Winning the Gentleman
Series: Hearts on the Heath #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date April 20, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.
Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't take her seriously because she's a woman, but she can't pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron's guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.
As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together--against all odds?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Vying for the Viscount
Aaron and Sophia’s story is one tinged with sadness for the things they have lost. And, yet, it is still infused with hope and a touch of humor.
If you have read Vying for the Viscount, you may recall Aaron as Hudson’s stable manager. Despite being the older son of a Lord, Aaron’s illegitimate birth relegated him to the role of a Nobody. And even worse, his father held him up as an example of the consequences of sin to his heir. Crazy, isn’t it? I greatly admired Aaron’s strong work ethic and how he always acted like a gentleman despite the way others felt about him. Honor was his greatest asset and he wore it well.
Sophia was a lovely sprite of a woman who, along with her twin, had been struggling to survive after the death of their parents. Her skills with horses, both as a trainer and a rider, were incredible! When Sophia had hope of a job, even though it meant racing horses, something she had never done before, she didn’t give up. Her love and care for her twin were very sweet and touched my heart. Quite the opposite of Aaron, she had a propensity of babbling when she was nervous which could be quite humorous!
I enjoyed the horse racing aspects quite a bit. Hearing about how the horses were trained on the heath and how there were even rules about who could train when. It was quite interesting.
While the second book of the Hearts on the Heath series, this story could stand alone and also tied together characters from several other series by Kristi Ann Hunter. I know this after having fallen in love with Trent and Adelaide. I had a feeling their story had been told already and after a brief search, I found they are featured in An Uncommon Courtship from the Hawthorne House series.
If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong faith element, I recommend reading Winning the Gentleman’s Heart.