Before the Season Ends (Forsythe #1)
It was a pleasant change to read a Regency romance without a lot of sexual tension and innuendos. Burkard has the era down pat and it was easy to visualize the scenes as well as sympathize with the heroine. I also found her characteristics true to a 19 year old rather than a wishy-washy attempt to provide the character with teen emotions that weren't of the time and adult emotions that were beyond her age as so many authors do with girls of that age in different time periods.
Before the Season Ends was an enjoyable read and it got much better as it went on but then it well, went downhill and made me mad.
I stayed up into the wee hours finishing this book, slept on it and now that I am awake again, I am still disappointed. This book held my attention and interest for so long and then I wanted to yell at it.
Ariana is sent to stay in London with her Aunt, for the season. Her Aunt being overly wealthy is a childless widow who wants to present her ni...more
It's rare to find Christian regency novels, and sometimes -when you do- the spiritual aspects of the story seem shallow or nonexistent. Linore Burkard had a great way of bringing Christ into her story without being shallow, but also without seeming "preachy". I really appreciated that the Gospel was given clearly, and leaving no doubts that Burkard believes what she is writing.
I really enjoyed the style o...more
This is the kind of book that opens your eyes to what you don’t know. I learned much about society in...more
The cover itself begs to be compared to Jane Austen and there's no missing the similarities. From the setting to the characters, there are parallels to be had--parallels that the Jane Austen fan will adore. Houses and dresses described in detail, heroine's to cherish, gentlemen aloof and worthy. There is much to be appreciated here.
There are also several differences. While Austen certainly didn't shy away from references to the church in her novels, Burkard has embraced its role...more
Its era details are well researched and well described, especially the clothes. But then the author gets down to the business of making the book 'inspirational' and what had promised to be a good read - not Jane Austen, but a maybe some shadow of Georgette Heyer - turned into an annoying tr...more
England, 1813. A time when a young lady’s life was all about finding the best husband. Country girl Ariana Forsythe’s parents do not approve of the man she has set her sights on and send her to London to live with her rich Aunt Bentley. Ariana can hardly wait to see the city, a place filled with history, museums, and art. Aunt Bentley has different ideas of how Ariana will spend her time, however, and drags Ariana on countless shopping trips to prepare for her debut into...more
I have read a lot of Christian fiction and now exclusively read only books that are of this caliber. I cant tell you how great this story is.
Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard, Is a true gem of a story. Its very hard to find a Christian Romance that offers not only a great love story but is also filled in real...more
From the very first encounter between Ariana and Mr. Mo...more
Ariana's aunt offered to put the eldest daughter of her brother's into society, but the eldest, Alberta, was as good as engaged, so he sent his second daughter, Ariana. I loved the ins and outs of the season and enjoyed learning a little bit more of this time period. Phillip is a great character--feared by many; impatient with debutantes;...more
Ariana finds her Aunt determined to give Ariana a proper taste of high society. She is also determined to find a husband for her niece and all before the season ends!
Dashing, scowling Philip Mornay wins Ariana's heart, but he does not have her faith. Will Ari...more
Phillip Mornay is a mean and grumpy upper society bachelor. He can destroy a single girl's reputation with just one look or comment. He has never married and has no plans on marrying. He won't allow any women to capture his heart. That is, until Arianna Forsythe attends one of upper society's picnics as one of the new ladies of the upper society. For some reason Arianna seems to capture Phillip's attention, but he soon assumes that she is like ever...more
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 ma...more
Ms. Burkard wrote Before the Season Ends because she could not find an Inspirational Regenc...more