I’ve been a fan of the Hawthorne House series since the beginning. The stories have been fun quick reads that I like to add to my reading pile. This latest release follows one of the brothers, Trent, and while it wasn’t my favorite of the group, I think fans can still enjoy this one.
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.
Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent’s relationship survive the pressures of London society?
I liked Adelaide’s character. I appreciated her development and how she dealt with her unexpected hand. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that Hunter was willing to talk about issues newlyweds might have that aren’t often discussed.
I was more annoyed with Trent. I think some might find his actions endearing, but I was more frustrated. Also, he was naive to a point that was unbelievable in some ways.
But it was fun seeing all the siblings together and I think if Griffith gets a story, it could be a lot of fun. So while this wasn’t a favorite of the series, that won’t stop me from reading Hunter in the future.
What family series are you enjoying right now?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)