An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ Review

An Elegant Fa├žade (Hawthorne House, #2)

Lucie's Review:

In the beginning the author warns that this is Georgina's story, so we do revisit some scenes from the previous book, A Noble Masquerade, but from Georgina's point of view.

Georgina Hawthorne is Miranda's younger sister, and she is finally ready for her debut season, which she has spent years preparing for with her close friend, and lady's maid Harriette.

Colin McCrae is close friends with Ryland, the Duke of Marshington, and is constantly being pulled into his schemes. Colin is a gentleman and a businessman, who tries to live out his Christian principles in all that he does. Colin finds himself at many of the parties because of how he does business with many of the aristocrats, like the Duke of Riverton, Georgina's brother, which means that he is present at Georgina's debut, and even dances with her.

Colin is frustrated to find himself drawn to a woman, so enmeshed in endearing herself to society, will they be willing to sacrifice what is dear to them to be together?

I liked the interaction between Colin and Georgina instantly. Colin knows that she is husband hunting, and that he far beneath her sights, but he can't help teasing her to see if he can crack her perfectly practiced poise. Yet as he get's to know her he is even more intrigued, yet unafraid to tell her the truth when no one else will.

I thought it was so funny when Georgina's conscience started to sound like Colin, she tries many imaginative ways to get "Little Colin" out of her head--but none of them work.

I really appreciated how Georgina matured over the course of the book, and comes to see the things that truly matter.

This book has it all, action, drama, and humor. I loved revisiting so many "friends" from the previous book, and the natural dialog. A wonderfully entertaining read from beginning to end!

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