This new Hawthorne House novel is just lovely. Since meeting Trent at the start of this series, I’ve been anticipating his story. He’s been a great humorous character in every Hawthorne story thus far, but he hasn’t had so much as a hint of romance about him until now.
An Uncommon Courtship starts in the middle of Trent’s wedding reception. I know – what?! Trent and Adelaide are forced to marry for reasons other than love, much to his dismay. The book focuses on their rather unconventional relationship as Trent chooses to accept and truly court Adelaide.
I was charmed by Trent’s decision to move on from the frustration of not getting to marry for love and to court his new wife. It’s not exactly a common heart choice for a man in that situation. Adelaide also chooses to accept her new marriage, hoping it will be a happy one someday. Trent really matures throughout the story, as does Adelaide.
As with all of the books in this series, I loved how the Hawthorne family adds so much to the tale. Miranda, Griffith, Georgina, Caroline, Colin, Ryland – they all step up and embrace Adelaide. The Hawthornes, described as “notorious for marrying for love,” show Adelaide what a real family looks like. What a contrast to her own!
An Uncommon Courtship is available now.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Kristi Ann Hunter, Jen Turano, and other authors who use humor liberally; readers who enjoy humor mixed with faith and romance; those who favor family-based historical fiction
Note: I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers.