I took January off from book reviewing, but when February rolled around and I received an email from Bethany House Publishers with the options for reviewing I decided to jump on board again.
A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason. Set to release June 6th of this year.
In terms of story line, plot, and how it’s written I was really impressed. I loved how it was inspired by the author’s (Susan) own ancestors that were servants like Nolan and Hannah were. And of course I love reading a good historical book about rags to riches, and I am definitely a sucker for hierarchy, diplomats and aristocrats.
I loved how Nolan and Hannah kept their relationship pure before marriage, his respect for Hannah being the biggest motivation to keep his distance.
I absolutely loved how they both desired to keep themselves for marriage. But then when Nolan was suddenly the future Earl to the very estate where they worked, and his father, Edward, suddenly forbid Nolan from speaking to servants – and in particular any romantic relationships he may have – well, suddenly Nolan gave Hannah the kiss he thought might never happen otherwise. And then they decided to elope. Which I found rather frustrating, actually. I guess I’m too practical. Maybe my heart was just too much into this story. I guess I would have preferred a smoother transition into marriage for them. I guess I just really liked these characters. Although that is one of the main plots of the book – how their eloping really robbed them of so many special moments and seasons for them (which really means the author did a spectacular job of making me like this couple). But then on the other hand, Edward would never have excepted Hannah as Nolan’s bride, even though he had once loved – and married – Nolan’s mother who was a servant. Nolan was actually the legitimate son of the Earl, but when Nolan’s mother was intimidated by Edward’s father, she ran away, had the baby, died in child birth, and Edward was told that the baby died as well.
So here, history was repeating itself, Edward not excepting his son’s love for a servant, when he himself was still very much in love with his wife who had passed on more than twenty years prior. And she too was a servant.
Did you follow all of that?
This story was a great depiction of forgiveness, redemption, love. And eventually Nolan and Edward became the son and father that they both desired to be. And that was proven pretty well when Nolan’s life was endanger. You see, the former heir was non to happy about Nolan’s appearance into Edward’s life. The long lost son comes in, becomes heir to everything… you can imagine this guy was non too happy. But I’ll let you read the book to find out more on that.
If I had just one piece of constructive criticism it would be to be just a bit more vague in the honeymoon scene. It certainly wasn’t indecent, but still I think it could have left just a little more to the imagination. That’s just my opinion.
I give this book a 4 out 5.
I received this book complimentary from the publisher, thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.