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An Elegant Façade

(Hawthorne House #2)

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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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 2016)
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Beth
When I first visited Hawthorne House in A Noble Masquerade, I was enchanted with Miranda’s story. I loved Miranda, her brother Griffith, Duke of Riverton, and even the small glimpse of Trent made me smile. And then there’s Georgina. Snooty, standoffish Georgina. I picked up An Elegant Façade with trepidation because, quite honestly, Georgina left a lot to be desired as a main character. Despite still not loving her at the beginning of the story, and the overlap of some events from book one, I ...more
Story_girl
Firstly for those people (like me) who disliked Georgina from book 1, don't give this book a miss because of your annoyance with her. We get to see Georgina's viewpoint in this book, so yes it does explain a lot of her behaviour.

Unlike book 1 which has a fun, tender romance developing, this book doesn't really have much of a romance. It's mostly about Georgina's struggles and how she tries to make the best of her unfavorable situation. She's growing desperate with each passing day.

What struck
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I really enjoyed this one, I only wish I had read it right after finishing A Noble Masquerade. While this one could probably stand on its own, the story actually overlaps with the first book. The first half or so of An Elegant Façade actually takes place during Noble Masquerade, only told from the POV of Georgiana and Colin. It was definitely fun seeing things unfold from their points of view and was handled very well. It still felt like its own story entirely, but I would still suggest reading ...more
Aerykah
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I truly love it when an author can make me genuinely like a character that I previously could barely tolerate.

From the beginning of this series, I didn't like Georgina. I loved Colin from the moment I met him, but Georgina..? She annoyed and aggravated me, and I knew that if I met a girl like her in "real life" I most likely wouldn't choose her as a friend or even want to be around her at all. But all the while, I also felt that there was more to her
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Dawn
Lady Georgina Hawthorne plans to marry well. She wants a man with a title. She has planned her debut down to the last detail, and is determined to be the belle of the season. Colin McCrae has money and business connections, but no title. Due to his powerful connections, he is invited everywhere. The few encounters that he has had with Lady Georgina, he finds her shallow and selfish. But Lady Georgina has a secret. One that Colin is too close to discovering. Yet despite their mutual dislike of ...more
Hannah
Georgina began as an annoying miss, but slowly grew on me as I read more of her struggles to appear normal in a world where her dyslexia prevents her from appearing at her best. What makes it worse for her is that she's managed to hide behind her maid's cleverness for years, so even her family is unaware of her problems with reading.

I appreciated Colin as a hero. He's the steady sort, or is becoming so; not flashy, but dependable. He began by being honest with Georgina and ended by helping her
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Julie Carpenter
Oh my heavens, I loved this book, I LOVE this series and I must say that despite my initial feelings and opinions and maybe not so nice thoughts towards Georgina in A Noble Masquerade I have since come to Love her too! I love the Hawthorne family and all of their ups and downs and just their family dynamics.

Now this is book two and although you probably could read it before A Noble Masquerade, I really recommend reading it in order. An Elegant Facade picks up about midway through a NM but from
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Melanie
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
An Elegant Façade is the sequel to A Noble Masquerade and a great continuation of the series. It made me see the heroine (who is the sister to the lead character in book one) in a different light. I wasn't a fan of Georgina in book one, but after reading this story I actually like her now...and I can't believe I didn't guess her secret in the first book!



I loved how An Elegant Facade didn't start right where the first book ended, but instead from earlier in the book and we got to see some of the
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Staci
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Lovely Regency novel!

In several ways Georgina reminded me of Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind. Like Scarlett, Georgina was so focused on finding the "right" match that she missed the better one in front of her.

Colin was a wonderful main male character: honorable and strong in his convictions.

I loved how the author wove in a little known condition to the story. It was fun to be a part of Georgina's first (and last) season. I look forward to the next in this series.
Alicia
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started the book with a few misgivings because I wasn't sure how a book with spoiled and conniving Georgina as the protagonist was going to turn out. Plus, how could the next book even top A Noble Masquerade?

Well, I loved it almost as much! This book reveals Georgina’s struggles and makes you see her in a different light. While you can't excuse some of her actions, her change of heart as the story goes on is genuine. I finished this book thinking Georgina was pretty awesome once she put her
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Jamie
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed Kristi’s debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, and was looking forward to reading Georgina’s story and this didn’t disappoint.

I love reading all types of stories and I love when there’s excellent and honestly developed characters. It makes following a story of two people so enjoyable. Hunter really shines with Georgina. If you read the first book, you’ll know she had much to strive for, but no worries, you don’t need to read the first book in order to understand that. Again, Hunter
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Ginger
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It was okay. I thought the characters were pretty decent but I missed having heat with the romance. If you're looking for a clean, sweet romance with Christian undertones to the book, I recommend this to you.

I wasn't much of a fan of Georgina in the beginning of the book but her character got better. She finally got honest with herself on her 'impairment' with the help of Colin and God.

Colin was great, patient and a very honorable man. I'm glad he broke through the shell of the Ice Princess.

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Loraine
Book 2 of the Hawthorne House series once again brings the characters from book 1 together: Miranda, Georgina, Griffith, Duke of Riverton, and Trent along with the spouses of those who had married. This book focuses on Georgina. She is now ready for her debut season and has only one goal in mind: to find the highest ranking member of the "ton" she can catch to marry. She hides a secret that she believes can only be protected by a titled noble.

Georgina puts on airs as she sets herself up for the
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Cassie
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kristi Ann Hunter is an author I am becoming more and more interested in. I loved her novella, I enjoyed her debut, and this book made me even more curious about what she will be writing next.

First: the one thing that bothered me about this book was the overlap of Georgina and Miranda's stories. I get it and I understand what a disadvantage we would have been at if we had not seen how Georgina and Colin responded to the situations that happen in the latter half of A Noble Masquerade, but it was
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Rebecca
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly lovely story beginning with the cover itself, the unique presentation of perspective, and the charming, clever conversations tucked between nearly every page.

Lady Georgina Hawthorne is determined that marriage to the right suitor will guard a lifelong secret, one that even her closest family and friends are totally unaware plagues her conscience. Until Colin McCrae, a dear friend of her brother-in-law, successful but not titled, feasts his eyes upon the beautiful, but rather
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Charity Andrews
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, christian
Let me start by saying that this is my favorite book I have read this year. There is so much that is GREAT about this story, I don’t even know where to begin!

After reading about Georgina in Miranda’s story, A Noble Masquerade, the stage was set. Georgina is exactly the kind of girl you love to hate. While Miranda was soft and kind, her sister, Georgina, is cruel and heartless…or so it would seem. In An Elegant Façade, we learn the reasons behind Georgina’s actions.

I love how the books run
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Sarita
I enjoyed this story, but not as much as the first book, A Noble Masquerade. Where the noble masquerade included some spying and suspense and was at a faster pace, this focused more on character growth and realising who you are/what your worth is based on who God made you and not what society/people think.

I liked Colin from book 1. He was entertaining and I enjoyed his Scottish accent. Georgina had to grow on me. She came across as shallow and after you learn her secret, you feel more compassion
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Heather Snyder
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kristi Ann Hunter's novel An Elegant Façade is set during the early 1800's within the borders of beautiful England. Most activity takes place in London, but the characters also travel to other parts of the United Kingdom--including Glasgow, Scotland. This text focuses on the Regency era way of life, which includes all the rules and regulations pertaining to society and a young women making her debut.

Lady Georgina has one purpose in life, and that is to find a husband who will not only grant her
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Mackenzie Carol
An Elegant Façade is the second book in Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series, coming after A Noble Masquerade. I have been a huge fan of Kristi Ann’s ever since I first read her prequel to this series—A Lady of Esteem—a while back, so I was super excited for this book. By the time I first read the synopsis months ago, I was hooked, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this novel. When I finally was able to read it, I completely and utterly devoured it, and I’m already dying to read it ...more
Natacha Ramos
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all: look at that cover! It's absolutely beautiful! A great match for the story, no doubt.

Moreover, I loved the book. I couldn't stop reading. It helped a lot that I was in the mood of a story like this one: so lovely! It was great for me to visit the whole London society with its Season again - always a good place for a girl to be.

Colin and Georgina are just perfect for each other! I enjoyed them very much, all their dialogues and personalities. So good!

Georgina's secret was very
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
As much as Georgina acts like a brat for the first half of the book, she has a really wonderful coming about as she learns a more healthy way of dealing with her secret. There is a big overlap with the first book in the series, but told from Georgina and Colin's POV's. I didn't feel like I learned too much more from this and the repetition made me want to skim through those scenes. Once Miranda was rescued and Georgina really started having a change of heart, the book vastly improved for me. I'd ...more
Bookish Ally
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars - fun little love story with a moral.
Anne
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though Lady Georgina Hawthorne didn’t strike me as a very likable character until I was well into this story, I could not put it down! The dialogue and inner thoughts were captivating along with an intriguing storyline and mystery. Of course, having a Scottish hero like Colin McCrae only increased the appeal. :) It turned out to be quite enjoyable, making a decidedly satisfying Regency fiction book. I started out with the audio edition but had trouble with the slowness of the narrator so I ...more
Iola
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read Krisit Ann Hunter’s debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, last year, and it was one of the best debuts I’ve read in a long time. Hunter writes Christian Regency romance, and it’s excellent (well, apart from a couple of minor language issues that American authors always slip up on when writing English characters).

Her characters are intelligent and witty and charming and engaging, her heroes are also intelligent and more than sufficiently swoon-worthy (a word you can really only use in relation
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Kav
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I do love good Regency banter! And Hunter excels at creating rapid fire conversations between her characters. I was either gasping or laughing over some of the outrageous dialogue between Georgina and Colin.

This is the second book in the Hawthorne House series and I adored A Noble Masquerade mainly because of its intrepid heroine, Miranda. Georgina was a secondary character in that novel -- Miranda's petulant, conniving sister. To say I wasn't a Georgina fan is an understatement so I
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Shantelle
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! An Elegant Facade is book two in the HAWTHORNE HOUSE series by Kristi Ann Hunter; and is it ever a worthy sequel!

Lady Georgina Hawthorne isn't the most likable young woman, I admit. She's on a desperate hunt for a suitable husband, and comes across as selfish and vain. Colin McCrae provides some humor as Georgina swishes about, dressed all in white, trying to win the man who has eyes for her sister.
It's only later in the book that we learn just why Georgina's
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Abbi
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After adoring this author's debut novel I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and thankfully I loved this one too!
I found it very interesting and rather cool how instead of picking up where the first book left off this one started in the middle of the events from A Noble Masquerade. But since they were told from two new perspectives it didn't feel repetitive and I actually loved seeing multiple sides of the same story.
Georgina didn't come across very likable in the first book but as
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Amanda Tero
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very clever and intertwined book. I haven't read the other books by this author yet, but was able to enjoy this as a stand-alone.

In some aspects, the writing seemed a little amateur (repeating similar phrases often within a paragraph), but the plot line was so rich that it was more of an afterthought about the writing.

At first, I thought Georgina was just a snob. However, realizing that she had a reason for acting the way she did -- and a secret she desperately wanted to hide from
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Debby "Piene Raven"
An Elegant Façade, is the second book in the Hawthorne House Series by Kristi Ann Hunter.

This is the story of Lady Georgina Hawthorne, Miranda’s annoying and snooty little sister. She plans to marry well and be the talk of society on her debut. Colin McCrae has money and business connections but no title. Because of his clout, he gets invited everywhere. When he meets Lady Georgina, he finds she is a bit shallow and a very selfish person. Unfortunately, that is not all she is hiding…she has a
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Tima
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lady Georgina must have everything perfect for her coming out. She has carefully crafted every detail and planned for three years so that nothing fails. Her secret could ruin her and she must take every precaution to ensure it stays hidden. Only her best friend and maid knows that Georgina must have the perfect man to marry if she wants to avoid ruin. Colin is just the type of man who could ruin everything and expose her darkest secrets.

I have definitely found a new favorite author. I've loved
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Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

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