Wednesday, April 28, 2021

WINNING THE GENTLEMAN by Kristi Ann Hunter, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie

Kristi Hunter is one of my favorite authors. I am drawn to the Regency period and she is spot on with life in England during this time. I couldn’t be more pleased with this story. Her characters are for the most part Christian and convey those qualities in their personalities and actions. I was glad to meet up with characters from previous books. It helps me live in their world. I like that Ms. Hunter portrays the aristocrats as flawed but humble and not respecting of class distinctions. They are so kind and show Christian charity. A favorite character is Harriet, who is a take charge, no-nonsense lady of means. I’m hoping we see more of her in book three.

Hearts on the Heath
series is centered around the Regency sport of horse racing. This is where Sophia Fitzroy and Aaron Whitworth find common ground. However...” He’d never been able to understand women, but Miss Fitzroy confounded him far more than the rest of them.” Aaron has put different parts of his life into boxes in order to have some control. “His life had run smoothly until his friends had brought females into it.” Let the fun begin!

See how God works in the details in this delightful tale of romance and friendship and the promise of reconciliation.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

I give this 5 stars and a strong faith thread.

It’s always a delight to open a new Kristi Ann Hunter book and immerse myself in a delicious new historical romance tale. I know I’m in for a rollicking great time with loads of wit, humor, and fun. Winning the Gentleman is filled with old friends from previous books and new friends and experiences. I was so glad that Aaron Whitworth got his own story, and what a story it was! Hunter is a master at getting her characters into strange predicaments and then finding humorous and creative ways of resolving them. When Aaron finds himself accidentally hiring a female as a jockey for his racehorses, he gets more than he bargains for. Sophia Fitzroy is spunky, courageous, and a talented horsewoman. Aaron is a self-deprecating, honorable man trying to take control of his circumstances. What could go wrong?

“His life had become a crazy mess of unpredictability.”

This is the second book in Hunter’s Hearts on the Heath series, and I’m enjoying the series so much. I’m going to have a hard time waiting for the next tale. I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical Regency stories. It’s definitely bound for my keeper shelf. *4.5 stars  I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:

Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't take her seriously because she's a woman, but she can't pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron's guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together--against all odds?

Bethany House Publishing, April 2021
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