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.
If I could give this story more than 5 stars I would. Author Mason brought this tale of true love, class distinction, and family drama and secrets to life. Nolan Price was a young man who loved his mother and his sweetheart, Hannah. He was a stable hand and she a kitchen maid. They planned to marry and farm a little farm all their own and live their lives as happily ever after as possible. That was until Nolan is told the secret of his birth and who his parents truly are.
Family and identity is important and I understood Nolan’s deep desire to know who his father is. I also understood his deep love for Hannah and he could just not fall out of love with her and marry another to benefit his new station in life and his family’s name. And as history repeats itself, Hannah and Nolan elope hoping that will stop any of Nolan’s father’s expectations on him and his marital status. And the story quickly picks up speed from there on out.
This was a story about a man and his father learning to be family without the benefit of having each other in their lives from the beginning. Nolan must not only learn to be a son to a powerful man but also must deal with the rest of his relatives who are not happy about this sudden revelation and all that they could lose.
This is a story about a husband and wife and leaving and cleaving. How far do you let your family interfere in your marriage no matter what your obligations may be? I rooted for this marriage from the beginning and I am glad it takes place early on in the book.
We also get to know Nolan’s seemingly cold-hearted father. I liked getting to see inside his head, learning about his past and having high hopes for even his future. With a myriad of other characters this story really made this reader’s heart happy. I have read a lot of great books this year, and this one just may be my favorite.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to provide a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
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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“Beautifully balancing sweet forbidden love with a father-son battle of wills, Mason proves to be a highest caliber author in historical inspirational romance. Set in England in 1884, this is a marvelously entertaining story of the search for identity and a struggle for acceptance for both Nolan and Hannah. The purity and tenacity of their love will leave readers tingling, and fans of Roseanne M. White will enjoy Mason’s web of nobility drama and breathlessly exciting conclusion.”—Booklist starred review
“This is a sweet story full of the historical details fans of Victorian fiction will appreciate. There is also plenty of faith and love leading this young couple to their happily ever after.”—RT Book Reviews
“An immersive narrative and sympathetic characters are highlights of this heartwarming novel from Mason about the importance of family, the power of love, and the faith to pursue your heart’s desire.”—Library Journal