A brief summary from Kristi Ann Hunter:
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 the pressure 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.
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself married…to a stranger?
Yea, I don’t know what I’d do either! Yet, in the case of An Uncommon Courtship, Lady Adelaide Bell and Lord Trent Hawthorne find themselves thrown into this very situation through no fault of their own. In order to set things right and get to know his new wife, Trent decides he must properly court Adelaide after they have already married. But Adelaide isn’t responding as he had hoped, and Trent must call in reinforcements – his family – if he is ever to have a chance at wooing over his wife.
Never having been courted before, let alone married, Adelaide is at a loss on how to respond to her husband’s odd and newfangled ideas. Every thing she does seems to be wrong – from losing her gloves to bumbling her words around Trent. How is this marriage ever going to work when they can’t even talk to one another?! Summoning inner strength, Adelaide takes it upon herself to be the perfect wife. Only, perfection is exhausting and Adelaide isn’t so sure Trent sees a difference. Will these two ever open up and accept one another for who they are, or will their differences lead to a long-suffering marriage of convenience?
I have an extreme love-hate relationship for Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Uncommon Courtship!! Mostly this stems from how much I love everything about this novel except for how long it takes Adelaide and Trent to open up to one another! This was beyond frustrating to me, because I love everything to be clear-cut and out in the open, and Adelaide and Trent’s interactions were anything but that. The undercurrent of tension drove.me.nuts!! But Kristi’s novel is a work of art, and all that tension made for a great plot, because I was HOOKED while reading this third novel in the Hawthorne House series! So hooked that I read this in less than 24 hours, only stopping to sleep and work. 🙂
My dear readers, hopefully you have read the Hawthorne House series from book one, but if you haven’t yet had that pleasure don’t be worried – An Uncommon Courtship is a great stand-alone novel!! I hope you love this novel as much as I did – it truly is a masterpiece!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.