An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter {book review}


An Elegant Facade by Kristin Ann Hunter {book review}  This is the second in the Hawthorne House series, which began with A Noble Masquerade. Though this is a stand-alone story, ‘Georgina’s story begins before Miranda’s story ends.’  

AnElegantFacadeSummary:  Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen.

With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.

But beneath her flawless exterior, Georgina’s social aspirations stem from a shameful secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden–and that Colin is too close to discovering. Drawn to each other despite their mutual intent to avoid association, is the realization of their dreams worth the sacrifices they’ll be forced to make?

My Review:  
It is difficult to write this honest review, as every other review of this book is top-notch. I did not care for this story. It is not my favorite setting. I was stretching myself in choosing to read it to begin with.

It is my first read of this author. I have not read A Noble Masquerade, but I did read An Elegant Facade knowing that it overlaps with the previous book, though it stands alone. Perhaps that is part of what I didn’t like about the book, without knowing it. What the author attempted is a difficult feat, which she seems to have nailed.

If so, then I fault the publisher for the problems. I’m really surprised, because I love this publisher’s books. There are a number of seeming errors in various areas, which should have been corrected in the editing. Numerous times I read and re-read aloud a sentence to get the sense of it. Some structure, and some word choices and tenses were confusing to this reader.

The story did move along. The book is easy to read. Georgina’s secret is early on exposed to the reader, but because it could not be called by its present-day name, it required a huge amount of showing and attention, which was enmeshed in Georgina’s personality. Granted, not an easy task for a fairly new author to tackle.

Why was the mother not involved in the story after the beginning? Her absence is explained, but not believable. This family’s living situation is awkward, to say the least.

I would like to see more consistency in the faith element in the story. Georgiana was sorting through each of her closest people’s relationship to God, which made it a bit choppy and impersonal. I get the importance of being able to read, but that’s not the basis of one’s faith in God.

My rating: 2 stars   I recommend this book to those who enjoy Jane Austen and other stories among the classes in 19th century England. It is a squeaky clean read, appropriate for any age.

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

This review is also posted on Goodreads and Christianbooks.com

KristiAnnHunter

 

About the Author: Kristin Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Her debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, is a RITA double finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com .

 

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