Disclosure: This book was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Here is another book review! This one is An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter, and it is a historical Christian romance set in 1814. This is the Goodreads.com summary, which I found more accurate than that on the back of the book:
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?
I was drawn to this book because the plot sounds unlike anything I’ve read before, and I enjoy this genre of book. At first I was really confused about what was going on, and it felt like there should be more back story instead of jumping into the “marriage trap” scenario. Since I was confused, I was tempted to just stop reading the book for a while, but I persisted. The plot quickly redeemed itself and I was able to follow the story much better.
As I mentioned, this book has an unusual plot, and the title comes from a plan that Lord Trent Hawthorne devises after marriage to a near stranger. First, let me explain a bit more about the overall plot: Trent and Adelaide found themselves in an innocent situation, but outsiders might think ill of them for it, so Trent offers to marry Adelaide to save her reputation. She agrees, they get married, and then have to live together. Trent doesn’t ignore her, per se, it seems like he was unwilling to spend time with her and be intimate since they barely knew each other. He thought he would give her space to get used to the idea of marriage before entertaining the idea of something physical, which I found admirable. Of course, he doesn’t communicate this idea, so Adelaide finds herself wondering why her new husband “didn’t visit her bedchamber”. Trent comes up with a plan to actually court his wife, so that they can get to know each other and develop a real relationship, hence the title of the book.
One of the confusing things I came across was that Trent had avoided his wife because of the reasons I mentioned above, but later says it was because he feared she would have the conniving personality of her mother. It was a minor detail but it still stuck out to me!
I also didn’t like the chapter dealing with “performance” issues…I will leave it at that and not go into great detail, other than to say I found it unneeded and awkward! What I did like were the characters, the overall plot, and the setting. However, since this story takes place in England in 1814, some of the terms and slangs they were using went above my head.
Even though this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone since there is brief mention of what happened in the other books. I liked the book, and would give it 4 out of 5 stars, because it was enjoyable but I am not likely to read it again.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”