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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Book Review - "The Country House Courtship" by Linore Rose Burkhard


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Back Cover Description
It has been five years since Ariana Forsythe married the Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay. Now, Ariana's sister, Miss Beatrice Forsythe, is seventeen and determined to marry advantageously as well. (Surely Ariana's society connexions all but guarantee Beatrice's success--especially if Mr. Mornay is created a baronet by the Prince Regent! Ariana would be Viscountess Mornay.)

But the Mornays 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 her business with the curate, Mr. O'Brien, whom Beatrice had rashly promised to marry years earlier? She is too sophisticated now to settle for a mere clergyman--despite his agreeable countenance and gentle, understanding ways.

When Mr. Tristan Barton becomes 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 pretenses that were easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. As hearts are bared and truths uncovered, a country house courtship like no other cannot be far behind!

My Review
The Country House Courtship is a delightful faith-based Regency novel that will that will keep you entertained and immersed in biblical truths as Beatrice learns the lessons of life. I love how Burkhard builds Beatrice's character from a young innocent girl to a woman of high morals and principles. The transformation is gradual, but appropriate as events unfold in the story. Additionally, I enjoyed the hero, Mr. O'Brien, and his struggle to remain proper while trying to prove how much he has changed from the young man he had once been with the many blunders he made in chasing Beatrice's sister in the past. As a result, Mr. Mornay thinks of him as a nuisance, a pest, but comes to realize the true character of the man Mr. O'Brien has become. The romance in this novel is so precious, and I enjoyed how the characters allowed their decisions and view of things to stay in line with their faith-filled beliefs.

At first the way the story is written, I thought there was some head-hopping as the reader knows each characters' thoughts and points of view within each scene. As I read and became accustomed to the author's style, I realized it was indeed her writing style and it wasn't head-hopping as much as the use of omniscient point of view in a way that I've not been accustomed to in a while. It took some getting used to as I've been "conditioned" to write within one point of view per scene, but in truth, I prefer to know what everyone is thinking. I didn't find it confusing, and I rather enjoyed it, especially not having to wait until the next scene to know what someone's reaction is going to be. Therefore, the next scene is free to move the plot forward. Also, there is a great glossary in the back of the book to help those who may not be quite as familiar with Regency terms.

If you enjoy wonderful faith-based Regencies, then I highly recommend The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkhard. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!

Learn more about Linore Rose Burkhard at her website, here.

Purchase The Country House Courtship, here.

2 comments:

Jennifer,

Just wanted to stop by and let you know I enjoyed hearing you speak over at ACW meeting a few weeks ago!

Lots of good advice.

Amy, Thank you! I'm glad you found it helpful.

Blessings,