Item description for Before the Season Ends (A Regency Inspirational Romance) by Linore Rose Burkard...
Overview Ariana is thrust into high society and a worse intrigue than the romantic woes which prompted her flight from home, when a scandalous rumour links her with the taciturn Phillip Mornay and changes her life forever.
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."
From Publishers Weekly 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 Arianas correspondence with her family, for example) not driving the plot forward, instead frittering narrative energy. But the authors 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 its a tasty confection. (Dec.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Before the Season Ends (A Regency Inspirational Romance) by Linore Rose Burkard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 12/01/2008 page 36
Publishers Weekly - 10/27/2008 page 34
Romantic Times - 12/01/2008 page 57
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2008
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Regency Inspriational Romance
ISBN 0736925511 ISBN13 9780736925518
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Return to Jane Austin Mar 9, 2009
It was a blizzard outside today, right when spring was supposed to lift its head with daylight savings time. Oh, well. I wasn't pining because I took the opportunity to curl up with a book in the reminiscent writing and scenes of Jane Austin.
It took me about two chapters to be hooked on this novel and once hooked, I had a difficult time setting it down, even to get my bowl of strawberries.
I had never read anything by this author before, obviously because it's her debut novel. I was pleased with well-developed characters, the warmth of the English countryside, a clear Gospel message, and a storyline that kept me entranced. As I mentioned earlier, it did take a bit to get into. It didn't seem to have quite the initial hook that I'm accustomed to in historical fiction, although it was forgiveable by chapter three which is where an author will typically lose me if the beginning remains slow.
The only thread I thought wasn't carried through very well was how adamant Ariana was at the beginning of the book that she was called to marry a man of the cloth and the how quickly she seemed to forget that conviction. There didn't seem to be an adequate reason why she was so quick to forgoe her conviction, although I will say the novel was great at having Ariana maintain her Godly foresight into romantic connections to a man of the same faith. That was the only "loose thread" I didn't feel the author connected to my satisfaction.
Overall aesthetics of the book were wonderful. The author painted a beautiful picture of English society, dress, etiquette, and interaction. I felt transported back in time by mere colorful descripion enhanced by English spelling of words like "colour", "saviour", and so on.
Mr Mornay was reminscent of Colin Firth's adaptation of Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. So much so, that I had a difficult time not envisioning Colin Firth as Mr Mornay. It was a pleasure to see Mr Mornay move from his aloof almost rude persona to his own seeming dismay at his softening and need to show tenderness. Ariana's character was one of innocent honesty but I appreciated the fact the author didn't create a naive innocence, but one born more of personality and faith rather than ignorance to the things around her. Ariana was charming novel personality, relatable, believable, and emotional.
I purchased this book blindly, simply enticed by a cover designed with warm hues, warm expressions and thoughts of a warm afternoon beneath a quilt on my couch during a snowstorm. I will KEEP this purchase and not donate it or trade it - I'll certainly loan it out to friends and family though and heartily endorse this new author: Linore Rose Burkard. How many Jaime Stars? :) I'm throwing a heart 4 1/2 at this return to the days of Jane Austin!
More like 4.5 stars. Wonderful Regency era romance. Mar 7, 2009
I really enjoyed this story. I've never read Austen so I can't say how similar the writing styles are. At first the omniscient POV all the time was hard for me to follow, but then I allowed myself to be pulled into that era and all of it's vanity and the story came alive. I had difficulty putting it down once I got past the initial hump of the writing style. While it wasn't bad, it was just very different from the typical point of view purist books you see nowadays.
What hooked me was the scene in the tree. The same time Phillip Mornay fell in love I was pulled right in. I kept turning the pages as I felt the confusion Ariana experienced in response to Mr. Mornay's affection and how he would continually pull away. I suspect I knew when he cared for Ariana before she realized it herself. This was truly a delightful read. I loved the subtle tension between them and the dialogue. The terms used such as gel, paragon, reticule, ton, etc. all solidly planted me in the setting. While by no means edgy, for a regency period novel it was still yummy enough for me. I loved the way the spiritual theme played out and how the author used Scripture to illustrate her concerns. The spiritual awakening of previously lost characters truly touched my heart. I highly recommend this story for romance lovers who enjoy a strong faith element.
LOVED this book! Mar 7, 2009
Before the Season Ends is a wonderful story. Ariana, the main character, sticks by her beliefs even when she thinks it will cost her true love. She constantly takes her problems to her knees. I also liked how the book has a mini-dictionary at the back of the book to define terms from that time period. So, not only did I enjoy the book, I learned new things!
Linore Rose Burkard has introduced me to the wonderful world of Christian Romance Mar 7, 2009
I've finally finished reading her debut novel Before the Season Ends. Now for my review of my first Christian and Inspirational romance novel that I found out about through Jessica Coulter Smith's blog one day. I really loved the cover of her novel along with the title but when I read the blurb of her book it really hooked me so I went to her website. I found this little trailer she had of her novel and after I finished watching it I knew I had to get in touch with Linore so I can review her novel as well as have her here on my blog as a guest. Even though Linore's novel is considered a christian romance and I've never really read any christian based novels I still wanted to read it. I'm always telling everyone that I love reading new types of genres except non-fiction which I really don't like reading so I'm going to read this novel even though I've never read a Jane Austen book either. The novel starts in England in the year 1813 and the romantic woes at home send Ariana Forsythe to her wealthy Aunt Bentley's townhouse in fashionable Mayfair, London. Ariana and her family are very religious so Ariana felt that it was her destiny to marry a man of God. Even though the man of God she wants to marry is almost 30 years older than her and isn't the man her mother wants her to marry at all.
She's been sent to London for her own good and under her aunt's calculating eye, Ariana is thrust into the high society she doesn't understand fully and a worse intrigue than that which prompted her flight from home has happened. Then a scandalous rumor involving her with London's current darling rogue, the handsome, Mr. Phillip Mornay, is launched on society in a malicious act of meanness by a Lady of society that changes Ariana's life forever. Her faith, her future, and her heart are all at stake as she strives to clear her name and resist Phillip Mornay, the man who does not share her faith as deeply as her. Will Ariana's beliefs survive? I think it will though she will definitely be suffering a bit because of what she is feeling for Phillip. And what about her heart? She has developed deep feelings for Phillip since she met him and that is conflicting with her religious belief that she can only love and marry a man as deeply religious as her.
For her belief is the part of her which most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in and when she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the supposedly wrong man, how will it ever turn out right? That is a question that had me wondering as I was reading this novel which at first I felt started out kind of slow but really picked up for me after chapter two. From the country village of Chesterton, where Ariana was born and raised, to the ballroom of the Prince Regent's London palace, where she begins to fall in love with Phillip Mornay. Before the Season Ends will take you to Regency England where you'll find a world so elegant and comfortable, you'll want to stay for a long, long time. I'm not that religious so I really could relate more to Phillip's character than Ariana because his family is Christian but he's not the deep faith religious like Ariana.
Though I can't particularly relate to Ariana's character much I really loved her in this novel and I can understand a bit her dilemma with trying to do what felt right and would be the right thing for her to do. Phillip is a wonderful character that I think really is good for Ariana because they are complete opposites but find a way to make their romantic relationship work. There were some secondary characters in this novel that I also enjoyed very much reading about such as Ariana's aunt and her aunt's gentleman friend who really spiced things up. After finishing this novel I will say that though I'm not sure I will start reading more Christian romance but I will be reading more of Linore Rose Burkard's Christian romance. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel to Before the Season Ends that is called The House in Grosvenor Square, which comes out in April 2009. I can't wait for April to get here so I can read more about Ariana and Phillip's love lives after the wonderful ending of the first novel.
Burkard doesn't miss a beat in either the Regency-style language or elements Mar 4, 2009
Readers who enjoy historical fiction and particularly Regency romance will certainly take pleasure in this Jane Austen-style novel.
Nineteen-year-old Ariana Forsythe believes she is destined to wed her country village's 60-year-old rector, much to her parents' dismay. In an effort to dissuade their daughter from such a union, they send her off to wealthy Aunt Bentley's posh home in the exclusive neighborhood of Mayfair, London. The year is 1813, and beautiful, sweet Ariana, with her deep-rooted faith and convictions, is unprepared for her sudden role as a woman of high society. She has come to live with Aunt Bentley during "the season" --- a time when young, single women dress in their finest and attend functions for the sole purpose of finding an appropriate suitor. But Ariana has different plans.
Aunt Bentley showers Ariana with elaborate fashions and accessories, determined to ensure that she receives an offer from a wealthy and respectable man of society before the season ends. Ariana, however, desires only to enjoy her stay in London, make some new friends and take in the city's museums, galleries and architecture. Finding a husband is simply not her heart's desire, until she looks into the dark, brooding eyes of Mr. Phillip Mornay, "the Paragon." Men copy his style, and women swoon over him. He is the popular rogue who cannot be caught, until he finds himself drawn to the young, outspoken Miss Forsythe. She will challenge him in ways he never anticipated and eventually lead him to some heartfelt soul-searching.
In the meantime, Mr. Mornay's attraction to Ariana angers one of the society mothers, who hoped her own daughter might snatch the debonair gentleman and elevate their family's social stature. The woman's wrath leads her to fabricate a scandal in hopes of damaging Ariana's reputation, but Mr. Mornay steps in and beats her at her own game. Ariana can't stop thinking about this man who, she discovers, is far more upright and kind-hearted than his reputation dictates. But Ariana is resolved to marry only a fellow Christian, and Mr. Mornay is not a true believer. Will she follow her heart and go against her faith? Is it possible to have it all, or must she sacrifice one for the other? When Mr. Mornay asks for Ariana's hand in marriage, he never imagines the woman he loves will hesitate based on his lack of faith.
Linore Rose Burkard has created a novel as beautiful and elegant as the book's cover. Any reader can't help but be transported to the posh parlors and elegant ballrooms of Regency London, where high society means lavish parties, strict rules of etiquette, clear-cut lines between the haves and have-nots, and in some cases, petty hearts hiding beneath layers of silk and lace. An impressive amount of research went into writing this book, so rich in detail and historical references that flow seamlessly throughout the intriguing story. Burkard doesn't miss a beat in either the Regency-style language or elements. From fashion to furniture and everything in between, her extraordinary command of period detail stays consistent.