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Before the Season Ends

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Pleasurable book

Though the first impression of Ariana is that she is a ninny (thinking her lot in life was a sixty year old curate) fortunately later chapters showed her as much more mature, developed and entertaining personality. I was captivated in the story until the marriage offer...
Though the first impression of Ariana is that she is a ninny (thinking her lot in life was a sixty year old curate) fortunately later chapters showed her as much more mature, developed and entertaining personality. I was captivated in the story until the marriage offer at which point I lost interest and skimmed the remainder of the chapters. While as a Christian I understood Ariana's dilemma I became rather impatient at the statement and restatement. I was waiting for Phillip to become as impatient with her as I was. While I choose inspriational romances and want a Christian setting, I am not wanting a diatribe on doctrine.

Though I would read other books by the author with other characters, personlly, I am not interested in the sequel with Ariana. I read for escape from my daily problems, some of which are relational (thus the need for romance books!) and I am NOT interested in spending any time or emotions involved in problems between fictional characters, however likeable.

The book was well written and enjoyable, though "in the vein of Jane Austen" didn't ring true for me.

posted by Suholo on October 21, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

disappointed

item kept reverting from page 60 to 58 and could not read further .

posted by 8505988 on January 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Perhaps if I hadn't been spoiled by Georgette Heyer/Patricia Veryan Regencies


    Once I overlooked that the deluded girl who stubbornly believes it is God's will for her to marry a 60 year old vicar because he happens to be the only "man of God" handy is the same girl we (and the hero) are supposed to find so charming and engaging, the book seemed to show promise. That is, until about halfway through when all the characters changed again. The stern aunt becomes a silly old woman delighted because she made a rhyme with her niece's name, the "worthy" suitor becomes a bit of a stalker, and Ariana becomes a self-righteous prig.
    And then there are teasers of sub-plots that never go anywhere and/or are resolved in a few paragraphs: the disappearing letters, the "new best friend" who keeps tempting Ariana away and throwing her together with the stalker, the sightly off couple who accompany the hero and heroine to Vauxhall Gardens but are never heard of once they get in their boat and, the worse, the revealing of the hero's deep, dark secret by some man who has barely made an appearance but is now presented as some sort of rival. This major plot development is quickly resolved with the hero off screen by Ariana going to visit his aunt..with a paragraph or two set aside to describe her outfit as she stands outside the aunt's door mentally preparing herself.
    And, yes, if a heroine spends 2 pages standing up in small boat making a passionate speech, no one is surprised when she falls overboard...that heavy-handed plot device was probably the turning point downwards.
    Finally, what in the world is meant by "swirling eyes"? It made me think of those people who can make their pupils jiggle, which doesn't really enhance the hero's desirability.
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    As a Christian, I hope to find Christian authors that can incorporate faith realistically into their writing with a story that is well-crafted enough to stand on its own. Sadly, I did not find either in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Mixed Bag

    This was a mixed bag for me and - my fault - I should have read further down the reviews. It is very well written and entertaining however the last half of the book becomes way more religious than the beginning of the book. I found myself skipping many pages to get on with the story and getting irriated. Had I realized this I would have probably not purchased it.

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