The House in Grosvenor Square [NOOK Book]

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Readers who loved the author’s first book, Before the Season Ends, will delight in this charming sequel set in Regency London.

As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding to Philip Mornay, she must adjust to the realization that she is soon to become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it’s wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street ...

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Overview

Readers who loved the author’s first book, Before the Season Ends, will delight in this charming sequel set in Regency London.

As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding to Philip Mornay, she must adjust to the realization that she is soon to become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it’s wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London.

During a tour of her future home—the house in Grosvenor Square—Ariana makes plans to redecorate according to her tastes. But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, accompanied by a friend or relation, another item disappears.

Shortly thereafter Ariana is abducted as she leaves a performance at Covent Garden Theatre, leaving Philip to unravel the pieces of the mystery. Where has his future bride been taken, and by whom? For what reason? How does Ariana’s faith play a role?

Finally, after the safe return of his intended, how does Philip—a man of intense discrimination in his tastes—find the many alterations in his house? And what on earth is behind the sudden influx of bills from every charity in London, all thanking him profusely for his uncommon generosity? Will he have second thoughts about his future bride?

Readers will find romance, intrigue, humor, and inspiration in this new book of spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736933582
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: A Regency Inspirational Romance
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 478,145
  • File size: 798 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 May 2, 2009

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    Regency England

    Oh the problems of the days before the invention of the telephone! Servants had to scurry, carrying notes in this Regency England romance novel. Like a comedy of errors, the characters in this tale sometimes go round and round trying to get in touch with one another! I found myself chuckling as I read.

    More humor is found in the dialogue. Propriety is all-important. Imagine days before marrying, calling your beloved Mr. or Miss and staying apart so as to be able to control your emotions--worrying that there might be a scandal if you are caught embracing.

    The characters are richly written in three dimension. Ariana Forsythe stumbles from one misadventure to the next, barely escaping harm, while Philip Mornay dashes about to her rescue. Even the despecible villian, Mr. Whiddington, is so well written that I wish him well. I admire the way Ariana begins to pray when threatened with danger, which seems to be quite often, and it's interesting to watch Philip's acquaintances realize he's a different man now that he's found Christ. Even Whiddington pays attention when talk turns to things of God.

    I did not read the first novel in this series, Before the Season Ends, but since this is a stand-alone novel, I had no problems catching on. The plot moves along nicely. Discussions questions and a glossary are included.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    Ahh, how delicious!

    Ah, finally... a sequel to "Before the Season Ends", the phenomenal Inspirational Romance that proved that the Jane Austen style translates to Christian fiction beautifully. In order to give "The House in Grosvenor Square" a proper read through, I sat down and re-read "Before the Season Ends" first. You must understand that nowadays I do not re-read books, I just simply don't have time thanks to my wonderful "to be read" pile of books. So I was pleasantly surprised that 1 year after reading it for the first time, "Before the Season Ends" thrilled me again as I curled up and savored every page. Upon finishing my re-entry into Ariana and Philip's world of debutantes, balls and fashion... I eagerly picked up "The House in Grosvenor Square" and started devouring it. I absolutely adored the way that Linore picked up just where she left off and swept me right back to the place of Lords and Ladys and Ariana and Philip trying desperately to make it to their wedding day without anything dire happening. There are only a few issues that threaten to keep their happiness at bay.

    First, someone is trying to take revenge on Philip by getting Ariana out of the way and they sure are persistant. I believe their motto is, "When at first you don't succeed, try, try again!"

    Second, can Philip and Ariana get to their wedding without any major misunderstandings on their part that might threaten to break them up?

    Third, Philip's household staff gets wind that Ariana might want to replace them when she moves in... can they foil those plans?

    This book is just delicious and I ate it right up! I can only hope and pray that Linore has many more plans for Ariana and Philip so I can keep visiting them over and over again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    Romance at its Best!

    This is the sequel to Before the Season Ends, which is one of my favorite books from the last few years. I loved that book, and The House in Grosvenor Square is just as brilliantly conceived, and brilliantly written, as Before the Season Ends! The last half of the book is so exciting that I don't recommend trying to read it when you have a limited amount of time! Or when you're trying to clean up your house because company is coming over, like I did! I simply couldn't stop reading. Such a fun book.

    When the story opens, it is only eight days until the Paragon, Phillip Mornay, marries his true love, Ariana Forsythe. But strange things start happening, making everyone, even Ariana's aunt, Mrs. Bentley, extremely anxious to get this marriage done! Things go missing at Mornay's beautiful town house on Grosvenor Square whenever Ariana visits. Then an attempt is made to abduct Ariana. Things go from bad to worse and no one knows who to blame or what will happen next! Will Mornay scandalize himself by the steps he must take to keep his bride safe?

    This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping the pages as fast as you can, until the very end! I have to say, I've rarely ever felt so attached to two characters in someone else's book! These characters are so real to me, and I find myself hoping there's at least one more book starring Ariana and Phillip Mornay. I can't bear to let them go! They're just too fun.

    As you can tell, I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Amazin'!!

    This book is amazin! Couldn't put it down!...even though I've read this book three or four times. Great story!
    Highly recommend this book!...and of course the first one too! :) The third book I've still not read...but I can't wait to see what happens with the Ariana's sister!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Legandary bird room

    Ere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    The House on Grosvenor Square

    This is the second in the series and this one is also quite good:interesting characters, a lot of action, brings the story along, and well written. An historical romance, it seems to be Jane Austin inspired and one enjoyment is the similarity. I'm not a huge JA fan, but I do enjoy most of her writing. If you like JA, I think you'll enjoy Linore Burkard, too.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Highly recommend all three books in this series.

    This is the second book in this three book series. After I read the first book (Before the Season Ends)I had to read this book. I also had to read the third book.

    The story is suspenseful, absorbing and entertaining, as well as funny. I could not wait to see what happens page after page. The characters come alive on each page, leaving the reader with a sense of identity with them.I found myself laughing at some of the actions of Ariana and the Paragon.

    It is also a fabulous love story for the romantic at heart, with chivalry at its highest degree. For people of faith it is also a story of redemption as well as God's divine guidance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I really enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Simply Adorable.

    Okay so I have to admit that it took me awhile to actually get into the book. It was a bit boring in the very beginning. Maybe the first 2 chapters though. Once I finally got into it, I couldn't put it down. Like staying-up-until-after-3am couldn't put it down. It is the most adorable story...definitely a must read.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Highly Recommend this Book & this Author

    I started reading The House in Grosvenor Square with great expectations as I so loved the first book in Ms. Burkard's Regency series. Again I must commend the author on a job well done. The way she writes in the style and language of the Regency era is uncanny. Her descriptions of clothes and places sets you right in the midst of early 19th century London. The story enthralls right from the beginning.

    I was pleased to see many if not all of the characters I'd come to know in the first book present in the second. It's great starting a new book with a group of characters you already love and that was exactly the experience as I got back into the story of Arianna Forsythe and Philip Mornay. Now as they prepare for their wedding, trial after trial seems to beset their walk down the aisle. Adversity attempts to separate the pair but with God and the perseverance of their love they just might make it.

    It was refreshing to see the continued sincere Christianity of Ariana. She's even witnessing to her abductor. Imagine that! And Mr. Mornay, who became a Christian in book one, is growing in his faith and understanding. I quite enjoyed reading in Mr. Moray's pov as his love for Ariana deepens and becomes apparent to just about everyone he knows. It just about makes your heart melt.

    This 2nd book although enjoyable and entertaining does not have the same flavor of a romance as did the 1st since the main characters are already engaged to be married, but it has a terrific plot that will have you reading into the wee hours of the night. I might even venture to say that it has a Gothic feel with a woman in peril by an evil villain and the hero coming to her rescue. So though I say this has a different flavor and not in essence a true romance, it is still romantic in nature.

    In summation: The House in Grosvenor Square is a satisfying conclusion to the romance of the characters from Before the Season Ends. Lovely story, lovely writing. Ms. Burkard has a knack of writing intriguing prose and outstanding historical details that draw you in completely. I enjoyed reading it and recommend this book and this author highly.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    A really fun book to read

    Sweet Ariana Forsythe is planning her wedding to the most eligible bachelor in England, Philip Mornay. Is it wrong to start spending Philip's money before the wedding? There are so many charities that need support. So much good she will be able to do. Soon. Or now? She visits his home to start moving her belongings in, but the servants don't seem to like her much. Why? Plus, someone is holding a grudge against Philip and has made several attempts to abduct Ariana. Can Philip discover who is trying to hurt him and keep Ariana safe?

    Linore Rose Burkhart weaves wonderfully complex dramas that make you want to go and read all your Jane Austen books as soon as you close the cover of hers. Her books are filled with a myriad of intriguing characters. I love that Ariana is a girl who isn't afraid to evangelize anyone-even her abductor! And I love reading about Philip's struggle to deal with his betrothed. This was a really fun book to read. I hope that Linore Rose Burkhart has more stories to tell about England 1813. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

    Austen Fans Will Love!

    If you like Austen, you should read this series. Some regency writers try to copy Austen to the extent that their own story is lost. That is not the case in this book, however. I loved it. Linore is historically accurate, without being stuffy, or too detailed. The mayhem that occurs in this book is astounding. I loved when they are all going to each others houses, and missing each other by seconds. It was truly comical. This whole series had delighted me, and I am eagerly awaiting book three, "The Country House Courtship".

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    A Faith-full Inspirational Regency

    I met the charming Ariana Forsythe and her handsome fiancé, Mr. Philip Mornay, aka The Paragon, in Linore Rose Burkard's debut novel, BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS. I was drawn to these characters, enjoyed the bumpy journey they traveled in that book and looked forward to the sequel, THE HOUSE IN GROSVENOR SQUARE.

    The story picks up with their wedding two weeks away. After all they've been through together, Ariana and Mornay hope for time to pass quickly without further incident so they can marry and begin their life together, but troubles plague them. Items from his lovely home go missing--after Ariana's visits. When she's taken in an attempted abduction, Mornay vows to find the culprits behind the troubling deeds. He shocks the ton by moving her into his guest room in order to keep her from harm, but he refuses to let the gossipmongers deter his need to protect his beloved.

    THE HOUSE IN GROSVENOR SQUARE is full of surprises. Burkard kept me reading as I hurried to see Ariana free from danger. However, just as I'd think things were going to improve, along came another hurdle. By the time I neared the end, I stopped looking at the clock or worrying about how tired I'd be the next day because I was eager to see how things worked out.

    Once again, Burkard has captured the rich dialogue of the Regency period in an inspirational tale where faith plays a vital role in the characters' lives. Her attention to detail and historical research enable her to do a wonderful job of depicting the period. THE HOUSE IN GROSVENOR SQUARE delivered all it promised. I had a good time visiting my old friends Ariana and Mornay and enjoyed this fast-paced tale of trials overcome and mysteries resolved.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Quality Faith Based Regency Romance

    I'm rapidly becoming a fan of Regency romantic fiction, especially when it's written by Linore Rose Burkard! With a rich and authentic voice, eye for detail and a wit that fits my personality style, the sequel to her successful novel, "Before the Season Ends" is just as wonderful.

    Although you need a reference guide to make it through one of Linore's novels (due to rich detail and authenticity), nothing can detract from the skillful use of language and her knowledge of detail as she captivates you page after page. While it's true Linore writes in the style of Jane Austen...

    ...I enjoy Linore's writing so much more! The faith element is never contrived and adds an extra layer of richness to the storyline. Picture perfect is the scene with Ariana in her captive's carriage and the aftermath of that ordeal--just read it and you'll see what I mean.

    "The House on Grosvenor Square" releases from Harvest House...be sure to put it on your shelf!

    In the meantime, Linore rates another five out of five bookmarks, with a set of pantaloons as a charm...silk, no less!

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    Linore Rose Burkard has done it again!

    Linore has a real understanding of the Regency period. The sequel to 'Before the Season Ends' brings back Ariana and Mr. Mornay along with many of the other characters and several new. You will get to see all the mayhem that leads up to Phillip and Ariana's marriage and it will keep you turning the pages, I promise. If you like Regency you will love this book because Linore Burkard knows her stuff. Check out her website if you want to find out more about the Regency Period. It is great!

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    2nd in series a delightful mix of humor, romance, and suspense

    The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard is the second to feature Ariana Forsythe in a Regency Inspirational Romance. Ariana and fiance Phillip Mornay are just days away from their wedding, and she is getting ready to move into his Grosvenor Square manor. But every time she visits the house, something valuable disappears, and soon Ariana herself is disappearing from repeated kidnapping attempts. Phillip must discover who is at the bottom of both mysteries to save their wedding day. Burkard has perfected the art of mistaken identities and misconstrued messages making the plot zip with humor and fun, along with a more serious suspense plot as well. She juggles the romance, faith, humor, and suspense easily; I absolutely couldn't put this book down. I do love how there are certain traps that Burkard does not fall into. While there are plenty of near-misses in meetings, never does Ariana do trademark heroine actions of the type that have readers groaning in disgust and frustration (like leaving the house alone knowing that someone wants to kidnap her) making the book a true joy. I do hope that Burkard isn't finished with the couple's escapades; they are too good to end the series at just two books!

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    A Rollicing Regency Romance!

    "The House in Grosvenor Square" is a charming tale full of mistaken identities, miscommunication, intrigue, and of course, the rich opulence of the day.

    It's a pleasure to rejoin Ariana Forsythe and Phillip Mornay (the main character from Burkard's debut novel, Before the Season Ends). As Ariana and Phillip prepare for their upcoming marriage, they are beset by all manner of trouble. A housekeeper who tries to turn the staff against Ariana, a friend who feels more than friendship, and a kidnapper who keeps abducting the wrong woman are just some of the obstacles they must face. It's a story of deep emotions laced with a great dash of Austen-esque humor.

    Not only does Burkard write a story worthy of the time, but she writes in the same style. Her use of Regency vernacular and spelling, as well as phrasing and customs, all lend to the authenticity of the book. As soon as you get between the covers of this novel, you'll feel like you've traveled back to another time and place.

    One caveat: I would highly recommend that you read "Before the Season Ends" first. Not only will you appreciate the story more, but it will help clear up who the many players are. You won't regret it!

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    The House in Grosvenor Square

    The House on Grosvenor Square is Linore Rose Burkard's second Regency romance in the series. For anyone unfamiliar with the genre, Regency-era historical novels are set in England in the early 1800s. Burkard's handle is "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen soul."

    The story involves a not-terribly-wealthy young Ariana Forsythe's debut into London society by her well-heeled aunt. Ariana is a professing naïve Christian with a charitable heart who desires to help London's endless profoundly impoverished. A mutual love with an enormously wealthy aristocrat, Philip Mornay, follows. Mr. Mornay is so taken with Miss Forsythe, in fact, that he also has a change of heart for faith and allows his fiancé to follow her heart in redecorating his Greco-Roman-style home filled with pagan symbols, as well as getting accidentally involved in donating to every rag-tag charity in town.

    Fearing for her livelihood, Mr. Mornay's housekeeper plots to discredit her future mistress before the wedding. The Institution for Decayed Housekeepers will not be her end, she vows. Unbeknownst to them all, another plot is underway to kidnap the young woman for revenge and ransom.

    Burkard handles the frivolous Regency era deftly, comfortably using the terminology of the day and thoughtfully including a glossary. She makes what is a time period filled with silly focus on fashion and simpering class snobbery into an intriguing look of what happens when people care about each other despite societal rules. An injection of Christian morality is a unique and welcome twist. The House on Grosvenor Square is a delightful companion to Before the Season Ends. A Discussion Guide is included.

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