GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2018
When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.
Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father’s demanding expectations.
Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.
“… your heavenly Father loves you unconditionally and without limit.”
A Most Noble Heir starts out with a yummy cover (hello, Henry Cavill-ish hero!) and hits you in all the feels before all is said and done.
I loved the character growth in this book – from Nolan to Hannah to Edward and even Evelyn. There are so many nuances and layers to this story overall, and then to each character in turn, that I can’t get more specific without spoiling a lot of things for you. Suffice it to say – 1) they will take your heart through the wringer, 2) it is all worth it, and 3) I love Aunt Iris!
Nolan and Hannah are so in love but – as anyone who gets married will soon tell you – the swoony ‘in love’ experience is not necessarily the making of a good marriage. It certainly helps, but in the end it’s the choice to love someone – and show love to that someone – even through the hard stuff. When life throws you a curveball, one that hits you right in all your insecurities and worst fears, all the swoons and stomach-flutters and toe-curling kisses won’t provide enough of an anchor. This is what Nolan and Hannah have to work through in A Most Noble Heir, and Mason has done a wonderful job of pointing readers to the real Anchor – our relationship with God.
Bottom Line: Susan Anne Mason continues to give us unique and layered plot lines, and she does so again in A Most Noble Heir. This is perhaps her most emotional story to date, but there is also a delightful subplot or two that lightens the spirit when needed. Nolan and Hannah are vivid and authentic characters in an impossible situation made even more difficult by their choices early on in the crisis. However, Mason reminds us all that our Savior can redeem any person and any poor decisions and any situation if we let Him. A beautiful ending to a tumultuous journey, and one I highly recommend adding to your TBR lists!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep a fan and fainting couch close by!
Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.
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