As many know, stories set in England tend to be my favorite, which is why I enjoyed A Most Noble Heir by Susan Ann Mason so much. However, this text is definitely a twist from the typical tale—gentleman meets lady—because it starts in the stables. Yes, I know at first that does not make much sense. How can the male protagonist of the story be a person of nobility if all he does is tend to the horses? Well my reader friends, you will have to read the book to find out. I will say though, I love the way Mason pens the journeys of both the lead male and female characters in this text, because both individuals learn more about themselves throughout their joys and strife. As they better understand their strengths and weaknesses, each will discover their purpose and role within the society they are deemed to enter.
Nolan Price has lived one particular way all his life. It is all he has ever known, and thankfully he is perfectly content in his station. Despite certain difficulties Nolan encounters, he is healthy, he has a good job, and he has found the love of his life. Nolan believes his needs are met and that there is nothing else he could ever desire—except the love of a father.
Hannah Burnham wants nothing more than to marry Nolan and to live happily ever after. Yet with everything in life, a little rain must fall, and indeed it does rain on her future and possible happiness. Everything seems perfect, after Nolan declares his love, yet deep down she knows something might occur which might ruin what they share together. Could she be wrong though? Even so, could she and Nolan face and rise above whatever life might throw at them?
I love historical fiction, because it places the reader right in the middle of a particular time period, which in turn helps the reader understand the people who lived during those days. This book exemplifies that statement, because not only will the reader recognize the troubles of the characters, but the reader will begin to fathom what it must have been like to live during these days—with all its rules and regulations. Therefore, if you enjoy historical pieces as much as I do, I highly recommend checking out this book. I hope you will enjoy getting to know the individuals and places in this novel as much as I did. Happy reading!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for my copy.
About The Book
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.
About the Author
Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.