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An Uncommon Courtship

(Hawthorne House #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,771 ratings  ·  460 reviews
When her mother's ill-conceived marriage trap goes awry, Lady Adelaide Bell unwittingly finds herself bound to a stranger who ignores her. Lord Trent Hawthorne, who had grand plans to marry for love, is even less pleased with the match. Can they set aside their first impressions before any chance of love is lost?
Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kellyn Roth
Originally part of a discussion post on Reveries Reviews.

1.5 stars

Having worshipped the ground books 1 and 2 walked on, I was deeply disappointed to find this amount of sexual content in a Christian fiction book.

When I first read that it was an arranged marriage book, my warning lights went off … but I decided to read it. Books 1 and 2 were amazing; the author had written sweet, Christian romances with adorable characters, and I longed to see Trent’s story. I trusted Hunter. I really did.

Then …
I haven’t known another author recently that has me raising my brow at a character, only to be completely and fully taken by them by the end of the story. Adelaide is just such a character. She’s not your typical lady because her mother didn’t focus much time and efforts on Adelaide, like she did her older sister. Although it’s not evident at first, I came to notice that she’s a bit quirky. Perhaps even a bit odd. She wears spectacles. She carries a book in her reticule, just in case. She doesn’ ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who read secular romance
This book in a word: awkward.

Such a pity, since I was really looking forward to Trent's story, and I have a soft spot for marriage-of-convenience stories done right. The entire story begins with the marriage, and Trent's eager wish to get away. He tries to include Adelaide to some extent, but the more he messes up, the more he withdraws. He begins to be attracted to her, so then he runs faster in the opposite direction. For the first hundred pages, it's frustrating but also humorous. But Adelaid
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first read A Noble Masquerade (book one of the series), I knew that Kristi Ann Hunter was unique. Little did I know that her books would be able to twist and pull on my heart and emotions in such a strong way. An Uncommon Courtship is a story filled with sweetness that will make you sigh, rogues that will make you shudder, scheming women that will make your blood boil, and passion that will make you swoon.

Trent and Adelaide make such an adorable pair. They complement each other beautiful
While I did enjoy this one, it wasn't my favorite of the series. I liked the overall idea for the story, but didn't really connect well with the main characters. Adelaide was a nice enough heroine, at times I really wish she would have spoken more. Same with Trent, lots of inner dialogue. And I got a little tired of him comparing his marriage to everyone else and just not knowing what to do. Lacks a lot of confidence.

It's a nice story and has some sweet moments. I actually enjoyed the scenes wh
Michelle Griep
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Dinners. Balls. Gorgeous gowns and dapper gentlemen. If you love a classic Regency, then you'll want to pick up a copy of An Uncommon Courtship.

This is the 3rd book in a series -- and I admit that I hadn't read the first two. That being said, I don't feel like I missed out on any information and it all made sense to read. The author did a good job of making sure everything flowed in a logical fashion and didn't leave any gaps or glitches in the plot.

So, the big question is why did I give this 3
I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been really, really looking forward to reading Trent's story. He's been one of my favorite characters almost since the moment I "met" him and I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out for him!

And I'm happy with the way things turned out-- in the end. I'm just not quite so happy about the entire process of getting to that "end". I'll do my best to not include any real spoilers, but I also want to give my honest opinion so... bear with me, will you?

Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
Since I went about reading this series a little unconventional, this completes the Hawthorne House series for me.
I’m not prepared for all the emotion. I’ve LOVED this series from the start. It will always hold a secure place in my heart.

This book was sweet! It truly was. There was a lot of awkward happenings, but they were all done in the pursuit of love. It took them awhile to get where they needed to be, but it was a very real struggle.

I had a harder time connecting with this characters like
Hmm. I liked it and couldn't stop reading it, but in comparison to books 1 and 2 (which set the bar REALLY high) it was just okay.

Adelaide and Trent marry to protect Adelaide’s reputation, barely knowing each other and certainly not in love, but they try to work on their marriage. They bumble their way through, often taking two steps backwards for every step forward. There are a few bumps and bruises along the way -literally- and some rather awkward moments; however, they don't give up and the r
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to see this book. I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. I'll admit that I was a little sad not to see as much of either of Trent's sisters in this book, but I still enjoyed the story.

Trent was a character I wanted to know more about. He'd been a minor character in the other two books, so getting to know him was delightful. I positively adored his unusual group of servants. They were fascinating, and I could tell that they wanted their master and mistress to find ha
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
After enjoying immensely books one and two Trent's story in An Uncommon Courtship was a disappointment. There wasn't much of a plot and the plot that was there got incredibly repetitive. The humor found in books one and two was missing. I hope book four is better.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I enjoyed this marriage or ruination story. I also enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous stories in this series. This book is the third, but can be read as a stand alone.

Trent makes the decision to marry Adelaide when they spend the evening together after an accident. He is a man of honor and abandons his plans to marry for love.

This romance has some humorous moments. Trent decides to court his wife. Their marriage at the beginning is shaky. They do not know how to communicate w
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars to 'The Uncommon Courtship'. I have pondered, as I've read, how I feel about this book. It's the 4th one in (because I include the novella) - and I've long anticipated Trent's story, since 'A Noble Masquerade' - which is still my favourite. Trent was by far the best minor character, and I enjoyed his personality, and what he brought to the scene when he was present. This, is his turn, and I felt like his character developed well, and he continued consistently as expected. I also liked ...more
Natacha Ramos
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this book because I enjoyed SO much the previous one (“An Elegant Façade”). But, no matter how much I tried to like this story, it just didn’t work for me.

Writing is good, dialogues are fine … those were not the problem. The thing was that I didn’t like the plot, the big idea of the book, the whole courtship thing. I couldn’t connect with it.

Even though the main characters were facing what we can call a very hard and awkward situation, I believe they should have
AlegnaB †
Although I loved the novella and the first two books in the series, I was very disappointed in this book. Trent was too unrealistic, being more like a prepubescent boy than a man. The story was rather boring, and the intimate details were not appropriate in Christian fiction. If I wanted to read that type of stuff, I could find plenty to read from secular publishers. I agree with most of what Hannah wrote in her review at ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I love stories with a premise like this, where the couple gets to know each other and falls in love after they marry. There are so many obstacles to overcome- in this situation, it was mostly the lack of communication between Adelaide and Trent and their naiveté. I loved seeing Adelaide come into her own and learn to embrace her new independence. Being free of her family allowed her to blossom and true colors shine. Trent was a bit of an idiot of course as he worked through his feelings of feeli ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, that was awkward. Amusing, frustrating, moving, surprisingly honest, and yep, definitely awkward. But what can one expect out of an (essentially) shotgun wedding when the bride and groom don't know each other?

In some respects, this is one of the most realistic marriage of convenience books I've read. Even people who know each other well prior to marriage experience their fair share of awkwardness after speaking the vows, so going into a marriage blind like this, I can see how it could be s
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read
After reading and loving the first two books in this series, I was really looking forward to this story. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I still loved the characters and writing, but the storyline was just...odd. I didn't get some of Trent's actions and I didn't like how I was confused in the beginning of the book -- you are just kind of "thrown" into the story without much detail (it does come later, but I would have liked to have known right away (in detail) what had happened to l ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
" Bravado can only carry a woman so far before reality intrudes with crushing abruptness."

Lady Adelaide Bell is certainly not known for bravado, her quiet, unassuming beauty has kept her nearly invisible from society, primarily as a result of her mother's determination to display Adelaide's older and more accomplished sister, desperate to improve her own standing by marrying her daughters to rich, titled husbands. Her mother's scheming seems to pay off when Adelaide's uncommon affection for gath
Cara Putman
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Uncommon Courtship is a delightful Regency novel with a twist. Lord Trent is the second son, who is quite contenting letting the rest of the world think he will never grow up and that he will not be responsible. Lady Adelaide has lived in her sister's shadow until she finds herself engaged and married to the second son. It's not the match either of them had hoped for, but Trent decides to court her anyway. The story tells how that courtship flows, after all what could go wrong when he decides ...more
Charity Andrews
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The latest book in The Hawthorne House series is here! woot woot! We’ve had a chance to read both of his sister’s stories and now it is Trent’s turn. Squeee!

Ok, thoughts? Loved it, of course. I know that it’s the publisher that makes the covers, but HOLY MOLY her covers are beautiful. That is, honestly, half of the battle right there. I could go on about how her characters are always entertaining, well rounded and lovable, but I especially love how they are deep. They really love God and these b
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-review
Trent’s musings over breakfast was a charming way to start An Uncommon Courtship. He declares it “one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity” and I couldn’t have been more delighted with his enjoyment of the start of the day.

Quickly thereafter, readers find out Trent has just married Adelaide, and we follow their journey together. Will they learn to love one another, or will they become strangers who merely live in the same house?

Trent’s household is run a little differently than the average househ
Kristi Ann Hunter has once again written a fabulous regency romance novel. This book is about Lord Trent Hawthorne, another of the Hawthorne brothers. The story is an absolute delight, focusing on the courtship and romance of Lady Adelaide and Lord Hawthorne; their romance is both sweet and swoon worthy. Readers will become enchantment with this fun and romantic novel. It is a story that readers will love from page one and will not soon forget. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy ...more
Janell R.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
In general I love this type of storyline! A man and woman forced into a marriage through means outside their own control, who then learn how to love each other. Yes, I did say how to love not just to love each other. Is their a difference? I think so, and I think this book did a great job of portraying it. Learning to love involves more of the feelings whereas I think learning how to love involves a choice. And that is exactly what this book focuses on. It focuses on what love really means, and ...more
Loved this book for so many reasons. I really like Hunters writing and how she goes deep with these fun stories. I love book series about each family member getting there own story and then seeing them in each novel help each other with there own love story. I loved how real she got! You could feel the awkwardness seeping out of this novel. She doesn't do the same old boy has to marry girl and there are so many misunderstandings but they lust for each other and everything works out when they say ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
What a surprise wedding night Lady Adelaide is about to experience, yes she married under different circumstances, but no bride expects to be abandoned, her new husband is in the house, but no where near her.
Trent Hawthorne is the second son of a duke, so he does not inherit the title, and he sure could care less about it, he does what is right according to society, and thus he and Adelaide are married. He wants what the rest of his family has, and that is a love match, and now that has really b
I finally got around to reading An Uncommon Courtship, the only book in the HAWTHORNE HOUSE series that I hadn't read yet. It was a good book, but I was in a weird mood and ended up skim-reading a bit. This regency romance novel is about a marriage of convenience, and there were a couple moments that it got a little awkward. But overall, I think Kristi Ann Hunter did a good job presenting a picture of Biblical marriage ... it's not all about you. It's not always butterflies and rainbows and perf ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Urgh! This was probably the most frustrating book I have ever had the pleasure of reading, yet which turned out with a rather graceful and enjoyable end.

Never had there been two characters who disliked the others presence so much, or the lack of communication that stood out like a big elephant in the room, or the lack of maturity on both counts, before. Even after marriage, they remained strangers.

Adelaide had me cringing the entire time, though I must admit, she had the most beautiful transfor
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book 3 of the Hawthorne House series focuses on Trent, the youngest brother; but also includes all of the wonderful characters from the previous books. Trent only had minor roles in books 1 and 2, so it was nice to find out more about him. Trent, to this point, has been somewhat of a playboy enjoying life, especially athletics, and not taking much of life seriously. When he falls down a shaft trying to rescue his neighbor, Lady Adelaide, who had been picking mushrooms in it, and they are forced ...more
Beth Erin
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

Despite his charm, wealth, and good looks, Trent is a top-notch gentleman above reproach. Trent's most endearing qualities are his chivalry, humor, innocence, faith, and purity of heart.

Quiet Lady Adelaide Bell is a little on the quirky side but she's the last woman anyone would expect to need a marriage of convenience to preserve her reputation. Fortunately, marriage should give Adelaide some much-needed distance from her mother's constant
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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 ...more

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