A Most Noble Heir

A Most Noble Heir

Will gaining the world cost him everything he holds most dear?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 th...

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Title:A Most Noble Heir
Author:Susan Anne Mason
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A Most Noble Heir Reviews

  • Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish

    Fans of Downton Abbey, upstairs-downstairs, and rags-to-riches romance… brace yourselves, this story is about to knock your stockings off!!

    Nolan Price is a determined and hard-working (inescapably handsome) young man of faith, integrity, and loyalty. He’s also completely and entirely blindsided when his world is turned upside down by his mother’s final confession (who wouldn’t be?!).

    Hannah Burnham is a humble kitchen maid and devoted sister. Struggles with insecu

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish

    Fans of Downton Abbey, upstairs-downstairs, and rags-to-riches romance… brace yourselves, this story is about to knock your stockings off!!

    Nolan Price is a determined and hard-working (inescapably handsome) young man of faith, integrity, and loyalty. He’s also completely and entirely blindsided when his world is turned upside down by his mother’s final confession (who wouldn’t be?!).

    Hannah Burnham is a humble kitchen maid and devoted sister. Struggles with insecurities and unmet expectations in her relationship with Nolan lend Hannah an endearingly authentic personality.

    Delightful romance, intriguing mystery, complicated familial ties, and genuine faith earn this book a place among my all-time favorites! I highly recommend this story and would love to see a sequel featuring one of the sisters!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Clara

    Wow, this was my first book by this author but if all are as intriguing and well written as this one, it will not be my last!

    Solid and intense plot to keep readers awaken 'til late at night; there’s much more than a simple life-changing event going around here. A hint of mystery, a lesson on true love, and a good amount of tenderness builds the backbone of this story.

    This intricate story draws many sides of the characters. Start from the title "The Noble Heir", you expect a constancy in the mai

    Wow, this was my first book by this author but if all are as intriguing and well written as this one, it will not be my last!

    Solid and intense plot to keep readers awaken 'til late at night; there’s much more than a simple life-changing event going around here. A hint of mystery, a lesson on true love, and a good amount of tenderness builds the backbone of this story.

    This intricate story draws many sides of the characters. Start from the title "The Noble Heir", you expect a constancy in the main male character. Though there's a restlessness in him from page one, you see from where the author might have drawn out the word "noble" to describe Nolan. But, as the story flows, you see a desperation behind his actions; you never doubt his honesty and well intentions, especially towards Hannah, still, there's a thick layer of anxiety leading to his decisions. Another layered character is the Earl, Edward Fairchild. He's a character you feel as if you should hate; however, there's also a tickle to more than we've been given behind his motives.

    Nolan Price is being bullied into an inheritance he hasn't asked for, one that will change his dreams and plans for the future. Edward has just found out he has an heir, who is giving a deja vu sense to the earl because of a romance with a maid. Nevertheless, Edward is determined to transform Nolan into the ideal heir, and Nolan agrees to tolerate all the shenanigans involving high society clothing, parties, and manners if it will guarantee a better future for Hannah and her sister. However, there's much going on behind his back than he can imagine. Hence, the underlined question is who Nolan wants to be? Can this first not-welcomed situation become an area of vocation and stewardship for Nolan?

    As for Edward, his actions and good intentions might be misplaced and cause more pain than promote bonding between father and son, but until when will he be able to bend and push Nolan around and treat Hannah with crudeness without harming any chances of a relationship? And will Nolan and Hannah find out his manipulation in time to not fall into despair, not lose faith, and believe in possibilities beyond our understanding?

    Susan Anne Mason did a fantastic job with the Victorian setting, contrasting the downstairs and upstairs realities. And where will Nolan and Hannah fit in in such a setting? Definitely through a foundation based on grace, sprinkled with forgiveness and rooted in faith.

    *many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Kav

    I think I squealed when I saw this in the bookstore and my heart did a little happy dance but I played it uber cool as I made my purchase. That lasted until I got out the door whereupon I skippedy-dooed my way to the bus stop and pulled out A Most Noble Heir and commenced reading. And missed my bus but I didn't even care because, well, I had a new book friend to pass the time with until the next one came. And my, did that cover get a lot of comments from fellow passengers once I finally settled

    I think I squealed when I saw this in the bookstore and my heart did a little happy dance but I played it uber cool as I made my purchase. That lasted until I got out the door whereupon I skippedy-dooed my way to the bus stop and pulled out A Most Noble Heir and commenced reading. And missed my bus but I didn't even care because, well, I had a new book friend to pass the time with until the next one came. And my, did that cover get a lot of comments from fellow passengers once I finally settled myself on a bus! Because, really, what is not to love about that cover?! Blissful sigh. But, trust me, it's worth pulling your eyes away from that image so you can start devouring Nolan's story.

    And this is where it gets hard to review because I don't want to give anything away so forgive me for being rather vague. Let's just say this plot is quite different from what I usually see in historical romance. Mason does an amazing job of creating an emotionally tumultuous love story that kept me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning.

    Nolan is a man of integrity. He's also a dreamer and isn't afraid of working hard to make those dreams a reality. But those plans go awry when he discovers the identity of the father he never knew. Be prepared for repeated sucker punches as the plot thickens and chaos reigns for a time. And sweet Hannah is caught up in it all. As will every reader who loses herself in this timeless love story.

    As Nolan and Hannah grapple with faith and family and finding the courage to face both head on they discover a deeper meaning to life...and love. And that leads these characters (and the reader) on an unforgettable journey toward a well deserved happily ever after.

    Oh -- and back to that cover!!!! It has embossed lettering!!!! Squeallll!!!! I can't even...I'm going in for another book hug.

  • Trixi

    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 f

    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. I loved Hannah, she's a woman wise beyond her young years. She struggles with feeling unloved and unworthy to those around her & 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 love 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

    * 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. *

  • Maureen Timerman

    The premise of this book made me smile, from rags to riches, or from stable boy to nobility, a Cinderella type of a story, picked my interest.

    A boy whom we soon find out was raised by his aunt and did not know whom his father was, and wow when the facts unfold, a déjà vu moment is about to unfold.

    The author has placed us in England at a manor estate back in the 1880s’s, and we see the separation of the classes, one is superior to the other, but we also see compassion and love.

    Will a father accep

    The premise of this book made me smile, from rags to riches, or from stable boy to nobility, a Cinderella type of a story, picked my interest.

    A boy whom we soon find out was raised by his aunt and did not know whom his father was, and wow when the facts unfold, a déjà vu moment is about to unfold.

    The author has placed us in England at a manor estate back in the 1880s’s, and we see the separation of the classes, one is superior to the other, but we also see compassion and love.

    Will a father accept a commoner for his son, and if he doesn’t the consequences look to be horrendous, and will the son bend to the will of the father?

    There is also a lot of greed going on and we wonder if all will survive to the end of the book. On a happier note, there is some good clean romance, and a sweet baby that may be the answer for this family.

    I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Rachael

    I so enjoyed this read! It hooked me, and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters in this read. They were so well done. Besides the fact it’s historical, my favorite part was the plot line was more original than many books I have read. I don’t summarize books...just give a glimpse of why I liked a read...mostly so those that read this will go get a copy of their own! :)

    The story, characters, and faith theme all wove a tremendous read that I enjoyed. It will have a place on my f

    I so enjoyed this read! It hooked me, and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters in this read. They were so well done. Besides the fact it’s historical, my favorite part was the plot line was more original than many books I have read. I don’t summarize books...just give a glimpse of why I liked a read...mostly so those that read this will go get a copy of their own! :)

    The story, characters, and faith theme all wove a tremendous read that I enjoyed. It will have a place on my forever shelves! This book has a great cover, and what’s inside is even better!

    I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  • Maddy

    I really enjoyed this book overall. :D I can definitely see some of the romance being too much for some, but otherwise I’d recommend it. Full review to come.

  • Brittany

    I thoroughly enjoyed A Most Noble Heir. Poor Nolan and Hannah! They were so in love and so unprepared for the dramatic change that became a reality for both of them. There were times that I was frustrated with both of these main characters, as they did not communicate their feelings clearly. This lead to some pain and heartache, but did work to remind me that Nolan and Hannah were still very young.

    There were some very hard feelings toward Nolan from the family that he suddenly found himself a pa

    I thoroughly enjoyed A Most Noble Heir. Poor Nolan and Hannah! They were so in love and so unprepared for the dramatic change that became a reality for both of them. There were times that I was frustrated with both of these main characters, as they did not communicate their feelings clearly. This lead to some pain and heartache, but did work to remind me that Nolan and Hannah were still very young.

    There were some very hard feelings toward Nolan from the family that he suddenly found himself a part of. Emotionally he struggled with finding his place among them, building a relationship with a father who was difficult to deal with, and wanting with all of his heart to have a loving marriage with Hannah. I really liked both Nolan and Hannah and although their journey was difficult at times, I felt for these two young people in love.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Staci

    Having thoroughly enjoyed the Courage to Dream Series, I was so looking forward to A Most Noble Heir.

    What I loved about this novel is that the story is based upon the author's descendants.

    Nolan and Hannah both have good hearts. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with some of the story line.

    I look forward to Susan Anne Mason's next release.

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