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A Most Noble Heir
by Susan Anne Mason
From the back cover:
Will Gaining the World Cost Him Everything He Holds Most Dear?
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 once their marriage is sanctioned by God that 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 his dreams for tomorrow and his father’s demanding expectations.
Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.
About the author:
Susan Anne Mason‘s historical novel Irish Meadows won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA as well as the Christian Retailer’s Choice Award for Debut Novel. A member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.
Our own insecurities tend to color our interpretation of our circumstances, often to our detriment. Nolan and Hannah have multiple obstacles to overcome, and they are not all external.
I loved the premise of this story. What if you learned that your very identity was a lie? Talk about a life-changing event! Add in intriguing and broken characters, and you’ve got conflict brewing. But somewhere under the chaos, God has a plan and is working, whether we acknowledge Him or not.
On the surface, A Most Noble Heir is a sweet story of two young people taking on the challenges their lives throw at them. But beneath that is a gentle reminder to consider where our identity ultimately lies, and just who has the right to determine our worth.
Travel back to the late 1800s with the stable boy and kitchen maid of Stainsby Hall, and see if A Most Noble Heir doesn’t prompt a reassessment of your own value and where it comes from. Either way, if you enjoy historical fiction involving nobility (and their servants!), you’ll enjoy the story. 🙂
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)