I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, but have been dispappointed in the following ones. It's O.K. Story is interesting, but slightly stilted and contrived. I wouldn't read it again and wouldn't keep it, but I did read it all the way through.
This is Burkard's third book in this series. It is 1818 and Miss Beatrice Forsythe is determined to go to London and marry well at the age of 17.
Beatrice meets with the clergymen again after 5 years. Mr. O'Brien, is a clergyman whom she promised to marry when she was twelve. (They are introduced the the first novel, Before the Season Ends) Shorthly after the clergymens arrive, Mr. Tristan Barton comes to live in the Manor House on a business trip sent by the Regent. The Manor house sits near the Mornay's country estate. Beatrice hopes to see herself settled with him. She soon learns the truths of these men. In turn she realizes her own heart and her desires.
Nice ending. Found the dialogue with him and Mr. Barton witty. The characters put their trust in God when Mrs. Mornay falls ill. I think her mother could have been better developed sometimes I found her a little naive.
Christians and fans of the Regency Period should read this set of novels. Burkard understands the Regency Period
Although nothing can compare to the ravenous thrill with which I devoured Before the Season Ends, Linore Burkard's first Christian Regency romance, the closing of the trilogy that novel spurred provided a satisfying conclusion.
Following Ariana's younger sister Beatrice through her conflict over two potential suitors, we're able to see Ariana and Phillip's relationship as it has matured into deep, married love, and delight ourselves in the younger Forsythe's antics.
The Country House Courtship is still certainly well written, and O'Brien, once obsessed with Ariana, has matured into the man his early appearances promised. It's also very exciting (if unconventional) to see Philip and Ariana taking an active role in the parenting of their children despite their upper-class status and the cultural norms of their society.
Readers may find some of the plot of Before the Season Ends somewhat derivative, as some of the main action points very closely parallel the middle installment - The House in Grosvenor Square. I have to say that nothing has quite equaled the delightful inventiveness of Before the Season Ends and none of the following novels has lived up to the promise of the first entirely.
After picking up this book, Ive decided I have to get my hands on the first one. If you like Jane Austen (which I LOVE), youll like this with its refreshing, easy prose. Linore brought the Regency era to life with its customs, practices, dialogue, descriptions, etc. I really felt like I was there! For readers who want to curl up in a cozy corner with a cup of tea, this is a sweet escape into the world of Austen.