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Publisher's Summary

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow - which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?

©2017 Kristi Ann Hunter (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The latest, superb addition to Hunter's Hawthorne House series will delight fans of sweet, inspirational Regency romances with its compelling characters and flawlessly crafted setting." ( Booklist)

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 06-04-17

Good story line

Cute story and here is my BUT; the narrator read like she was on 'allow play'. Listening to her was very tedious.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This one is for reading.

I had to buy the print version. Narration is stilted and brutal to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A little different

Definitely the most spicy of all of the Hawthorne House books. Nothing inappropriate, but a lot more sexual tension than any other book. this installment is unique as Trent doesn't marry for love as the other siblings do. However, the twist makes it very interesting. Still a Christian romance and highly recommended. I enjoyed it. This narrator did the previous book, and I didn't enjoy her so much in that book. However, this one was a little bit easier for me to get used to. Ultimately she does a good job.

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Great story with horrible narration...

This is an interesting story, but the narrator has a terrible voice. She also tries too hard to imitate male voices. She sounds scratchy and pitchy at best. Ugh! I couldn't even finish listening to this because of the narrator. I hope this author goes back to using Ann Marie Gideon as narrator for her future novels.

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Only worth listening to if you have nothing else

Meh. Slow story, awkward relationship, mediocre characters, halting narrator. The premises was a nice idea: how does a couple fall in love if their marriage was arranged or forced? But I was disappointed with the story. Boring compared to the first one in the Hawthorne series. Much more focus on sex and scriptures than the others. Not my favorite.

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Delightful!

Loved it! Trent Hawthorne is a wonderful hero! Despite an unconventional beginning to their marriage the way he comes to Adelaide's rescue is truly swoon worthy.
I loved seeing Adelaide come into herself as a woman too. Her mother was so horrible to her throughout her life.
I loved seeing the various Hawthorne family members rally around Adelaide too.
I have so many favorite scenes! I can't say what they are because of spoilers.
A fair warning, for those that may be sensitive, this book does discuss marital intimacy but it is not graphic and completely necessary in the telling of this wonderful story.

I upped the narration speed quite a bit and found it helped me enjoy the book more. There are a couple repeated sentences here and there that caused me to pause to make sure I was hearing the correct thing.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Hawthorne House series!

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Love the regency story.

Loved the connection between characters. Also liked the family portrayed of the Duke. Would liket to follow the Duke s story.

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Couldn't get to the ending fast enough

Never liked the characters, started weak and became weaker and foolish. The story started in a wedding, this was one where it should have started sooner. He had no idea about sex, neither did she, by chapter 7 I was hoping it was a novella and would end soon. It took weeks to finish it because I paid for it.

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not at all my cup of tea

I was not fond of the immature hero. The constant reference to the bible was also very annoying. The hero struggled for most of the book with acting like a teenager. But right at the end puff he matured by reading the bible.... really ????? The other books in the series also had some biblical references, but this one just had too much for my taste....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful