A Most Noble Heir

A Most Noble Heir

by Susan Anne Mason
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A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764230875
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 412,137
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susan Anne Mason's historical novel Irish Meadows won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA as well as the Christian Retailer's Choice Award for Debut Novel. A member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.

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A Most Noble Heir 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Pattistep 6 hours ago
As I finished this book, I was left with mixed feelings. I liked the main premise of the story, and thought it fit the regency genre well. I never quite warmed up to the two main characters, Hannah and Nolan. However, there were a couple of secondary characters that I loved and I enjoyed their part in the storyline. Overall, I liked Susan Anne Mason’s writing style and that kept me reading the story. There was an emphasis on family, love, forgiveness, and trusting God during difficult times. The ending tied everything together in a satisfactory way. There were a couple of scenes that I think would be unsuitable for a younger teenage girl. Although it was appropriately handled, the parts of the book describing the wedding night and childbirth probably need to be read by a parent first before their child reads the book. Despite my apathy for the two main characters, this was a good story. This is the first book I’ve read by Susan Anne Mason, but I would like to read others by her. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion of the book.
MeezCarrie 1 days ago
4.5 stars Susan Anne Mason continues to give us unique and layered plot lines, and she does so again in A Most Noble Heir. This is perhaps her most emotional story to date, but there is also a delightful subplot or two that lightens the spirit when needed. Nolan and Hannah are vivid and authentic characters in an impossible situation made even more difficult by their choices early on in the crisis. However, Mason reminds us all that our Savior can redeem any person and any poor decisions and any situation if we let Him. A beautiful ending to a tumultuous journey, and one I highly recommend adding to your TBR lists! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Baranski1987 2 days ago
A Most Noble Heir is a wonderful work of historical fiction by Susan Anne Mason. Susan has written yet another story that is so captivating that you won’t want to put the book down until the very end. I felt as though I was living the story out with these characters. Will true love stand the test of time? This story is filled with love, heartache, pain and so much more. I am so looking forward to reading the next book by Susan. Be sure to get your copy of A Most Noble Heir today. 5 stars
bellesmoma16 3 days ago
A Most Noble Heir (2018) by Susan Anne Mason is such a fun and engaging stand-alone novel. This story is available in all forms including eBook, and is 368 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this book took me three days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from Bethany House Publishers. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this book 4.5 STARS. A Most Noble Heir is a Christian Historical Romance set in Derbyshire, England in 1884. A Most Noble Heir is a fantastic read. It's a bit Cinderella meets Beauty and the Beast. It's an upstairs-downstairs romance that kind of leaves the reader guessing. There was one twist I didn't see coming that spiked my blood pressure for a few pages. This story is definitely a page-turner that I could not put down! My favorite character in this story is Edward. Edward is Nolan's father and the formidable Earl of Stainsby. At the start of this story, I disliked Edward immensely. He is cold, forbidding, and seemingly cruel. And, he's so prideful. A few times, I wanted to slap him for Nolan's sake. In his very early 20s, something very devastating happens and it irrevocably changes the course of Edward's life. Because of this event, Edward shut down emotionally. He became austere and hard. When he is told that his stable hand is actually his son, Edward does everything in his power to try to break Nolan and mold him into his likeness. Of course, Nolan balks at Edward's treatment. It takes meeting Iris, the Duchess of Hartford, to awaken Edward to his need for love, light, humility, and God. Once Edward realizes what a dunderhead he's been, he takes the necessary steps to become a better man -- the man God wants him to be. Edward's character reminded me that I need to stay focused. God should always be my focus. When I take my eye off of God, that's when I make myself vulnerable to sin. In the saddest and the most difficult times in life, that's when I need to stay the most focused or I will end up like Edward, closed off and cold and rude. A Most Noble Heir is a really fun read that I recommend. The characters are very well written, the plot is highly engaging, and themes are timely. It's also fun to note that this story is based off of Susan Anne Mason's great-great grandparents. What a fun way for Susan to learn about her ancestry! If you are looking for a well-written and well-researched historical novel to escape into, then I recommend purchasing a copy of this book today. You are in for a treat!
Anonymous 4 days ago
This was an excellent read! Susan Anne Mason tells a wonderful tail of love and the hardship of it. Set in victorian England Nolan believes himself to be the son of a Housekeeper, when his mother, on her deathbed reveals the truth of his parentage. He is the son of the Earl of Stainsby, and the Earl claims him as his heir once he himself learns of the truth. Torn between the family he has always dreamed of (and the realities that come with it) and the woman he loves, Nolan struggles to balance his new bride (Hannah) and his Father. While Nolan goes through his own struggles of fitting in with his Father and family, Hannah (his wife) is struggling with her own demons. "It seems only a miracle will bring them back together." I loved the balance of faith, love and family, coming through the story and the miracle and changes that forgiveness and mercy can bring about in a person! I am absolutely on pins waiting for the next book in the series!
sesquius 5 days ago
The plot of this story intrigued me, a young groom who discovers that he is actually the son of the nobleman he works for at the estate. He is love in a housemaid, but realizes that when his father claims him, that marriage to Hannah will be difficult. After reading previous stories by Mason, I was looking forward to this one. While the plot and turns and twists intrigued me, what I had a bit of difficulty with was the writing style. Fresh from two stories that were both gripping in storyline and writing, this one came across as almost trite. But for me, I would classify this as a very clean and wholesome book that anyone who adverse to the rawness of life can appreciate. The characters are good, with some natural flaws, but they are for the most part likable. The story was okay, it had plenty of potential had it successfully drawn me in to devour it. Instead, I found myself flipping the pages to the end of the book. I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions are my own.
amybooksy 5 days ago
A Most Noble Heir is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. I love love love Nolan. He is one of those characters that a reader wants to root for all the way to the end. The story has some great elements to it, that includes, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. I had no way of predicting how it was going to end, which makes a perfect page turner for me. I highly recommend A Most Noble Heir and give it a well-deserved 5+ stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
swissgranny 5 days ago
From the moment I first saw the cover of A Most Noble Heir, I was excited to read this story. Upon reading about the premise of the book, I was even more excited to read it. When I learned that the book was loosely based on the lives of some of Susan Anne Mason’s ancestors, it was a done deal. Read it I must, and it was a treat! The story is set in England in 1884 and cast with an array of vividly drawn and engaging characters. Nolan and Hannah, the main characters, are charming and lovable. I was immediately drawn into their story and held captive until the very end. Some of the secondary characters are less charming and lovable, but they definitely add to the flavor of the book. The author has crafted a story rich in historical detail and brimming with suspense, intrigue, romance, and character growth. Several unsuspected plot twists kept the suspense up and the pages turning. Underlying threads of honor, hope, forgiveness, and faith are woven throughout and add to the enjoyment of the tale. I’ve read several other books by this author and greatly enjoyed them all. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical Christian fiction. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
kp68 7 days ago
Susan Anne Mason's latest tale, A Most Noble Heir, will take you back to Derbyshire, England, in the year 1884. You find Nolan Price working hard as a stable hand for the Earl of Stainsby; however, he has bigger dreams. Nolan has been saving money to some day soon purchase his own farm! On the day that Nolan finally makes a deal with Mr. Simpson, a local farmer, to purchase his land, he receives word that mother has collapsed. When Nolan's mother learns that she is near death, she pulls Nolan close to share some shocking news. Nolan's father, the man he has wondered about his entire life, is actually the Earl of Stainsby! Hold on to see how Nolan and the earl deal with the fact that Nolan wants to marry Hannah Burnham, a kitchen maid, who is now beneath his class. Will Nolan take actions against his strong-handed father, or will his dreams dissolve before his eyes? This is an interesting tale, as you watch the main characters slowly adjust to this new challenge that God has laid before them!
Fiction_Faith_and_Fun 8 days ago
Our own insecurities tend to color our interpretation of our circumstances, often to our detriment. Nolan and Hannah have multiple obstacles to overcome, and they are not all external. I loved the premise of this story. What if you learned that your very identity was a lie? Talk about a life-changing event! Add in intriguing and broken characters, and you've got conflict brewing. But somewhere under the chaos, God has a plan and is working, whether we acknowledge Him or not. On the surface, A Most Noble Heir is a sweet story of two young people taking on the challenges their lives throw at them. But beneath that is a gentle reminder to consider where our identity ultimately lies, and just who has the right to determine our worth. Travel back to the late 1800s with the stable boy and kitchen maid of Stainsby Hall, and see if A Most Noble Heir doesn't prompt a reassessment of your own value and where it comes from. Either way, if you enjoy historical fiction involving nobility (and their servants!), you'll enjoy the story. :) (I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
Nicnac63 8 days ago
I’ve read several series books lately, so it’s nice to break it up a bit and read a stand-alone. Although this isn’t the first book I’ve read by Susan Anne Mason (I read Irish Meadows a few years ago) I’m still a newbie. Ms. Mason is a gifted storyteller, pulling her readers into history and causing them to live within the characters’ lives. A Most Noble Heir is a compelling read. I enjoyed the 19th century British setting and the sweet love shared between Nolan and Hannah. The secrets revealed turns their world for a loop, and the difficulties they face tests their grit, fortitude, and sacrifices they’re willing to make. Overall, this is a fast-paced book, with an exclusive, refreshing Aristocratic British love story . I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy from Bethany House and NetGalley.
LoraineN 11 days ago
In a word: Sublime. I just love the way that this author weaves such wonderful love stories with the greatest love story of all — God’s love for us. This story had romance intensified. I can’t say more without spoilers but if you like romance, you will definitely enjoy it in this book. There are sparks, swoony moments, tender moments, and great romantic tension. Great job by the author. 5+ stars. Full review at my website. I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
eLynda 11 days ago
I really enjoyed Susan Anne Mason’s Irish Meadows series and eagerly awaited this new release. A Most Noble Heir exceeded every expectation I had, however, and vaulted this book and author into position as one of my favorites! I like complex—at least in fiction. Complex storylines, characters, and motivations add depth and interest to any story. This book gives the reader plenty to think about, but also lots of unique facets, too. The cover art, which features Nolan rather than Hannah, is different, but that is merely a hint of what’s inside. Several of the plot lines have minor twists to make the story fresh and I love how the author brought real events from her own family history to life in this book. Each of the characters, main and secondary, is on a journey of discovery. Revealed identities, family secrets, understanding others better, learning to trust God, and even realizing their own value are only a few things that the characters take in as the story progresses. And while I enjoyed Nolan and Hannah’s story, it was really a secondary character’s metamorphosis that captured my imagination and made my heart happiest. The spiritual content is excellent, with a focus on prayer and on how pride can destroy relationships; I loved that it looks different from one character to another, even when the root issue is the same. While they aren’t perfect, their struggles are realistic, which speaks to me more than when an individual is portrayed as having everything together from the start. This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend for older teens and up due to some of the more difficult subject matter. I rooted for the characters, some of whom surprised me before the book was finished, and thoroughly immersed myself in the book’s world from the start. Those who enjoy deep historical romance will not be disappointed with this novel! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Anonymous 12 days ago
A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason is a book set in Devonshire, England in 1884. Susan Anne Mason transports you back to Regency, England and a story about a lowly stable hand who is suddenly thrust into the aristocracy. Nolan Price works with horses at Stainsby Hall. Unbeknownst to him, the owner is his father, Edward Fairchild. The Earl always thought that the child of his first wife died along with her in childbirth. Nolan is smitten with Hannah Burnham, one of the maids at the Hall and is planning a future with her. But all their plans are upset when Nolan’s dying mother reveals that his father is none other than his employer, the Earl. Will Nolan be able to learn the ways of the nobility and be accepted by his father and his father’s family? Will he be able to wed the lovely Hannah? What obstacles will the Earl put in their way? And who will come to their aid? Their trust in God to work all things for good will be sorely tested, as well as their trust in eachother. Can they each move past the misconceptions of self worth to view themselves as beloved children of God? Susan Anne Mason spins a believable tale that holds some surprises. She shows human nature in an interesting way. And she draws her secondary characters admirably. Something fascinating about the story is that it is a scenario based on the real ancestors of the author. This imaginative novel combines history with a well written plot. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
A1Reads 13 days ago
From the first page, I was drawn into this story. Nolan so eager to buy a little farm, marry Hannah and take his mother away from Stainsby Hall. “There was nothing comforting or endearing about the structure. No warmth or sense of welcome. Just like its owner. The overbearing Earl of Stainsby was one person Nolan would not miss...” Little did the poor stable hand know that his life would change so drastically. My heart ached for Nolan and Hannah as they were kept apart, not only by Nolan's father but also a bit of stubbornness and pride. I really liked how Hannah's Aunt Iris was the voice of reason not only for the young couple but Edward as well. There was an unexpected element of suspense in the story but you must read the book yourself to find out what that was. Real, raw emotion made for an exciting story. I was happy, sad, angry, holding my breath, on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could. I wept at the end. Oh, how I loved this book. The romance was sweet and tender and I could feel the love between Nolan and Hannah. There was also a surprising kiss or two. No spoilers from me though. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
thedanielsr 14 days ago
This book got my attention and I couldn't put it down. Loved the characters and the story!
Bookworm_Debbie 15 days ago
This is a wonderful historical romance! There are many delightful characters in this book. There are even some that it was very hard to like or connect with. All of them were extremely well developed. By the end of the book I had even found some redeeming qualities in those that I didn’t like. The story itself was fantastic. I was caught up in the drama of it and at times had to MAKE myself put the book down to deal with real life stuff. The way that the lives of the different characters entwined was fascinating. The descriptions of how the nobility relate to their servants was great. It was nice to see the comparison of how two different members of the aristocracy treat those beneath them was great. I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Jaquelyn 17 days ago
I loved this book. One of my favorite types of stories is the story of forbidden love that conquers boundaries. This story begins with a love between two servants, but that all changes one fateful day. When Noble learns of who his biological father is, his life will never be the same. He’s always been curious about who the man is and why he’s not around. Now that he knows, he can’t help but wonder, would his life have been better if he remained ignorant? Now that it’s out in the open he’ll never know. His love for Hannah is true and as real as it comes. Being an Earls son comes with certain rules and regulations. Will true love prevail? I could hardly wait to find out. Mason kept me turning page after page waiting to see what would happen next. I loved the humor mixed in with the drama, and wasn’t ready for it to end. I grew to love each character and wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
AE2 18 days ago
Nolan Price planning to marry Hannah Burnham, just as soon as he can purchase a nearby farm. Before he can, though, his mother, on her deathbed, reveals that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsbury--the man whose stable hand he serves as. Knowing how the earl feels about Nolan's feelings for a kitchen maid, the couple elopes, but their hopes that the earl will have to come around once they're married don't come to fruition. As Nolan tries to learn his role as his father's heir, and to decide if he even wants anything to do with the man, he simultaneously pushes Hannah away. Will they find a place for their love in Nolan's new life? This is a very enjoyable romance. I liked seeing Nolan try to adjust to his new life and Hannah making peace with past hurts. They were both endearing characters. Hannah's aunt Iris was a gem; she brought humor to the story that helped lighten some of the darker elements of the plot. I read a copy of the ebook via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
LizD1 18 days ago
A Most Noble Heir By: Susan Anne Mason I really loved A Most Noble Heir. I did not want to put it down. A Most Noble Heir is a Christian historical romance set in 1884. The author takes us on a journey back in Derbyshire, England. This is Nolan and Hannah’s story. Nolan learns on his mother’s death bed a family secret. Will this secret cost him everything he has always wanted? Will it change his life? All he has ever wanted is to marry his long time friend, Hannah, who he has always loved. I also loved the spiritual parts throughout the story. There were several times I caught myself with tears rolling down my face. I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. I was given a complimentary copy, by the author and Bethany House Publishing House, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
RachsRamblings 19 days ago
The witty banter of two unique characters, the faith issues of these characters, and the storyline are incredibly enjoying. This will have you laughing out loud and perhaps getting a bit misty eyed at times. The story contains real life conflicts, character flaws, and circumstances only under God’s control. These are all together wrapped with humor, wit, and fun. It has the messiness of life and the pure joy as well. I really liked the female lead Sam. She did act much on impulse, but not for her own best interest. I must admit I could have slapped Cam a few times with his constant mixed signals and hard headed ness...but everyone has character flaws. It’s interesting and sometimes just plain fun as he goes through a necessary change in life. Their struggles with their faith , God’s plan for their lives, and views of life through the prism of Gods Word is done so well. If you enjoy historical romance sprinkled with faith and humor, you don’t want to miss this one! I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 19 days ago
"Lord, I don't know how much more I can take. First my mother, and now this? What is it you want from me?' Nolan Price works as a groomsman on the estate of the Earl of Stainsby and he is content with his life and loving Hannah Burnham, a kitchen maid on the same estate. Nolan plans to buy a small farm and marry Hannah very soon. Then his plans are shattered when his dying mother had kept a secret from him all his life and he is the Earl of Stainsby's son. The only male heir, in fact. And as such, Nolan will be forbidden to marry Hannah. Nolan decides to elope with Hannah and buy the farm anyway, thinking that the earl will have no choice but to accept him. Nolan must learn the ways of the aristocracy and tries hard to meet the demands of his overbearing father, while at the same time trying to be the husband Hannah needs and wants. Both Hannah and Nolan are trusting God to intervene in their situation, but they are met with nothing but heartache at every turn. Things do not come easy and the young couple meet with difficulties at every turn, everything seeming to work to keep them apart, it seems. Only a miracle can keep them together as Nolan's new life does not seem to have room for his wife. Susan Anne Mason has gone above and beyond with this one. I was drawn into the story from the first page and had a difficult time tearing myself away from it at all! The characters are fleshed out so well that they become part of your heart as well. Even the secondary characters are well done. I enjoyed every single minute of this book and look forward to more from this author. *I thank the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not under any pressure to leave a review. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.
DianaFlow 19 days ago
Oh, how I dearly love novels about opulent, old mansions, high-born nobility, intriguing characters, and angsty romance—all of which masterful storyteller, Susan Anne Mason includes in her latest release, 'A Most Noble Heir'! Nolan Price, an honorable stable hand, is caught between a rock and a hard place upon discovering he is actually the son of an earl. His love for the beautifully innocent kitchen maid, Hannah, and learning the ways of the aristocracy causes him much inner conflict and confusion. What ensues are a series of mishaps and heartbreaking misunderstandings leading him and Hannah down the twisty, rocky road to romance, leaving the reader to wonder if they will ever arrive! A surprise concerning Nolan's father, the formidable Earl of Stainsby, threw me for a loop (I love when books do that!), and I can guarantee you, you'll want to know just what it is! A powerful tale of forgiveness, redemption, and breathtaking romance, I highly recommend 'A Most Noble Heir'!
TrixiO 24 days ago
What would you do if you learned a family secret upon your mother's deathbed? How would it change your life? What path will Nolan choose; forfeit the aristocracy for love, or take his place beside his father? These are the questions that haunt him after he learned he was rightful heir to Stainsby Hall. All his life he yearned to know who his real father was. Once he found out, he's not so sure the secret should have come to light. Loving Hannah with a fierce love, they secretly wed against his father's wishes but things don't go the way he's dreamed they would. How can he stay true to her while also forging a bond with a father he never knew he had? I loved this story so much! It shows the determination of a man to know who he really is all while balancing the love of a good woman. Nolan is a man of honor, one who keeps his promises no matter what. He's dealing with the grief of losing the only mother he knew and trying to find his place in a world he knows nothing about. Things start stacking against him, chaffing him to the core. It's in these times that the fire purifies a person! Once he makes his mind up, and with the prodding of his lifelong blacksmith friend, he realizes maybe God has a bigger plan for him. I loved Hannah, she's a woman wise beyond her young years. She struggles with feeling unloved and unworthy to those around her & to God. It takes the convincing of an aunt she never knew to show her that she is both valued and treasured. So many things keep these two apart, but their reunion in the end makes it all the worthwhile! I also loved seeing the redemption of Edward Fairchild—Lord Stainsby. He was a fun character to see change as time went on. The story drew me from the very first page and I was loathe to put it down when real life interrupted. There are many layers that kept my nose glued to the pages, characters that felt real & scenery I could picture in my mind. Lastly, I learned that this was in part, pieces of a real life account of Susan Anne Mason's own family history! That made it even better in my mind. Be sure to read the “Letters to the Reader” in the back of the book to find out more. It's a fascinating story! Favorite lines: Nolan's mom to him: “Promise you'll let go of your anger. Don't blame God for taking me. His will is beyond our understanding, but perfect in its execution. Don't let it shake your faith.” ~pg. 44 Aunt Iris to Hannah: “ I hope you also know that your heavenly Father love you undconditionally and without limit. You are a treasured child of God, most worthy of all goodness that comes intor your life. And definitely worthy of a fine man like Nolan.” ~pg. 262 * I was provided with a complimentary copy by Bethany House Publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review, all opinions are my own. *
BlueJeansAndTeacups 27 days ago
•°o•:*:•.COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.•:*:• o°• I received this book in yesterday’s post (I just love saying post – don’t you?), took some time to photograph it, brew a pot of lemon-lavender tea with a sprig of rosemary and settled in with a cozy blanket at 2:10pm. I only paused to feed the kitties and whip up a speedy dinner of eggs with toast and continued reading (thank goodness for book stands!) while eating because it was that good. I finished at 10:42pm! What an enjoyable 8.5-hour read! Note to self: Susan’s books suck you in. Plan accordingly ;) Derbyshire, England 1884 Nolan Price is the 21-year-old stable hand at Stainsbury. He has grown to love Hannah Burnham, a kitchen maid that arrived when he was 14 and she was 13 following her mother leaving her there to work. He has finally saved enough to buy a small neighboring farm and give Hannah, her sister Molly, and his mother a better life. However, his mother has suddenly taken ill and reveals a long kept secret that he is the son of the Earl of Stainsbury whom he loathes. If he should agree to take his place among the aristocracy he will not be allowed to marry below his station. Outraged at this revelation, he decides to elope with Hannah, convincing her of his love and that it is the best way to ensure they are accepted as “one”. Hannah has always felt small, unimportant, and abandoned ever since her mother forced her into service, but kept her sister Molly. Nolan has been the one constant in her life. He is tender and kind, the man she prays with. He is her future. Edward Fairchild is shocked to find that his son is alive and further has been right under his nose all these years. His son-in-law and current heir to the estate, Orville Fairchild, is a loathsome, gambling infantile man. He makes plans to train Nolan and turn him into a proper gentleman worthy of a title and Hannah does not fit into those plans. He will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure she does not get in the way. Iris Hartford is a fantastic character! Without giving to much away; she is a breath of fresh air, tells it like it is, is gentle but commands a room and the most delightful fairy godmother type one could hope for! This story has many twists and turns as well as dangerous situations which elevate it further. Through it all, faith balances the story nicely, but not perfectly because no one is perfect in their faith. As the wise and loveable Scotsman Bert says, “Sometimes we have to hear God’s message several different ways before it finally takes root.” (smile – is that not the truth?!). Tea Moment (and there are several, yay!) She nodded and wiped her own face. “Come back to the kitchen, and I’ll make you some tea.” Like his mother, Hannah believed a cup of tea could cure anything. © 2018 Bethany House - Book available March 6, 2018 364 pages Thank you to Bethany House and the lovely author for an advance copy to review. My opinion is my own and given freely. Keep updated on the author’s website, Susan Anne Mason dot net I believe this is a stand-alone book and not a series. Read & Reviewed: 02/2018