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Before the Season Ends
     

Before the Season Ends

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by Linore Burkard
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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 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.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736931236
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Series:
A Regency Inspirational Romance , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
196,649
File size:
652 KB

Meet the Author

Linore Rose Burkard lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Raised in New York, she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a BA in English literature. A longtime fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, Linore delights in bringing Regency England to life for today’s reader.

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Before the Season Ends 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Suholo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. that 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.
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Lindsey84 More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Jane Austen, I was skeptical of reading this series. However, at the time, this book was a free Christian fiction option on my Nook, so I chose to give it a shot. I was delighted that my chance paid off and I was entertained and impressed! When the sequel came out, I devoured that as well, and have just finished the third. This is my favorite Christian fiction series and I can't wait to see what else this author has in store for her readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a Jane Austin-like read. I enjoyed the story; how the author showed the main character's struggles; how she describes that time period. I love it when I'm not embarassed to read a romance.
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Before the Season Ends was a very engaging book! It reminded me of a Jane Austen novel, the writing style and story outline. I could not put the book down once I got started. I just had to know if Mr. Mornay was going to become a Christian! There were some parts of the story that, if I was the author, would have left out. I understand that a lot of the "extra" information was to help set the stage so the reader could understand what the time period was like, but I kinda skimmed through some of that stuff because I did not find it of utmost importance to the story. Before the Season Ends was FAR BETTER than the sequel. I never finished the House of Grovenor Square because I just couldn't get into it like I did this book! Great writing! Great story! Jane Austen fans must read!
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I love books about this era. The wardrobes, the balls, the expectations, are all so different from our modern life. This book has a distinct Jane Austin feel to it but is easier to read because it has a glossary of terms in the back (since many of the terms are unfamiliar). If you love Jane Austin you will love this book! Wonderful!!
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