I have found a new author and fallen in love with her tales! Kristi Ann Hunter has captured my imagination and helped me enjoy more about the Regency Era. After reading the forward I realized this is the third in the Hawthorne House series, which discouraged me a little bit as I tend to like to read series in order. I was pleasantly surprised that this novel, although a continuation of the Hawthorne family story, is a stand-alone book in its own right.
This story set at the turn of the 19th century opens with a very spoiled and somewhat bratty Lady Goergina, or so she hopes everyone perceives her that way. The irony of her genuine personality comes through clearly and the reader soon learns all is not as it seems. I anxiously anticipated the answer as to why Georgina so desired to wear the mask she chose and found the answer poignent and compelling. I do not want to give anything way, but the research and understanding the author went to is clear and I have a great appreciation for the deeper aspects of this novel.
I love that my Kindle App can tell me just how long a book will be. I usually check this after I read the first chapter. I was delighted to discover that I would have over 5 hours of reading this gem. The first words captured my attention and kept me engrossed. My husband found me sneaking in reading time as I cooked, exercised, and even during our school breaks each day! He commented that I must have found a really good one!
I also am excited that there are two more books in the series, another novel and a novella, about this family. What started out as disappointment and concern I'd be confused has turned into elation that I can spend some more time with the Hawthorne family. I look forward to reading more from Krisi Ann Hunter this summer.
Disclaimer: I received this title from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way. I was not required to write a positive review.