An Inconvenient Beauty is like a graceful dance—elegant, engaging, and enchanting. This story made my stomach flutter and my heart beat faster. Definitely a five-star read. One of my favorites this year.
Firstly, (have I ever used that word before?) Ms. Hunter creates dynamic characters! Miss Isabella Breckenridge and her cousin, Miss Frederica (Freddie) St. Claire, are easy to connect with and sympathize with. They are dissimilar in many ways, but are alike in their depth and appeal. They aren’t the typical society debutantes who revel in compliments and long for status and distinction. Isabella and Freddie view and interact with the world around them in distinct ways, but they share a beauty deep inside them where profound compassion, empathy, love, and faith dwell.
I have to say, though, no matter how drawn I am to Isabella and Freddie, Duke Griffith Hawthorne is the beau-of-the-ball and the stealer-of-the-show! (for me, anyway.) When Griff (I like to believe he swoons when I call him that) steps onto the floor, the other characters become part of the ballroom scenery. (Okay, so I’m being overly dramatic.) But seriously, he is big, and tall, and (I’m showing my age with the next adjective) dreamy. As you can see, I tend to get carried away when a hero of a story exceeds my expectations. (And that doesn’t happen as often as you might think.)
Okay, since there is a ‘firstly’, for the sake of consistency, I’m including a secondly and a thirdly.
Secondly, Ms. Hunter has blended history into this story, giving it an authentic feel and realistic flow. I have only slight knowledge of the Regency era, but this story took me on a journey there and gave me a satisfying taste of it.
Thirdly, An Inconvenient Beauty doesn’t contain any drags, as I like to call them. No sludge to slog through. No wearisome pages. The story begins with a gentle rhythm, builds into a stimulating tempo with just the perfect amount of twists and twirls to make the pages turn and your heart leap, then ends in a swirl of satisfying emotion.
I love Christian fiction. I love historical fiction. These two genres are expertly wrapped together with themes of acceptance, forgiveness, and unspeakable love. What a gift!
Publisher: Bethany House
First Lines (Chapter 1): While the limits of human ability prevented Griffith, Duke of Riverton, from being everything to everyone who depended on him for their livelihoods, he’d always assumed there was no limit to what he would do for his family. His mother’s current request was more than stretching those limits. “No.”
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and NetGalley.