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May 14, 2013
Blue Jeans & Teacups
This book seemed a little too forced to me. I enjoyed some parts, but the relationship between Ariana and Phillip seemed unrealistic. She continually recognized he was not a Christian, and finally sends him away to become one. That's a nice "bow" for a story, but unrealistic for real life. This book tries hard to feel like a Jane Austen novel according to the author, but it fell short of the mark for me. I felt that bringing the 2 characters together in the end, meant ultimately they were unequally yoked. Ariana had a deep appreciation, respect for and dependency upon God. Philip has no maturity in Christ other than a few weeks studying away from her. Overall, it is not a bad read and I have passed it along to a friend. However, I probably would not go out of my way to purchase something from this author again. Perhaps some of her later novels will reside better with discerning readers.
Things that are included: *Period words listed in glossary in back of book. I REALLY appreciated this.
I purchased this copy, and am volunteering my honest opinion.
It is a nice story and I enjoyed the way the author protrayed the characters and their difficulties and personal struggles. There were a few incorrrect historical points, but not many people would notice them unless they were very familiar with the Regancy Era. Overall I liked the book and will add it to my collection.
Loved all the characters especially Mr. Mornay for his willingness to be instructed by a young woman of her spirituality. Unheard of in that age, come to think of it, unheard of in this age as well. Arianna determination to hold on to her believe no matter what society expected from her. To stand her ground unwavering of family and friends and believe that He will do as promised.
"Ariana Forsythe heads to 1813 London to enjoy her first season under the ageis of her wealthy Aunt Bentley. But a scandal threatens to send her packing in disgrace until the Paragon, Mr. Mornay, intervenes to clear her name..."
I had very high hopes for this book after reading the back cover as I love history and Regency novels and looked forward to one by a Christian author. Unfortunately I'd recently read Georgette Heyer's 'Arabella' and recognised every single one of these characters, right down to the poor urchin that our heroine foists onto her top-of-the-trees admirer. I did appreciate the way that Burkard 'sanitized' the original plot to remove the deceit and adjust some of the language.
The writing is obviously American. The British have a whole class system which the author doesn't appear to have grasped, including the fact that some terms and idioms of speech, although perfectly acceptable for one rank of society, were considered totally inappropriate for others. The characters are overdone, "bursting into tears" where an Austen or Heyer character might "stiffen" or "speak in a constricted voice". Mr. Mornay's behavior in taking a young girl Without A Chaperone! to a party given by the Regent should have assured Ariana's social doom and forever branded her as 'fast', and Aunt Bentley allowing Ariana to actually visit Mornay's house at dark of night would have had them both ostracized immediately. And try as I might I cannot imagine the great Beau Brummell consenting to pack into a carriage where he would be jostled and crumpled, let alone drinking straight from a bottle, without making some very cutting remarks!
Small things perhaps, but they constantly jarred me out of enjoying what could have been a very enjoyable read. I believe that this is Burkard's first Regency novel, so I might try her writing further down the track and hope that she improves with time.