On her deathbed, Nolan Price’s mother finally reveals her adopted son’s true parentage—he is the son of the Earl of Stainsby. Afraid that his noble father will not allow him to marry kitchen maid Hannah Burnham, Nolan whisks Hannah away to elope. The Earl soon officially acknowledges Nolan as his heir but does not accept his son’s marriage. Can Nolan and Hannah’s relationship survive Nolan’s new position? Will Nolan be forced to choose between the wife he has always loved, or the father he’s always desired?
Susan Ann Mason tells a beautifully gut-wrenching story in A Most Noble Heir. I’ll admit to skepticism before reading the novel given that I did not particularly enjoy A Worthy Heart, but I was pleasantly surprised. While slightly predictable, the story is well-told and believable. I appreciated that the various struggles and arguments between characters stemmed from real problems, not contrived misunderstandings with simple solutions. While Hannah was a bit unrealistically perfect, the rest of the characters were complex and well-developed. Perhaps A Worthy Heart was an aberration, and Mason deserves the adoring fans she has accumulated after all.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.