cover image An Inconvenient Beauty

An Inconvenient Beauty

Kristi Ann Hunter. Bethany House, $14.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-7642-1827-9

Hunter’s final installment in the Hawthorne House series will delight those already invested in the series as well as any reader who enjoys stories set in Regency-era England. Finally it’s time for family patriarch Griffith, Duke of Riverton, to find love after seeing all his siblings happily married. His chosen bride, Miss Frederica St. Claire, isn’t sure about the attentions of a duke though, and may be in love with another anyway. It’s her cousin, Isabella Breckenridge, who is the center of attention instead, with her stunning beauty and flirting ways. Griffith is attracted to her, and she is beginning to warm up to him, but there is much more to her story than anyone guesses. Although she maintains a beautiful façade for her society debut, Isabella’s uncle has been pressuring her to use her single status to help him out of financial straits. Will the duke ever dance with Isabella? Will her uncle’s plans succeed? As the London Season plays out, secrets are revealed, past loves return, and hearts align—despite a fair amount of underhanded conniving—to create a fitting finale to the series and a lovely addition to the Regency genre. Agent: Natasha Kern Literary Agency (Sept.)