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A Matter of Class
     

A Matter of Class

3.9 87
by Mary Balogh, Anne Flosnik (Read by)
 

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes yet another classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by title, a factor that pains him and his father within the Regency society that

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes yet another classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by title, a factor that pains him and his father within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.

Though Reginald Mason, Senior, wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Reginald Senior serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.

So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love—a story in which very little is as it seems.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Her scandalous near elopement with a coachman and his habitually drunken and spendthrift ways have brought Lady Annabelle Ashton and Mr. Reginald Mason to a pretty pass. Their families have had nothing to do with each other for 30 years, ever since the coal merchant Masons moved next door to the Earl of Havercroft's estate. But the highly successful Mr. Mason would like nothing better than to bring his aristocratic neighbor low by rescuing his daughter's reputation along with the earl's suffering finances while teaching his own son how to behave like a gentleman. Marriage between the two seems the only solution. VERDICT Fans of the popular Balogh (Seducing an Angel) are accustomed to her longer, more complex historical romances. Yet this slip of a novel manages to reveal a great deal about its misguided protagonists and how the past catches up with them. The happily-ever-after is never in doubt, but the unexpected denouement will have readers gasping and smiling with delight. A can't-miss choice for romance fans. [See our Q&A with Balogh, LJ 2/15/09.]—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
From the Publisher
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Mary Balogh does it again. She transported me to the wonderful world of Regency England. This is a not-to-be-missed story with a surprising twist.”

Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author 
“A marvelous gem of a story”

Library Journal
“Will have readers gasping and smiling with delight. A can’t-miss choice....”

Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars
“Readers will see this delightful novella as a gift from a favorite author. Balogh utilizes the classic class theme, gives it a twist or two, and utterly charms fans with a tale that’s sweet and sizzling, witty and romantic, dramatic and surprising. Better than chocolate or flowers, it’s a love story to remember.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441826398
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly series and Simply quartet of novels set at Miss Martin’s School for Girls, as well as many other beloved novels. She is also the author of First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, and Seducing an Angel, all featuring the Huxtable family. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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Matter of Class 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Bookery More than 1 year ago
Very short read--comparable to a Harlequin, and the book is not much bigger than one. I've read all Of Balogh's books and Matter of Class misses the mark. If you like the Christmas issues with 3 short stories by different authors, you will like this book, if you're expecting a book with depth, this is not the book for you.
Sflakes01 More than 1 year ago
A suprisingly short read, but quite enjoyable. If you're looking for something short to dig into, this will do just fine.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
It's a short and sweet novel that took me just one evening to read. For the short length that it was, I thought it was entertaining and a special twist was added in the book to add more to the story. I thought the twist was well thought of and to be frank, I didn't even expect something like that to happen. It was definitely a refreshing surprise and I was glad to see that this sets the book apart from the typical romances you see on the shelf. When it comes to these kinds of books, I expect the main couple in question to have the chemistry required to make the plot flow and to make the reading interesting. Annabelle and Reginald felt well together. Both were headstrong and stubborn, and both had a fiery streak. When they both argued, you couldn't help but chuckle to yourself while reading. They were entertaining and had that perfect chemistry to make them a good couple. They were also both very likable characters, Reginald did start off as a spoiled brat at first but as the story progressed, he was not who I thought he was. As for the 'romantic' parts, I'm not a fan of explicit scenes, but this novel passed. It wasn't pages long with unnecessary descriptions, and can be skimmed through for those that are just not into that sort of reading (like I am!). This book is a nice light quick read that can be finished in less than a day. The twist in the novel brings more flavor to the storyline and sets itself apart from the typical romances you see on the shelves. This has been a most enjoyable read - even for a non romance fan like myself.
JLRB More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, but really felt that the plot and characters could have been far more developed. I am a fan of Balogh and enjoy rereading some of her novels. This book was finished in two hours and I didn't find myself feeling sympathetic to any of the characters or truly understanding what motivated them in the way I usually do with her other novels. I would have to say that the ending in this novel was a delightful departure from the typical conclusion of this genre. It is overall a pleasant, light read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand the mixed reviews on this book. I thought it was very sweet and clever. The unfolding plot is what separates this book from others. Yes, it is more of a novella than a novel, but that doesn't bother me. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I was disappointed when it was over. I have read most of her books and I have to rate this up among the best. I wished it was a longer book and felt their story could have been a much longer book.
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I've read all her books great author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderfully written story by Mary Balogh. Even though it was a novella, it was superb!
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An easy enjoyable story that shows how two young people continue to adore each other over time.
MollyJG More than 1 year ago
If you like humor along with your romance this is perfect . I laughed at it and really found it inventive. You don't quite know what to expect next. I like all her books. Book club discussion....who knows.
serSR More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally clever and touching story. Had depth and a punch. After Ii read it, I continued to think about it. Short but sweet. Loved it!!!
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The length really makes it a novella, but it's a story that I come back to again and again
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Loved it! Short romance that makes you laugh
Zhules More than 1 year ago
My favorite Balogh book, kept me guessing almost till the end and I loved the back story for the characters.
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camaibarb More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book a lot. Will read more from this author