An Inconvenient Beauty Review

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Although I’m sad to see the Hawthorne House series come to a close, I have to happily admit that An Inconvenient Beauty is a breath-taking finale.

Here’s the blurb:

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

My thoughts:

An Inconvenient Beauty drew me in with the lavish ballroom scenes, vast country estates, and charming characters. The story was seamlessly presented captivating my attention from page one.

From reading the previous books, I had a good idea of who Griffith, Duke of Riverton, was. Or so I thought! I loved finally seeing the world through his eyes and experiencing the honor and burden of being British nobility. He formulated plans for everything – including finding the perfect spouse. It was amusing to watch his life turn upside-down when Isabella Breckenridge stepped into London society.

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Bella was known for her beauty, but she desired to be admired for who she really was. I loved that about her. Though she was imprisoned by her uncle’s demands, her character still seemed to shine. The relationship between her and her cousin, Freddie, helped endear Bella more to me. She truly cared for others around her.

I enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters. It was interesting to watch the story unravel with twists and turns that kept me guessing how it would end. The author did a spectacular job crafting a beautiful story.

If this story intrigues you then click here to purchase!

 

*I was given a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own. 🙂

 

About the author:

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Kristi Ann Hunter 
graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com.

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Living Beyond “I can’t”

 

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The can’t can.

My dance instructor had it decorated in pinks and blues but my nine-year-old self saw the horrid thing as the black spot of my ballet class. If I, or any other classmate, would say “I can’t,” then we’d have to feed the can’t can a nickel. For every offense. Unfortunately, my tongue would spit those two words out faster than I could bend my legs for a demi-plié, and I’d have to shell out my allowance to cover my infractions. But over time, it trained me to be careful with both my thoughts and words. As much as I hated the can’t can, I had learned to appreciate its value. It kept me from placing limitations on myself.

There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

I read this quote by Napoleon Hill today and was reminded of my daughter.

Yesterday, she was working on her journal for school. At the very bottom of the page, she was instructed to draw a picture about what she wrote. In the past, she’d become discouraged if she were to draw anything. She would’ve handed me the pencil and begged to work on something else.

But yesterday was different.

Determination filled her eyes, and she wielded her pen as a girl on a mission. I watched her take her time and sketch a picture of Larry the Cucumber—the subject of her journal entry. When she was finished she glanced up at me, joy illuminating her face, and declared, “I can do something!”

I hugged her tight and told her she can do many many things. I then quoted Philippians 4:13 which says – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

This happy event caused me to wonder. God said in that verse that we can do ALL things. And again, in Matthew 19:26, Jesus tells his disciples, “With God all things are possible.”

ALL.

Which brings me to the conclusion. . . if we have limitations, then we are the ones who established them. The walls of restriction were built with our own doubts, fears, and past regrets. Brick by brick until we’ve enclosed ourselves within its borders.

Fear is a major ally to crippling limitations. Some may be afraid of failure. Others may be scared of what others might say or think. Fear has several different avenues, but it will always land you on the street of disappointment. When you don’t follow the stirring in your heart, you’ll find yourself dissatisfied.

I think it’s time for many of us to break free. Banish the word can’t from our vocabulary and say what God says—can. We serve a limitless God who delights in taking us beyond the barriers. Let’s allow Him do it!

So that’s my word for today – boundless. Go forth and be awesome!