After a night trapped together in an old stone keep, Lady Adelaide Bell and Lord Trent Hawthorne have no choice but to marry. Dismayed, Adelaide finds herself bound to a man who ignores her, as Trent has no desire to connect with the one who dashed his plans to marry for love. Can they set aside their first impressions before any chance of love is lost?
Two words stand out to me when I think of summing up the book An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter; they are tenderhearted and cherished. This was a lovely story of two people thrown together into a marriage that neither one had wanted or anticipated. Yet, both decided (albeit alone), to make the best of the situation. However, somewhere the meaning of marriage was lost in good intentions.
We are treated with both Trent’s and Adelaide’s viewpoints. On the outside it looked as if all their problems might be solved by just sitting down and speaking to each other. But these two were virtual strangers to each other and even though both came from well to do families, they did have different upbringings. Adelaide was the middle child and ignored for most of her life and so continues to hide herself in submission and solitude. Trent, the second son, tries not to ever outshine his most beloved older brother, Griffith the duke, so he keeps his most personal thoughts to himself. Neither knew where or how to begin to have a marriage.
Trent decides to court his wife. While the plan sounded good to him, the way he went about it was very unconventional. But again these two people haven’t really changed their circumstances at all. We as the reader get to go on this journey with them and see how these two very hurting individuals can make their marriage work. I really felt like this was such a great example of new marriage in general. Two people trying to now live and work together for the common goal of a successful marriage and life together. There were delicate matters that were addressed in the book, but they were done tastefully and realistically between two innocents.
There was delicateness to this book, asking important questions like what is love and how do we love? Something I think our society, our world on a whole could take a lesson from. I enjoyed seeing the rest of the family and friends and chuckled at what I would call the bite and loving one-liners that came from older brother Griffith. I am looking forward to his story next. This is a story that will stay with me for a while.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.