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Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.

With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

©2016 Kristi Ann Hunter (P)2016 Tantor

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loved it!

I loved the first book in this series. I've listened to it at least 4 times! I Crack up every time. While the first book has the intrigue and somewhat of a comedic aspect, this one is on a more serious note. A good portion of this book soinds very familiar to the first at many of the situationsvare repeated, but told from the view ponts of the main characters in this book. It does seem a bit repetitive, but I really enjoy how this story makes you rethink how you viewed the characters in the first book...it really left me thinking!
I love the narration of the first book so much I was really hoping this one would be similar...it's not my favorite, but I think the book overall hold up and is worth the listen...I'll probably end up re-listening to this one too!

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Because of the Narrator - it's terrible!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think anyone who READS this book rather than listening to it would enjoy it.

What did you like best about this story?

I only listened to the first 3 chapters, so not much. I had hoped it would be wonderful, like the last one.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She sounded as if she were reading, rather than telling a story. And the words didn't flow.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Elegant Façade?

n/a - no scenes, only the narrator.

Any additional comments?

If you listened to the first book in this series, don't waste your time with this one - it will be a huge disappointment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved the story!

Captivating, sweet, tender, inspiring and delightful, even though the narration was a bit slow. I recommend this book without hesitation.

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Narrating gets better

The narrator wasn't the best at the beginning of the book, but it improved drastically as the store progressed. This was a sweet story which had be both loving and hating Georgina equally and the pace of the story moved along at a good speed. It was a nice listen overall.

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So Refreshing

With our world in such turmoil, this book was a reminder of the importance of God's word and direction for our lives. He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

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sweet story

This is the second book by this author I have listened to. As hoped, the story was well crafted and enjoyable. The plot contains a twist that is a bit different. There isnt quite a much humor in this one, but it fits the characters and their personalities. If the narrator had been the same as the first book, it would be a 5 star production. Unfortunately, this narrator is not as good. I honestly, don't know how to describe the problem. The pace? The pronunciation? I don't know. At the climax the narrator's pace and inflection became animated and enjoyable to listen to. Had she read this way the whole time, it would have great! Would I listen again? Sure. Would I recommend it? Yes, with the caveat that the narration isnt as enjoyable as the first book in the series.

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2nd half of the book was wonderful!

I ended up loving this book. The first half was slow and boring, my attachment to the characters from the first book was the only thing that got me through. 2nd half was much more exciting, creative and compelling. The narrator was terrible; she spoke slow and halting, pausing in unnatural places. I hated some of the male voices she used. Try to ignore her and you will enjoy the book. I'm glad I listened to it.

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Aweful narration!!!

I think the reading would have been better by a teenager than CAD. It was so poorly done that I could not get into the book. I also did not like how easily the issue got fixed by introducing religion. I can not recommend this story at all. Poor narration, slllllow storyline and silly romance.

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Great family story!

This was such a fun book to read/listen to. Lady Georgina has a secret and has gone to great lengths to keep it from everyone except her lady's maid. Not even her family knows. She plays the part of the spoiled youngest member of a Duke's household.
Colin McCrea is a very observant businessman. Not a titled upper crust Earl or Duke, not on Georgina's list of eligible matches. The two do form a tenuous friendship and share a few secrets of their own. Colin has seen glimpses of the "real" Georgina, the one beneath the facade. He wishes he could see more of her.
Georgina believes God does not love her, that she is not important to him like her siblings and other friends. It is important to Colin that she learns the truth. The author did such a wonderful job of making that happen. I know these are fictional characters but they feel so real to me.
I loved the adventure, the humor and the love that was written in the pages of this book.

I won the entire Hawthorne House series of books at a reader event in 2017. I own a couple on Kindle and a couple on Audible.

I did not like this narrator as much as. I think she would have been better if she had pronounced some of the words the same way as in A Noble Masquerade.

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Wonderful story!

This is a wonderful story. I felt that over all the narrator did an okay job. However, it could have been much more fluid and less tilted in certain areas. It would have been good to continue with the first narrator.

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  • Lydia
  • 07-14-16

subpar narration, great story.

The narrator was clearly not British and struggled with both the English and Scottish accents. However, if one is able to get past that obvious flaw, the story was delightful - perfect light reading.

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 03-04-17

Terrible narration

A nice sweet story ruined by very stilted narration. Quite a shame because otherwise it was a good book!