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An Elegant Façade

An Elegant Façade

Geschrieben von Kristi Ann Hunter

Erzählt von Charlotte Anne Dore


An Elegant Façade

Geschrieben von Kristi Ann Hunter

Erzählt von Charlotte Anne Dore

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (25 Bewertungen)
Länge:
12 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jul 5, 2016
ISBN:
9781515972723
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

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.
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jul 5, 2016
ISBN:
9781515972723
Format:
Hörbuch

Über den Autor

Kristi Ann Hunter (www.kristiannhunter.com) is the author of the Hawthorne House and Haven Manor series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. Kristi graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.


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  • (5/5)
    This is the second full length book in the Hawthorne series. It was wonderful. It is best to read A Noble Masquerade first to understand some of the characters. I loved Lady Georgina and Colin McCrae. Lady Georgina has a secret that she doesn't want anyone to know and feels she must marry a rich man To hide it. Can Colin change her mind? I received this from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
  • (5/5)
    I liked the characters in An Elegant Facade and how they were not perfect. They each had their issues and has to learn to work around them in order to do what is really best. Georgina is trying to find a rich husband without really worrying about who is is and her attraction to him. Colin is trying to become more accepted as he doesn't have the right background to go with his money and business status. I liked how the characters seemed to learn to work together for their common goals. This is the second book in the series and it does help to have read the first one although many things are in the second book as well to help you out. I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.
  • (4/5)
    My favorite part of this book was the end and the “All is right with the world” feeling it gave me. I had tried to listen a year ago and found the American reader greatly lacked the fluency of English accent that made the story listenable...so I quit before finishing. This year, wanting to complete this part of the saga of this interesting family, I decided to speed the reading up and found the stilted flow to be tolerable...barely. Love the author but she should stick with native-born Brits to read!
  • (5/5)
    Great story and characters even if the main premise is a little far fetched. Her mother would know. Audiobook is missing chapter 17. Have to find book on Scribd to read that chapter but do so because it is an important one.
  • (2/5)
    Chapter 17 was missing from audiobook. CD skip apparently. I had to go to the book for 17 and return to audio at 18.
  • (4/5)
    Thursday, August 18, 2016An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter, © 2016Hawthorne House series, Book 2If you have read the author's previous stories ~ eNovella A Lady of Esteem, introducing you to her full-length novel, A Noble Masquerade, you will have already met younger sister Georgina trotting behind her sister, Miranda. Perhaps you haven't liked her too much. Now she has a chance to redeem herself ~ maybe ~ as she speaks for herself in book 2, An Elegant Façade. Could it be her story may not match what others see ~ when she has something hidden from view ~ except her close maid and confidante?You may also be aware, or unaware ~ of Colin McCrae. He is a friend of Ryland, Duke of Marshington. There are business adventures and secret meetings going on and a continuation of a little spying it seems. What a fun game for Colin ~ that is until he comes across Lady Georgina Hawthorne at the masquerade opening of her debut to society. She has her "dance card" hoping for a well-planned Regency Season. With Colin volleying in the middle, there are a few snippets of "honest" conversation, should either of them pick up on it.Learning to trust and get beyond the plan to be herself, Georgina may find her sister Miranda has never been an obstacle, but rather a true friend.The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14The unraveling of true self and direction change courses of lives. What is hidden will be known from the rendering of the heart. From all of the speculation between men and women, known to be known is the best find of all.I always anticipate with them, who will come calling? Having to make small talk and a line forming at the door. Previously giving a signal that you would like to be called upon, and you wait for them to have gotten the clue and arrive on visiting day. Do they know and use the fan language? The Regency era gave way to misinterpretation without being forthright. Colin and Georgina don't seem to have a problem being heard if... they listen.***Thank you to Bethany House for sending a review copy of Kristi Ann Hunter's An Elegant Façade, Book 2 in the Hawthorne House series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  • (4/5)
    I had some reservations about the last book in this trilogy, which was the story of Miranda, the eldest sister of the four aristocratic Hawthorne siblings, story although I enjoyed it overall. This was less about the espionage, and more about the young debutante trying to hide a secret which would make her out as a social failure. She had dyslexia, which prevented her from reading more than a few sentences, or being able to write legibly.

    Honestly, I loved this book quite a lot more than the first. Georgina, the female protagonist is like marmite- you either love her or hate her, and I absolutely loved her! Yes, she was mercenary, manipulative and shallow, but there was something endearing about her. Perhaps it was her vulnerability or determination. Perhaps because I have some experience of dyslexia I sort of identified with Georgina's eccentricities and frustration.

    The story follows Georgina's attempts to find a husband, and how her path crosses with Colin McRae, the Scottish businessman who has dealings with her family, and just does seem to keep appearing. As motives and social engagements clash, Colin and Georgina motives, personalities and secrets must be confronted so they can face their families, and discover the true meaning of love. The banter and rivalry between the two of them provided plenty of humour and character exploration, and when voice of Georgina's conscience manifesting as a 'Tiny Colin in her head' was a stroke of genius.

    There was romance, inevitably, but it was not too mushy. The characters don't really even confront their feelings for each other until the end. Perhaps it was a bit forced, as some have suggested. The religious content was not overdone (again a little bit forced at the end), and Georgina's struggles to work out how she felt about God seemed credible enough.

    My only real complaint is that as with the last book, there were a lot of Americanisms in the character's speech and the narration. Not as many as last time admittedly, and 'biggies' seem to have been avoided, but some did annoy me. A character at one point said 'Should I write him back’? when a native Brit would have said 'Should I write back to him'.
    It might seem like nit-picking, but phrases like that just don't fit into the settings, and make the writing seem clunky and unnatural.
    Also, the characters seemed to be continually eating their breakfast with just a fork, like Americans, rather than a knife and fork as would have been normal in polite British society, and is still the norm over here.

    This complaint aside, An Elegant Facade was a pleasant and cleverly written Regency, exploring some interesting and unusual subjects, and important themes with sensitivity. At the same time, it was not too deep and the tone remained witty and light-hearted for the most part. Recommended for Regency fans.

    I received a free e-book from Netgalley, and a print copy of this book from the publisher and their UK distributor for the purposes of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own.
  • (4/5)
    An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter is the second novel in her Hawthorne House series set in the early 1800’s London. Young Georgina is desperately trying to find a proper husband, a duke, to secure her place in society before her secret is exposed and makes her a laughing stock.
    Collin McCrae is a gentleman with no title but is wealthy due to his successful ability to seek out business deals at the right time. He is invited everywhere but would never make a proper husband to a lady high in society.
    When their paths cross they are both faced with a difficult decision, their dreams or their happiness.

    This took me a little while to get into this book. The story was good but there wasn’t a hook, so to speak, in the beginning. I found myself putting it down to do other things and then picking it back up. The farther it got into the book however, the more interesting it got. I finally got to the point, after about 100 pages, that I did not wanting to put it away.
    This is a Christian romance novel but the religious aspects of the book are not thrown in your face like some are. They are subtlety place throughout the book so that it is not all at once and overbearing. The characters are well developed and relatable. This is the kind of story you can get lost in for a while.
    This book was fun to read and had points to ponder. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

    *I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  • (4/5)
    The Best-laid Plans of Mice and Men and GeorgianaI really enjoyed reading An Elegant Facade. It has a lot of the same characters that are in A Noble Masquerade. The main character of the story is youngest sister Georgiana. The way she presents herself makes her very easy to dislike. Through circumstances and a relationship with Colin McCrae, a friend of her brothers, her secret is found out and her true nature comes out in the end. I found the characters all to be well developed. I found it to be an exciting and fun read. Can't wait for Kristi's next book An Uncommon Courtship due out in January.