Kristie Ann Hunter’s “An Elegant Façade” was such a delightful read that I can’t wait to go back and read the first novel in the Hawthorne House series.

An Elegant FacadeThe novel is set in 1813 and it follows Lady Georgina Hawthorne as she embarks on her first London season.

Georgina is determined to make the best match possible as quickly as possible, fearing a scandal.

At first, I couldn’t imagine what the possible scandal would be and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to connect with the character, which is kind of a deal-breaker for me.

However, when her secret was revealed, it made a lot of sense.

I have read a lot of Christian fiction set in the Regency era and this is the first I have read that takes on a modern topic — such as a learning disability — and really breaks down what it could mean for a woman of that time to have to battle it.

The characters are wonderfully detailed, although we only are allowed to see them through Georgina and Colin McCrae’s eyes.

The spiritual message was a perfect fit for the novel, and the characters and felt extremely organic to the story, which is exactly what I hope for in Christian fiction.

One of the most enjoyable aspects was the way Hunter masterfully weaves in details of the time, such as a mention of the steel pen, which was a fairly new invention.

I gave “An Elegant Façade” five out of five stars on Goodreads.

Hunter has joined the ranks of my favorite contemporary authors with this book and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

About the author

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science, but always knew she wanted to write.

She is the author of the Hawthorne House series, and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at