‘An Elegant Façade’ by Kristi Ann Hunter

aef kahSTORY: Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.

With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he’s irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

What Colin doesn’t know is that Georgina’s desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina’s plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

REVIEW: London – 1813

Lady Georgina Hawthorne, age 18, is preparing for her debut ball. She is setting her sights high and hoping to attract a Duke, one of whom is the Duke of Marshington. Another candidate is Ashcombe, an Earl. Georgina is to be escorted to her ball by her brother, the Duke of Riverton. The Duke of Marshington has been away from society for a number of years.

Marshington’s friend, Colin McCrae, is involved with some clandestine government activities but does not work directly for the War Office. Colin has not spoken to his father in years. The man owns a shipping business. Now, he learns that his father is coming to London and Colin figures it’s because he wants to see him marry Erika, the daughter of another shipping magnate like himself to unite the two families.

Georgina’s sister, Miranda, is 4 years older than she is and is yet unwed. Miranda will share the season with Georgina which aggravates Georgina because she wants to be the center of attention. Georgina always wears white which goes well with her white and gold drawing room where she receives visitors. She is very ambitious and wants only to marry someone with a good title. However, even with her haughty ways, she is hiding a secret that she fears will be uncovered and could possibly ruin her. This secret makes her quite nervous.

Colin is very attracted to Georgina’s looks but she is very rude to him and rebuffs him because he does not have a title. Soon, he starts paying court to Miranda which irritates Georgina too.

Will Georgina be successful in her search for a titled husband? Will Colin be able to find his own choice of a mate without his interfering father?

This book picks up after the author’s earlier novel, “The Noble Masquerade” with the same characters. As with the first novel, I found the characters to be thrown at the reader too fast to allow one to first get a grasp on the plot. This is a real turn-off to me. However, there are some very good parts of this book and I think the author created the characters of Georgina and Colin quite well.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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