Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier he is not the duke in the family. Free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, he has 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.
Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier when she hid in her older sister’s shadow—which worked until her sister got married. But even with her socially ambitious mother’s focus entirely on her, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience before she’s been introduced to society.
With nothing going as expected, can Trent and Adelaide’s marriage of obligation survive their own missteps and the pressures of London society to grow into a true meeting of hearts and minds?
An Uncommon Courtship is the third book in Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series, coming after A Noble Masquerade and An Elegant Façade. I have absolutely loved every one of Kristi’s novels, and I’ve read all of them because this series is her absolute first! I’m so glad that I was introduced to her right before her e-novella prequel to this series—A Lady of Esteem—released, because ever since she’s been one of my all-time favorite authors! Her stories are so chock-full of love and humor, and I always feel like I’ve been transported straight into 19th century England when I dive into the pages.
Lady Adelaide Bell is such an adorable character! She is so charming, and I absolutely love the way she tries so hard but always ends up being a little bit disheveled everywhere she goes. What I really loved the most about her, however, is her innocence, and how she managed to remain unspoiled even though her mother and older sister were both terrible to her all growing up, and even still when we meet up with them in this novel. My favorite thing about her, however, is how adorable she was after she married Trent when all she wanted was for him to love her.
Lord Trent Hawthorne is my favorite of the Hawthorne siblings. I loved him from the very beginning of the series when I was first introduced to him, and I felt like I had been waiting forever for his novel! Fortunately, it was so worth it! Trent is just the biggest sweetheart, and after having read his story and gotten to know him even better, I have to say that he is by far probably one of my top five favorite heroes of all time. He is that fantastic, and sweet, and adorable. And I just love the way he seeks to love his wife. Even though the circumstances aren’t what he would like them to be, even though he doesn’t know Adelaide nearly as much as he wanted to know his wife, he tries to know her, and love her, anyway.
All in all, I absolutely loved this novel. I honestly can’t stop gushing about it, or thinking about it, and I’m already dying to read it again. I probably should anyway since the first time around I read the whole thing in a day. Oh, the perks of Christmas break, which I am unfortunately no longer on. Anyway, Kristi really hit it out of the park with this one, and I would have to say it’s definitely my favorite of the series. Because of that, there’s no way I could go without adding An Uncommon Courtship to my all-time favorites list, since both of the others are on that list as well. Clearly, I give this novel all five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it because it is completely and utterly fantastic!
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