An Inconvenient Beauty (2017) is the final novel in Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series. This FANTASTIC story comes in all forms including eBook, and is 384 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this novel took me five days to read. I give this novel 5+++ STARS. This story is a Christian Historical Romance.
About the Book
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?
I have this really annoying habit when it comes to the last book in a series: I take a really long time to read them. I still have the last 25 pages of the final Harry Potter novel to read, but I probably won’t because I don’t want the story to be over. So, if you took note of the fact that An Inconvenient Beauty took me a rather long time to read, it’s because I was having a very hard time saying goodbye to the Duke of Riverton and his wonderfully endearing family and friends.
This novel is SO good, I don’t actually know where to begin with this review. The characters are fantastic, the settings are dazzling, and the action is non-stop. This novel is a page-turner! Kristi Hunter is a phenomenal storyteller, and I truly cannot wait for what she has in store next. I pray God blesses her with many, many more fabulous story lines. If you are on Facebook this Friday, you might want to check out Kristi’s FB page. She is going to reveal her next novel’s cover. I have seen it and it is gorgeous!!!
The first aspect that I really love about this story is how well Ms. Hunter captures what it means to be the first-born, Type-A child. As with her previous novels, the characters in this story are excellently and realistically written. I am a first-born child. I think first-born children are inherently created with the need to take on all the responsibilities, take care of all the siblings, and do everything without failing. We always want and hope for (and maybe crave) the approval of those we put into authoritative positions. And, we often are willing to sacrifice our needs and wants if it means we can help out those we love. Reading Griffith and Isabella’s story is like reading a first-born child’s playbook. Many times while reading this story, I was reminded of moments in my younger years where I took control of situations with my brothers because I thought it was my duty as the oldest sister. This is pretty much how Griffith has lived his whole life. One of the best quotes from very early on in the novel perfectly illustrates Griffith as first-born: “While the limits of human ability prevented Griffith, Duke of Riverton, from being everything to everyone who depended on him for their livelihoods, he’s always assumed there was no limit to what he would do for his family” (5). This is spot on for every first-born, myself included, that I have ever known. If we could break though our limits of human ability, we could do more for those we love! To the rest of the world, these first-born tendencies may seem overbearing, but I promise we really only do everything out of love!
The overall message in this novel is superb: seek God, ask for forgiveness, and put all trust in HIM! Many times throughout the story, Griffith and Isabella act. They concoct plans based on ideas they overthink, which results in their plans becoming too much head and not enough heart. And, often, they forget to take their problems and issues to God. Isabella especially puts her trust into her own abilities, and this backs her into a corner. Just when I was starting to wonder if she would ever go to God, she realizes her mistakes and seeks God’s forgiveness and peace. I love this reminder! Many times I tend to get so wrapped up in MY plans that I forget to include God. Every time I do this, something in my plan gets really messed up. Then I get frustrated and react incorrectly. Then, in tears, I go to God, ask His forgiveness, and listen for HIS plan. One would think I would have learned my lesson the first, second, or third time, but apparently at 36 I still need this reminder daily. I love that this novel was able to act as another reminder that I need to go to God first and let Him guide my steps. It’s truly the only way to find any real peace in this life.
Isabella and Griffith’s story is the perfect ending to a truly well-written series. I cannot recommend this novel, and the Hawthorne House series, enough. Read every book in the series if you haven’t already. You will not be disappointed that you spent time with this wonderful, eclectic family.