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.
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 we know 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 that 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 did care 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 so many of her husband’s attempts to mend the rift that she got to be slightly frustrating. Thank goodness for the Duchess Iris.
The Duchess was a corker, brushing aside social convention at most every opportunity and happily dosing everyone in the vicinity with the wisdom and advice they so desperately needed, even if they didn’t want it. She gave our main couple much of the advice that many of us readers have been wishing we could
scream at, I mean, tell many of the characters we read about in romance novels. Without that lady, chances are the happy ending wouldn’t have happened.
Most Noble Heir has been my first foray into Susan Anne Mason’s writing, and if this is an example of her usual fare, I think I will be coming back to try again.
*** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a positive review.***
My Rating: Four and a half Flames
Romance: clean. One villain does attempt to attack a female character.
Drinking/Drugs: Moderate usage of alcohol. Once character does become slightly drunk.
Blood/violence: mild violence. a shooting and some fistfights. no blood
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