An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter is a great ending to the Hawthorne House series.
About the Book
Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, so he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. While he's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, she is strangely elusive, and 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, she has no choice but to agree to a bargain that puts her at odds with all her romantic hopes - as well as her conscience. And the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she regrets the unpleasant obligation that prevents her from any dream of a future with him.
As all of Griffith's and Isabella's long-held expectations are shaken to the core, can they set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim a happily-ever-after?
I loved this book! An Inconvenient Beauty is the fourth book in Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House series, but could easily be read as a stand alone novel. I didn't want to put it down and yet I wanted to read slowly to savor every page because it's the last book in the series.
It didn't take long to figure out how the title tied to the storyline. Isabella, the heroine, is beautiful, but most people don't see past her exquisite beauty to get to know who she truly is. She's come up with a plan to use her beauty to save her family's farm. Despite Isabella being deceptive, I was drawn to her character and was cheering for her. I thought it was interesting that she was so ashamed of what she was doing, even though for a noble reason, that she wouldn't talk to God about it.
Griffith is a father figure to his siblings and now that they are all married, it's his turn to find love. For me, Griffith is a perfect hero - he loves God, is strong and dependable, and always tries to do the right thing. Griffith, although a godly man, comes up with his own plan for finding a wife without asking for divine guidance. Griffith likes calm and order in his life and has picked out a woman to court who he thinks will fit into his well-planned, quiet life. Griffith didn't count on that woman, Frederica, having her heart set on someone else.
I was so amazed at the creativity of the storyline of Frederica! She was a secondary character but figures prominently in the story. I thought the reason she was unavailable for Griffith's attentions was just so creative!
I loved watching how Griffith and Isabella learn that they should be relying on God instead of making their own plans. It was a good reminder that what God has for us is better than what we can plan for ourselves and we just need to ask and be obedient.
I'm sad to see this series come to an end and look forward to what Kristi Ann Hunter might have coming next.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Has there been a time in your life when you've made plans, only to realize the plans God had for you were better?