Friday, February 19, 2010
The Country House Courtship
Title: THE COUNTRY HOUSE COURTSHIP
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Five years ago, Ariana Forsythe married Mr. Phillip Mornay. Now Ariana and Phillip have two children, and Ariana’s family have descended upon them to visit the newest addition. Among them is Ariana’s seventeen year old sister, Beatrice, who believes she is quite grown up and ready for a London season. .
Curate, Mr. O’Brien has been reassigned to the Mornay’s estate, and Beatrice is reminded about her rash declaration to marry Mr. O’Brien someday. But now, marrying a mere curate doesn’t appeal to her in the least, she prefers a man as wealthy as her brother-in-law.
When Tristan Barton comes to the countryside on a mission for the Prince, Beatrice believes she found her match. But then secrets, motives, and pretenses are come to the surface, and things are discovered to be not as they seem!
THE COUNTRY HOUSE COURTSHIP is the third book in Ms. Burkard’s series, and a delightful addition to it. I recommend reading Before the Season Ends, and The House in Grosvenor Square first as events are referred back to and the reader will want to know what happened.
Ms. Burkard displays a clear knowledge of the regency time period, with terminology, actions, attitude, and dress. I did have some issues with the point of view shifts, that were jarring at times, but all-in-all, THE COUNTRY HOUSE COURTSHIP was a pleasant read. Discussion questions and a glossary are included at the end of the book. $13.99. 287 pages.
About Linore Rose Burkard
Publishers Weekly acclaimed the work of Burkard in its review of The House in Grosvenor Square, saying, "Ms. Burkard's command of period detail is impressive..On the whole, it's a tasty confection."
Burkard, a fan of classic romances and graduate of City University of New York, began writing stories when she couldn't find true Regency romance within the inspirational fiction category. "I knew that many women like me want stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God's involvement in our lives," she says.
Raised in New York, Burkard now lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. To learn more about her, visit www.linoreburkard.com.