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But her sister and husband have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London? And what about Beatrice's business with the curate, Mr. O'Brien, whom she rashly promised to marry years earlier. At seventeen now, she has no wish to marry a mere clergyman-despite his agreeable countenance and gentle, understanding ways.
When Mr. Tristan Barton becomes the tenant of the Manor House, Beatrice's hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and the pretenses that are easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. Hearts are bared, truths uncovered, and when all is said and done, a country house courtship like no other has occurred!
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Regency Inspirational Romance
The House In Grosvenor Square, London Regency Series #2Linore Rose BurkardHarvest House Publishers / 2009 / Trade Paperback$17.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 24 Reviews Video
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Linore Burkards fans devoured her first two Regency novels Before the Season Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square. Now, as her third novel opens, the year is 1818 and Miss Beatrice Forsythe is determined to marry well. After all, her sister, Ariana, married The Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay, five years earlier--which all but guarantees that she, Beatrice, can also make a famous match to a wealthy man.
But her sister and husband have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London? And what about Beatrices business with the curate, Mr. OBrien, whom she rashly promised to marry years earlier. At seventeen now, she has no wish to marry a mere clergymandespite his agreeable countenance and gentle, understanding ways.
When Mr. Tristan Barton becomes the tenant of the Manor House, Beatrices hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and the pretenses that are easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. Hearts are bared, truths uncovered, and when all is said and done, a country house courtship like no other has occurred!
As always, Linore Burkard delivers spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul.
Using a style of writing reminiscent of Jane Austen, Burkard narrates the familiar struggle between marrying for love or money. Changes in point-of-view make certain scenes confusing, and some readers may be disappointed in Beatrices lack of development as a three-dimensional character. Yet, the changes in Beatrices ideals by the end of the story are refreshing, and the detailed historical descriptions of England intertwined in the narrative are also fascinating.
The themes of The Country House Courtship echo 1 Samuel 16:7The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. Those who have read Burkards previous books covering the story of Beatrices sister, Ariana, will especially enjoy this book, but so will anyone who enjoys a good romance or has a love for English history and culture. Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
sweetieSacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 53rd in SeriesAugust 11, 2016sweetieSacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This was the third of a series written by L.R. Burkard, but it is not necessary to read it as part of the series, it is very much an individual book. It was better than the 2nd book - The House in Grosvenor Square. It continues the story, but centers on the sister Beatrice and her worldly desires, but shows how God needs to be our center for true enjoyment in this life.
gsbellmDallas, TXAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5O.K.May 12, 2011gsbellmDallas, TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I 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.
gracefulAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Burkard does not DisappointApril 21, 2011gracefulAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This 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
JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Satisfying ConclusionOctober 27, 2010JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Although 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.
Laurie Alice Eakes4 Stars Out Of 5July 21, 2010Laurie Alice EakesWith old-fashioned grace, Burkard tells a gentle tale sure to transport the reader back to the era of Jane Austen.