An Inconvenient Beauty Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

September 27, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 6 ★★★★

AN INCONVENIENT BEAUTY
Hawthorne House, Book 4

by
KRISTI ANN HUNTER
  Genre: Regency Romance 
Publisher: Bethany House
Date of Publication: September 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
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Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, so he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. While he’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, she is strangely elusive, and he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, she has no choice but to agree to a bargain that puts her at odds with all her romantic hopes—as well as her conscience. And the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she regrets the unpleasant obligation that prevents her from any dream of a future with him.
As all Griffith’s and Isabella’s long-held expectations are shaken to the core, can they set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim a happily-ever-after?

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Praise for An Inconvenient Beauty:

“With the latest superbly written installment in her Hawthorne House series, RITA award-winning Hunter once again proves she has the key to inspirational-romance and traditional-Regency readers’ hearts as she gifts them with another gracefully executed love story that delivers all of the richly nuanced characters, impeccably researched historical plotting, and sweet romance they could ever crave.”
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“The final book in the Hawthorne House series brings Hunter’s saga to a sigh-worthy conclusion. These family members have become like real people, and although readers will celebrate that the characters have found love, it is bittersweet to say goodbye. The plot moves briskly, yet the romance never feels forced. The period details are, as always, charming, and entrench the reader in the culture and traditions of the era.”RT Book Reviews

 

“Hunter’s final installment in the Hawthorne House series will delight those already invested in the series as well as any reader who enjoys stories set in Regency-era England. . . . As the London Season plays out, secrets are revealed, past loves return, and hearts align—despite a fair amount of underhanded conniving–to create a fitting finale to the series and a lovely addition to the Regency genre.”Publishers Weekly starred review
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An Inconvenient Beauty is a well-orchestrated dance between the two main characters, excellently directed by Ms. Hunter.

While reading, I found the interactions between Griffith and Isabella often parallels that of Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. Griffith repeatedly proclaims his love and Isabella repeatedly rebukes him. I also see similarities in how Isabella, like Elizabeth, really starts to fall for Griffith when she first sees his house.

“As they rounded a corner in the lane, Riverton came into view. Air left Isabella’s lungs in a rush as her mouth dropped open a bit at the beauty of the house before her.”

The two main characters are the real draw in An Inconvenient Beauty. Isabella is willing to sacrifice almost anything, including her reputation and her own happiness, to save her family and their farm. I find that admirable. She is also more interested in nature, plants, and parks than society, dresses, and impressing suitors. I could see myself spending time with Isabella. Griffith has seen his siblings settled and is now looking for a love match for himself. He thinks he can plan and calculate true love. I found his naivety hilarious, though I imagine this was not the original intention. Every time Griffith comments about how well he has planned out the life, and wife, he wants, and how Isabella does not fit into that plan, I chuckled.

“applying a little logic to the situation, he would have no problem finding love with someone who would throw his life into utter chaos and put him through complete turmoil before finding his way to happiness. The key was not getting caught off guard.”

I found myself struggling with the first half of An Inconvenient Beauty. Part of the problem was likely my inability to focus on anything post hurricane. I found myself uninterested in the plot or the back-story of the main characters. Though, once the two main characters start interacting on a regular basis, the book really came alive. Additionally, this is the fourth book in the series. The characters from the first three books are Griffith’s siblings. An Inconvenient Beauty could stand alone, but I feel like I was missing the connection to the other characters by not having read those books. Miranda’s book sounds the most interesting!

Overall, An Inconvenient Beauty is an enjoyable historical romance. I look forward to catching up with the characters in the other books of this series.

 

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

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ONE WINNER: FULL PRINT SET OF THE HAWTHORNE HOUSE SERIES
THREE WINNERS: PRINT COPY OF AN INCONVENIENT BEAUTY
September 25-October 4, 2017
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28-Sep
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30-Sep
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2-Oct
Review
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