Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkhard

England, 1818: It has been five years since Ariana Forsythe married The Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay. Now, Ariana's sister, Miss Beatrice Forsythe, is seventeen and determined to marry advantageously as well. (Surely Ariana's society connexions all but guarantee Beatrice's success-especially if Mr. Mornay is created a baronet by the Prince Regent!

But the Mornay's have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London? And what about her business with the curate, Mr. O'Brien, whom Beatrice rashly promised to marry years earlier? She is too sophisticated now to settle for a mere clergyman-despite his agreeable countenance and gentle, understanding ways. When Mr. Tristan Barton becomes tenant of the Manor House, Beatrice's hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and pretenses that are easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. As hearts are bared and truths uncovered, a country house courtship like no other cannot be far behind! Fans of Linore's first books, Before the Season Ends, and The House on Grosvenor Square, will be delighted with final addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Country House Courtship. It kept this reader immersed in the story. Though it’s a Regency Romance it had its share of suspense and action. Linore Rose Burkhard is a master of words, character development and the Regency era. Her work is reminiscent of Jane Austen, though this reader feels Ms. Burkhard’s work is much easier to read. Both Christian readers and Regency readers will be as delighted as I am with The Country House Courtship.

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Linore Rose Burkhard when she spoke at The Y-City Writers’ Conference. She is as charming and sweet in person as she is online. She writes a newsletter which is chock full of facts about the Regency, as well as contests and prizes.

I look forward to reading Linore Rose Burkhard’s next novel.
Rita L. Smith

1 comment:

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