Friday, June 17, 2016
An Elegant Facade
"Marriage cannot be left up to chance. I have to make it happen."
For Lady Georgina Hawthorne, the right match will mean everything. While she has waited for her older sister Miranda for three years to find the right match, but she is still searching. Georgina can't wait any longer. In order to make this a successful coming out, it has taken planning all her life along with help from her lady's maid Harriette, it will be perfect. Her plan is to find an Duke and there are five on the list if she includes her brother. Now all she has to do is perfect all the right nuances to make just the right man fall into her plans for marriage.
Colin McCrae isn't one to keep up appearances because as a businessman with connections in the world of affluence, he knows that most eligible women are bound to look the other way. Despite all his well meaning relationships with those that have invited him into all the right balls and socials, he enjoys the entertainment value that comes from watching how hard women will work at gaining a suitable husband and none more so than that of Lady Georgina. To say that Colin and Georgiana are like fire and water would be an understatement. Sparks fly whenever they are together and each take turns at trying to best one another while keeping their social graces. They seemly seem to hate one another more than anything and yet find themselves thrown together more than you can count.
Georgina can not let Colin ruin the only chance she has before anyone finds out the true secret she's been hiding and she isn't about to let him stand in the way. No matter where she turns, he is always there out to try her patience as a Lady. She must marry before she brings a scandal to her family name, but like she is reminded, it's only a scandal if anyone knows about it. Colin however, learns that Georgina is hiding and why he can't understand why she won't tell anyone, he won't be the person to potentially ruin her future by divulging what that is.But what secrets is Colin hiding?
I received An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter compliments of Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free eBook in exchange for my unbiased and personal review. This is the second novel in the Hawthorne House Series, with A Noble Masquerade being the first. Since I missed out on that one, I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was not needed to thoroughly enjoy this one. I absolutely LOVED the chemistry at work between Colin and Georgina and could understand why she kept up the appearances of her secret for so long. It breaks my heart to see how desperate some women were at securing whatever match they could before they wrote themselves off to spinsterhood. The title makes perfect sense for this novel and it will take you awhile before you learn that it is. That is the earmark of a quintessential best seller when you can keep the reader entertained until the very end without giving too much away too soon. For me, this one rates a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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