An Uncommon Courtship

An Uncommon Courtship

by Kristi Ann Hunter

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An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

"Engaging Regency romance to sweep you away."--USA Today Happy Ever After Blog

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 thepressure 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764218262
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: Hawthorne House Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 214,645
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

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An Uncommon Courtship 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
The third book in Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series, An Uncommon Courtship focuses on Lord Trent Hawthorne as he finds himself in quite a marriage predicament. Forced into marriage with Lady Adelaide Bell for the sake of propriety, there’s plenty of humor sprinkled throughout Trent’s story, and I so enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between Trent and Adelaide. Both characters are dear, despite their bumbling attempts at marriage in the beginning, and I loved the way that Hunter handles their struggles—with relationships, faith, and otherwise. An Uncommon Courtship was a pleasure to read and I can’t help recommending it to readers of historical (especially Regency) romance. Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of An Uncommon Courtship and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I love stories with a premise like this, where the couple gets to know each other and falls in love after they marry. There are so many obstacles to overcome- in this situation, it was mostly the lack of communication between Adelaide and Trent and their naiveté. I loved seeing Adelaide come into her own and learn to embrace her new independence. Being free of her family allowed her to blossom and true colors shine. Trent was a bit of an idiot of course as he worked through his feelings of feeling trapped into a loveless marriage, but once he opened his eyes and received some needed advice from his family, he was able to keep "trying again" with Adelaide until their choice to love was finally able to flourish. Great humor and great romance in this story, even if the plot was not as involved as the first book in the series. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite in the series,though ALL of them are thoroughly delightful.
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this marriage or ruination story. I also enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous stories in this series. This book is the third, but can be read as a stand alone. Trent makes the decision to marry Adelaide when they spend the evening together after an accident. He is a man of honor and abandons his plans to marry for love. This romance has some humorous moments. Trent decides to court his wife. Their marriage at the beginning is shaky. They do not know how to communicate with the stranger they are currently living with. This book had moments when I wanted to hit them with my tablet. Trent knows how to completely bungle things. He overthinks and overreacts. Adelaide has spent her life living in the shadows of her older sister and is wonderful at retreating into her books. The book shows the progression of their relationship. The extended family added many wonderful moments. I loved it when the family ganged up on Trent, he deserved it. This book has a strong Christian element. It is clean with kissing and fade to black intimacy. Source: I received a copy of the book from Netgalley. Reviews are encouraged but not required.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This has been such a fun series. Each unique story has drawn me in and entertained me with its charming plot twists and adorable, but imperfect characters. An Uncommon Courtship was unlike any other marriage of convenience story I’ve read and the author’s voice really made it shine. The couple’s unconventional relationship unfolds amidst a very curious society. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the romantic tension runs high and the witty dialogue adds extra charm to the early 1800’s backdrop. Trent and Adelaide don’t begin their lives together in married bliss and must learn a great deal about their spouse and themselves first. At times, I’ll admit their doubts and insecurities seemed repetitive and slowed the pace. I was eager for them to communicate and move forward. I wanted their happily-ever-after almost as much as they did. This is one author I follow and recommend other readers do the same. Her distinct style and wit is easily recognizable and I always enjoy her humorous way of storytelling. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. Read about Lord Trent Hawthorne and his accidental marriage to Adaelaide Bell. Will they find a good marriage in their new life together or will things and her family conspire to break them apart?
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Two words stand out to me when I think of summing up the book An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter; they are tenderhearted and cherished. This was a lovely story of two people thrown together into a marriage that neither one had wanted or anticipated. Yet, both decided (albeit alone), to make the best of the situation. However, somewhere the meaning of marriage was lost in good intentions. We are treated with both Trent’s and Adelaide’s viewpoints. On the outside it looked as if all their problems might be solved by just sitting down and speaking to each other. But these two were virtual strangers to each other and even though both came from well to do families, they did have different upbringings. Adelaide was the middle child and ignored for most of her life and so continues to hide herself in submission and solitude. Trent, the second son, tries not to ever outshine his most beloved older brother, Griffith the duke, so he keeps his most personal thoughts to himself. Neither knew where or how to begin to have a marriage. Trent decides to court his wife. While the plan sounded good to him, the way he went about it was very unconventional. But again these two people haven’t really changed their circumstances at all. We as the reader get to go on this journey with them and see how these two very hurting individuals can make their marriage work. I really felt like this was such a great example of new marriage in general. Two people trying to now live and work together for the common goal of a successful marriage and life together. There were delicate matters that were addressed in the book, but they were done tastefully and realistically between two innocents. There was delicateness to this book, asking important questions like what is love and how do we love? Something I think our society, our world on a whole could take a lesson from. I enjoyed seeing the rest of the family and friends and chuckled at what I would call the bite and loving one-liners that came from older brother Griffith. I am looking forward to his story next. This is a story that will stay with me for a while. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Kristi is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She is extremely talented and knows how to write a story that will capture your heart and mind. I have read the first two books in this series and loved them both. It was wonderful to get into Trent’s life since he was present in the other books but we didn’t really get to know him. This book starts with Adelaide and Trent’s wedding day. The distance between them is real and you can feel that. They really don’t know who to handle this new situation and what the rules are. I read some other reviews that complained about the role of sex on this book. But they are a married couple, sex should play a role in a healthy married. Nothing was inappropriate and overly described. It was a real struggle they both had as they figured out this marriage thing. Kristi developed each character and the growing relationship wonderfully. Even though this is a series I think you could easily read this as a stand-alone, but the first two are outstanding so why would you?? A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
The story is filled with challenges, growth and romance. It starts with a marriage of two young people that barely know one another and although they don't follow traditional paths, with effort and focus and a little help from family and friends, the young couple is able to slowly build a relationship and begin the journey to love. This piece of period fiction, Regency fiction to be exact, was a wonderful story with memorable characters. The author does a great job of developing the characters and helping you feel a connection to the endearing, unique characters within the story. I found myself easily relating to the shy, book-loving Adelaide whose fidgets left something on her out of sorts by the end of the evening and cheering Trent along as he warmed to the awry portions of his wife's appearance and found himself looking for ways to protect his wife from the interference of her mother and the less than scrupulous men that seemed to cross her path. The class system of the era was a huge influence on the story and there were some characters who were so focused on the societal standing that they were willing to hurt their own family members to assure their own status, yet still there were some characters were more focused on family and acceptance and worried little about their status. I didn't know it when I selected the book, but it is the third book in her Hawthorne House series. The good news is it works well as a stand alone novel and although I am a fan of following the lives of those I meet in earlier books, I don't feel like I missed out on anything by starting with the third book...of course, I would like to go back and read the first two. I know that I know where those couples wind up based on this book, but I think it would still be enjoyable to go back and learn more about them. A complimentary copy was provided. No compensation was received for this review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, February 20, 2017 An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter, © 2017 The Hawthorne House Series, Book 3 My Review: Adelaide couldn't remember a more pleasant outing. Not once did she find herself wishing she could reach for the book she'd tucked into her reticule. --An Uncommon Courtship, 114. A girl after my own heart!! This is a delightful story of first love ~ learn as you go. Set in an unexpected circumstance, second Hawthorne son, Lord Trent, begins to court his Lady Adelaide. When was the last time you began and finished a book in one day ~ well if you count 2:20 a.m. a day?! Loved this book. So sweet to see hearts opening to each other for the first time, uncertain of their way and encouraged by those who care about them. Trent is wanting to give Adelaide the social standing she has never had before and not to be overlooked. She grows in assurance and receipt of who she is; kind, giving, and able to have a voice in what concerns her. Standing up for herself she is respected and able to move forward in the life the Lord has for her. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. --Proverbs 29:25 I liked the growth of this story, the trust they both have continuing forward, despite turmoil around them. Very well-written, this whole series brings family together in support and understanding. Good communication and I especially liked that Adelaide knew whom to go to for help and direction. Trent is well-taken as he turns to his brother and brothers-in-law. His sisters include Adelaide and assist watchfully in her coming out in society. Gossip is quenched being immersed in Truth. How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. --Psalm 31:19 author Kristi Ann Hunter ***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** ~* Hawthorne House *~ A Lady of Esteem Novella ~ A Noble Masquerade Novel ~ Book 1 An Elegant Façade Novel ~ Book 2 An Uncommon Courtship Novel ~ Book 3
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Hawthorne House series, I have not read the first two books and had no problem keeping up with this one. I now want to go back and read the entire series. I fell in love with the entire Hawthorne family and look forward to reading more about this loving family. This novel does have content that may not be appropriate for all ages, even though the author does an amazing job at not being to detailed, I would not be comfortable recommending it to my teenager. The book is well written and full of fun, laughter, sadness, romance and more. Lady Adelaide Bell is used to being in the background. She is a beautiful somewhat shy lady, yet with opinions of her own as well. She finds herself married to a handsome stranger and wonders if she will ever be truly loved. Lord Trent Hawthorne has always dreamed of being married for love, so when he finds himself married to a complete stranger is he doomed to a loveless marriage. Adelaide and Trent must muddle through an uncommon courtship, marriage and many other obstacles that lay among the ton. I loved their many different struggles, their uncertainty and their true compatibility. I look forward to reading more of this family.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
I haven’t known another author recently that has me raising my brow at a character, only to be completely and fully taken by them by the end of the story. Adelaide is just such a character. She’s not your typical lady because her mother didn’t focus much time and efforts on Adelaide, like she did her older sister. Although it’s not evident at first, I came to notice that she’s a bit quirky. Perhaps even a bit odd. She wears spectacles. She doesn’t like tea (gasp!). In fact, she prefers coffee – whoa, whoa, whoa. A bespectacled lady, who’s a bit awkward that adores coffee over tea? Um, excuse me, Mrs. Hunter, but did bits of my personality get written into this story without my knowledge? ;) What I mean to say is, while I didn’t immediately warm up to Adelaide, much like Georgina in the previous book, by the time the story got rolling, I was her biggest fan. I found her to be such an endearing, unique character. Her character development is truly superb – once the Hawthorne family decide she’s one of them, they embrace her fully, and so did I. Trent Hawthorne had some mighty big shoes to fill – I adored Colin in book two, so I was already a bit skeptical of Trent to begin with. And a little secret here – I was right to be. He totally and utterly tanks in every way in the beginning of the story. He has a wife that he doesn’t know what to do with, so falling back on his signature charm, he just kind of floats through the narrative doing a lot of things, but accomplishing very little. However, once he gets his head on straight, the endearing, more-than-just-charming Trent shows up, and it’s like, ah, there he is! I knew he would arrive. Seriously, y’all – this dude was so clueless. So, even though I was frustrated with some of his choices in the beginning, the journey that he and Adelaide take together is totally worth it. In terms of the plot, because of the setting, there are is a lot of party and ball attending, and because of Trent’s plans, also a lot of courtship that really goes nowhere. Since, I love stories that feature a lot of balls and having tea and the like, I liked the slower pace of those moments. That’s also where some of the best bits of dialogue come in – there’s a certain tea scene that seriously has me cheering for Adelaide and Trent. It’s also pretty awesome that the whole Hawthorne family shows up. I was particularly excited to see more of Trent’s mother, Lady Blackstone, as well as Griffith, whose own story is coming up next. I enjoyed seeing Adelaide’s reaction to how the family interacted and her realization that this family was now her family. There is a lot of humor as well as several serious moments, and the way things culminate in their relationship is worth all of the angst in the beginning. And although honestly I didn’t think I would mention this in my review, I’ve seen it enough in other reviews that I feel it has to be mentioned. They are a married couple, so there are married couple discussions – this isn’t a young adult novel, after all – but there is never anything that crosses the line or pushes things too far, in my opinion. I found it all to be realistic and tastefully done. Everyone has different opinions on that, but I’ve found much more description and detail in other, extremely popular Christian fiction novels. Kristi Ann Hunter doesn’t just write a clean, cutesy novel, throwing in a prayer or two – these characters realistically discuss faith and struggles, and I so appreciate that!
InterpretergalMW More than 1 year ago
What an excellent book! The author does not disappoint with this book. With the Hawthorne family, love is prevalent for all to see in their marriages. Before An Uncommon Courtship, there are only 2 members left of their family that are unmarried. High expectations are set for these young men. This book begins with a surprise revealed about Trent, the youngest boy of the family. The story is filled with surprises, frustrations, and romance. There was one point I even laughed while I was very sad. You have to read the book to know exactly why! I love the writing style. I am definitely reading the previous 2 books in the series again along with this one!
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Wow! My heart was aflutter and my internal dialogue was rampant while I read "An Uncommon Courtship"! In a time of bluntness and oversharing, it seems odd that Lord Trent Hawthorne and Lady Adelaide Bell cannot adequately share their thoughts and voice their questions during this early stage of their relationship: as newlyweds. Unlike the typical courting rituals of the late 1700s, Trent and Adelaide painfully work through what it means to court AND be married simultaneously. Kristi Ann Hunter writes a gripping, comical, and heart-tormenting novel as a she finishes up her Hawthorne House series. I couldn't keep my nose out of this book and I believe every reader will fall into the same fate with this uncommonly-good novel! (**Please be aware that marriage-sensitive topics will be discussed.) I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishing and I am excited to share my honest review!
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
An Uncommon Courtship is the first book I’ve read by Kristi Ann Hunter, and it definitely won’t be the last. And I will be buying the rest of the Hawthorne House series. Marriage of conveniences are one of my favorite tropes in fiction, and I especially love them when the characters don’t know each other well. Trent and Adelaide are thrown into marriage after spending a completely innocent night stuck in a crumbling ruin. Adelaide is a great character. Due to an upbringing where she is ignored unless her sister needs something, and an overbearing social climber mother, she is very reserved and doesn’t always know how to express her needs or wants. Watching her break out of this shell and become more assertive and aware of her needs is one of my favorite parts of the book. I adore Adelaide. Trent is also a great character. He is honorable in marrying Adelaide to prevent her reputation from being destroyed, and his relationship with his brother is one of my favorite aspects of the book, though it didn’t overshadow the romance. When he realizes he may have feelings for her and how uncertain Adelaide feels in her new life as his wife, he decides to court her to win her affection. Ms. Hunter is a very capable writer. The setting is so detailed I could picture every scene perfectly and it’s excellently researched. A pet peeve of mine is when titled characters aren’t addressed correctly, so I was glad to see it done perfectly in this book! The secondary characters are also well-done and aren’t merely there to move the plot along. This book is part of a series but can stand alone. I do, however, recommend you read the rest of the series simply because I think this author has written an amazing story and I hope the others are just as good. I can’t wait to read the rest of them. I give this book 5/5 stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy a sweet romance with rich historical detail, main characters who live their faith, and excellent secondary characters. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions are my own.**
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Those stupid mushrooms. It’s all their fault Lord Trent Hawthorne and Lady Adelaide Trent were forced into a marriage neither of them wanted. Now they have to figure out how to make the relationship work, though they are only acquaintances. Both are scared and unsure, but with God and a very uncommon courtship, they may just be able to fall in love. An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter was a sweet, historical romance. Set in London in the early nineteenth century, it is filled with colorful imagery of the society and customs of the time period. Although, there are some instances in which the characters blatantly disregard society’s rules, such as with the overly forward servants in Trent’s home. Those servants and the other characters who acted outside of societies rules presented some of the funniest situations in the novel. That and the relationship between Trent and his brother. There was no side-plot of danger, as in some books of this genre, but there was definite depth to the story. Adelaide endured much neglect and nitpicking from her parents, which was sad to read, but she surmounted those problems beautifully. The plot centered on the romance, of course, as the two characters struggled through starting a life together with no knowledge of each other. Both of them made their share of mistakes borne from fear and miscommunication. But it was lovely to watch them fall in love. I must admit I was a bit addicted to the story as I read it, going so far as to corner my friend with a description of the first half of the story. She wasn’t too happy that I left her hanging—only because I wasn’t finished. I really enjoyed An Uncommon Courtship and look forward to reading other books from Kristi Ann Hunter. I recommend it to fans of inspirational, historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.
slm76 More than 1 year ago
In Kristi Ann Hunter’s latest novel we have the tale of two people getting to know each other AFTER getting married and trying to reconcile their dreams with reality. Trent and Adelaide’s marriage isn’t an arranged one, but is the result of an embarrassing situation. Trent doesn’t think he’s ready for marriage and Adelaide soon realizes how little she knows about running a home. There are two connected themes in An Uncommon Courtship. The first is that life is unpredictable. The second is that God’s plans are not our plans. The awkwardness of the situation shines through quickly and I was both sympathetic and annoyed with the characters for some of their actions. I felt sorry for Adelaide, given her mother’s treatment of her, and thought she was better off in this difficult marriage. Trent’s family are lovely, even second sister Georgina who was impossible to like at the start of this series. Trent seeks advice from other men, and there’s a good emphasis on the Biblical perspective of marriage. There is a lot of tactful discussion about relations between a man and a woman, and some physical moments described, but the couple concerned is married and there’s nothing to make a reader squirm. I finished this book hoping there would be one more book in the series. After all, oldest sibling Griffith has yet to make a match. It’s great, therefore, to discover that there will be a fourth title. An Inconvenient Beauty will be released later this year. Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic copy of An Uncommon Courtship, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
kristine-morgan More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to reading Trent's story, and it was well worth waiting for. Due to the rules of the times, Trent and Adelaide are required to marry quickly. They are strangers who are now married. I loved the way Kristi wove the customs of the time with a story that grabs hold and carried one along. The visits with Trent's family, the Hawthornes was an added bonus. Kristi is definitely one of the top Regency writers today. From Amazon: 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 thepressure 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? About the author: Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at w I was given this book by Netgalley.com for review purposes. All thoughts are my own
claramp More than 1 year ago
I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book and found myself enjoying and being pleasantly surprised throughout this story. Trent and Adelaide have been somewhat thrown together by circumstances and forced to embrace together a marriage not based on love - considering they hardly know each other. But that is just the problem - they find it difficult to face this new life together, as partners, as people who should be seen as one. Despite all his noble intentions in doing the right thing and preserving Adelaide's reputation, Trent finds it actually hard to live with someone he barely knows. As for Adelaide, she has been ignored most of her life and her trouble is to fit in a family and a household which are so different from the place she grew up in. Knowing somewhat about what her life had been before, Trent tries to smooth out the change a bit for her by proposing to court her. And so they start to grow from awkwardly acquainted to something more. But this book promises more than seeing the build up of a sweet romance. Kristi Ann Hunter sketched out the perfect amount of funny moments that had me laughing out loud but also some heartfelt moments to give me some pause and reflection. But most of all, the message I was given by this book was that to love someone is much more than swoon worthy moments and words. It is about being present, being honest, and, most of all, it is about grace. I thoroughly enjoyed Trent and Adelaide's journey and can't wait to see Griffith's mischievous plan turned upside down :)
YouthMom More than 1 year ago
I was anxiously awaiting this next installment of the Hawthorne Series, and I was not disappointed! The book opens with Trent married to a woman that he doesn't know. This is where the rollercoaster ride begins. I loved this book!!! There is some awkwardness, some sweet and tender moments, and some laugh-out-loud moments. We get to see the close relationship between Trent and Griffith which was a plus. I would recommend this book for older teens. Bethany House provided this book to me for my honest opinion which I have given. I will definitely put this on my "Keeper" shelf and read it again--several times
DM_Lunsford More than 1 year ago
I eagerly anticipated this installment of the Hawthorne House series. It had been a treat to watch Trent in the other stories and learn more about his character. As the younger son, he's proved a perfect background character for the responsible and towering elder son and duke, while also being the devoted yet playful sibling assisting his sisters through their eras of courtship. I could scarcely wait to see what Hunter would weave for Trent's own romance. I'm something of a sucker for stories involving a marriage that is "arranged" or brought about by some circumstance. What luck that I'd get to read Trent in such a situation. As anticipated, there were the usual ups and downs that I've come to expect in narratives that deal with this plot point. But Hunter goes far and beyond to tell a beautiful story of just how complicated such arrangements can be. Yet because both Trent and Adelaide are committed to making it work, for better or worse, they manage to learn that true success in marriage is more about choice than it is about chemistry. There's plenty of great chemistry as the story develops, but at the heart we see two characters learning that love is more than feelings - it is a choice made over and over again to seek the good of the other. It takes them (especially Trent) a while to figure that out. But once they do - oh goodness! It makes this, in my opinion, one of the best of the entire series. As far as favorite scenes, the gathering of all the Hawthorne House men at one point, as they wrestle together to answer the question of what does it mean to love one's wife, definitely stands out for me. Great, great stuff!
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this Hawthorne House series! This book tackles the falling in love after you're already married, which I almost never enjoy, but in this case it was ok. Ms Hunter is an exceptional writer and draws you in with no chance of escape until the book is done. I also love the cover art for each of these books - and the fact that the people on the front look like what she describes inside! Trent and Adelaide are forced by circumstances into a marriage to save her reputation and they have to come to accept that they won't have the choice to marry for love but maybe love can still come in the marriage? It's work on both sides, a lot of putting the other first and discovering what true love really looks like. This is explored beautifully in this book. If I hadn't started with the first book I think I would be so lost as to who is who and what title they have and all that, but the series has built upon itself slowly and it's nice to have the familiar faces back as supporting characters in each new story. If you haven't read this series, grab it up and immerse yourself in the Regency English Ton! This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
An Uncommon Courtship is a beautiful Regency novel that consistently tugged on my emotions and heart.This is a story filled with tons of sweet and romantic passion that will make one swoon, scoundrels that make your blood crawl, and annoying scheming women that will make you cringe. While the plot of an arranged marriage and characters learning to love another as husband and wife has been done before, Kristi Ann Hunter keeps it unique and original. I honestly couldn’t stand Trent in the beginning of the book. His character annoyed me and made me want to smack some common sense into his brain. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t take long for him to become likeable again. His character is well developed and refreshing. I love Lady Adelaide because she is perfect for Lord Trent. She is shy and used to hiding in the backgrounds of her sister.Due to this, Adelaide is dealing with a lack of self-assurance and confidence. She lacks in the knowing of high social society of London. While she did have some abilities of growing up in a titled home with some insight on how to dress, speak, and act, she didn’t have the opportunities to be apart of social gatherings. Her mother only had time to teach one daughter how to be a lady so Adelaide didn’t have any of the upbringing she should have been given. Despite her wicked mother, this doesn’t stop Adelaide from being the woman who she has become. A kind, caring woman who tries to see the good in everyone. Her relationship with her mother and sister were relatable as well. Oh and don’t forget about her strange facts fascination. Those were perfect. Since it’s an arranged marriage, readers can expect an incredible amount of awkwardness as Trent tries to court his wife which is the advice he takes from his unmarried brother, Griffith. He believes in marrying for love and tries to find love in all of the wrong places. Like many people in our culture today, Trent thought love was an emotion that drove men to write poetry and subject themselves to societal events they would otherwise avoid.Through twists and turns as the story continues, he comes to realize the love or more specific, True Love. The love that God the Father has for us and the love between a husband and a wife. Hunter shows that His love is perfect and that loving each other in the way He intended is beautiful. This is a Christian novel that I think is completely clean and appropriate. However, I do have to note that some may not find some of the conversations suitable for younger readers. I highly recommend this one if you enjoy regency novels or Jane Austen! You’ll want to have read the previous books before reading this one. Looking forward to the fourth installment which will be Griffith’s story. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher 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.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
This definitely moved me with the sweet romance and family driven closeness and loyalty! It has a wonderful ending that makes your heart sing for all involved. A few people who got their just desserts after being so cruel made me want to cheer! I would have liked a little more banter between the two – but it didn’t detract from the story at all. It was a beautiful learning experience for both Trent and Adelaide after being thrown into a marriage neither was expecting. I loved Trent’s family and their fierce loyalty! Watching their love grow and learning some lessons of my own made this a bookshelf keeper. I adored the feeling and passion this author puts into her words to paint a beautiful story. I can’t wait for the next story!
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
Now, did you know that "you can't hum while holding your nose?" The things I learn from books are quite the conversation starter! This one, I'm happy to say I got it from An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter. It is the third full novel of the Hawthorne House series, and it features one of my favorite characters of the series, Lord Trent Hawthorne. As some of you know, I'm a tad bit obsessive, even coining the term #myTrent on social media and risking the wrath of another wonderful character, a Duke, might I add, Griffith. However, I've never shared that I was a bit scared to read An Uncommon Courtship. Yes, I was ALL over it and couldn't get my hands on it, but what if Trent turned out not what I expected? What if I don't care for the lady he marries? What if...yes, a lot of that. However, after reading it, my Trent continues to be my Trent, and I find Lady Adelaide perfect for him. Lord Trent had been a pivotal supporting character in the first two novels and the prequel of Hawthorne House series. He's the funny, dashing and sarcastically loyal brother, friend and highly sought bachelor. Perfect on the outside and seemingly in the inside. In An Uncommon Courtship, the author gave him depth - a vulnerability that makes him human, and not just someone in the pages, but fills this character with soul, and I love it. He makes mistakes, he needs a slap on the back of his head at times, and he needs to be reprimanded my his mother, Lady Blackstone. He isn't perfect, and that makes him perfect. "God doesn't make mistakes" and I don't think the author made any when it came to bringing Trent to life. Enough on Trent, but lets jump to other characters. Lady Adelaide is funny. She's awkward. Her childhood and the manipulation of her mother evokes sympathy, as well as a desire to see her rise above it all. The one thing that I wish was how she found strength to face her mother needs to be a little bit more dramatic since even I wanted to slap her mother and sister! Yet, in reality, it made sense. Lady Blackstone was another character that piqued my interest from An Uncommon Courtship. Her matron-ship was spot on, and the scene when she first met Lady Adelaide was precious. The appearance of all the previous major characters in the first two and half books highlighted An Uncommon Courtship and will make fans of the series extremely thrilled. That being said, you do not need to read the other books to understand this one. However, I would highly recommend you do, since it gives a lot of back story to the characters that plays a role in this book. And last, but certainly not least, is the Duke himself. Griffith is the older brother of Trent, and at times, is also the fatherly figure Trent refers to since their father's passing when he was six. Griffith's protectiveness of his family is endearing and definitely a character I look forward to a happy ending in his own story, The Inconvenient Beauty (coming later this year). I would love to see more of his point in the many hilarious and touching moments in An Uncommon Courtship further in his own book. The boys of Hawthorne House have truly claimed a spot in my heart, and when they join together to give Trent marriage advice, priceless. When it's Griffith's turn, I'm sure more laughter and inspirational insight will bring that book to life as well. I know this is getting a tad bit long, but I feel I need to give my Trent its due diligence in expressing how elated I am of his marriage