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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.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Hawthorne House
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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?
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.
English LadyUK,Age: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Good, but could have been greatMarch 8, 2017English LadyUK,Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 0I could have loved this book, I really could. There was a lot to like in it. I loved Trent Hawthorne, another slightly eccentric and socially awkward character, and Adelaide, who was also something of a misfit with clumsy streak (yeah, I really identify there).
It was all about two characters who married in less than desirable circumstances learning to love one another, with all their foibles. There was plenty of wit and humour, especially involving Adelaide's mother who was- for lack of a better word- a total harpy.
However, there were two elements that ruined it for me. First was the matter of the consummation. The scene itself was not nearly as graphic as I had expected from some reviews, not at all really. Yet the characters went off and discussed it with family members afterwards. This made the whole thing embarrassing and really, awkward for the reader as well as the characters
The other major complaint I had was with the language. Again, as with the previous instalments, this Regency novel was riddled with Americanisms. I can ignore these if they are not too obvious, intrusive or only in the narration instead of the character's speech, but that was not the case here. I would be getting into the book, and then another Americanism would just knock me straight out of the setting.
British people say 'fix tea' or 'fix breakfast'. They sake make or prepare tea- fix means something different in Britain. Also, please, for goodness sake, I once again implore American authors to stop writing about Brits putting cream in tea. WE-DONT-DO-IT. If what is meant by 'cream' is thick, whole milk call it milk. Not cream.
Back to the matter of the language, we don't usually say 'gotten' all the time, and we don't say 'drapes' or 'candies' We say 'curtains' and 'sweets'. Regency ladies did not write their mothers', they wrote to them.
I don't deny that this author worked hard on this series, and generally she did a good job, but she would really benefit from a British beta reader, who could spot that sort of things, because sadly this Brit found the constant use of American terms and phrases not just jarring, but really grating.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, I like the characters, and I will read the next one, but I'm not sure I would want to spend money on the paperback. Maybe the Kindle edition. Without some of the problems above, this series could be comparable to the Greats of the Christian Regency genre, but sadly feel short.
I requested an electronic copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley for review. I also purchased the paperback of my own volition. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5A love tenderhearted and cherishedFebruary 28, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Two words stand out to me when I think of summing up the book An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter; they are tenderhearted and cherished. This was a lovely story of two people thrown together into a marriage that neither one had wanted or anticipated. Yet, both decided (albeit alone), to make the best of the situation. However, somewhere the meaning of marriage was lost in good intentions.
We are treated with both Trent's and Adelaide's viewpoints. On the outside it looked as if all their problems might be solved by just sitting down and speaking to each other. But these two were virtual strangers to each other and even though both came from well to do families, they did have different upbringings. Adelaide was the middle child and ignored for most of her life and so continues to hide herself in submission and solitude. Trent, the second son, tries not to ever outshine his most beloved older brother, Griffith the duke, so he keeps his most personal thoughts to himself. Neither knew where or how to begin to have a marriage.
Trent decides to court his wife. While the plan sounded good to him, the way he went about it was very unconventional. But again these two people haven't really changed their circumstances at all. We as the reader get to go on this journey with them and see how these two very hurting individuals can make their marriage work. I really felt like this was such a great example of new marriage in general. Two people trying to now live and work together for the common goal of a successful marriage and life together. There were delicate matters that were addressed in the book, but they were done tastefully and realistically between two innocents.
There was delicateness to this book, asking important questions like what is love and how do we love? Something I think our society, our world on a whole could take a lesson from. I enjoyed seeing the rest of the family and friends and chuckled at what I would call the bite and loving one-liners that came from older brother Griffith. I am looking forward to his story next. This is a story that will stay with me for a while.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Another great oneFebruary 25, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Kristi is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She is extremely talented and knows how to write a story that will capture your heart and mind.
I have read the first two books in this series and loved them both. It was wonderful to get into Trents life since he was present in the other books but we didnt really get to know him.
This book starts with Adelaide and Trents wedding day. The distance between them is real and you can feel that. They really dont know who to handle this new situation and what the rules are.
I read some other reviews that complained about the role of sex on this book. But they are a married couple, sex should play a role in a healthy married. Nothing was inappropriate and overly described. It was a real struggle they both had as they figured out this marriage thing.
Kristi developed each character and the growing relationship wonderfully. Even though this is a series I think you could easily read this as a stand-alone, but the first two are outstanding so why would you??
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.