Monday, August 1, 2016

"An Elegant Façade" by Kristi Ann Hunter

About this book:

  “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.”

Series: Book #2 in the “Hawthorne House” series. Reviews of the #.5 novella Here! and Book #1 review Here!

Spiritual Content- James 1:17 referenced at the beginning; Prayers; Quite a bit of Bible reading; Many Scriptures are mentioned, read, discussed & thought over; Some witnessing to Georgina; Many talks about God & the Bible; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God (not in Scriptures or when it talks about God himself though); Georgina knows God is real, but believes that He cursed and doesn’t care about her (*Spoiler* Near the end, she realizes that’s not true. *End of Spoiler*); Colin has a faith & looks forward to passing it on to another generation; Many mention of God; Many mentions of Bibles, Bible reading & books of the Bible; Many mentions of prayers & praising God; Mentions of others’ faiths; A few mentions of miracles; A few mentions of angels; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of sins;
*Note: A mention of a devil of a headache. 

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a ‘what in blazes’, three forms of ‘idiot’, six ‘stupid’s; Eye rolling; Many mentions of gossip & jealousy; Many mentions of gambling, betting, debts & card games; Mentions of taverns, drinking, & drinks (whiskey & wine); Mentions of slaves; A few mentions of criminals; A few mentions of hunting.

Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kiss and a detailed kiss; Wondering about kissing & touching (up to semi-detailed); Touches & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a man’s plan to ruin a girl & cause a scandal (no true details, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of touches, kisses & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of reputations & purity; Mentions of flirting & jealousy; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Georgina Hawthorne, age 18
-Colin McCrae, age 26
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                            Set in 1813 {Prologue set in 1800; Epilogue set in 1815}
                                                     355 pages

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My personal Rating-
For the first 150 pages, I wasn’t sure what to think. The beginning felt slow since I had already read it from that couple’s P.O.V.s in “A Noble Masquerade” and I hadn’t yet become attached to Colin or Georgina fully. I really liked Colin, but Georgina wasn’t the best main girl I’ve ever read. She comes across as spoiled & shallow which made me have a hard time connecting to her. About halfway, I found that it picked up a bit and I started enjoying it a little bit more, but the ending—the last 75 pages—was the best part in my eyes. Lots of Spiritual Content that finished this novel out with a bang. (Some might call it “too preachy”, but I like “preachy”. ;) )
Colin was also great, but I still had some trouble liking Georgina. All that said, I liked “An Elegant Façade” a little better than “A Noble Masquerade” due to less kissy/touchy parts and much more Spiritual Content. The banter & wit between the main characters was lots of fun and Colin really made this book better in my opinion.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.


  1. Love your blog so much!! I've been following you for a while and I love how in depth your book reviews are. Have you ever read books by Dee Henderson? You'd love them!! :)

    1. Aw, thank you so much! :) I haven't read any books by her yet, but she's on my list to read!
      Thank you again! :)
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