They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and that is certainly true for the hero of Kristi Ann Hunter’s latest Regency inspirational romance novel An Uncommon Courtship. One meal in particular holds the key to his affection.
Lord Trent Hawthorn was convinced that breakfast was one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. What better way to celebrate the Lord’s new mercies and fresh beginnings than rejoicing in the day’s new opportunities by eating a crispy rasher of bacon?
Amiable, affable Trent (younger brother to the Duke of Riverton) finds his life turned upside down by what he discovers in the ruins on his brother’s property. Expecting trouble he encounters instead a young lady of quality, Lady Adelaide Bell, hunting for mushrooms. Thanks to a faulty floor (which breaks and plunges them into an inescapable basement) and an isolated location, the two find themselves spending a very uncomfortable night in the abandoned building with nothing but mushrooms to eat. While the proprieties had been observed and the two hardly interacted, Trent knows none of that matters. They were discovered and rescued and the whole village knows of their escapade. Realizing that Adelaide’s reputation is on the brink of ruin, Trent offers marriage, it is gratefully accepted and shortly thereafter they find themselves wed. It is an alliance of complete strangers.