A Most Noble Heir
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 that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, 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 pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

A Most Noble Heir Details

TitleA Most Noble Heir
Author
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764230875
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian

A Most Noble Heir Review

  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishFans of Downton Abbey, upstairs-downstairs, and rags-to-riches romance… brace yourselves, this story is about to knock your stockings off!!Nolan Price is a determined and hard-working (inescapably handsome) young man of faith, integrity, and loyalty. He’s also completely and entirely blindsided when his world is turned upside down by his mother’s final confession (who wouldn’t be?!).Hannah Burnham is a humble kitchen maid and devoted sister. Struggles with insecu Full review on Faithfully BookishFans of Downton Abbey, upstairs-downstairs, and rags-to-riches romance… brace yourselves, this story is about to knock your stockings off!!Nolan Price is a determined and hard-working (inescapably handsome) young man of faith, integrity, and loyalty. He’s also completely and entirely blindsided when his world is turned upside down by his mother’s final confession (who wouldn’t be?!).Hannah Burnham is a humble kitchen maid and devoted sister. Struggles with insecurities and unmet expectations in her relationship with Nolan lend Hannah an endearingly authentic personality. Delightful romance, intriguing mystery, complicated familial ties, and genuine faith earn this book a place among my all-time favorites! I highly recommend this story and would love to see a sequel featuring one of the sisters!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Having thoroughly enjoyed the Courage to Dream Series, I was so looking forward to A Most Noble Heir.What I loved about this novel is that the story is based upon the author's descendants. Nolan and Hannah both have good hearts. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with some of the story line.I look forward to Susan Anne Mason's next release.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this was my first book by this author but if all are as intriguing and well written as this one, it will not be my last!Solid and intense plot to keep readers awaken 'til late at night; there’s much more than a simple life-changing event going around here. A hint of mystery, a lesson on true love, and a good amount of tenderness builds the backbone of this story. This intricate story draws many sides of the characters. Start from the title "The Noble Heir", you expect a constancy in the mai Wow, this was my first book by this author but if all are as intriguing and well written as this one, it will not be my last!Solid and intense plot to keep readers awaken 'til late at night; there’s much more than a simple life-changing event going around here. A hint of mystery, a lesson on true love, and a good amount of tenderness builds the backbone of this story. This intricate story draws many sides of the characters. Start from the title "The Noble Heir", you expect a constancy in the main male character. Though there's a restlessness in him from page one, you see from where the author might have drawn out the word "noble" to describe Nolan. But, as the story flows, you see a desperation behind his actions; you never doubt his honesty and well intentions, especially towards Hannah, still, there's a thick layer of anxiety leading to his decisions. Another layered character is the Earl, Edward Fairchild. He's a character you feel as if you should hate; however, there's also a tickle to more than we've been given behind his motives.Nolan Price is being bullied into an inheritance he hasn't asked for, one that will change his dreams and plans for the future. Edward has just found out he has an heir, who is giving a deja vu sense to the earl because of a romance with a maid. Nevertheless, Edward is determined to transform Nolan into the ideal heir, and Nolan agrees to tolerate all the shenanigans involving high society clothing, parties, and manners if it will guarantee a better future for Hannah and her sister. However, there's much going on behind his back than he can imagine. Hence, the underlined question is who Nolan wants to be? Can this first not-welcomed situation become an area of vocation and stewardship for Nolan?As for Edward, his actions and good intentions might be misplaced and cause more pain than promote bonding between father and son, but until when will he be able to bend and push Nolan around and treat Hannah with crudeness without harming any chances of a relationship? And will Nolan and Hannah find out his manipulation in time to not fall into despair, not lose faith, and believe in possibilities beyond our understanding?Susan Anne Mason did a fantastic job with the Victorian setting, contrasting the downstairs and upstairs realities. And where will Nolan and Hannah fit in in such a setting? Definitely through a foundation based on grace, sprinkled with forgiveness and rooted in faith.*many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    What would you do if you learned a family secret upon your mother's deathbed? How would it change your life? What path will Nolan choose; forfeit the aristocracy for love, or take his place beside his father? These are the questions that haunt him after he learned he was rightful heir to Stainsby Hall. All his life he yearned to know who his real father was. Once he found out, he's not so sure the secret should have come to light. Loving Hannah with a fierce love, they secretly wed against his f What would you do if you learned a family secret upon your mother's deathbed? How would it change your life? What path will Nolan choose; forfeit the aristocracy for love, or take his place beside his father? These are the questions that haunt him after he learned he was rightful heir to Stainsby Hall. All his life he yearned to know who his real father was. Once he found out, he's not so sure the secret should have come to light. Loving Hannah with a fierce love, they secretly wed against his father's wishes but things don't go the way he's dreamed they would. How can he stay true to her while also forging a bond with a father he never knew he had? I loved this story so much! It shows the determination of a man to know who he really is all while balancing the love of a good woman. Nolan is a man of honor, one who keeps his promises no matter what. He's dealing with the grief of losing the only mother he knew and trying to find his place in a world he knows nothing about. Things start stacking against him, chaffing him to the core. It's in these times that the fire purifies a person! Once he makes his mind up, and with the prodding of his lifelong blacksmith friend, he realizes maybe God has a bigger plan for him. I loved Hannah, she's a woman wise beyond her young years. She struggles with feeling unloved and unworthy to those around her & to God. It takes the convincing of an aunt she never knew to show her that she is both valued and treasured. So many things keep these two apart, but their reunion in the end makes it all the worthwhile! I also loved seeing the redemption of Edward Fairchild—Lord Stainsby. He was a fun character to see change as time went on. The story drew me from the very first page and I was loathe to put it down when real life interrupted. There are many layers that kept my nose glued to the pages, characters that felt real & scenery I could picture in my mind. Lastly, I learned that this was in part, pieces of a real life account of Susan Anne Mason's own family history! That made it even better in my mind. Be sure to read the “Letters to the Reader” in the back of the book to find out more. It's a fascinating story! Favorite lines:Nolan's mom to him: “Promise you'll let go of your anger. Don't blame God for taking me. His will is beyond our understanding, but perfect in its execution. Don't let it shake your faith.” ~pg. 44Aunt Iris to Hannah: “ I hope you also know that your heavenly Father love you unconditionally and without limit. You are a treasured child of God, most worthy of all goodness that comes into your life. And definitely worthy of a fine man like Nolan.” ~pg. 262* I was provided with a complimentary copy by Bethany House Publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review, all opinions are my own. *
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  • Maddy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book overall. :D I can definitely see some of the romance being too much for some, but otherwise I’d recommend it. Full review to come.
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I so enjoyed this read! It hooked me, and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters in this read. They were so well done. Besides the fact it’s historical, my favorite part was the plot line was more original than many books I have read. I don’t summarize books...just give a glimpse of why I liked a read...mostly so those that read this will go get a copy of their own! :)The story, characters, and faith theme all wove a tremendous read that I enjoyed. It will have a place on my f I so enjoyed this read! It hooked me, and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters in this read. They were so well done. Besides the fact it’s historical, my favorite part was the plot line was more original than many books I have read. I don’t summarize books...just give a glimpse of why I liked a read...mostly so those that read this will go get a copy of their own! :)The story, characters, and faith theme all wove a tremendous read that I enjoyed. It will have a place on my forever shelves! This book has a great cover, and what’s inside is even better! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    I think I squealed when I saw this in the bookstore and my heart did a little happy dance but I played it uber cool as I made my purchase. That lasted until I got out the door whereupon I skippedy-dooed my way to the bus stop and pulled out A Most Noble Heir and commenced reading. And missed my bus but I didn't even care because, well, I had a new book friend to pass the time with until the next one came. And my, did that cover get a lot of comments from fellow passengers once I finally settled I think I squealed when I saw this in the bookstore and my heart did a little happy dance but I played it uber cool as I made my purchase. That lasted until I got out the door whereupon I skippedy-dooed my way to the bus stop and pulled out A Most Noble Heir and commenced reading. And missed my bus but I didn't even care because, well, I had a new book friend to pass the time with until the next one came. And my, did that cover get a lot of comments from fellow passengers once I finally settled myself on a bus! Because, really, what is not to love about that cover?! Blissful sigh. But, trust me, it's worth pulling your eyes away from that image so you can start devouring Nolan's story.And this is where it gets hard to review because I don't want to give anything away so forgive me for being rather vague. Let's just say this plot is quite different from what I usually see in historical romance. Mason does an amazing job of creating an emotionally tumultuous love story that kept me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning.Nolan is a man of integrity. He's also a dreamer and isn't afraid of working hard to make those dreams a reality. But those plans go awry when he discovers the identity of the father he never knew. Be prepared for repeated sucker punches as the plot thickens and chaos reigns for a time. And sweet Hannah is caught up in it all. As will every reader who loses herself in this timeless love story.As Nolan and Hannah grapple with faith and family and finding the courage to face both head on they discover a deeper meaning to life...and love. And that leads these characters (and the reader) on an unforgettable journey toward a well deserved happily ever after.Oh -- and back to that cover!!!! It has embossed lettering!!!! Squeallll!!!! I can't even...I'm going in for another book hug.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this book made me smile, from rags to riches, or from stable boy to nobility, a Cinderella type of a story, picked my interest.A boy whom we soon find out was raised by his aunt and did not know whom his father was, and wow when the facts unfold, a déjà vu moment is about to unfold.The author has placed us in England at a manor estate back in the 1880s’s, and we see the separation of the classes, one is superior to the other, but we also see compassion and love.Will a father accep The premise of this book made me smile, from rags to riches, or from stable boy to nobility, a Cinderella type of a story, picked my interest.A boy whom we soon find out was raised by his aunt and did not know whom his father was, and wow when the facts unfold, a déjà vu moment is about to unfold.The author has placed us in England at a manor estate back in the 1880s’s, and we see the separation of the classes, one is superior to the other, but we also see compassion and love.Will a father accept a commoner for his son, and if he doesn’t the consequences look to be horrendous, and will the son bend to the will of the father?There is also a lot of greed going on and we wonder if all will survive to the end of the book. On a happier note, there is some good clean romance, and a sweet baby that may be the answer for this family.I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic plot. An amazing cast. Upstairs, downstairs. Poverty, wealth. Bad guys, heroes. This book has it all. It begins with the simple love story of two of the staff of Stainsby Hall, England. They've known each other since they were teenagers, and have always planned to marry. Hannah & Nolan, have plans. He has saved and negotiated for a small farm nearby and soon their dreams will be realized. Until those dreams are suddenly shattered by a revelation that will rock their entire existenc Fantastic plot. An amazing cast. Upstairs, downstairs. Poverty, wealth. Bad guys, heroes. This book has it all. It begins with the simple love story of two of the staff of Stainsby Hall, England. They've known each other since they were teenagers, and have always planned to marry. Hannah & Nolan, have plans. He has saved and negotiated for a small farm nearby and soon their dreams will be realized. Until those dreams are suddenly shattered by a revelation that will rock their entire existence. Nolan has known that the woman who raised him was not his birth mother, but his mother's sister. His mother died during his own birth, and his mother's sister has loved him and cared for him as if he was her own. But she is seriously ill and one night as death is imminent she shares a secret with not only him, but the Earl of Stainsby himself. With everything they know turning in motion, Nolan persuades Hannah to marry in secret and as fast as they can. While you can appreciate that neither of them really have a clue to the depth of the challenge ahead - they are not helped at all by those who should take are care, and don't. I spent most of the book utterly annoyed and frustrated with Edward Fairchild. The Earl, has even 'been here before' and is acting in what I see as thoroughly hypocritical manner. Using his advantage against them, he deceives Nolan in the worst way. Desperation to find any way possible to secure an alternate heir to the estate than the despicable Orville, Edward doesn't have a single ounce of compassion or care as he manipulates Nolan to his selfish intentions. Hannah seems to be the one that will suffer the most. Nolan frustrated me many times too. He tends to flip flop between devoted & loyal - to distant and careless. Then we have the introduction to Iris, the Duchess of Hartford and it injects an extra element into this story that I loved so much. Nothing is one dimensional about this plot at all. Its clever, it will have you feeling all kinds of things about the characters. You'll want to bash the very book over the heads of some of them! So many twists and turns. With a big hurrah when one of them finally sees the light! The book literally goes out with a bang and I loved every single minute of it. As a bonus, the author will tell you about how Stainsby is a real place, that this story is based on the true story of her own ancestors, and you can even google it and check it out. Thanks to Netgalley & Bethany House for the eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsA 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, 4.5 starsA 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)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason is a book set in Devonshire, England in 1884.Susan Anne Mason transports you back to Regency, England and a story about a lowly stable hand who is suddenly thrust into the aristocracy.Nolan Price works with horses at Stainsby Hall. Unbeknownst to him, the owner is his father, Edward Fairchild. The Earl always thought that the child of his first wife died along with her in childbirth. Nolan is smitten with Hannah Burnham, one of the maids at the Hall and is p A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason is a book set in Devonshire, England in 1884.Susan Anne Mason transports you back to Regency, England and a story about a lowly stable hand who is suddenly thrust into the aristocracy.Nolan Price works with horses at Stainsby Hall. Unbeknownst to him, the owner is his father, Edward Fairchild. The Earl always thought that the child of his first wife died along with her in childbirth. Nolan is smitten with Hannah Burnham, one of the maids at the Hall and is planning a future with her. But all their plans are upset when Nolan’s dying mother reveals that his father is none other than his employer, the Earl.Will Nolan be able to learn the ways of the nobility and be accepted by his father and his father’s family? Will he be able to wed the lovely Hannah? What obstacles will the Earl put in their way? And who will come to their aid? Their trust in God to work all things for good will be sorely tested, as well as their trust in eachother. Can they each move past the misconceptions of self worth to view themselves as beloved children of God? Susan Anne Mason spins a believable tale that holds some surprises. She shows human nature in an interesting way. And she draws her secondary characters admirably. Something fascinating about the story is that it is a scenario based on the real ancestors of the author. This imaginative novel combines history with a well written plot. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    "Lord, I don't know how much more I can take. First my mother, and now this? What is it you want from me?'Nolan Price works as a groomsman on the estate of the Earl of Stainsby and he is content with his life and loving Hannah Burnham, a kitchen maid on the same estate. Nolan plans to buy a small farm and marry Hannah very soon. Then his plans are shattered when his dying mother had kept a secret from him all his life and he is the Earl of Stainsby's son. The only male heir, in fact. And as such "Lord, I don't know how much more I can take. First my mother, and now this? What is it you want from me?'Nolan Price works as a groomsman on the estate of the Earl of Stainsby and he is content with his life and loving Hannah Burnham, a kitchen maid on the same estate. Nolan plans to buy a small farm and marry Hannah very soon. Then his plans are shattered when his dying mother had kept a secret from him all his life and he is the Earl of Stainsby's son. The only male heir, in fact. And as such, Nolan will be forbidden to marry Hannah.Nolan decides to elope with Hannah and buy the farm anyway, thinking that the earl will have no choice but to accept him. Nolan must learn the ways of the aristocracy and tries hard to meet the demands of his overbearing father, while at the same time trying to be the husband Hannah needs and wants. Both Hannah and Nolan are trusting God to intervene in their situation, but they are met with nothing but heartache at every turn.Things do not come easy and the young couple meet with difficulties at every turn, everything seeming to work to keep them apart, it seems. Only a miracle can keep them together as Nolan's new life does not seem to have room for his wife. Susan Anne Mason has gone above and beyond with this one. I was drawn into the story from the first page and had a difficult time tearing myself away from it at all! The characters are fleshed out so well that they become part of your heart as well. Even the secondary characters are well done. I enjoyed every single minute of this book and look forward to more from this author.*I thank the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not under any pressure to leave a review. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    When I started the book I was immediately caught up in the story and was loving it. However that didn't last too long, maybe at most 35%, before I started to feel annoyed with Hannah as well as finding the behaviors of others strange for that time period or just in general. I don't want it to seem like I hated the book, I didn't. It just was that for several parts I was shaking my head or rolling my eyes, because it was just so ridiculous or too modern feeling for this time. The ending was obvio When I started the book I was immediately caught up in the story and was loving it. However that didn't last too long, maybe at most 35%, before I started to feel annoyed with Hannah as well as finding the behaviors of others strange for that time period or just in general. I don't want it to seem like I hated the book, I didn't. It just was that for several parts I was shaking my head or rolling my eyes, because it was just so ridiculous or too modern feeling for this time. The ending was obvious and slapdash in its execution.All in all, this was an okay story but not one I'd recommend.2.5 stars
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy the Courage to Dream series by Susan Anne Mason, and I was excited when I heard that Mason had created another novel, A Most Noble Heir. With a historical romance, I expected a historical setting filled with life in the past and characters who interact with each other in that time period. With A Most Noble Heir, I was taken back to the late nineteenth century and enjoyed my time with these characters.The writing jumped from the pages. Mason does a great job at using Deep Point of View a I enjoy the Courage to Dream series by Susan Anne Mason, and I was excited when I heard that Mason had created another novel, A Most Noble Heir. With a historical romance, I expected a historical setting filled with life in the past and characters who interact with each other in that time period. With A Most Noble Heir, I was taken back to the late nineteenth century and enjoyed my time with these characters.The writing jumped from the pages. Mason does a great job at using Deep Point of View and allowing me to really experience the movement and internal thoughts of each individual character. Mason does a great job at creating the setting and allowing me to really see the setting. I could imagine the two mansions and adore all the marvelous settings.The heroine and hero are different than most wealthy heroine and heroes in stories. Nolan doesn't find out he's an heir to a great fortune until the beginning of the book or around his twenty-first birthday. Nolan is an admirable character who actually makes me swoon a couple of times at the strong love he has for Hannah, and his willingness to give away all his new found fortune in order to be with Hannah, a kitchen maid. Hannah is a strong woman who loves Nolan and gives him the chance to decide if he really wants to give up everything for her. Both characters have a deep faith in God, and they don't change their faith in God for anything.The plot was different. I have read a number of stories where the characters discover they have money, but they have a hard time adjusting to this new found life. In The Most Noble Heir, Nolan does everything with the plan to keep Hannah as his wife. No matter the cost. The plot moved quickly and kept my attention riveted to the story. I really enjoyed the story and can't wait to see what else Mason creates.Overall, A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason is a delightful unique story with amazing characters and a wonderful setting for a romance story. Fans of Mason's other works or Lorna Seilstad works will enjoy this novel.I received a complimentary copy of A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsA MOST NOBLE HEIR is a sweet story about a man who is torn between the desire to finally know his father and his original plans, which includes the one he loves. Moments of faith are woven through the story as he struggles to come to terms with his future and what exactly that future will hold. The characters are easily likable and the setting makes for a perfect backdrop for this story. An overall enjoyable read!This story took a little bit of time to grow on me. I liked the beginning, 3.5 starsA MOST NOBLE HEIR is a sweet story about a man who is torn between the desire to finally know his father and his original plans, which includes the one he loves. Moments of faith are woven through the story as he struggles to come to terms with his future and what exactly that future will hold. The characters are easily likable and the setting makes for a perfect backdrop for this story. An overall enjoyable read!This story took a little bit of time to grow on me. I liked the beginning, but it didn't necessarily pull me in or make me want to find out how these characters' story would unfold. The characters were all likable and the plot worked, there just was something missing. However, the story did improve and the characters grew on me. I especially adored Hannah's aunt. I enjoyed seeing such a strong clash between the upper and lower classes and how Nolan had to navigate between the two as he moves from a lowly stable hand to a titled aristocrat. Even stronger was his struggle with his faith and with finding a way to hold on to the love he desired against all that opposed it. For those who love drama and danger, there is plenty of that in the second half of the book with a climatic ending that resolves sweetly. All the loose ends were tied up nicely, maybe a little too nicely for my taste.In the end, was it what I wished for? A story that started slow, but finished well with plenty of twists and a sweet romance, making for a satisfying and uplifting story overall.Content: Some adult subject matter and situations, but clean.Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
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  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    January 1, 1970
    Her best book yet!I'll admit it took me awhile to get into this story. I'm not really sure why, but for quite a few chapters I wasn't sure I was going to love it. Then something clicked and I was totally hooked. I was really impressed with the versatility of Mason's writing in this book. Becasue it included so much more than what you traditionally find in a historical novel. The romance was wonderful. Like her best yet! And I loved that there were elements of suspense too! Mason is also known fo Her best book yet!I'll admit it took me awhile to get into this story. I'm not really sure why, but for quite a few chapters I wasn't sure I was going to love it. Then something clicked and I was totally hooked. I was really impressed with the versatility of Mason's writing in this book. Becasue it included so much more than what you traditionally find in a historical novel. The romance was wonderful. Like her best yet! And I loved that there were elements of suspense too! Mason is also known for her spirituality and it was evident in this one as well. I love how often prayer was suggested and talked about.I really loved the family relationships in this book. Not all of them were perfect, but I loved the realistic portrayal of real life. I also loved watching the families and their relationships evolve throughout the book. This book had some unique conflict due to aristocracy (something I've never understood!) and it made for a great read.But let's go back to the romance for a bit. I LOVED it! I really loved the relationship in this story (and the side relationship too!) because it was just so down to earth. It was filled with mistakes which probably made me love it more. But the true love and passion that came through the pages was so great!All in all, this latest book from Mason is her best yet! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House. This is my honest review.
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  • Tiffany Jones
    January 1, 1970
    **FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.**Stable hand, Nolan Price, has always wondered about the identity of his father but he never dreamed of what a shock it would be or how much his life would change when he found out. He gets the answer he’s been seeking when his dying mother reveals that he’s actually the son of Lord Stainsby, the Earl they’ **FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.**Stable hand, Nolan Price, has always wondered about the identity of his father but he never dreamed of what a shock it would be or how much his life would change when he found out. He gets the answer he’s been seeking when his dying mother reveals that he’s actually the son of Lord Stainsby, the Earl they’ve both been working for. All of a sudden, his entire life and everything he’s planned and dreamed of for himself are shattered , including his plans for a future with kitchen maid, Hannah Burnham, as his wife. Once he’s officially recognized as the Earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry below his station. Refusing to give up on the woman that he loves, he comes up with a plan for them to elope, convinced that once they’re married and their marriage is sanctioned by God, that Lord Stainsby will have no choice but to accept their union. As Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy and his new station in life, he finds himself caught in the middle between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations. It seems like at every turn, circumstances are keeping Nolan and Hannah apart and pushing them further and further away from a solution that keeps them together. With all the challenges they’re facing, it seems like only a miracle will keep them together. I really enjoyed reading this sweet story. I found the characters to be incredibly well written, and most of them were so lovable! Nolan was so honorable in how he was trying to honor his promises to everyone, and as he worked so hard to get to know his new family, even when they didn’t want to include him. He was a lot more forgiving than a lot of people would be and didn’t let the difficulties thrown at him make him bitter and resentful. Hannah was an absolute sweetheart who was a stabilizing presence that really helped pull the family together. I particularly enjoyed Iris and her entire outlook on life and family. I also loved how Nolan and Hannah, as well as many of the other characters, relied on their faith to strengthen themselves as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. I really enjoyed every moment of this book and I hope that it will be the beginning of a series, because I’d really love to read more about this wonderful family!
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Susan Anne Mason’s Irish Meadows series and eagerly awaited this new release. A Most Noble Heir exceeded every expectation I had, however, and vaulted this book and author into position as one of my favorites!I like complex—at least in fiction. Complex storylines, characters, and motivations add depth and interest to any story. This book gives the reader plenty to think about, but also lots of unique facets, too. The cover art, which features Nolan rather than Hannah, is differe I really enjoyed Susan Anne Mason’s Irish Meadows series and eagerly awaited this new release. A Most Noble Heir exceeded every expectation I had, however, and vaulted this book and author into position as one of my favorites!I like complex—at least in fiction. Complex storylines, characters, and motivations add depth and interest to any story. This book gives the reader plenty to think about, but also lots of unique facets, too. The cover art, which features Nolan rather than Hannah, is different, but that is merely a hint of what’s inside. Several of the plot lines have minor twists to make the story fresh and I love how the author brought real events from her own family history to life in this book.Each of the characters, main and secondary, is on a journey of discovery. Revealed identities, family secrets, understanding others better, learning to trust God, and even realizing their own value are only a few things that the characters take in as the story progresses. And while I enjoyed Nolan and Hannah’s story, it was really a secondary character’s metamorphosis that captured my imagination and made my heart happiest. The spiritual content is excellent, with a focus on prayer and on how pride can destroy relationships; I loved that it looks different from one character to another, even when the root issue is the same. While they aren’t perfect, their struggles are realistic, which speaks to me more than when an individual is portrayed as having everything together from the start. This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend for older teens and up due to some of the more difficult subject matter. I rooted for the characters, some of whom surprised me before the book was finished, and thoroughly immersed myself in the book’s world from the start. Those who enjoy deep historical romance will not be disappointed with this novel!I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • C.M.
    January 1, 1970
    The plot of Most Noble Heir is solid and very character driven, with a lot of very distinct and interesting personalities. I really felt for Nolan, poor guy got way more of a mess than he bargained for. His Mother dropped quite the bombshell at her passing.That part was probably the hardest part of the story for me to swallow. Everyone seemed to think that she was the sweetest and most caring lady, and she never told the Earl about his son for good reason. Yet at her death, she not only tells No The plot of Most Noble Heir is solid and very character driven, with a lot of very distinct and interesting personalities. I really felt for Nolan, poor guy got way more of a mess than he bargained for. His Mother dropped quite the bombshell at her passing.That part was probably the hardest part of the story for me to swallow. Everyone seemed to think that she was the sweetest and most caring lady, and she never told the Earl about his son for good reason. Yet at her death, she not only tells Nolan the truth, but also the Earl. By doing so she effectively ripped the rug out from under her son, knowing full well that if the Earl accepted him he would never be allowed to have the girl he loved or the life he had hoped for. Why would she do that?It would have been more in line with how she was described if she had only told Nolan the truth and allowed him to do what he felt was right with the info, whether that meant accepting it or burying it. There was no need to tell the Earl and effectively come near to destroying her son's life.Nolan, though a bit hot tempered and impulsive at times, had his heart in the right place, and he truly cared for his wife. He showed an incredible amount of restraint when dealing with his father. I kept waiting for the moment when he would finally lose it and punch the man out. I was almost disappointed when he didn't. That man seriously deserved it! What a jerk.Hannah, I never grew very fond of. Her self esteem and abandonment issues were understandable, but she gave up so easily and brushed aside.... To see the full review and safety ratings, check out my book blog:https://embersreviews.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Rebekah Gyger
    January 1, 1970
    Something I am always looking to read is a romance with a couple who marries for love in or near the beginning of the book. It occurs far too infrequently in my opinion, so I was pleased to learn that was the case in this novel. And though this took away the will-they-wont-they tension which is very nearly a hallmark of the genre, it was still a nice change of pace to find conflict originating elsewhere.In this case, the tension was meant to come from the difference in social class and obligatio Something I am always looking to read is a romance with a couple who marries for love in or near the beginning of the book. It occurs far too infrequently in my opinion, so I was pleased to learn that was the case in this novel. And though this took away the will-they-wont-they tension which is very nearly a hallmark of the genre, it was still a nice change of pace to find conflict originating elsewhere.In this case, the tension was meant to come from the difference in social class and obligation. However, the story itself shows little of that society, instead relying on Edward's (Nolan's father) word as to what society would think of Nolan and Hannah's marriage. And though this is historically accurate, that fact did not pay off as well as it should have in the book, instead casting Edward as the sole obstacle to their relationship. Which in turn made Edward an unlikeable character even toward the end.This created a conundrum for me, as I enjoyed the romance and relationship between Nolan and Hannah while also being frustrated with the source of tension in the novel. Ultimately, I felt that the story would have been better if we had at least seen a hint of Edward's fears for his son becoming a reality. Those fears being that the aristocracy would reject Nolan and his servant-wife, the pressure of which would break Hannah's spirit and ruin the Fairchild legacy. Without seeing that, the story was sweet but with a conflict which was weak and unfounded. And this disappointed me, as I was simply unable to relate at that point to the characters.I have provided an honest review after having received a copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Nolan Price had humble beginnings, and he had plans for his future. Plans that included purchasing a small farm, marrying Hannah, and creating a simple life. All of that changed with his mother's death-bed confession of his paternity, and the snowball effect that information had on his life.This "up-stairs, down-stairs" kind of romance had me eagerly turning pages to find out how the story would all work out. I didn't want to put this book down and stayed up late into the night enveloped in the Nolan Price had humble beginnings, and he had plans for his future. Plans that included purchasing a small farm, marrying Hannah, and creating a simple life. All of that changed with his mother's death-bed confession of his paternity, and the snowball effect that information had on his life.This "up-stairs, down-stairs" kind of romance had me eagerly turning pages to find out how the story would all work out. I didn't want to put this book down and stayed up late into the night enveloped in the lives of these dynamic characters. I fell in love with these characters. My heart ached for their struggles and cheered with their success. I loved the character growth and strong threads of faith seamlessly woven throughout the story.It's not often that the majority of the story is after the hero and heroine are married, and this makes the story all that more poignant. It is the perfect reminder that love may start out with the butterflies and all the feels, but love isn't just about feelings. Ultimately love is a choice. A decision to give unconditionally to another person, without thought for what you might receive in return.This heartfelt, emotional story is one that you won't want to miss out on. I give it 4 stars and I hope that you get the chance to pick up a copy to enjoy for yourself.(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Most Noble Heir is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. I love love love Nolan. He is one of those characters that a reader wants to root for all the way to the end. The story has some great elements to it, that includes, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. I had no way of predicting how it was going to end, which makes a perfect page turner for me.I highly recommend A Most Noble Heir and give it a well-deserved 5+ stars.I received this book from the author, but was not requi A Most Noble Heir is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. I love love love Nolan. He is one of those characters that a reader wants to root for all the way to the end. The story has some great elements to it, that includes, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. I had no way of predicting how it was going to end, which makes a perfect page turner for me.I highly recommend A Most Noble Heir and give it a well-deserved 5+ stars.I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Cheryl Baranski
    January 1, 1970
    A Most Noble Heir is a wonderful work of historical fiction by Susan Anne Mason. Susan has written yet another story that is so captivating that you won’t want to put the book down until the very end. I felt as though I was living the story out with these characters. Will true love stand the test of time? This story is filled with love, heartache, pain and so much more. I am so looking forward to reading the next book by Susan. Be sure to get your copy of A Most Noble Heir today.5 stars
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  • Elaine Manders
    January 1, 1970
    This book will take you into the English aristocracy of the late nineteenth century reminiscent of Downton Abby. Susan Anne Mason has become one of my favorite authors with her memorable characters and intriguing plots.
  • Alicia Lowery
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! It was definitely different from other books in this same genre.
  • Loraine Nunley
    January 1, 1970
    In a word: Sublime. I just love the way that this author weaves such wonderful love stories with the greatest love story of all — God’s love for us. This story had romance intensified. I can’t say more without spoilers but if you like romance, you will definitely enjoy it in this book. There are sparks, swoony moments, tender moments, and great romantic tension. Great job by the author. 5+ stars. Full review at my website. I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a review In a word: Sublime. I just love the way that this author weaves such wonderful love stories with the greatest love story of all — God’s love for us. This story had romance intensified. I can’t say more without spoilers but if you like romance, you will definitely enjoy it in this book. There are sparks, swoony moments, tender moments, and great romantic tension. Great job by the author. 5+ stars. Full review at my website. I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    January 1, 1970
    •°o•:*:•.COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.•:*:• o°•I received this book in yesterday’s post (I just love saying post – don’t you?), took some time to photograph it, brew a pot of lemon-lavender tea with a sprig of rosemary and settled in with a cozy blanket at 2:10pm. I only paused to feed the kitties and whip up a speedy dinner of eggs with toast and continued reading (thank goodness for book stands!) while eating because it was that good. I finished at 10:42pm! What an enjoyable 8.5-hour read! Note to se •°o•:*:•.COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.•:*:• o°•I received this book in yesterday’s post (I just love saying post – don’t you?), took some time to photograph it, brew a pot of lemon-lavender tea with a sprig of rosemary and settled in with a cozy blanket at 2:10pm. I only paused to feed the kitties and whip up a speedy dinner of eggs with toast and continued reading (thank goodness for book stands!) while eating because it was that good. I finished at 10:42pm! What an enjoyable 8.5-hour read! Note to self: Susan’s books suck you in. Plan accordingly ;)Derbyshire, England 1884. Nolan Price is the 21-year-old stable hand at Stainsbury. He has grown to love Hannah Burnham, a kitchen maid that arrived when he was 14 and she was 13 following her mother leaving her there to work. He has finally saved enough to buy a small neighboring farm and give Hannah, her sister Molly, and his mother a better life. However, his mother has suddenly taken ill and reveals a long kept secret that he is the son of the Earl of Stainsbury whom he loathes. If he should agree to take his place among the aristocracy he will not be allowed to marry below his station. Outraged at this revelation, he decides to elope with Hannah, convincing her of his love and that it is the best way to ensure they are accepted as “one”. Hannah has always felt small, unimportant, and abandoned ever since her mother forced her into service, but kept her sister Molly. Nolan has been the one constant in her life. He is tender and kind, the man she prays with. He is her future. Edward Fairchild is shocked to find that his son is alive and further has been right under his nose all these years. His son-in-law and current heir to the estate, Orville Fairchild, is a loathsome, gambling infantile man. He makes plans to train Nolan and turn him into a proper gentleman worthy of a title and Hannah does not fit into those plans. He will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure she does not get in the way.Iris Hartford is a fantastic character! Without giving to much away; she is a breath of fresh air, tells it like it is, is gentle but commands a room and the most delightful fairy godmother type one could hope for!This story has many twists and turns as well as dangerous situations which elevate it further. Through it all, faith balances the story nicely, but not perfectly because no one is perfect in their faith. As the wise and loveable Scotsman Bert says, “Sometimes we have to hear God’s message several different ways before it finally takes root.” (smile – is that not the truth?!).Tea Moment (and there are several, yay!) She nodded and wiped her own face. “Come back to the kitchen, and I’ll make you some tea.” Like his mother, Hannah believed a cup of tea could cure anything.© 2018 Bethany House - Book available March 2, 2018364 pages Thank you to Bethany House and the lovely author for an advance copy to review. My opinion is my own and given freely. Keep updated on the author’s website, Susan Anne Mason dot netI believe this is a stand-alone book and not a series.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A Most Noble Heir (2018) by Susan Anne Mason is such a fun and engaging stand-alone novel. This story is available in all forms including eBook, and is 368 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this book took me three days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from Bethany House Publishers. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this book 4.5 STARS. A Most Noble Heir is a Christi A Most Noble Heir (2018) by Susan Anne Mason is such a fun and engaging stand-alone novel. This story is available in all forms including eBook, and is 368 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this book took me three days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from Bethany House Publishers. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this book 4.5 STARS. A Most Noble Heir is a Christian Historical Romance set in Derbyshire, England in 1884.A Most Noble Heir is a fantastic read. It's a bit Cinderella meets Beauty and the Beast. It's an upstairs-downstairs romance that kind of leaves the reader guessing. There was one twist I didn't see coming that spiked my blood pressure for a few pages. This story is definitely a page-turner that I could not put down!My favorite character in this story is Edward. Edward is Nolan's father and the formidable Earl of Stainsby. At the start of this story, I disliked Edward immensely. He is cold, forbidding, and seemingly cruel. And, he's so prideful. A few times, I wanted to slap him for Nolan's sake. In his very early 20s, something very devastating happens and it irrevocably changes the course of Edward's life. Because of this event, Edward shut down emotionally. He became austere and hard. When he is told that his stable hand is actually his son, Edward does everything in his power to try to break Nolan and mold him into his likeness. Of course, Nolan balks at Edward's treatment. It takes meeting Iris, the Duchess of Hartford, to awaken Edward to his need for love, light, humility, and God. Once Edward realizes what a dunderhead he's been, he takes the necessary steps to become a better man -- the man God wants him to be. Edward's character reminded me that I need to stay focused. God should always be my focus. When I take my eye off of God, that's when I make myself vulnerable to sin. In the saddest and the most difficult times in life, that's when I need to stay the most focused or I will end up like Edward, closed off and cold and rude.A Most Noble Heir is a really fun read that I recommend. The characters are very well written, the plot is highly engaging, and themes are timely. It's also fun to note that this story is based off of Susan Anne Mason's great-great grandparents. What a fun way for Susan to learn about her ancestry! If you are looking for a well-written and well-researched historical novel to escape into, then I recommend purchasing a copy of this book today. You are in for a treat!To see my full review + giveaway opportunities (beginning Saturday, 3-24-18), go to https://christianfictiongirl.blog.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A Most Noble Heir (titles like these need to disappear. Overused and unoriginal) is an interesting historical romance. It doesn’t do a whole lot to improve on old tropes, but at least the premise is interesting. Plus, it’s refreshing to read a book where the romantic interests marry at the beginning of the book. Even though Nolan and Hannah go over a lot of familiar ground in terms of romantic tropes, the way it’s framed makes it appear as if it’s fresh and new. I would have preferred actually f A Most Noble Heir (titles like these need to disappear. Overused and unoriginal) is an interesting historical romance. It doesn’t do a whole lot to improve on old tropes, but at least the premise is interesting. Plus, it’s refreshing to read a book where the romantic interests marry at the beginning of the book. Even though Nolan and Hannah go over a lot of familiar ground in terms of romantic tropes, the way it’s framed makes it appear as if it’s fresh and new. I would have preferred actually fresh and new, but it was a pleasanter romance to read since they got married early on. I just wish there had been a bit less convenience in terms of Hannah’s station and slightly more tension (Nolan always thinks about the class divide between them and how it will affect their social standing, but it is never voiced nor noticed by anyone else, making his worries seem pointless. Plus, Iris showing up means that the point is moot—not that anyone actually seemed to care).I really enjoyed the development of Nolan’s relationship with his father, though I wish it had been less jerky in terms of pace. Since we never actually see Nolan’s “aristocracy lessons,” the only glimpses of him with his father we get are when they are fighting, so the reader has to fill in the gaps for himself. However, I really enjoyed the scenes from Edward’s point of view (Nolan is a bit of a bland character), and they did a much better job of showing the development of the father-son relationship than Nolan’s did.Nolan is a bland, forgettable character (and hardly noble, as the title suggests), but Hannah is secretly my kindred spirit. Her struggles in the novel, especially the ones revealed closer to the end of the book in regard to her own perception of herself, are similar to things I have felt in the past, and having those addressed in the book helped me just as they helped Hannah. She’s a bland character, too, when I look past the parts in the book that really connected me to her (the only non-bland characters are Edward and Iris, and Iris goes too far in the other direction), but she’s definitely a character I’ll remember.A Most Noble Heir does strive to reinvent old tropes, and ends up doing it somewhat, but there’s still too much reliance on cliché, predictable romantic tropes. The characters are bland and boring, except for Edward and moments from Hannah, and many of the concerns that drive the tension of the plot seem flimsy and weak when compared with what Mason has shown us. It’s an intriguing premise, but it falls on its face one too many times.Disclaimer: Book provided by publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: A Most Noble Heir (A Novel)Author: Susan Anne MasonPages: 368Year: 2018Publisher: BethanyMy rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.Have you ever read a book where you felt you knew how it was going to end, but read on because how it would happen really captured the imagination? Well, for me, this book did just that! What really cemented the book as a treasure to me was reading the letter to readers by the author after finishing the tale. The story is set in England in the late 1800s where a young st Title: A Most Noble Heir (A Novel)Author: Susan Anne MasonPages: 368Year: 2018Publisher: BethanyMy rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.Have you ever read a book where you felt you knew how it was going to end, but read on because how it would happen really captured the imagination? Well, for me, this book did just that! What really cemented the book as a treasure to me was reading the letter to readers by the author after finishing the tale. The story is set in England in the late 1800s where a young stable hand named Nolan Price is about to have his life turned about by the unexpected!Another main character is Hannah who works in the kitchen and has been in love with Nolan since they were both 14 years of age. However, relationships between house staff were not encouraged. In fact, both Nolan and Hannah could have lost their positions had they been found together. What begins to turn Nolan’s world upside down is the secret his mother reveals to him and the Earl of Stainsby before her last breath.The long-withheld truth sends both Nolan and the Earl on a path that will either forge them to become better men or tear their hearts out even more than life has already done. These two men aren’t the only two who are impacted by the secret being revealed, but Hannah and a host of others readers will meet as they turn the pages of the novel long into the night.I really was easily captured by the story as it reveals the heart of Nolan, Hannah and the Earl along with some unique background players. Each time I started reading I couldn’t wait to find out how the action, adventure, intrigue, and the highly climactic ending were going to play out. Susan Mason writes from the heart that includes her knowledge gained as she researched a time that revealed aspects of life of that era.I hope readers will take advantage of reading a romantic novel with threads of faith, hope and perseverance. Consider sharing the book with family or friends, or tell them about it so they can get a copy for their own personal library.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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