Sunday, July 24, 2016
An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter
This is one of those books, that if portrayed according to the times, and I think it was, makes me so grateful not be living in that era. Did anyone follow that sentence? Set in the early 1800's in London, it's the story of a girl with dyslexia trying to nab a husband during her first Season so that she has protection for when her secret comes out that she can't read. Somehow she had managed to hide the fact of her inability to read from her family her whole life. Georgina has plotted for three years about which eligible men were the wealthiest with the best titles so she can work to marry them.
The endless parties, card games, dancing, and even eating can almost make one tired just to read about it. Then there's the dressing up and going out and making sure you have the right clothes for the right occasion and the endless maids and butlers and ensuring that you behave just perfect in public so you don't become the topic of a scandal in the next day's newspaper.
I'm not going to tell you much about the plot of the book, you can read the back cover for that. It's the story, like I said of a girl with dyslexia in a time when that kind of disability was completely misunderstood and you were deemed as dumb, stupid or simply lazy if you couldn't read. She believed that God must not love her because she couldn't even read His Word.
Of course, there's an ineligible man, in Georgina's opinion, who discovers her secret and almost becomes her conscience and yada yada yada. They fall in love and live happily ever after, but the big thing of this all is she discovers that God really does love her and that, at the end of life, it doesn't matter if she has landed the best husband to boost her status. "Because no matter what we do, be it good or ill, it goes away and only God is left. And fearing God, following God is the whole duty of man. The only thing that remains." That is still true for us today. Our accomplishments will fade away, but what we think of God is what is going to last forever.
This book was given me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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