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    3.8 out Of 5
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    1. California
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: Female
      3 Stars Out Of 5
      •°o•:*:•.Pleasant, not great.•:*:• o°•
      May 14, 2013
      Blue Jeans & Teacups
      California
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: Female
      Quality: 3
      Value: 3
      Meets Expectations: 3
      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.
    2. Wasola, Mo
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      High Society does not win out where Love is
      January 25, 2013
      Jane Squires
      Wasola, Mo
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      You are transported to London where upper class has their standards. But love does not care about Society standards.

      Ariana would have married the wrong person had not her parents sent her to her Aunt's house. Her Aunt had no children and wanted to introduce someone into society.

      I especially loved where Phillip finds Ariana in a tree she climbed and he shielded her from eyes of Society. I believe one knows when they are drawn to someone - their soul-mate.

      I loved all the circumstances that put Ariana and Phillip together. The unfolding of the story from beginning to end holds your attention.

      Ariana is torn between love and her beliefs. But as one who took a chance on a new christian knowing God put us together, this part I know first hand.

      I highly recommend you prepare for an adventure.
    3. Tehachapi, Ca
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      August 18, 2012
      Mountian Angel
      Tehachapi, Ca
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 4
      Value: 4
      Meets Expectations: 4
      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.
    4. South Africa
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Before the Season Ends
      May 9, 2012
      Lynelle
      South Africa
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      What an delightful story I enjoyed immensely.

      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.
    5. 1 Stars Out Of 5
      An attempt to rehash a Regency novel
      December 7, 2011
      Jo
      Quality: 2
      Value: 2
      Meets Expectations: 1
      "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.
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