Before the Season Ends

Before the Season Ends

by Linore Rose Burkard

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ISBN-13: 9780736925518
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: A Regency Inspirational Romance Series
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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. 122 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.
wbarker on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Perfect for : Personal reading, book club read (Contains Discussion Questions)In a nutshell: A wonderful Regency Romance, set in England in 1813, with the added benefit of a little faith added in. Ariana, the 19-year-old strong-willed daughter of the Forsythe's, has determined that she is going to marry the 60 year old village rector! In an act of desperation, her parents send her to her Aunt in London for a season. When she gets to London, at her first real outing, she bumps into Mornay, the man her Aunt has told her to avoid! This is a charming faith-focused Regency romance that is sure to be a favorite for Regency romance readers!Extended Review:Characters: We follow Ariana on her adventures in London where she is sent to stay with her Aunt . . . and where she makes the acquaintance of the season's confirmed bachelor, Mornay. I really enjoyed Mornay's character - as he actually took an interest in helping Ariana, and as he transformed into a better person throughout the book.Story-Line: The author has included many wonderful details from the era to help the reader easily visualize what is happening in the story. In true Regency-form, the main character Ariana goes to London to have a season, where she will participate in the rounds of dinners, balls and parties where many of the ton will try to make a successful marriage match.Readability: For me, the book was an easy read, even with over 330 pages. I've read many Regency romances, so I am very familiar with the words used during that time (ton, tendre, fustian, etc), but for those who aren't, the author has included a wonderful glossary at the end of the book!Overall: A delightful Regency with an emphasis on faith and values! I sure hope Ms. Burkard has another Inspirational Regency Romance on the way!
judyg54 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Written in the Jane Austin era and with her style. It is a story of Ariana Forsythe, who is sent to her Aunt Bentley's home in London. Her Aunt is out to find her a suitable husband, but never did either one of them think it would turn out to be the rogue, Mr. Phillip Mornay. But there is a problem that is keeping Ariana from a future with Phillip. I really liked the style of writing and the way Ariana was portrayed and how she stood by her convictions.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this story. I've never read Jane Austen so the whole omniscient POV thing was a bit challenging at first. But once I got the hang of it I was totally pulled in to the story and fell in love with the characters. I am looking forward to the next 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!!