An Uncommon Courtship

An Uncommon Courtship

When her mother's ill-conceived marriage trap goes awry, Lady Adelaide Bell unwittingly finds herself bound to a stranger who ignores her. Lord Trent Hawthorne, who had grand plans to marry for love, is even less pleased with the match. Can they set aside their first impressions before any chance of love is lost?...

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Title:An Uncommon Courtship
Author:Kristi Ann Hunter
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ISBN:0764218263
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages

An Uncommon Courtship Reviews

  • Cassie
    Jan 21, 2017

    Trent’s musings over breakfast was a charming way to start An Uncommon Courtship. He declares it “one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity” and I couldn’t have been more delighted with his enjoyment of the start of the day.

    Quickly thereafter, readers find out Trent has just married Adelaide, and we follow their journey together. Will they learn to love one another, or will they become strangers who merely live in the same house?

    Trent’s household is run a little differently than the average househ

    Trent’s musings over breakfast was a charming way to start An Uncommon Courtship. He declares it “one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity” and I couldn’t have been more delighted with his enjoyment of the start of the day.

    Quickly thereafter, readers find out Trent has just married Adelaide, and we follow their journey together. Will they learn to love one another, or will they become strangers who merely live in the same house?

    Trent’s household is run a little differently than the average household, which is quite the shocker for Adelaide. The unconventional dynamics of his household are amusing and humorous. I really enjoyed how the staff was involved in the life of the home, immediately treating Adelaide with familiarity.

    Trent and Adelaide struggle to find sure footing in their marriage, but I really enjoyed watching them learn more about one another and develop feelings. One thing I loved was how something was always askew with Adelaide’s dress and she never knew how it happened. And Trent’s amusement in discovering these mishaps and his pleasure in being the only one to notice them. It made my heart happy.

    This is my favorite novel from Kristi Ann Hunter to date. I only wonder now if Griffith will get his own love story….

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.*

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  • Hannah
    Mar 05, 2017

    This book in a word: awkward.

    Such a pity, since I was really looking forward to Trent's story, and I have a soft spot for marriage-of-convenience stories done right. The entire story begins with the marriage, and Trent's eager wish to get away. He tries to include Adelaide to some extent, but the more he messes up, the more he withdraws. He begins to be attracted to her, so then he runs faster in the opposite direction. For the first hundred pages, it's frustrating but also humorous. But Adelaid

    This book in a word: awkward.

    Such a pity, since I was really looking forward to Trent's story, and I have a soft spot for marriage-of-convenience stories done right. The entire story begins with the marriage, and Trent's eager wish to get away. He tries to include Adelaide to some extent, but the more he messes up, the more he withdraws. He begins to be attracted to her, so then he runs faster in the opposite direction. For the first hundred pages, it's frustrating but also humorous. But Adelaide is totally at sea with how to conduct herself, totally alone with no friends in London, and being completely ignored by her new husband. I felt more and more sorry for her as the story progressed.

    So, now we have a man who has supposedly married a country lass to save her name from being smirched because of having been in an abandoned castle overnight with her. When he gets to London, he immediately begins to open her up to societal ridicule. First, he doesn't tell his mother about the marriage; she is a lion in society who should have introduced a new daughter-in-law at the first opportunity. Second, he feels awkward and decides to move out of his house into his brother's and to court her by seeing her once or twice a day. Does he not realize that in those two actions he has not only totally undone what he did by marrying her, but also brought her to the attention of a society that previously had no thoughts of her? Wow, totally not the actions of a hero here.

    Though, we also get treated to a hot kiss with tongues and teeth involved...what?

    Each plot point built on the other with an added bit of unrealism. We even have the nasty lecher that wants to have an affair with the heroine, even though he's apparently already had an affair with her mother. In the end, there are a few verses and a Bible study that is thrown in, where Trent is hoping to learn the meaning of love. It was too little too late, and even then it felt awkward, coming as it did the morning after the Big Fail.

    Content: steamy

    Age range: Not recommended. Period.

    If you are under 18, do NOT click on the spoiler. If you intend to read the book, don't click. This is a MAJOR spoiler.

  • Dawn
    Jan 18, 2017

    I was so excited to see this book. I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. I'll admit that I was a little sad not to see as much of either of Trent's sisters in this book, but I still enjoyed the story.

    Trent was a character I wanted to know more about. He'd been a minor character in the other two books, so getting to know him was delightful. I positively adored his unusual group of servants. They were fascinating, and I could tell that they wanted their master and mistress to find ha

    I was so excited to see this book. I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. I'll admit that I was a little sad not to see as much of either of Trent's sisters in this book, but I still enjoyed the story.

    Trent was a character I wanted to know more about. He'd been a minor character in the other two books, so getting to know him was delightful. I positively adored his unusual group of servants. They were fascinating, and I could tell that they wanted their master and mistress to find happiness. I really liked it when Trent started courting his wife. I loved how he was determined to give her what she didn't have.

    I cannot wait for the 4th book in this series - the one about Griffith.

    I received this book from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Jody Hedlund, Julie Klassen

    Rating - 4 stars

  • Nicole N.
    Jun 08, 2016

    Yes yes yes! A book about Lord Trent! SO excited!

  • Jamie
    Jan 16, 2017

    2.75

    I’ve been a fan of the Hawthorne House series since the beginning. The stories have been fun quick reads that I like to add to my reading pile. This latest release follows one of the brothers, Trent, and while it wasn’t my favorite of the group, I think fans can still enjoy this one.

    I liked Adelaide’s character. I appreciated her development and how she dealt with her unexpected hand. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that Hunter was willing to talk about issues newlyweds might have tha

    2.75

    I’ve been a fan of the Hawthorne House series since the beginning. The stories have been fun quick reads that I like to add to my reading pile. This latest release follows one of the brothers, Trent, and while it wasn’t my favorite of the group, I think fans can still enjoy this one.

    I liked Adelaide’s character. I appreciated her development and how she dealt with her unexpected hand. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that Hunter was willing to talk about issues newlyweds might have that aren’t often discussed.

    I was more annoyed with Trent. I think some might find his actions endearing, but I was more frustrated. Also, he was naive on some things to a point that was unbelievable in some ways.

    But it was fun seeing all the siblings together and I think if Griffith gets a story, it could be a lot of fun. So while this wasn’t a favorite of the series, that won’t stop me from reading Hunter in the future.

    What family series are you enjoying right now?

    (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)

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  • Beth
    Feb 02, 2017

    I haven’t known another author recently that has me raising my brow at a character, only to be completely and fully taken by them by the end of the story. Adelaide is just such a character. She’s not your typical lady because her mother didn’t focus much time and efforts on Adelaide, like she did her older sister. Although it’s not evident at first, I came to notice that she’s a bit quirky. Perhaps even a bit odd. She wears spectacles. She carries a book in her reticule, just in case. She doesn’

    I haven’t known another author recently that has me raising my brow at a character, only to be completely and fully taken by them by the end of the story. Adelaide is just such a character. She’s not your typical lady because her mother didn’t focus much time and efforts on Adelaide, like she did her older sister. Although it’s not evident at first, I came to notice that she’s a bit quirky. Perhaps even a bit odd. She wears spectacles. She carries a book in her reticule, just in case. She doesn’t like tea (gasp!). In fact, she prefers coffee – whoa, whoa, whoa. A bespectacled lady, who’s a bit awkward that adores coffee over tea? Um, excuse me, Mrs. Hunter, but did bits of my personality get written into this story without my knowledge? ;)

    What I mean to say is, while I didn’t immediately warm up to Adelaide, much like Georgina in the previous book, by the time the story got rolling, I was her biggest fan. I found her to be such an endearing, unique character. Her character development is truly superb – once the Hawthorne family decide she’s one of them, they embrace her fully, and so did I.

    Trent Hawthorne had some mighty big shoes to fill – I adored Colin in book two, so I was already a bit skeptical of Trent to begin with. And a little secret here – I was right to be. He totally and utterly tanks in every way in the beginning of the story. He has a wife that he doesn’t know what to do with, so falling back on his signature charm, he just kind of floats through the narrative doing a lot of things, but accomplishing very little. However, once he gets his head on straight, the endearing, more-than-just-charming Trent shows up, and it’s like, ah, there he is! I knew he would arrive. Seriously, y’all – this dude was so clueless. So, even though I was frustrated with some of his choices in the beginning, the journey that he and Adelaide take together is totally worth it.

    In terms of the plot, because of the setting, there are is a lot of party and ball attending, and because of Trent’s plans, also a lot of courtship that really goes nowhere. Since, I love stories that feature a lot of balls and having tea and the like, I liked the slower pace of those moments. That’s also where some of the best bits of dialogue come in – there’s a certain tea scene that seriously has me cheering for Adelaide and Trent. It’s also pretty awesome that the whole Hawthorne family shows up. I was particularly excited to see more of Trent’s mother, Lady Blackstone, as well as Griffith, whose own story is coming up next. I enjoyed seeing Adelaide’s reaction to how the family interacted and her realization that this family was now her family.

    There is a lot of humor as well as several serious moments, and the way things culminate in their relationship is worth all of the angst in the beginning. And although honestly I didn’t think I would mention this in my review, I’ve seen it enough in other reviews that I feel it has to be mentioned. They are a married couple, so there are married couple discussions – this isn’t a young adult novel, after all – but there is never anything that crosses the line or pushes things too far, in my opinion. I found it all to be realistic and tastefully done. Everyone has different opinions on that, but I’ve found much more description and detail in other, extremely popular Christian fiction novels. Kristi Ann Hunter doesn’t just write a clean, cutesy novel, throwing in a prayer or two – these characters realistically discuss faith and struggles as you’d expect family and friends to do, and I so appreciate that about her novels.

    This probably ties with book two for my favorite - I loved book two because of Colin, and Adelaide wins the day in An Uncommon Courtship. Now for the long wait (hey, September feels far away, right?) for Griffith’s story – he has been most enigmatic up until An Uncommon Courtship, and the glimpses I got of his character here just makes me more eager for book four!

  • Janell R.
    Jan 24, 2017

    In general I love this type of storyline! A man and woman forced into a marriage through means outside their own control, who then learn how to love each other. Yes, I did say how to love not just to love each other. Is their a difference? I think so, and I think this book did a great job of portraying it. Learning to love involves more of the feelings whereas I think learning how to love involves a choice. And that is exactly what this book focuses on. It focuses on what love really means, and

    In general I love this type of storyline! A man and woman forced into a marriage through means outside their own control, who then learn how to love each other. Yes, I did say how to love not just to love each other. Is their a difference? I think so, and I think this book did a great job of portraying it. Learning to love involves more of the feelings whereas I think learning how to love involves a choice. And that is exactly what this book focuses on. It focuses on what love really means, and how a couple learn about it and learn to put it into practice because God brought them together for life. One thing I particularly admired was the fact that it was never an option of whether they would stay married or not. That was a given, and they had to work out the kind of marriage relationship they were going to have. And I think the author did a great job of handling the topic.

    There was one really big and disappointing thing in this book for me. The author included ‘the bedroom scene’. I don’t think it’s justified, but I will make the disclaimer that there was no sensuality in it. It was written more as a sequence of events (only up to a certain point) with a small amount of conversation. What was more disappointing was that she didn’t leave it there. In the following chapter, and possibly two, Trent discusses an ‘issue’ that occurred which I think could have been avoided. It provides for some awkward moments of conversation.

    Because of this, my rating is lowered by 1 1/2 stars, which disappoints me greatly.

    This really was a great story, but I would have a hard time recommending it to someone without reservation.

    Despite that I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series which I believe will be Griffith’s story.

    *Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

  • Rachel Dixon
    Jan 16, 2017

    When I first read A Noble Masquerade (book one of the series), I knew that Kristi Ann Hunter was unique. Little did I know that her books would be able to twist and pull on my heart and emotions in such a strong way. An Uncommon Courtship is a story filled with sweetness that will make you sigh, rogues that will make you shudder, scheming women that will make your blood boil, and passion that will make you swoon.

    Trent and Adelaide make such an adorable pair. They complement each other beautiful

    When I first read A Noble Masquerade (book one of the series), I knew that Kristi Ann Hunter was unique. Little did I know that her books would be able to twist and pull on my heart and emotions in such a strong way. An Uncommon Courtship is a story filled with sweetness that will make you sigh, rogues that will make you shudder, scheming women that will make your blood boil, and passion that will make you swoon.

    Trent and Adelaide make such an adorable pair. They complement each other beautifully. Watching their "courtship" progress, witnessing their hearts opening, and learning what it means to love and be loved is a precious thing. This is a Christian novel and the passion and discussions are clean and appropriate by my standards. However, there are conversations that you may or may not feel are suitable for younger readers. One of the messages that continued to speak to me throughout the story is that, "God doesn't make mistakes." I have been reminded of this several times over the last couple of months, and it is so very true. No matter what we go through we must trust that He knows what He is doing. Even through the pain of shattered dreams, He does not make mistakes. Whatever He gives us, He gives us for a reason. The other thread that really stuck with me through this book is, love. True love, the love of the Father, the love He created between husband and wife. Kristi broaches this subject in a pure and Biblical way. It breaks my heart to see our society searching for and demonstrating love in all the wrong ways. His love is perfect and loving each other the way God intended is such a beautiful thing.

    If you haven't read the rest of the books in the series I would recommend you do so before you jump into this one. The novella, Lady of Esteem, is available as a free ebook. I highly recommend this book and the series.

    I received a complimentary copy of An Uncommon Courtship from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  • Amy
    Nov 26, 2016

    3.5 stars to 'The Uncommon Courtship'. I have pondered, as I've read, how I feel about this book. It's the 4th one in (because I include the novella) - and I've long anticipated Trent's story, since 'A Noble Masquerade' - which is still my favourite. Trent was by far the best minor character, and I enjoyed his personality, and what he brought to the scene when he was present. This, is his turn, and I felt like his character developed well, and he continued consistently as expected. I also liked

    3.5 stars to 'The Uncommon Courtship'. I have pondered, as I've read, how I feel about this book. It's the 4th one in (because I include the novella) - and I've long anticipated Trent's story, since 'A Noble Masquerade' - which is still my favourite. Trent was by far the best minor character, and I enjoyed his personality, and what he brought to the scene when he was present. This, is his turn, and I felt like his character developed well, and he continued consistently as expected. I also liked Adelaide. I found it a very different way to get two characters together, from what we've seen before in the Hawthorne series, however, it's been done before (forced marriage to save a reputation) in many regency novels, and lacks originality. I quite expect for there to be an incredible amount of awkwardness, and did appreciate the fumbling manor at which he attempted to move forward, in a well intended yet disastrous attempt to court his new found wife. Relying on the sole advice of his unmarried brother, you can't blame him for acting as he does.

    Despite the wonderful addition of the ever calculating and spiteful mother in law, the story felt dragged out and tedious in many areas. So many receptions in the drawing room, serving tea! Very little change of scene. I always love when they high tail it out of London for a spell. Get out to their country estates. I think I would have loved an earlier scene in Suffolk. To check out the horses, have Trent take Adelaide to place more familiar, have her come into her own and shine, as is what happens to someone once returned to familiar territory. I'm constantly wondering why, they seem to finally connect, and 5 minutes later, Trent or Adelaide is over analyzing and we are right back to square one. Of course, I appreciate that this humanizes the characters for us. Reality likely would make this a long drawn out scenario.

    On top of that we are dealing with Adelaide's, understandably, lack of self assurance & confidence. She is lacking every aspect of knowing the high social society of London, though she is credited with some abilities having grown up in a titled home, that would have given her at least some insight into the proper way to behave, dress & speak. Though if she were excluded from social situations that would be a real hurdle for her. It was wonderful to see a continuance of the kindness and respect the highly titled Hawthorne family and spouses, in the way they interacted. There was no doubt they would accept and take care of Adelaide, which did leave me wondering the reason for Trent's hesitation to share his news. His mother seems like such a delight, and of course for Adelaide - desperately needed to show her the alternate way a family relationship was intended by God.

    As always grateful for the inclusion of a Christian message. I especially enjoyed the final review by Trent of the verses in Corinthians, and the thought process he went through as he put them into perspective with marriage.

    I do agree with another reviewer here, that this book steps out a little from the boundaries most Christian novels set, for how much detail to write of intimate things. This is definitely more descriptive than her previous books, and caught me a little off guard. How much it will bother you will depend on your own personal expectations. Of course this is far from an explicit novel, but a little edgier than we have seen so far. Some may say that the intimate relationship needed to be included in some way, and it was dealt with in an interesting fashion. It handled the expectations of Trent & Adelaide, as well as giving you the feel of their development and growth as a married couple. I would add, as Trent often reminds us, quickie engagements were not unheard of, and plenty of marriages of convenance or arranged to keep the aristocratic blood pure. So likely, everything they were experiencing together was probably quite common amongst marriages of the ton.

    Many, many enjoyable scenes in the book, as always I can't put Kristi Hunter's book down - although I had to as life also goes on!!! But I was anxious to get back to it. I'm content with the way the book concludes, it's sweet & seems perfect for these two unique personalities.

    I'm really looking forward to Griffiths story, and as the Duke, and oldest brother, hope we get some element of risk and pressure under which he lives. I also hope we get to see a good chunk of Riverton. I would love to see him governing his great estate!

    Thank you to Netgalley & Bethany House for the opportunity to read and review a complimentary copy. This is my honest review.

  • Charity Andrews
    Feb 05, 2017

    The latest book in The Hawthorne House series is here! woot woot! We’ve had a chance to read both of his sister’s stories and now it is Trent’s turn. Squeee!

    Ok, thoughts? Loved it, of course. I know that it’s the publisher that makes the covers, but HOLY MOLY her covers are beautiful. That is, honestly, half of the battle right there. I could go on about how her characters are always entertaining, well rounded and lovable, but I especially love how they are deep. They really love God and these b

    The latest book in The Hawthorne House series is here! woot woot! We’ve had a chance to read both of his sister’s stories and now it is Trent’s turn. Squeee!

    Ok, thoughts? Loved it, of course. I know that it’s the publisher that makes the covers, but HOLY MOLY her covers are beautiful. That is, honestly, half of the battle right there. I could go on about how her characters are always entertaining, well rounded and lovable, but I especially love how they are deep. They really love God and these books are not just just clean or overall “religious”. They have true and deep relationships with God that are obvious throughout. I LOVE THAT!

    Adelaide and Trent are married in an effort to protect her reputation since they were trapped alone together. As they muddle through their awkward marriage, I often times want to smack Trent in the head for being such a guy. ha! As they work through their after-marriage courtship, you will find yourself rooting for them and falling more in love with the Hawthorne family.

    Pick it up! It’s a great read.

    Thanks for this great read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!