Before The Season Ends, London Regency Series #1
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Travel back in time to the fashionable Mayfair district of London---and lose yourself in a Jane Austen-style romance! When trouble at home sends Miss Ariana Forsythe packing, she finds herself neck-deep in high society . . . and scandal. With her Christian principles at stake, will Ariana stand firm, even if it costs her everything? 325 pages, softcover from Harvest.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 325
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN-13: 9780736925518
Series: Regency Inspirational Romance

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In her debut novel of what she calls “spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul,” author Linore Rose Burkard tells the intriguing story of Miss Ariana Forsythe, a young woman caught between her love for a man who doesn’t share her faith and her resolution to marry only a fellow believer in Christ.

Trouble at home sends the young woman to her aunt’s townhome in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There she finds worse troubles than those that prompted her flight from home. Ariana is soon neck–deep in high society and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London’s current darling rogue. Then a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her heart, her faith, and her future are all at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent’s attention.

Will Ariana’s faith survive this test? And what about her heart? For it’s Ariana’s heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the wrong young man, how can it ever turn out right?

Jane Austen readers and fans of Regency romances everywhere will love Before the Season Ends.

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Country girl Ariana Forsythe is sent to a wealthy aunt in London to head off an unsuitable match in this faith-based Regency romance. After being modishly outfitted by said aunt, Ariana is thrust into the London season, with all its attendant social conventions: status distinctions, formal etiquette and gossip, gossip, gossip (the Regency antecedent of dishing). Ariana meets her match in the disdainful paragon of society, Phillip Mornay, who quickly becomes her ally after an unexpected turn of social events threatens her good name. This period romance lacks sufficient romantic tension between the principals. The plotting is also uneven, with some complications (the matter of Ariana’s correspondence with her family, for example) not driving the plot forward, instead frittering narrative energy. But the author’s command of period detail is impressive, evident in material details but also in dialogue. The theology is also period authentic. The novel even contains a glossary to help non-Regencyphiles get up to speed about the difference between ladies’ pelisses and spencers. Despite some technical problems, on the whole it’s a tasty confection. (Dec.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. sweetie
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    1st of the Series
    August 11, 2016
    sweetie
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Before the Season Ends.
    Before the Season Ends was delightful for the 1800 setting. I was disappointed that it had to go into a 2nd book for the main characters to unite, but as a first book it was interesting and I was glad I read it. The one complaint I have about the writing is that Burkard did not explain all the colloquial terms she used in the story, so I googled them to help understand what was being said. For readers that enjoy fiction of the 1800s I would recommend this 1st book.
  2. Blue Jeans & Teacups
    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.
  3. Jane Squires
    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.
  4. Mountian Angel
    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.
  5. Lynelle
    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.
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