Review of A Most Noble Heir: Historical Fiction by Susan Anne Mason

What happens when a simple stable boy finds out he’s really a nobleman’s legitimate son? This historical novel by Susan Anne Mason follows it’s hero- Nolan- on that journey. This one looked good from the description, but I worried that it might be too predictable. I was pleasantly surprised and ended up really liking this one.

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About the Book…

From Amazon’s Description: “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.”

My Thoughts…

What I Liked…

The characters were likable and fairly well-developed. I like to have a little more inner pondering to really feel as if I get to know the characters well, but these were pretty well-developed even without much of that.  As I said earlier, I was worried that the book could be a little predictable. It wasn’t. The action moved along well, and things happened that were unexpected. Just when you were sure things were going to happen one way, something new would come along. It kept me interested.

And Not So Much…

There were gaps of time where I didn’t know what was really happening. For example, when Nolan first discovers his parentage, he promises his father four weeks and a ball to train as a nobleman and attend a ball. But then we really don’t get much information about how that went for him. Suddenly we’re at the ball (with only one major development in between). I don’t like those gaps because I feel cheated. I want to know more!
One character- I won’t spoil it- changes really dramatically in a very short time. We’re talking night and day change. Although I know people can definitely change, this was a little unbelievable. I was glad for the change. Don’t get me wrong. I just felt like there should have been more gradual lead up to the change.

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Overall, I can definitely recommend this one as a good read. It will hook you and keep you interested. You can find the book on Amazon here.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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