An Uncommon Courtship
Hawthorne House #3
By Kristi Ann Hunter
Lord Trent Hawthorne has seen both his sisters married and has plans to marry for love himself - someday. But someday has come and he won't be marrying for love - in fact he has barely ever met the woman he is now to call wife. But when an accident strands them together unchaperoned he feels it is only honorable to offer to wed Lady Adelaide Bell saving her reputation from scandal.
But Trent hasn't the slightest idea of how to be married with his father's death years ago and he isn't sure whom he can ask for advice. His older brother Griffin has managed to avoid the traps society has set for him so he can't turn to him for advice.
Determined to come up with a plan Trent determines to court his wife after they are married - a most unusual situation and one that may create problems of its own. Can Trent's plan bring him the marriage he thought he would have or will it be a trial for the rest of his life.
And what about Adelaide - what are her feelings about the situation she now finds herself in. Adelaide has never had a London season always left behind when her family took part in the festivities of the season. Adelaide was forever second sister and her mother let her know this always through her neglect and inattention. And her marriage to the younger brother of the Duke of Riverton is about to bring her the not so welcome attention of her mother and London society.
An Uncommon Courtship is about to begin and the outcome is uncertain, though for better or worse Trent and Adelaide are married... But will there be commonality or love?
This is the third book Hawthorn House series and to be honest this was my least favorite book in the series (a little too much marriage interaction for my reading comfort level). But the basic story was very good as one gets to learn more about Trent and his greatest fear - becoming duke and losing his brother just as he lost his father. I like Lady Adelaide she is an admirable person as she makes her way through her new situation and life.
The previous books would be okay for most mid teens to read but this one would be more suitable for older teens or young adults - as a teen this would not have been a book on my approved list - but I'm still a big fan of G movies (just saying). I'd say this would be a PG or low PG-13 if it was a movie.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a review positive or otherwise. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book:
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?