Monday, August 29, 2016
My Review: An Elegant Facade
Isn't this cover stunning? I just love it!
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
About the Author:
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Her debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, is a RITA double finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.
My Review: 4.5 stars
An Elegant Façade is the second book in Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series, and I have to say that she is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical authors! I adored the first book, A Noble Masquerade, and was so excited to find out that this was going to be Georgina and Colin’s book! It was every bit as good as I expected and actually surpassed quite a few of my expectations, which is sometimes difficult when I so enjoy the first book. Ms. Hunter has definitely raised the bar with this novel and left me wondering how she could possibly top it for the next story!
The story did start out a bit slow for me, since the first couple chapters were something of recaps of what went on in the first book, but when it picked up I didn’t want to put it down! I also found that I really enjoyed seeing a bit of the goings on from the first book through the eyes of different characters. Ms. Hunter’s books are so unique and I love how she has her own distinctive style, but also tries to add in a bit of the conventional. Her details and descriptions are excellent, bringing life to the Regency era and everything that comes with being a person of notice about London during the Season. Though her books contain all of the usual elements, I have to say that I probably most love the dialogue found between the pages. That, and the moments of suspense found within this book and the previous one.
Georgina Hawthorne is a very unique character and one that I wasn’t entirely sure I would care for, especially since our first meeting was less than stellar. When I met her in A Noble Masquerade, she was the annoying, spoiled, selfish little sister to Miranda and I truly didn’t care much for her. Surprisingly enough, I actually fell in love with her rather quickly, particularly after learning of her challenges and why she behaves as she does. She can actually be quite kind, funny, and stubborn, when she lets go of the façade that hides so many emotions. I loved the moments when Colin got behind her mask and I got to see the real Georgina. She still seems selfish and a bit childish at times, but it was made up for by the fact that she was slowly growing throughout the story. I did really appreciated the fact that her transformation is ongoing, rather than something that happens overnight. It was helped by the moments when I saw her upset over the way she behaved. She might have become one of my favorite heroines, despite not liking her at first glance.
And Colin McCrae is by far a very compelling hero, but then, I’m a sucker for men with accents. Colin is a good friend of the Duke of Marshington, the main character in the previous novel and I fell in love with him from the first meeting, when he was so enjoying his friend’s discomfort, but trying to not laugh too loudly. That just sealed the deal for me, and he’s as equally mischievous in this book! It’s not often I laugh through a Regency novel, but with Colin in the mix, I found myself doing just that more than once! Along with being mischievous, Colin is also kind, and funny, and strong, and sometimes, even a little unsure. I think it was the final trait that had me falling for him so quickly. I loved getting to see past the armor he wears for the world, behind the guy who finds humor in everything, to the man who isn’t altogether sure of what he wants, just something beyond the shallow existence he has now.
I also enormously enjoyed how the author wove faith throughout the story. It isn’t a big focal point of the story, this book doesn’t preach, but what it does say matters quite a lot. Colin’s faith has been what has guided him through life, and now he’s searching for where he’s to go next. Georgina has never truly believed in God, due to the imperfection she finds so glaring. She believes God has cursed her for some offense she doesn’t understand. I loved seeing both of them grow, though especially Georgina. As with the rest of her behavior, she doesn’t come to believe at once, something else I really appreciated. It’s another slow transition, that had her asking questions and seeking answers. I loved seeing that and the encouragement I found in their story.
I believe I shall be purchasing a paper copy of this book for my shelf, as soon as it releases, and then eagerly anticipating the next book, which I’ve heard “might” be Trent’s book!
I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review! I hope you enjoyed it and I apologize for being so scarce around here! Though, I am part of several blog tours for October, so be prepared to be bombarded with posts very shortly!
Also, if you'd like to learn more about the book that will be following this one, you can find details by following this link. I can tell you that it's titled An Uncommon Courtship, the release date is set for January 2017 and it sounds delightful! Oh, I can't wait!!
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