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5.17.2018

A Most Noble Heir ~ Review

A Most Noble Heir
By Susan Anne Mason

Most of his life Nolan Price has longed to know who his father was but his mother wouldn't tell him anything. Working as a stable hand at Stainsby Hall for the Earl is not an easy task because the earl is a hard man. But with his mother working as the Head Housekeeper and with the girl he loves working as a kitchen maid life is fairly good. And Nolan has plans for the future - marry Hannah Burnham and purchase a small bit of land so that he may provide a home for both his wife and mother.

But just on the cusp of realizing his dream Nolan's world is shattered when his mother's health takes a sudden turn for the worse and she tells him who his father is. But after working in the stables of his father for all these years how can Nolan step into the role of a noble and will his father even accept him as his son and heir?

With his dreams crumbling around him Nolan is determined to hold onto the one thing he most wants - Hannah. But recognized as the heir of Lord Edward Stainsby puts Hannah out of his reach as he is forbidden by his father to marry beneath his station - a station that only days before he was far beneath himself.

With two equally stubborn men determined to shape a life thrown into chaos this may be a struggle with no one walking away unwounded. But if both would be willing to give the other a chance Nolan and Edward just may find the one thing they have always wanted.

This book is set in England in the 1880s mainly in Derbyshire on the Stainsby estate with a cast of characters who run the gambit of personalities and emotions. Fans of historical romance fiction will enjoy this one. It is an easy to follow stand-alone book that is perfect for a long afternoon or weekend read. The author's note at the back of the book offers an interesting insight into how this story came about (must be read after the story so as to not get any hints of what is coming). If you are looking for a book club selection suggestion this is one you'll want to consider.

Sit back and enjoy this one with a cup of tea and a shortbread cookie or two.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House with no expectations of a positive review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.


About the Book:

Will Gaining the World Cost Him Everything He Holds Most Dear?

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father's demanding expectations.

Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.