Trent Hawthorne has always loved his position as the younger brother of a Duke. He's been perfectly content to manage his small estate, spend his days boxing at his favorite club, and patiently wait to fall in love with a woman of his choice. When circumstances force him to marry a woman he barely knows in order to save her reputation, will he manage to grow up and become the responsible adult and husband she deserves?
Adelaide Bell had never aspired to a grand marriage, and has always lived in the shadow of her older sister. Feeling unprepared for the social obligations she faces as Trent's wife, Adelaide isn't sure where to turn for help and guidance. Will she ever measure up to the Hawthorne family's reputation, or will she prove to be as vain and manipulative as her mother and sister? Can both Trent and Adelaide overcome the disappointments and resentments they've brought into their young marriage and make it the one they've dreamed of?
In An Uncommon Courtship, Kristi Ann Hunter continues the story of the Hawthorne family in this third installment of her Hawthorne House series. As far as I'm concerned, this series gets better and better with each new addition. Hunter's character development is masterfully done and produces compelling stories I can't bring myself to put down. Adelaide's mistreatment by her own family and resulting insecurities, and Trent's resentment in losing the future he'd always imagined make for a believable conflict between the two.
While the plot itself has been told many times-- two strangers forced into marriage who learn to love one another-- it happens to be one that I particularly enjoy. Hunter wisely uses this age-old romantic tale to remind readers that love simply based on emotions is destined to fail, and that true, lasting love requires commitment and effort. I will be anxiously awaiting the next Hawthorne love story!
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.