“An Inconvenient Beauty” by Kristi Ann Hunter

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“Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, 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, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?”

What a lovely finale to this captivating series! Little did I know when I came across the prequel novella to this series, a few years ago, that I would actually get the opportunity to follow through with the whole thing as each one was released (well, except for the first one). I absolutely love books set in the Regency time period, and Mrs. Hunter did a marvelous job depicting the setting, and crafting the characters.

Though it may come as a bit of surprise, my favorite characters were actually Frederica and Arthur (though of course, I loved Griffith and Isabella as well). Frederica, as cousin and best friend of Isabella, was just so sweet and cute (despite her unfortunate features :-), and I loved her personality. As for Griffith and Isabella, one likes them simply because they are the main characters and their story is so fun, though I have a feeling if I were to meet them in real life, I might be a bit off put by them. Particularly Griffith, as a duke, comes across as proud at times, which I guess is understandable, and it’s what makes him believable.

I will say that other than the “happily-ever-after” factor, I honestly didn’t know how the author was going to resolve the issues that made up the conflict of the story. Which, in a way, I enjoyed and yet at the same time, when the resolution regarding Isabella’s family came out, I almost felt like it was too easy and pat.

The spiritual aspect of the story wasn’t as strong as it has been in others of her books, but once again I guess if you are attempting to portray something realistically we all have different spiritual strengths and failures.

I think overall, the thing that salvages any weakness in the storyline or other possible shortcomings, is the fact that Mrs. Hunter is an incredibly talented writer, and you feel like you are in the story. I only realized some of the weaknesses after I had finished the book and was thinking about my review.

I’m giving it a 4 star rating. Such a pleasure to read!

*Disclaimer: I received an ebook copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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