An Inconvenient Beauty

An Inconvenient Beauty

Hawthorne House Series, Book 4

eBook - 2017
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Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

Publisher: Ada : Baker Publishing Group, 2017.
ISBN: 9781493411887
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
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suless
Jun 15, 2019

This book reminds me of Jane Austen's genius. The main characters are admirable, as well as well-rounded (with interesting character flaws).

I didn't find Griffith unrealistic (desperate) in this novel, compared to him in the rest of the series, as one reviewer stated. He's been shown to be physically robust and skilled in politics and business, but those skills highlight his dealings with other men. In this story, he tries to apply the same determination and logic to selecting a wife. It was humorous to watch him select a "logical" candidate, and watch her escape him at every opportunity since her heart was already engaged. (He is stunned, since his position in society--as an attractive duke--and past experience has led him to believe any single lady would be glad to have him.)

He often finds himself left alone in the presence of his "logical choice's" cousin, who he finds irresistible, especially when she's being herself, not putting on a show for society. She turns out to be the choice of his heart AND head, but first they have to overcome the challenges introduced by the circumstances surrounding her debut in to society. Some interesting historical facts brought to life in that sub-plot!

I was especially pleased that the author (realistically) avoided the painful public shunning and humiliation that occurs often in romance novels after one party has deceived the other.

The author brings a resolution in a very satisfying way. Highly recommend!

One minor criticism: I thought it was unrealistic how the unattractive cousin never (apparently) has a moment of serious envy over her cousin's beauty or extreme popularity as a debutante.

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pjmbrown96
May 30, 2019

A great read I thoroughly enjoyed as well as highly recommend! The author did a great job with her lead characters as well as the many secondary characters necessary to the plot and I found myself hooked on how Isabella and Griffith would overcome their personal obstacles to be together! I was delightfully surprised by a few twists in the plot, unable to put the book down till I had finished it!
If anyone wants a delightful romance, this is a great one!

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KatoKeeler
Feb 14, 2018

Loved this book. The story is well written and not forced as many other romantic stories. So beautiful. So fresh. I'm hooked in this series.

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cularien
Jan 09, 2018

An Inconvenient Beauty may be book 4 in the Hawthorne House series, but you wouldn't know it by picking it up off the shelf at the bookstore. It stands alone and I didn't feel like I missed anything by dropping myself into the series midway through (as we all know I'm wont to do).

The book reads like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with witty banter, memorable characters, a glorious English setting, and a swoon-worthy male lead. Hunter noted that Chris Hemsworth provided inspiration for the Duke of Riverton; I couldn't help but think of Colin Firth, myself. (Just keeping the P&P love going. I can't help myself. Still, I'll take Chris as a close second.)

Truly a delight to read, the book is perfect for fans of the aforementioned Austen (or Colin Firth ... ahem). A wonderful way to virtually cross the pond for an enjoyable, relaxing several hours.

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Alpha_zzz
Nov 17, 2017

What made this a 3 1/2 stars vs. a 5 stars was, in all of the other Hawthorne books, Griffith appears to be confident, independent and somewhat stiff. In this book, he seemed very desperate! He seemed so desperate to find a wife, and once he set his sights on the right person, he came across as willing to do anything to win her affection. Isabella, on the other hand, was too repressed. I don’t know how they became a match, and who knows how their marriage would go on, if this was to be believed. Yet.......it did keep me reading, so 3 1/2 stars it is!

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