I found myself reading this way past my bedtime, and then contemplating getting up EARLY so I could read before I had to teach. Considering my love of sleep and hatred for mornings this should tell you how GOOD this book was!!!
This book centers around a couple who is forced into marriage, without knowing each other or really having met but one time. It's set back in the early 1800's in England, and focuses on the younger Hawthorne brother, Trent. I love books like these, were strangers or people who barely know each other have to get married and then you eventually watch them fall in love. I think especially since something like this would never happen in our day and time, it's even more fascinating.
This book went back and forth between Adelaide and Trent's point of view, and it was so well done! Usually it's hard to go back and forth between two different minds but the author did such a great job, it was seamless.
One thing I wasn't expecting about this book; It was funny!!!!! I laughed out loud numerous times, and I'll just tell you right now that Chapter 26 had me LITERALLY Slapping My Knee in laughter! (Apparently i'm an 80 yr old Grandpa) I found the characters very relateable because the things they were thinking and the awkwardness was completely things that I would think! I appreciate characters in books that aren't cookie cutter. The Author really had a way of making them real, NORMAL people. And I loved that!
This is the 3'rd book in the Hawthorne series but it can completely be read as a stand alone. However you won't want to! I loved this book so much that even more I finished it I was on my Library's website placing holds on the two previous books in the series, and the bonus Prequel Novella. I read all 4 in less than a week, and honestly was sad to say goodbye to the characters!
I really REAAAALLLLLYYYYY hope Ms. Hunter is busy writing lots more books because I just feel in love with her writing!
Thanks Bethany House for providing me a free book in exchange for my totally honest opinions, and for introducing me to one of my new favorite Authors!
For Everyone else reading, if you haven't read this book, go out and get a copy! And get all of the others in the series as well! You won't regret it! And if you live near me, I'm happy to loan you mine!