Book Review: A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason

From the Back Cover

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 the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father’s demanding expectations.

Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

About the Author

Susan Anne Mason‘s historical novel Irish Meadows won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA as well as the Christian Retailer’s Choice Award for Debut Novel. A member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at

My thoughts:

Susan Anne Mason is a talented writer. I enjoy her style and character development for the most part. I think that because she is a good writer that I was intrigued by the story and found it difficult to put down.

With that said, there were a few things that bothered me about the story. For one thing, Nolan, the main character was almost following in his father’s footsteps (ie. falling in love and marrying someone beneath him in station), but his father had absolutely no empathy for him. And I thought the story kind of dragged a little towards the end. These negative comments probably make you think that I really didn’t like the book, but that isn’t true. I did like it, but it just seemed a little unrealistic.

As I said, this was a well written book, and a real “page-turner”, and I would recommend it. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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