Inconvenient Beauty, An by Hunter, Kristi AnnInconvenient Beauty, An by Hunter, Kristi Ann

Inconvenient Beauty, An

byHunter, Kristi Ann

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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Title:Inconvenient Beauty, AnFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.35 × 5.51 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.35 × 5.51 × 1.1 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764218271

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome conclusion to the Hawthrone House series Swoonworthy Regency Alert! Dust off those fainting couches and grab your smelling salts because at long last it is the Duke of Riverton himself who is destined for romance. And what a deliciously decadent though bittersweet read this one is. That's because An Inconvenient Beauty is the last book in the Hawthorne House series. I'm currently inconsolable over this dastardly fact. Luckily I'm still basking in the warm glow of Regency euphoria brought upon by this spectacular grande finale. No worries if you haven't read the first three books -- this easily reads as a standalone. But, if you are a Kristi Ann Hunter fan, you will love her all the more for the exquisite details she brings to this last story. Griffith's siblings and their spouses are all present and accounted for. In fact, the author has done a tremendous job of weaving diverse personalities together in an incredible series climax. We have Griffith, the staid duke and eldest son, burdened with leadership at a very young age, actually seeking out his younger siblings for advice. Riotous scenes with all the brothers (I'm including in-laws here) giving him such a hard time along with some sage advice on courtship. And at his most dire moments he seeks out the women in his family where his woes are spun into comedic masterpieces as all things female clearly befuddle him. I laughed and cried and raged my way through the pages of this book. Griffith is determined that his brain will lead his heart in his quest for a wife. To this end he has spent a year -- a year! -- studying and researching a certain lady to ensure suitability. Because he firmly believes that: "By applying a little logic to the situation, he would have no problem finding love with someone who wouldn't throw his life into utter chaos and put him through complete turmoil before finding his way to happiness." (p 65) Yeah, right, cue the chaos! And it comes in the form of his 'intended's' cousin. Conflicted and intrigued, Griffith finds himself drawn to Isabella who is the exact opposite of his 'ideal wife' candidate. Witty dialogue, heated...make that scorching...glances across a crowded ballroom and all the machinations of polite society in the early 1800s make this a Regency page-turner of the highest class.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book, and I loved the entire series! This particular story started out a little slow and I initially had trouble connecting to Miss Breckenridge and Miss St Clair but within a few chapters I was over that and from there on I was engaged in the story. I had trouble putting it down more than one evening. It's the sort of series where you could pick up and read the books in any order without too much trouble, but it's even more enjoyable when you are connecting again with characters that you've met in previous books. At first I was somewhat put off by the focus on how extraordinarily beautiful Isabelle Breckenridge is, I mean it seemed over the top, and then I got that it was supposed to be somewhat in order to hit home that it didn't define her. In the beginning she and her less physically beautiful cousin seem one dimensional and stereotyped but then they somewhat suddenly pop up into 3D characters you can really get behind. Griffith too has been portrayed throughout the books and rather staid and controlled, lacking a very rounded character. In this book we are invited in behind the careful control and find out the reasons for the this. He also, of course, learns to loosen up somewhat. Like I said, it did take me a few chapters to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down and it was worth the initial slow beginning to get into the heart of the story.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from •°o•:*:•.SIGH.•:*:• o°• 1815 London, Regency Era, England We have finally come to Griffith Hawthorne’s story. This story really flowed along at a nice pace as the characters got to know each other. The Duke of Riverton is the eldest sibling. He is logical and organized, even a bit subdued at times. But, he has many layers to him. His family has a legacy of marrying for love. He has ‘decided’ the time has come for him to marry, so he sets out to find a reasonable wife, who will ‘fit’ into his life, and then he can come to love her. Enter Frederica St. Clair; a plain but fitting woman who should do the trick. Isabella Breckenridge has practically made a deal with the devil. Her uncle, Percy St. Clair, is wealthy and connected. Her family is poor with little chance at a good future now that her father has been injured. When her uncle, and cousin Frederica, decide to visit them after many years, he discovers what an undeniable beauty she has become and hatches a plan to benefit them both. She is soon whisked to London during the high season and put on display for all of society to admire. Her intent is to fulfill her uncle’s demands, and return home to continue helping her family along with financial relief and glowing recommendations for her brothers to attend school. Her intent is NOT to fall in love since she has no use for such things. But, what does God have planned? Special Quote - Ch. 32 “Have you prayed about ?” “Every day.” Every moment. Griffith wasn’t sure there was an hour he’d been awake when some part of him hadn’t been crying out to God for a way to fix this dull ache in the middle of his chest that refused to go away as long as there was a chance… I love this because sometimes I too feel like there are some parts of me crying out to God, more than a conscious prayer. Very well stated by the author. The story was sweet and endearing, and at times I laughed aloud. I even sighed happily as I turned the last page. Now that the series is finished, I plan to go back and read the books again. They were that enjoyable. Kristi Ann Hunter weaves wonderful stories. And Bethany House has blessed her with lovely book covers. © October 2017 Bethany House 373 pages In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a copy from Bethany House Publ. which I am privileged to provide with no other compensation. - 5 stars Read: 10/04&05/2017 - Reviewed: 10/14/2017 HAWTHORNE HOUSE SERIES “The Hawthorne House Series follows a set of aristocratic siblings led by the Duke of Riverton. Set from 1812 - 1815, these stories show how beautiful life, love, and family can be when you let God be a part of them.” (I love that there are more than 3 books, but we also don’t have to wait forever between stories!) A Lady of Esteem – Free eNovella – 7/1/2015 A Noble Masquerade – Book 1 – 9/8/2015 You’ve Got Mail, Regency Style An Elegant Façade – Book 2 – 7/5/2016 An Uncommon Courtship – Book 3 – 1/3/2017 An Inconvenient Beauty – Book – 4 - 09/2017
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be Swept Away to a World of Ballrooms and Dancing The moment we’ve all been waiting for (or at least all the fans of Kristi Ann Hunter’s Regency-era “Hawthorne House” series have been waiting for) finally arrived in the autumn of 2017! From Bethany House comes “An Inconvenient Beauty”, the story of the last, unmarried Hawthorne sibling: Griffith, Duke of Riverton. Because Griffith was a character we all came to adore in the previous books, I’m certain I wasn’t the only reader waiting with baited breath to finally encounter the lady who would win his heart. “An Inconvenient Beauty” is the fourth full-length novel in the “Hawthorne House” series. While it doesn’t quite live up to the humor, wit, and unique qualities of the first two books, it also steers clear of all the troubling aspects of the third installment (namely an over-abundance of description about matters that should be kept private between husband and wife). The story of Griffith and Isabella is sweet and compelling, and of course the occasional appearances of heroes and heroines from the previous novels are an added bonus, as well. Overall, if you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction, and if Regency Romance is especially your cup of tea, you will find “An Inconvenient Beauty” to be an enjoyable way to spend a cozy afternoon. It will sweep you away into a world filled with ballrooms and dancing, dukes and ladies, love and happily-ever-afters. “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Securing a Duchess Monday, October 9, 2017 An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter, © 2017 The Hawthorne House Series, Book 4 My Review: While their friendship goes way back to school days, Ryland and Griffith, young dukes, grow to manhood. Still confidants and advisors, they seek each other in decision-making. One is not so certain, as Griffith plans a methodical way to win a wife. Missing her Northumberland home and family, Isabella longs to return to a green countryside and fresh air. She suddenly was transported to London with her Uncle Percy and Cousin Freddie with little time to consider. Go or stay. Her uncle offers to finance her family's failing farm and provide schooling for her brother. How can she refuse? Her part? To influence young men to aid a bill in the House of Lords that her uncle has been promoting for years. Simple enough. Dancing with them at stylish balls, they will come on the at-home day and be met aforehand by Uncle and persuaded to become familiar with the need for their vote. One thing going for the Duke of Riverton is strolling with the cousins amid greenery, a definite plus for time with them. The one he has chosen has other interests, leaving the cousin who definitely doesn't want to include Griffith in the trail of men she is bringing for her uncle to concur with. I liked Frederica's urgent need for a rest, resulting in the continued walk with Isabella. A scavenger hunt during the weekend gala planned by his mother, Griffith finds a treasure of his own. Tenacity brings him to several interesting developments as he tries to find out why he is being spurned in his attempts to courtship. I liked the concurrence of the ladies in Griffith's family in encouraging him in his selection. ***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this fourth and final book in the Hawthorne House series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All GOD's children are beautiful What a very special book An Inconvenient Beauty is. When you start off with a poor little boy who has lost his father whom he has loved and adored - to be pushed into a man's role at the age of eleven just isn't right - it just isn't - but they did it to him and didn't give it a second thought - how cruel they were - they pushed such expectations on him - can you imagine what kids in school thought of him now that he is a - well I wont tell you what he became because of his fathers death you have to find out when you read it - you will love it - then when he is grown - boy oh boy - you just wont believe it - what a man he turned out to be - then she was in his life - but I am not going to tell you all of that because you should read that for yourself - I dont like to tell you the whole story - but I will tell you - it is adventurous, dapper, brilliant, a beacon of love, shows a foundation of faith, charming and tremendously enjoyable. I am so glad I read this book I received a copy of this book by the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All GOD's children are beautiful What a very special book An Inconvenient Beauty is. When you start off with a poor little boy who has lost his father whom he has loved and adored - to be pushed into a man's role at the age of eleven just isn't right - it just isn't - but they did it to him and didn't give it a second thought - how cruel they were - they pushed such expectations on him - can you imagine what kids in school thought of him now that he is a - well I wont tell you what he became because of his fathers death you have to find out when you read it - you will love it - then when he is grown - boy oh boy - you just wont believe it - what a man he turned out to be - then she was in his life - but I am not going to tell you all of that because you should read that for yourself - I dont like to tell you the whole story - but I will tell you - it is adventurous, dapper, brilliant, a beacon of love, shows a foundation of faith, charming and tremendously enjoyable. I am so glad I read this book I received a copy of this book by the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-written, Delightful, and Entertaining! Light-hearted and entertaining, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Perhaps not the deeply meaty stuff of some Christian fiction, this book contained enough thematic presence to convey an important message but not so much that it bogged down the amusing tone of the novel. I found myself rooting for the characters in their struggles, and learning with them as they grew in their faith. I appreciated the quality of writing in this novel, and the whole series it belongs to!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Likable characters, Plot was slowed to a crawl in the second half This book would have made an excellent movie that I would watch several times over. You can picture the characters clearly in your head and play out the scenes as they’re really well descripted and well written. What surprised me the most while reading the book was how funny it was. It’s not a laugh out loud comedy per se, but there were scenes and encounters where you found yourself laughing out loud. I thought it was different. Not all regency romance novels are like this (most are lighthearted romances) so seeing some good funny scenes is nice and puts a different spin on things. (The lawn bowling incident haha!) Isabella and Griffith were perfect together. They had the perfect chemistry, their intelligence was on par with each other and Isabella was exactly what Griffith needed. He was all about routine, and finding the answers to everything and being prepared. Isabella was exactly the opposite; she made him question his methods, and got him to realize not everything has an answer and sometimes just going with the flow helps brighten up life. The best part was although their romance didn’t start off as usual (love at first sight, etc) it was a gradual bond that lasted throughout the book. What I didn’t really like was although the characters were great, and the comedy bits made the plot light and fun, it didn’t do much regarding the speed and pace of the plot. It dragged midway in the plot and it seemed to have slowed to a crawl and the change of pace changed considerably. Aside from the slow pacing in the second half of the book, I enjoyed the characters. They were fun and likable, and the comedy provided some good light moments. Although this is part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone as well.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book in the series I loved this book...it was my favourite story to read of the series. I was curious as to how I'd relate to Griffith since he always seems so detached and aloof, but I really loved this book. In fact I was up till midnight finishing it because I couldn't put it down. I know some have expressed disappointment with the third book in the series, but this one is definitely worth reading and I highly recommend it. Isabella puts me in the mind almost of Elinor Dashwood in that she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness and future for the sake of those who matter to her. Minor spoiler alert: my only itty bitty criticism which most people probably wouldn't care is that the author doesn't allow us to witness the birth of Miranda's baby. I'd have loved to have known if it was a boy or girl, but that's my own problem. :)
Date published: 2017-09-13