An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter (review by Kristi)

an elegant facade

 

About the book:  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.

 

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My review:  The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It is simple and pretty and after you read the book the cover just makes sense. Another thing that attracted me to this book is the author’s name is the same as mine and it’s spelled the same way. Of course I had to read the book based on those things.

All kidding about the name aside, I found I struggled a bit when I started reading this book. I didn’t connect with the main character, Georgina. I found her to be a bit shallow, spoiled, and annoying. I also found her sister to be a bit lackluster as well. I did like Colin and also found Georgina’s brothers to be a more likable than she and her sister. Ryland was another character I found myself enjoying.

I felt a bit lost when I started reading this book as I felt like I had missed out on something or had joined a story already in progress. After reading the book I learned that this book and the first book in the series take place at the same time. Maybe this is why I felt the way I did? As the story progressed though I found those feelings of being lost were slowly going away and I also found the disconnect between myself and the two sisters slipping away.

I found the storyline of this book to be unique. I’ve read many Regency-era stories but none where the main character had a secret such as Georgina’s. I found it interesting that she went to the lengths she went to protect her secret and searched for a husband who could offer her protection.

I found An Elegant Facade to be a well-written story with complex characters. It was a quick and easy read and I will now be searching for more books by this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author:  Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Connect with Kristi Ann Hunter:   Website  •  Facebook  •  Twitter

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