Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review: An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Title: An Elegant Facade

Author: Kristi Ann Hunter

Series: Hawthorne House #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.

With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

**5 stars**

Oh my goodness, I loved this book! An Elegant Facade is book two in the HAWTHORNE HOUSE series by Kristi Ann Hunter; and is it ever a worthy sequel!

Lady Georgina Hawthorne isn't the most likable young woman, I admit. She's on a desperate hunt for a suitable husband, and comes across as selfish and vain. Colin McCrae provides some humor as Georgina swishes about, dressed all in white, trying to win the man who has eyes for her sister.
It's only later in the book that we learn just why Georgina's search is so desperate. And that's when the real adventure begins ...

An Elegant Facade tells a good bit of the first book, A Noble Masquerade's tale - only from Georgina and Colin's perspective this time. Have read the first book not too long ago, it was fun to see those familiar scenes through a different pair of eyes! *grins*

Colin was great! Witty and funny. But good, a gentleman for sure. I love how seriously he took his faith ... how he leaned on God. One of my favorite aspects of the story was how he put God above all. He wasn't willing to marry a woman who didn't share his faith because his relationship with God was so important to him.

As I mentioned above, Georgina wasn't a lovable character. But as the story progresses, we see some awesome character development and life-changing moments. Truly, my favorite thing about this book was our main character's journey. It was so incredible! And Kristi Ann Hunter brought it about flawlessly. Everything was real and believable and soul-deep; and by the end I was rooting for a character who, at first glance, didn't seem to have any redeemable qualities. It was truly a sight to behold.

The romance was darling. Slow, and not overpowering the story, but oh so sweet and worth the wait in the end. So yes. Beautiful. And I would say An Elegant Facade was less "romance-y" than the first book ... I'd recommend to about sixteen and up.

All in all, an amazing Regency romance. I can hardly wait to read more by Kristi Ann Hunter! An Uncommon Courtship, I await thee! *winks*

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