The Country House Courtship [NOOK Book]

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Linore Burkard’s 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...

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Overview

Linore Burkard’s 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 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!

As always, Linore Burkard delivers “spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736947190
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: A Regency Inspirational Romance
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 468,920
  • File size: 603 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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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    Delightful - Jane Austen Lite

    I write this review from a different sort of perspective. Books by Linore Rose Burkard are often touted as, "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen soul." Now if you love Jane Austen, chances are you've already discovered Linore and her wonderful books based on that glowing recommendation. But I must confess. It scared me away. I don't hate Jane Austen. I enjoy some aspects of her books, but I feel like I'm slogging through the formal convoluted language every time I pick one up. I have yet to make it to the end of a Jane Austen novel. For me, pleasure reading they are not.

    So it was with some trepidation that I began the advanced copy of Country House Courtship sent to me for this review. By the time I reached the second chapter, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief because I found myself enjoying the book enormously. The language rings of Jane Austen, yet is much friendlier to the modern reader. The omniscient viewpoint made me feel like I was sitting with a friend as they told me a tale and proved a pleasant change from the norm.

    In Country House Courtship Linore combines the best elements of Regency fiction with the best elements of contemporary writing to delightful effect. I would call these books "Jane Austen Lite," and I mean that in the best sort of way. There is no slogging or trudging through this book. Readers can enjoy a wonderful Regency style novel that is friendly to a modern day audience.

    I highly recommend this book to Jane Austen fans. However, I think anyone who enjoys romance or historical fiction will love this book as well.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    An entreating leisurely plotted Regency romance

    In 1818 Beatrice Forsythe plans to follow in the footsteps of her sister Ariana, who happily married wealthy Phillip Mornay (see House on Grosvenor Square and Before the Season Ends). She plans to wed a paragon just like her brother-in-law.

    Curate Peter O'Brien is nominated as the vicar in Glendover, but before he can assume the position, Phillip must approve him. When she was younger, Beatrice agreed to marry Peter one day, but since Ariana's lofty rise, he is no longer acceptable to her. Instead she wants the Mornay family to sponsor her a season in London although she believes Tristan Barton, who is staying at the manor House, with his looks and money is the perfect spouse for her. That is until Ariana becomes ill and Beatrice learns family secrets.

    The Country House Courtship is an entreating leisurely plotted Regency romance starring a young woman who wants what her older sister has; not understanding the cost. The strong cast makes for a fine historical relationship drama as each comes to the Country House with personal often conflicting agendas.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    A great story! Sad to see it end!

    I absolutely loved this trilogy of regency romance novels! Written in a very Jane Austen style, but without tedious details. Fantastic, engaging characters with a plot that tied in perfectly with the first two books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Electric room

    Here.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Jane Austen era lovers

    With old-fashioned grace, Burkard tells a gentle tale sure to transport the reader back to the era of Jane Austen.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    Escape to Austen's world

    After picking up this book, I've decided I have to get my hands on the first one. If you like Jane Austen (which I LOVE), you'll like this with its refreshing, easy prose. Linore brought the Regency era to life with its customs, practices, dialogue, descriptions, etc. I really felt like I was there! For readers who want to curl up in a cozy corner with a cup of tea, this is a sweet escape into the world of Austen.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    Jane Austen vs Linore Rose Burkard

    I'm not a Jane Austen fan unless I need a good way to go to sleep. So it's probably a good thing I didn't read Jane Austen before I read Linore Burkard's books. Ms. Burkard knows her regency history. You can go in knowing nothing about regency and when you close the book at the end you will have had a history lesson without even knowing it! The author keeps you engaged from start to finish in the book. IMO if Jane Austen were alive today and writing regency, Linore Rose Burkard would be giving her more than a run for her money. Where Jane Austen's books drag on and on with with nothing more than a bunch of meaningless chatter, Linore Burkard cleverly keeps you turning the pages.

    If you are Jane Austen fan you will LOVE Country House Courtship. It's like Jane Austen with spice! If you aren't an Austen fan you'll be pleasantly surprised at what a fun read CHC is.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Burkard's Third Novel Doesn't Disappoint

    This is the third installment in Linore Rose Burkard's continuing saga of the Forsythes and the Mornays. Beatrice Forsythe, sister to Ariana Mornay, is now seventeen years old, and determined to have a London season and find a wealthy husband.

    But Ariana and Phillip have given up the high society lifestyle as they raise a family at their country estate, which foils Beatrice's plans. She is hopeful to convince them to chaperone her in London. Then, an old acquaintance of both Ariana and Beatrice's shows up. Mr. Peter O'Brien has arrived to procure the position of vicar at Glendover, owned by Mr. Mornay. Beatrice is not happy with this turn of events, as she is embarrassed that she rashly promised to marry Mr. O'Brien years earlier.

    When Tristan Barton becomes a neighbor, he also becomes a prospective husband for Beatrice. But Ariana falls gravely ill, upsetting Beatrice's plans, and she learns a life lesson she won't soon forget.

    This is another delightful inspirational Regency romance by Linore that pleases and satisfies as well as the first two have. Ariana and Phillip are more in love than ever, and Mr. O'Brien, a character I never much cared for in the other two books, has believably turned into a strong, admirable love interest for Beatrice.

    As always, the setting and time period are as authentic and Jane Austen-ish as ever, becoming characters in their own right, and adding so much to the essence of the story. If you've read Linore's other two books, you'll certainly enjoy this one. But even if you haven't, pick up a copy, and I guarantee you'll be hooked.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    Adventures of Beatrice!

    With much enthusiasm, I enjoyed this third story in the Regency Romance series by Linore Rose Burkard. The values and morals of the main characters are very refreshing. We are offered an uplifting story with romance, adventure and mystery. I feel as comfortable for my young teen daughter to read this selection as I am for my set in her ways grandmother. The book tells an exhilarating saga of a young lady and her quest to find the perfect husband while realizing what she thought was important may not actually be so.

    The author uses dialogue of the time period to enhance its reality, but sometimes this leaves the meaning somewhat questionable. However, Burkard is very good at giving clues and clarifications to help the reader. I always find reading a book by Burkard to be a learning experience of the Regency Period. A short glossary of terms is also included to enhance our understanding, and I found myself referring to this several times throughout. I recommend this book to fans that enjoy Jane Austen and the Regency Time Period. The book is a story unto itself, but if given a choice, I recommend reading Before the Season Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square before reading this third selection in the series. Well done, Linore!

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    3rd in Regency Inspirational Romance series lives up to all promises

    The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard is the third in the Regency Inspirational Romance series. When Beatrice Forsythe was just twelve, she swore that she would marry Mr. O'Brien, a former suitor of her sister Ariana, but five years later, her standards for a husband have changed significantly. Having seen the style of life Ariana lives while married to the Paragon, Philip Mornay, she wants that kind of wealth for herself. Tristan Barton seems to promise that kind of life, but when Mr. O'Brien makes a surprise appearance, she finds that her heart may want something different than her head. Burkard's women are smart, beautifully dressed, and aren't afraid to express themselves. Beatrice has a slight Austenesque appeal in that she wants luxury and wealth, but finds herself drawn to a man of character. There are some humorous misunderstandings, along with a stereotypical villain who is made more real by his three-dimensional sister. Burkard easily juggles all of the many storylines, and I enjoy how she keeps faith within the framework of the story without making it preachy or boring. While the story does feel like it's come to a natural ending, I do hope that Burkard hasn't left Forsythe family forever. There are more sisters to marry off!

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Burkard does it again

    If you are a fan of historical romances, then this book fits the bill splendidly.

    If you ever thought about dipping into the world of historical romance, I recommend it and The Country House Courtship is your chance.

    This is the third book in the series following the Forsythe sisters through the ups and downs of romance and wedded bliss. I found The Country House Courtship to be a little more sedate than the previous books, but then it is set in the country where life is quite a bit less hectic.

    I've been wondering . . . since there is a fourth sister, Lucy . . . might there be yet another novel in this series that we can look forward to? I sure hope so.

    Keep 'em coming Ms. Burkard, keep 'em coming!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    The Forsythe Sisters are back

    The Forsythe sisters are together again but this time the teenager is Beatrice bent on having Ariana present her at the London Season inorder to obtain a wealthy husband. But, and of course with every romance there is a "but", she meets up again with Mr. O'Brien who is now a member of the clergy and Mr. Barton who seems to be a member of the ton. I enjoyed the story, Ms. Burkard has again presented the emotions of a Regency teenager with what appears to be accuracy of the time and understandable to today's feelings. I didn't feel that I was in a foreign time that didn't make sense which is a good thing. I liked how she wove the Christian faith into the family's everyday life, it was part of their makeup not something that just occured on Sunday. I really was surprised and liked the twist at the end, not something that I even imagined would happen. That was the best part.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Absolutely Loved it!

    How fun it has been to return to the Regency world created by Ms. Burkard and find out what the familiar characters from the previous two books are up to five years later. Though Ariana and Mr. Mornay are not the focus of The Country House Courtship, they are still involved and it was gratifying to see them married and living together happily with their young family and all the enduring love they had for each other while courting.

    In this third book of the series, Ariana's younger sister, Beatrice, is coming of age and looking for a good match. What I find wonderful of Ms. Burkard's writing is how different Beatrice is from Ariana. You can tell from the beginning she is young and naive and has a lot of growing to do--both emotionally and spiritually--before she arrives at her happily ever after.

    Beatrice actually quite cracked me up. She is so free in her thinking and she must have taken advice from the ilk of Mrs. Bennet from P&P for she believes as her sister married so well she quite deserves a man just as well situated. (It's probably how Lydia Bennet would have been after Lizzie married Mr. Darcy if Lydia hadn't been forced to marry that horrid Mr. Wickham.)

    Mr. O'Brien isn't your typical Regency hero. He's isn't anything like Mr. Mornay. He might seem to have less presence but maybe you just have to take more time to get to know him. He's learned a lot about himself and life since the last time we saw him. He's gentle with a giving heart and obviously meant to be a man of God within the church. And though a clergyman, he has a sense of humor. But even more he is a man of strength with a heart to love a woman with all his might.

    The author gave her two lead characters five years between book 2 and 3. This gave them time to mature, change and become worthy of being hero and heroine without being totally different and unrecognizable.

    Again Ms. Burkard ahs me with her amazing prowess with the written word and her grasp of the Regency period. I've come to realize that you will never be disappointed with one of her books. Fantastic from cover to cover!

    I absolutely loved this book--just as much as the first novel of the series. There is so much going on with the primaries and secondaries that I couldn't wait to dive into the book each day until it was finished. What I really found to be true after reading Ms. Burkard's books is that days later I'm thinking about them...about the characters. That's the sign of a good book--you don't soon forget it.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Jane Austen country

    Delightful read. So Jane Austen-esque! Burkard really knows her period and has a talent for making the characters sound like they are from the era. Not so much the regency which Georgette Heyer created or that of Pierce Egan's regency bucks, Tom and Jerry. Much more the gentle world of Jane Austen's gentry.
    So many of today's regencies focus on the higher echelons of the dukes and marquises. This story is probably the more realistic sphere of gently bred ladies and gentlemen, squires and vicars.
    There's lots of period detail and a wide circle of characters. A delightful curate who is very self-effacing yet endearing nonetheless. The heroine, Beatrice, has a lot of growing up to do. At 17, that's natural, so I was a little disappointed that she had to marry so young. She didn't "have" to, but she did end up falling in love and settling her future by the book's end.
    Even though I hadn't read the two novels preceding this one, those characters reappeared and it was nice getting to know them. Makes me want to read their journey as well.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkhard

    Linore Rose Burkhard is a master of the Regency Era. She creates a masterful blend of strong women characters, romance, and intrigue in her stories. The Country House Courtship is the 3rd book in a series that began with Before the Season Ends. I could not put it down. It was a pleasure to read and I know that everyone who loves Regency will enjoy this books as well.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Your First Regency Romance

    Beatrice Forsythe is guilty of the sin of envy. Her sister Ariana is happily married to Philip Mornay, "The Paragon", a gentleman of ton with extensive properties. All Beatrice wants at age seventeen is a husband as rich as her brother-in-law, who can give her all the same material benefits The Paragon offers her sister.

    To a wintertime house party at the Mornay estate arrive a husband-candidate with a sister in disgrace, plus a worthy but wary applicant for the vicarage in Mornay's gift. Mr. Barton, the ideal society husband, has his own agenda-the Prince Regent wants to ennoble Mornay with a viscountcy, and it's Barton's job to get Mornay to agree, and quickly! At Aspindon, the Mornays' country home, guests with secret agendas, well meaning relations, Beatrice-on-the-husband-prowl and a dangerous fever making rounds among the locals, make a dangerous and exciting brew. Beatrice finds that the prime candidate for her affections is not all he appears to be...

    Ms. Burkard's historical romances are new to me. I felt the novel's opening was a bit slow, but the quality of the writing made me dismiss this as merely a matter of style. Ms. Burkard uses Austen-era literary conventions to make THE COUNTRY HOUSE COURTSHIP read very authentic to the time. I loved the parenthetical explanations and mental squirming written in, even within dialogue. It added a fresh dimension to a story that could have felt predictable, but was not. The ending was neither rushed nor drawn out too long. The secondary love story was somewhat thin, and at times I itched to slap Anne into some of Beatrice's backbone. She has plenty to spare despite her early lack of maturity. I was very pleased with Beatrice's character development, for she felt shallow in the early pages. I also liked the fact that the house party took place in winter-so many authors ignore the fact that the English of other eras had to find some way to entertain themselves through a cold season!

    Ms. Burkart's backlist is now on my TBR list, and I look forward to reading future titles from this very able author. If you've never read a Regency romance before, this is the book to start with.

    www.debkinnard.com

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