An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational,
Publisher: Bethany House
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, 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, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.
Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after? **
Kristi’s debut series is beyond fabulous and she wraps it all up perfectly with Griffith’s story! With several laugh out loud moments and an equal number of touching scenes that will tug at your heart, you will want to read this book in one sitting. (If only that were a reality in my household.) Griffith has been my favorite since the first book, A Noble Masquerade. And he completely lived up to (and quite possibly exceeded) my expectations that I have held on to. Especially picturing him as Chris Hemsworth…
One of the aspects that stood out to me in this story, is discerning God’s direction for our lives. Especially when it comes to thinking that we don’t deserve happiness, or a second chance, or forgiveness. These blinders can distract us from the GOOD that God wants to give to us.
I.LOVE.GRIFFITH. That is all…actually, I could go on about him for hours. So, what I want to highlight is his protective nature. His family is more important to him than anything, and he would go to any lengths to keep them safe and cared for. However, that means he puts their needs before his own. And this sacrificial love hasn’t left much room for him to worry about his own future. BUT, when love strikes, things change. You could say his “”world is turned upside down.”” He is adorable and hilarious!
Isabella is my new favorite woman in the Hawthorne Series. Even though she has secrets to hide, it is impossible to ignore her pure heart. And Uncle Percy, can only be described as the opposite of pure. The bitterness that stemmed from a heartbreaking loss has turned into a vendetta.
Four books, five if you include the novella, a slew of Hawthornes, romance, kidnappings, adventures, foiled plans, and upstanding and *ahem* SWOONY gentlemen…while my heart is sad that this series has ended. I am so thankful for the friends that I found within these pages.
** Synopsis from Amazon.com