Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Review - An Elegant Facade

by Kristi Ann Hunter 
Bethany House Publishers 

Lady Georgina Hawthorne is perfect. At least, she appears to be. For years, she’s carefully planned her debut season. It must be flawless, and above all things, yield a wealthy husband. Nothing will deter her, not even her sister’s apparent interest in the Duke of Marshington, the man Georgina wishes to marry.

Even though Colin McCrae, a close friend of the Duke, holds no official title, he’s respected for his business acumen. Hailing originally from Scotland, he has numerous ventures in London and elsewhere, and is sought after for his wise business counsel. It’s 1813, after all, and progress in farming and industry knows no bounds.


Colin’s path intersects with Georgina’s more often than she would like. Matter of fact, their exchanges at social gatherings impact her thinking to the point where her conscience and Colin’s voice are interchangeable in her head. It’s maddening, really, for she knows he disapproves of her plan to snag a secure future with a rich husband, and she stumbles over Colin at every turn.

Georgina does her best to continue her quest, despite a distressing flaw that only she and her lady’s maid know about. Unfortunately, Colin is dangerously close to discovering her well-hidden secret. In the meantime, Colin wrestles with issues due to a rift with his father. He’s also frustrated with his growing attraction to Georgina, the socialite who seems as shallow as a puddle from a London rainstorm.  

About the time Georgina and Colin seem to establish a truce, events and emotions ramp up, and misunderstandings flourish again. Will Georgina find the right husband and the security she’s looking for? Will Colin make peace with his father? I won’t give too much away, but I will say that this book has a happy ending. Matter of fact, I believe the end was my favorite part.

An Elegant Fa├žade offers a thought provoking and sweeping jaunt through the Regency period. The reader experiences everything from the elaborate estates of well-bred society to shady characters who use others for personal gain.  Ms. Hunter does an excellent job of creating an authentic story complete with an intricate plot and realistic characters. I must admit though, I didn’t like Georgina at first. She was spoiled with an agenda that only served her goals. It was interesting to watch her character grow through events and the perspective Colin offered her. Colin wasn’t perfect either, but much more likeable from the outset. The lessons they both experienced are timeless –self-deception, faith, life, love, and honor. It compelled me to look at my own life, whom I serve and what I deem as important. I’ll be watching for Book 3 in this series.

Please note: I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

If you happened to miss Monday's post, we discussed prewriting. I invite you to hop over and add your two cents! 

What are you reading this month?  

Happy weekend, 

Karen

8 comments :

  1. Hi Karen - I can definitely see the Regency influence here ... so good to know there's a happy ending - cheers Hilary

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  2. Karen: This sounds like a great book. Let's see, I have read Unreasonable Hope,by Chad Veach and am reading Awaken, by Terry Nance. My Sunday school class is studying the book, Think,Act,Be(lieve) Like Jesus, by Randy Frazee. We are in the process of fixing up our enclosed front porch.

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  3. Intriguing story line--thanks again for introducing an interesting title :-) I'm reading Bob Hostetler's Northkill. It's a good history read, too, though set a little earlier than 1813. Wishing you a happy weekend!

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  4. Hilary,
    Yes indeed - it's an interesting period, isn't it? Cheers for happy endings! :)

    Cecelia,
    Although I had a slow start with it, I did enjoy it very much. She's a great writer. Wishing you well with your projects!

    Kenda,
    You are welcome! You just might like this one, I'm thinking. :) Let me know how you like Northkill. I have it on my tablet's Kindle app but haven't read it yet.

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  5. Thanks for the review, Karen. Georgina sounds like she has a little of Scarlett and Elizabeth in her. The book really does sound like an intriguing story. Not your usual, for sure.

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  6. Joylene,
    That's a good point - she is like Scarlett and Elizabeth! Didn't think about that till you mentioned it. It was interesting to see how her mind worked. Appreciate you stopping by! :)
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  7. I haven't read a Regency period book in a while. This looks like a great one.

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  8. Medeia,
    It was a good story. Don't you love the cover? :)
    Happy reading,
    Karen

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