Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kristi Hunter: An Uncommon Courtship

By Kelly Bridgewater

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow--which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes 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.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

This is my first introduction to Kristi Hunter's writing. I do enjoy Sarah E. Ladd's Regency writing and a couple of Julie Klassen's books, so I always give Regency writers a chance. With a Regency novel, I have come to know that the novel will be character driven. The plot isn't as important as the character's journey. With Hunter's last book in her Hawthorne House series, An Uncommon Courtship, I got exactly that.

The writing was great. I could picture the struggles and empathize with Adelaide and Trent and understood them as they worked on their marriage in London society. The research into bringing the early nineteenth century to life flowed well. I really enjoy novels where I don't feel like I'm reading a textbook, and Hunter does a good job at creating a story that takes me out of the present time and into the historical time period.

The characters and plot were completely predictable to the genre and had a struggle with learning how to deal with being married without learning how to court each other. The novel was slow paced and had many repeatable scenes. Drink tea. Go to a ball. Drive through town. Drink tea again. Go to a ball. Drive through town again. I read through the book, praying that the novel would pick up pace, but it really never did. The plot idea was pretty predictable for the genre. I was not surprised with anything that happened in the story.

A word of caution . . . there is an after marriage night scene that gets pretty in-depth that might not be suitable for younger readers. I would have a hard time allowing my daughter to read those thoughts from Adelaide and Trent. It would be something I would rather allow my sister to confront her daughter with not reading it from a novel.

In conclusion, Kristi Hunter's An Uncommon Courtship lives up to the Regency genre expectations and fans of Julie Klassen and Jane Austen will probably devour this novel and the previous two, but I had a hard time getting through the novel.

I received a complimentary copy of Kristi Hunter's An Uncommon Courtship from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

What genre have you found that you enjoy certain authors, but then other authors in the same genre just didn't work for you? Dare to list some. Why?

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