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Nolan price is a stable hand who plans to marry the kitchen maid Hanna Burnham. When his dying mother tells him he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, he struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy and finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations with new life pulling him away from the woman he loves.
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.
At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.
Mikaela Henry4 Stars Out Of 5GoodMarch 16, 2018Mikaela HenryQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 4I shouldn't have to say this warning, but if you haven't read the book and don't want to be spoiled, don't read!
When I was first introduced to this book through an email from Bethany House Publishers, I was super excited. The synopsis made the book sound fantastic, so I found myself waiting impatiently to see whether or not I would make it onto the reading list and be sent a link to the book on Netgalley.
The story began rather well. Nolan Price is one of the stable boys of Stainsby Hall, and friends with servants such as the earl's personal blacksmith, the other stable boys, and most of the other servants of the hall. He's in love with the kitchen maid Hannah, and his mother is the head housemaid. He has only one enemy - one of the footmen, who seemed determined to woo Hannah, despite the fact that Hannah has told him no several times and that she's Nolan's girlfriend.
This book was really good for about the first-half. I felt myself connecting with Nolan, and I was so excited for him to get the farm he wanted so he could marry Hannah and leave his job as a servant of the Stainsby household.
But as things started to happen the prose shifted a little in style, in my opinion, and I started to feel a bit disconnected from the whole story. Hannah's blatant mistrust of Nolan after he agreed to learn from his biological father after he found out who he was seemed extremely out of place since she's known him since she was 14 years old.
On top of that, the revelation of Hannah's insecurities of whether or not she was loved by her mother and others seemed like it came too late in the story. There weren't enough hints building up to the revelation of that fact.
The whole story had so many side-plots surrounding the main one. The main plot was the whole thing about Nolan and his father, learning to become the heir his father desired. There were at least three side-plots one involving Hannah's family, another involving Nolan's relationship with Hannah, and one involving Nolan's biological father, Edward, and Hannah's aunt, Iris.
There was also another side-plot, but it didn't pop up until my kindle said I was 97% of the way through the book. There were the obvious seeds of the beginning of this plot near the beginning of the story when Nolan first met his half-sisters and his half-brother-in-law, but Nolan didn't seem to dwell on it for very long. The only reminder of it seemed to be the random threatening notes that, also, Nolan didn't seem to really worry about.
I hate that I had to be so nit-picky with this story, since it kept me enthralled to the point I could hardly put it down even though I read most of this on my Digital Media Retreat! I brought my kindle to a camp and retreat centre in the middle of an extremely isolated valley, and could hardly put it down even when I was dragged about to different activities out in the middle of hip-deep snow.
Unfortunately, the thing that bugged me the most was how disconnected I felt from the characters when things started to pick up. I feel the story could have been stronger if we could have been inside the heads of the characters a bit more.
All in all, though, it was done rather well for a story that took place in England and written by a Canadian who may or may not have ever been to England...
Loraine5 Stars Out Of 5Romance intensified - highly recommendMarch 14, 2018LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In a word: Sublime. I just love the way that this author weaves such wonderful love stories with the greatest love story of all - God's love for us. This story had romance intensified. I can't say more without spoilers but if you like romance, you will definitely enjoy it in this book. There are sparks, swoony moments, tender moments, and great romantic tension. Great job by the author. 5+ stars. Full review at my website.
I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A New Favorite!March 13, 2018eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed Susan Anne Mason's Irish Meadows series and eagerly awaited this new release. A Most Noble Heir exceeded every expectation I had, however, and vaulted this book and author into position as one of my favorites!
I like complex--at least in fiction. Complex storylines, characters, and motivations add depth and interest to any story. This book gives the reader plenty to think about, but also lots of unique facets, too. The cover art, which features Nolan rather than Hannah, is different, but that is merely a hint of what's inside. Several of the plot lines have minor twists to make the story fresh and I love how the author brought real events from her own family history to life in this book.
Each of the characters, main and secondary, is on a journey of discovery. Revealed identities, family secrets, understanding others better, learning to trust God, and even realizing their own value are only a few things that the characters take in as the story progresses. And while I enjoyed Nolan and Hannah's story, it was really a secondary character's metamorphosis that captured my imagination and made my heart happiest.
The spiritual content is excellent, with a focus on prayer and on how pride can destroy relationships; I loved that it looks different from one character to another, even when the root issue is the same. While they aren't perfect, their struggles are realistic, which speaks to me more than when an individual is portrayed as having everything together from the start.
This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend for older teens and up due to some of the more difficult subject matter. I rooted for the characters, some of whom surprised me before the book was finished, and thoroughly immersed myself in the book's world from the start. Those who enjoy deep historical romance will not be disappointed with this novel!
I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Most Noble Heir Susan Anne Mason (4 Stars)March 13, 2018Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Ms. Mason writes A Most Noble Heir, a stand-alone novel set in nineteenth-century Britain. Nolan Price and Hannah Burnham have both worked for the Earl of Stainsby since their early teens and have hoped to marry now that they are adults. However, a secret shared by Nolans dying mother destroys his plans, as he finds himself as the unexpected heir of the estate. In order to remain together, Nolan and Hannah secretly marry, but Lord Stainsby has other plans. He hopes to train Nolan to take his place among the aristocracy and leave behind his former life, including his kitchen maid wife. Nolan must somehow balance his newfound fathers wishes and those of his wife or he may find himself losing either one entirely.
Ms. Mason writes a compelling twist on the standard tropes about the British aristocracy in A Most Noble Heir. The view of the Earl of Stainsbys world from the view of his stable hand and kitchen maid will be a particular thrill to those who enjoy Downton Abbey and other period dramas.
Overall, I enjoyed reading A Most Noble Heir. Ms. Mason writes an intriguing story that many readers will appreciate, especially those who love anything that relates to the British aristocracy. Personally, I found the novel to be somewhat short on historical details. However, Ms. Masons writing style still allowed for a surprisingly complete plotline and cast of characters that felt realistic to the setting. This novel did seem to have a somewhat more cohesive and tighter plot than some of her other works, which does show continued improvement in her writing and story development. A Most Noble Heir is a stand-alone book, which does feel somewhat disjointed from Ms. Masons other series in topic and setting. Her next novel, The Best of Intentions, starts off her Canadian Crossings series, which will be released in July of 2018.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of A Most Noble Heir! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Polly5 Stars Out Of 5Transport yourself back to Devonshire 1884.March 12, 2018PollyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason is a book set in Devonshire, England in 1884.
Susan Anne Mason transports you back to Regency, England and a story about a lowly stable hand who is suddenly thrust into the aristocracy.
Nolan Price works with horses at Stainsby Hall. Unbeknownst to him, the owner is his father, Edward Fairchild. The Earl always thought that the child of his first wife died along with her in childbirth.
Nolan is smitten with Hannah Burnham, one of the maids at the Hall and is planning a future with her. But all their plans are upset when Nolans dying mother reveals that his father is none other than his employer, the Earl.
Will Nolan be able to learn the ways of the nobility and be accepted by his father and his fathers family? Will he be able to wed the lovely Hannah? What obstacles will the Earl put in their way? And who will come to their aid? Their trust in God to work all things for good will be sorely tested, as well as their trust in eachother. Can they each move past the misconceptions of self worth to view themselves as beloved children of God?
Susan Anne Mason spins a believable tale that holds some surprises. She shows human nature in an interesting way. And she draws her secondary characters admirably.
Something fascinating about the story is that it is a scenario based on the real ancestors of the author. This imaginative novel combines history with a well written plot.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*