Book Review: An Elegant Facade
Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen.
With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.
But beneath her flawless exterior, Georgina’s social aspirations stem from a shameful secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden–and that Colin is too close to discovering. Drawn to each other despite their mutual intent to avoid association, is the realization of their dreams worth the sacrifices they’ll be forced to make?
An Elegant Facade is the second book in the Hawthorn House series. (Or actually the third if you count the free novella, A Lady of Esteem). You could read An Elegant Facade as a stand alone novel, but I would recommend reading it with the rest of the series.
I found the novel to be absolutely brilliant. Kristi Ann Hunter took a risk and began by taking you halfway back into the events of her previous book (A Noble Masquerade) and telling parts of the tale again from another character’s point of view. This could have come across as cumbersome or repetitive, however, it was so skillfully written that I found it fresh and inventive. In fact, the author did something that is rarely done, she took a character that I had a mild dislike toward and made her someone that I really cared about.
All in all, I think that this story was a fabulously entertaining read that any fan of faith based Regency Romance should not miss.
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I was given a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.