trents book!

    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    August 21, 2016
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the second full length book in the Hawthorne series. It was wonderful. It is best to read A Noble Masquerade first to understand some of the characters. I loved Lady Georgina and Colin McCrae. Lady Georgina has a secret that she doesn't want anyone to know and feels she must marry a rich man To hide it. Can Colin change her mind? I received this from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
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