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Hertfordshire, England, 1814
High society comes with many pressures…
Lady Adelaide Bell was the second daughter to Lady and Earl of Crampton. Although Lord Trent Hawthorne, the second son of Duke John of Riverton, had wanted to marry a woman he truly loved, he had an arranged marriage with Adelaide instead. Trent was afraid she would be just like her mother or older sister. What they find out about each other might just surprise both of them.
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Hawthorne House
Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow--which worked until her sister got married. Even with thepressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.
Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever.
Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?
Crystal3 Stars Out Of 5Definitely Unexpected RomanceJanuary 25, 2018CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Let me start by saying that this novel was very different than I expected. It is my least favorite thus far in the series because it isn't a "happy" read for most of the book and is filled with a great deal of tension. As a matter of fact, I wasn't sure that Trent and Adelaide were ever going to find their "happily ever after". Even though it isn't my favorite, it is still a worthy read.
Hunter has a gift for presenting a situation practically instead of sugar-coating it. Her representation of Trent and Adelaide's forced marriage to preserve honor remained true to the realism that would be expected if you married a total stranger. I appreciated that from the beginning both Trent and Adelaide were committed to staying in the marriage and finding a way to make it work- with the hopes, of course, that one day they would fall in love- but committed nonetheless. I agreed with Lady Georgina that Trent's plan to court his wife was beyond romantic and sweet! My frustration, though, stems from the fact that it seems they would take two steps forward and one step back. Several times it seemed that their attempts to advance a real relationship were making headway and both were pleased with the outcome, but then in the next chapter one (or both) were all "this is never going to work". I felt at times these "after-reactions" were inconsistent with the emotion and companionship shared in the event immediately preceding.
Another point of realism Hunter incorporated was the difficulties of the physical relationship. She bravely addressed a common issue with many women having intimate relations for the first time, and I applaud her for it! On the flip side, Trent's fear, naivete with the situation, and embarrassment at seeking advice from his brother and brothers-in-law was simply adorable. Loved the camaraderie and brotherhood evidenced between Trent, Griffith, Ryland, Colin, and Anthony!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A London Season With a Married LadyJanuary 25, 2018CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An excellent book that kept my attention! Lord Trent Hawthorne and Lady Adelaide are both well-written characters who I enjoyed even when irritated with them for decisions they made! I've enjoyed all of the Hawthorne House series but this just may be my favorite! An Uncommon Courtship can be a stand alone but reading the earlier books first will give you more background. I recommend this book to others!
hes74 Stars Out Of 5An Uncommon CourtshipNovember 13, 2017hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The third book in Kristi Ann Hunters Hawthorne House series, An Uncommon Courtship focuses on Lord Trent Hawthorne as he finds himself in quite a marriage predicament. Forced into marriage with Lady Adelaide Bell for the sake of propriety, theres plenty of humor sprinkled throughout Trents story, and I so enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between Trent and Adelaide. Both characters are dear, despite their bumbling attempts at marriage in the beginning, and I loved the way that Hunter handles their struggleswith relationships, faith, and otherwise. An Uncommon Courtship was a pleasure to read and I cant help recommending it to readers of historical (especially Regency) romance.
Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of An Uncommon Courtship and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5I like it!April 5, 2017CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Uncommon Courtship is part of the Hawthorne House series written by Kristi Ann Hunter. It is a delightful series with each book reading well on its own. That being said, I would recommend reading all of the books in order to avoid spoilers as many of the main characters in previous novels show up in the subsequent stories.
An Uncommon Courtship is uncommon for an regency novel in that Lord Trent and Lady Adelaide are essentially forced into an arranged marriage. Many novels based on this era entertain couples breaking the 'arranged marriage trend' and instead marring for love. Realistically, many couples married for wealth and position and not for love during this time period - particularly those who were part of the London's elite ton.
Lord Trent and Lady Adelaide fall prey to her scheming mother and find themselves married to a stranger. Lord Trent has witnessed his siblings' love matches and desires the same for himself. However, what does loving your spouse really mean? What does love actually look like? He hardly knows his wife, but does that mean he can't love her? I really admired the way this novel looked to the scriptural definition of marital love and dug deep into what loving your spouse actually looks like - even when you don't feel the emotional part of it.
I really enjoyed how this novel broke away from couples falling in love based on physical attraction, high emotions, and simply lust. Instead, you get a first hand look at what true love in action actually looks like. There are some surprisingly deep and insightful moments.
As a word of caution, I would recommend An Uncommon Courtship for adults or older teens. While there are no specific bedroom descriptions, this books does go into more detail than is common for most Christian romances and I would hesitate to hand this to a young teen.
Thank-you very much to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another fun story in a great series!March 22, 2017SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This has been such a fun series. Each unique story has drawn me in and entertained me with its charming plot twists and adorable, but imperfect characters. An Uncommon Courtship was unlike any other marriage of convenience story I've read and the author's voice really made it shine.
The couple's unconventional relationship unfolds amidst a very curious society. As I'm sure you've guessed, the romantic tension runs high and the witty dialogue adds extra charm to the early 1800's backdrop.
Trent and Adelaide don't begin their lives together in married bliss and must learn a great deal about their spouse and themselves first. At times, I'll admit their doubts and insecurities seemed repetitive and slowed the pace. I was eager for them to communicate and move forward. I wanted their happily-ever-after almost as much as they did.
This is one author I follow and recommend other readers do the same. Her distinct style and wit is easily recognizable and I always enjoy her humorous way of storytelling.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required - all opinions are my own.