Kristi Ann Hunter. An Uncommon Courtship. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
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Ms. Hunter continues her Hawthorne House series with An Uncommon Courtship. Lord Trent Hawthorne grew up as the younger brother of a powerful and capable duke. Without the responsibilities of a title, Trent excels as a sportsman, while managing his relatively small estate. However, the conniving efforts of a noblewoman results in his being married to an unassuming young woman, Lady Adelaide Bell. Adelaide grew up in the shadow of her ever-ambitious mother and older sister. To save her reputation, Trent and Adelaide are forced to marry, even without knowing each other beyond a few hours of conversation. Together, they must learn how to make a successful marriage works, even if it means having a courtship after the wedding.
Ms. Hunter writes an intriguing tale set in Regency-era England, while continuing to develop the storylines of the Hawthorne family members. An Uncommon Courtship makes for a heart-warming read during the blustery winter months.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading An Uncommon Courtship. Ms. Hunter expertly develops her main characters, as she utilizes a different take on a Regency-era situation to diversify the storylines of the Hawthorne House series. Unlike An Elegant Façade, An Uncommon Courtship takes place entirely after the events of Ms. Hunter’s previous novels. As a result, I found the storyline to be much stronger as a stand-alone novel, even while it presents an exciting continuation to the series. After reading the entire set of novels so far, I am very interested to see where Ms. Hunter takes the story next, as she must finally provide a satisfying conclusion centered around the eldest brother of the Hawthorne family.
Readers who enjoy Regency-era fiction will definitely want to read Ms. Hunter’s stories, including An Uncommon Courtship. Fans of Julie Klassen and Lori Wick will also find Ms. Hunter’s novels to be a worthwhile read.
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