My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Free on Amazon Kindle
Genre: Christian Regency Romace
Book Description: Miss Amelia Stalwood may live in London at her absent guardian's townhouse, but she's never actually met any nobility, and instead of aristocrats, her closest friends are servants. Quite by happenstance, she's introduced to the Hawthorne family and their close family friend, Anthony, the reformed marquis of Raeburn. They welcome her into their world, but just as she's beginning to gain some confidence and even suspect she may have caught Anthony's eye, she's blindsided by an unexpected twist in her situation accompanied by nasty rumors. Will she lose her reputation when the world that has only just accepted her turns its back on her, or will she rest in the support of the friends who've become like family and the man who's shared his faith and captured her heart?
A Lady of Esteem is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Kristi Ann Hunter's new Regency romance series about the aristocratic Hawthorne family! Includes an extended excerpt of Kristi's debut full-length novel, A Noble Masquerade.
My thoughts: I recently finished reading An Elegant Façade, a full length novel that share characters with this novella. I was excited when I found this story of two characters that I really enjoyed, the best part is that it was FREE for Amazon kindle.
This story is 159 pages. I felt like I was reading a full novel. Miss Amelia is an amazing character. She has been through many hard thing and comes out as the kindest, most tenderhearted person in London. (Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but she is amazing.) Her demeanor and kindness is spread through all social classes. She treats servants and gentry the same.
Anthony is a man who has a colorful past. He was once considered a rake, but has since found religion and forgiveness. His attraction to Amelia is instant and he can't get her out of his head. He feels unworthy of her. He is a man of honor.
This novella moved at a quick pace. The characters were developed and the plot well thought out. Kristi Ann Hunter is an author that I will continue to seek out. Now I need to read the book that comes between the two that I have read in this series, A Noble Masquerade.
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