Lori Wick’s books introduced me to Christian Fiction. I devoured them almost as soon as I got my hands on them. The novel I just had the privilege of reviewing An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter reminded me a lot of Wick’s storylines, but with a unique approach. And yes, there was a lot of face-in-book time until the very last page. 🙂
Here’s a little about the story.
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 someday wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he barely knows, his dream of a loving 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?
Okay, so the whole “convenient marriage” plot is definitely not new, but the author had twists and swoon-worthy moments that encouraged each flip of the page.
Adelaide’s character immediately drew me in. She wasn’t the glamour girl of the regency era, but an overlooked, clumsy young girl who had a tender heart and disheveled appearance. I adored her. But what hooked me the most was the love story. Both Trent and Adelaide found themselves stuck in a situation that forced them into marriage. Though nothing indecent occurred, the speculation was reputation damaging. So now, they landed themselves married to each other as complete strangers. It was beautiful watching their relationship grow and love blossom. The tender things Trent invented to capture his bride’s heart poked at mine. Endearingly sweet, especially for a man who’d been known for his tough pugilist skills.
But what impacted my heart the most was spiritual theme of the story. Love is a choice. It goes beyond feelings and sentiments. It climbs higher than mere words. It’s a decision. Like how God chose to love us even while we were sinners.
So yes, two thumbs, five stars, and all that jazz! It’s worth your time and will leave your heart refreshed with a happy sigh.
Interested in what you’ve read? Here’s the link to purchase a copy. And here’s a bit of information about the author so you can check her other stories from this series.
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com