Historical Romance Book Review: Vying for the Viscount


About the Book

Title:  Vying for the Viscount 

Series: Hearts on the Heath (Book 1) 

Author: Kristi Ann Hunter 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers 

Release Date: August 4, 2020 

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Book Description

"For Hudson, the newly titled Viscount Stildon, moving to England from India where he was born and raised was already an arduous enough endeavor. When he learns the fate of the racing empire he inherited along with his title depends upon him getting in the good graces of another stable owner, he's even more at a loss.   


The stable at the neighboring estate has been Miss Bianca Snowley's refuge for years, and when a strange man appears to be stealing the horses, she jumps to their protection without a second thought. Upon learning Hudson is actually the new owner, she can't help but be intrigued by the area's newest eligible bachelor.  

Any thought of romance is quickly set aside, however, when Hudson proposes they work together to secure suitable spouses for each other. As their friendship grows, Hudson and Bianca begin to reconsider what they truly want in life. But will societal expectations and the weight of their responsibilities keep them from pursuing their true desires?"

My Review

With grace and beauty, author Kristi Ann Hunter has written a novel that is as charming as it engaging. Vying for the Viscount, the first book in the Hearts on the Heath series, is an historical romance that is well-written and utterly endearing. From the pastoral scene in the lovely cover art, to the appealing story contained within, Vying for the Viscount is a novel that captured my attention and kept me enthralled.  As it combines elements of history, suspense, action, faith, and romance, it reveals a uniquely satisfying Regency story.

With its stables full of horses, wide open meadows, and impressive country manors, this novel’s early 19th century English setting is captivating and very inviting. Within this setting, the well-crafted elements of plot and characterization come together artfully to create a truly enjoyable reading experience. The intriguing plot of this novel is clever and refreshingly original. The brief scenes of action and suspense are entirely satisfying and compelling. The romance is clean, genuine, and sweetly portrayed. The characters are well-developed and experience authentic growth as the story unfolds. Truly, Ms. Hunter's remarkable talent as a writer is fully displayed through her charming characters. Not only are they sympathetic in their insecurities, but they are also deeply relatable as they struggle to overcome their doubts, pursue their dreams, and develop their faith with sincerity and humility. Like a vibrant, rolling grassland stretching to the horizon, the characters and their experiences are welcoming and memorable.  

Vying for the Viscount is a story of faith, courage, perseverance, and love. With each carefully chosen word and phrase, Ms. Hunter has succeeded in composing an uplifting story that is undeniably thoughtful and meaningful. With great skill, thorough research, and heartfelt insight, Ms. Hunter has crafted an inspiring story that is entertaining and touching. I recommend it wholeheartedly to all readers.

*I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Kristi Ann Hunter 

“Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. In addition to several pre-published contests, Kristi is a Rita award winner and has also been a finalist in the INSPY, Christy, and GRW Maggie Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.” Biography from Kristi Ann Hunter’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Kristi Ann Hunter's website.


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