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A MOST NOBLE HEIR by Susan Anne Mason, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

What would you do if you learned a family secret upon your mother's deathbed? How would it change your life? What path will Nolan choose; forfeit the aristocracy for love, or take his place beside his father? These are the questions that haunt him after he learned he was rightful heir to Stainsby Hall. All his life he yearned to know who his real father was. Once he found out, he's not so sure the secret should have come to light. Loving Hannah with a fierce love, they secretly wed against his father's wishes but things don't go the way he's dreamed they would. How can he stay true to her while also forging a bond with a father he never knew he had?

I loved this story so much! It shows the determination of a man to know who he really is all while balancing the love of a good woman. Nolan is a man of honor, one who keeps his promises no matter what. He's dealing with the grief of losing the only mother he knew and trying to find his place in a world he knows nothing about. Things start stacking against him, chaffing him to the core. It's in these times that the fire purifies a person! Once he makes his mind up, and with the prodding of his lifelong blacksmith friend, he realizes maybe God has a bigger plan for him. 

loved Hannah, she's a woman wise beyond her young years. She struggles with feeling unloved and unworthy to those around her, and; to God. It takes the convincing of an aunt she never knew to show her that she is both valued and treasured. So many things keep these two apart, but their reunion in the end makes it all the worthwhile! I also loved seeing the redemption of Edward Fairchild—Lord Stainsby. He was a fun character to see change as time went on. The story drew me from the very first page and I was loathe to put it down when real life interrupted. There are many layers that kept my nose glued to the pages, characters that felt real & scenery I could picture in my mind. 

Lastly, I learned that this was in part, pieces of a real life account of Susan Anne Mason's own family history! That made it even better in my mind. Be sure to read the “Letters to the Reader” in the back of the book to find out more. It's a fascinating story!

Favorite lines:

Nolan's mom to him: “Promise you'll let go of your anger. Don't blame God for taking me. His will is beyond our understanding, but perfect in its execution. Don't let it shake your faith.” ~pg. 44

Aunt Iris to Hannah: “ I hope you also know that your heavenly Father loves you unconditionally and without limit. You are a treasured child of God, most worthy of all goodness that comes into your life. And definitely worthy of a fine man like Nolan.” ~pg. 262

Back Cover Blurb

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.

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*I was provided with a complimentary copy by Bethany House Publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review, all opinions are my own.


  1. Great review, Trixi. The story kept me guessing as to how it would all work out. I found the author’s connection interesting as well! Thanks.

  2. I love the premise of this story. I wish I'd thought of it! and the background makes is so much fun! Susan Anne Mason is just a lovely woman. I wish you could all meet her!

  3. Great review! I, too, love the premise of the story. I'm eager to read this book! Thanks, Trixi!

  4. Thank you for reminding me I need to read this. It sounds great, and I love books with male protagonists. Not enough in CF it seems. :)


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