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.

  • 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. *

  • Hannah

    This standalone story was a real joy to read. Nolan and Hannah are excellent characters and held my attention easily. The added interest of having it set in a real English manor home, based very loosely on an incident in the author’s family tree, lent it an extra authenticity that I really liked. I also liked the whole upstairs/downstairs feel to the story, as Nolan and Hannah are somewhat caught between classes in a very class-driven society.

    Nolan’s not a perfect character, but he’s one who is

    This standalone story was a real joy to read. Nolan and Hannah are excellent characters and held my attention easily. The added interest of having it set in a real English manor home, based very loosely on an incident in the author’s family tree, lent it an extra authenticity that I really liked. I also liked the whole upstairs/downstairs feel to the story, as Nolan and Hannah are somewhat caught between classes in a very class-driven society.

    Nolan’s not a perfect character, but he’s one who is obviously trying to do the right thing, whether that means building a relationship with his father or not. He doesn’t know how to love well at first; he does his best to be honest; he tries to do the right thing regardless of his feelings. Seeing Nolan’s emotional growth as a character through the story was one of my favorite things.

    Hannah could get on my nerves a few times. I didn’t like how she tried to consider worldly advantages a few times and didn’t fight for her man in quite the way I hoped she would. And yet I understood her as a character and why she didn’t take the steps I wanted her to. But all that didn’t keep me from rooting for her to get her family together and be honored as the heir’s wife the way she ought to be.

    Two characters really stood out to me. I LOVED Iris. She was such an unconventional breath of fresh air to the story and really added a lot of interest. And then Edward was a very complicated fellow himself...caught between being the bad guy and yet not content with it, either. I love it when side characters jump off the pages.

    I’d recommend this for 16+ because there is some frank talk about marriage duties and honeymoons and birth. Nothing graphic, though.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy. A favorable review was not required.

  • Kellyn Roth

    Wow, that was awesome! Read it in under 2 days ... couldn't put it down! I was super annoyed with the characters, but thankfully they changed in the end and realized what idiots they had been. 'Cause we all know you can't work out a relationship of you're not together. *eyeroll*

  • Maddy

    I really enjoyed this book overall! While this isn’t one of those historical books that takes the time to really describe the scenic or mention the little things around them ( meaning it’s not as in depth as some historical books are ) I still really enjoyed it. The story line was intriguing and kept me reading.

    My favorite part of this book is definitely the story itself. Hannah and Nolan ( workers at the castle ) are soon to get married when they find out that Nolan is actually a nobleman. Thi

    I really enjoyed this book overall! While this isn’t one of those historical books that takes the time to really describe the scenic or mention the little things around them ( meaning it’s not as in depth as some historical books are ) I still really enjoyed it. The story line was intriguing and kept me reading.

    My favorite part of this book is definitely the story itself. Hannah and Nolan ( workers at the castle ) are soon to get married when they find out that Nolan is actually a nobleman. This changes the whole situation and their plans are quickly changed. A lot happens in this book and it definitely kept me turning the page to see what would happen next. They had to go through a lot and I really enjoyed seeing how it all fell into place as the book went on. There was a good section when they were separated but I honestly didn’t mind it. The ending was great though when everyone got to reunite.

    I also really loved the relationship Nolan was able to build with his dad, despite all of the years they had missed in each other’s lives. They were so humorous at times trying to get along, and it was great seeing the relationship they had in the end.

    *Content note : I can definitely see there being more romance in this than some would be comfortable with. It slightly goes into their wedding night. ( Talking about how Hannah is nervous / hiding behind the covers but once Nolan comes over and they start kissing her all of her fears go away ) plus some mentioning / joking of not being able to sleep in his bed as a married couple ( because they were separated for awhile )

    There were a couple times when the romance almost got to be too much, but I really enjoyed this book overall.

    “I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.”

  • 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.

  • Sarah Grace

    DNF. Not really a fan of the romance\"content", and the story just wasn't grabbing me.

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