Will please lovers of historical romance: "Vying for the Viscount" by Kristi Ann Hunter
about the book....
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?
If you enjoy historical novels where romance blossoms, characters buck societal norms, and awkward moments between characters will leave you smiling, then "Vying for the Viscount" is for you! The new viscount, Hudson, and his neighbour Bianca have quite the first encounter, indeed (probably NOT the welcome that Hudson was hoping for! It may have left him feeling a bit "blue"!) Each of these characters are quite likeable and I like the fact that Hudson and Bianca become friends before anything else develops, because after all, that's what a good relationship should always be based on. Readers will appreciate how both Bianca and Hudson have and are overcoming hardships in their lives, and how they find hope in what really matters, in trusting God and his goodness.
Now, being a historical novel with a simmering underlying romance, there are elements of this novel that I can't adequately rate as a male reader. There were in fact times that the novel felt a bit slow for my liking. However, my daughter assures me that she simply loved this novel and the romance that unfurls in some unexpected ways. She particularly enjoyed the horse themes of the novel as well (I'm convinced that 99 percent of the female population is enamored with horses!) She has therefore helped me settle on a rating for this book, assuring me that lovers of historical romance will definitely like "Vying for the Viscount". We together award this book a solid rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.