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The Country House Courtship (Forsythe #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  250 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Linore Burkard's fans devoured her first two Regency novels Before the Season Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square. Now, as her third novel opens, the year is 1818 and Miss Beatrice Forsythe is determined to marry well. After all, her sister, Ariana, married The Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay, five years earlier--which all but guarantees that she, Beatrice, can also make a ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Harvest House Publishers
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Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2799-4
Historical Fiction-Romance

For the third Inspirational Regency Romance from Linore Rose Burkard, the author takes up the story five years after the events of The House on Grosvener Square. The first romance has achieved the desired result of matrimony and even produced two children, unusually doted upon by their parents, Ariana and Phillip Mornay. Mr. Mornay would become a viscount, if only he’d agree, but he has more vexing
Mar 12, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
I've never read anything by Linore Rose Burkhard but if The Country House Courtship is any indication of what her other books are like I am definitely making a point to read them! The Country House Courtship is tagged as "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul" and it most definitely is! I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and the "fan" fiction that is so popular doesn't really "float my boat" so to speak, but Linore's regency felt just as if it were written by an author who lived during the ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
I must say The Country House Courtship was probably my favorite book in the Forsythe series! The entire series was wonderful and I LOVED Before the Season Ends, as well, but this one seemed to have the most interesting plot (the main plot, and the subplots), in my opinion.
I loved the wide variety of characters. The first two installments in the series had lots of fun and endearing characters, but most of them were members of the ton, and upper class. Country House Courtship had all sorts of inte
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Mar 11, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: FIRST
I am so happy to have had the chance to review this book! I am a HUGE sucker for a WONDERFUL historical novel and this one by Ms. Burkard certainly did not disappoint!. I have never read a Jane Austen novel(can you believe it?), so I can't say as to whether or not she writes books for the Jane Austen soul. But if Jane Austen's books are as good as Ms. Burkard's, then yes, she writes them for the Jane Austen soul!

The Country House Courtship is book 3 in her Inspirational Regency Romance series,
Dina Sleiman
May 14, 2015 Dina Sleiman rated it really liked it
I write this review from a different sort of perspective. Books by Linore Rose Burkard are often touted as, “Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen soul.” Now if you love Jane Austen, chances are you’ve already discovered Linore and her wonderful books based on that glowing recommendation. But I must confess. It scared me away. Although I love much about these books and this time period, I feel like I’m slogging through the formal convoluted language every time I pick up a Jane Austen novel. ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Julie by: FIRST
This is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'm just going to have to take their word for it because I've never read any Jane Eyre!

I was a bit concerned when first received this book to read since it is the third in a series. However, I heard that it could be read as a standalone so I gave it a try. I never felt lost or like I was missing a piece of the story. I do, however, want to go back and
Dec 14, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
I was not aware that there were two other books in the series before this one when I started it, but it certainly can stand alone. Maybe that was why it took me as little longer to get into it at first. But I found the setting, the characters, the topics and conversation to be very nicely woven into a clean romantic story. I tend to appreciate the stories based in England, Ireland, Scotland, so this fit in well for me. It shows character change in the main characters, except one who simply does ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Linore rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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This is the next and third book in my Regency series, and picks up the story of Beatrice Forsythe, now all of seventeen, who has come to stay with Ariana and Phillip Mornay at Aspindon, their country estate. Beatrice is certain she deserves to be well matched in her choice of a husband; her sister, after all, married the Paragon, Phillip Mornay. When Mr. Peter O'Brien joins the scene as the next vicar of a nearby parish, and then Ariana falls prey to a terrible illness, pretences that are easy t ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
While I never really warmed up to any of these characters except maybe Miss Bluford; the story line was interesting. The writing style was extremely formal for me as were most of the characters. I probably will not read another Burkard but I'm glad I read this one.
Dec 19, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
We watched Ariana come of age in her first London season, back when she charmed both her aunt and the Paragon, Mr. Mornay in the House at Grosvenor Square. Now Beatrice, Ariana's little sister, wants her own Cinderella story. She wants the same prestige, a large estate, and a doting husband like her sister has enjoyed. Ariana, however, never set out to marry into money, but happened upon it while seeking God's will for her life. Beatrice is determined to improve her place in society as she feels ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jul 22, 2010 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Linore Rose Burkard's books are simply delightful. This is the third and final installment in the stories of Forsythe/Mornay families. Beatrice is an endearing, charming character. A bit jealous of her sister's situation in life, Beatrice longs for her own wealthy match. She's disappointed that her sister and Mr. Mornay have retired to their country estate and have no plans to return to London, and Beatrice worries that she'll miss her season of coming out.

However, drama comes to the country as
Jan 17, 2015 Esther rated it liked it
The third installment of this Regency Romance trilogy returns to the standard set by the first - Before the Season Ends. In the first book, Mr Mornay and Ariana Forsythe find love. It managed to be both a true Regency romance and a deeply Christian book, shining light into a fascinating passage of history as methodism emerged from anglicanism.

The second book - The House in Grosvenor Square - tried to continue the story of Mr and Mrs Mornay past the point of their marriage and didn't really work.
Mar 30, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
The Country House Courtship is the third Regency novel in Linore Burkhard's series marketed as "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul."

Like the first two novels, there are certain similarities between Burkard's work and the stories of Jane Austen, but Burkard's intentions are entirely different and her Christian voice rings unabashed over the grounds of Aspindon House.

In this third installment, we get to know Beatrice, Ariana's younger and more precocious sister. The transformation Bea
Feb 16, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
Set in the early 1800's, Beatrice Forsythe is on a mission. A mission to gain a wealthy husband. She is sure her sister Ariana Forsythe Mornay, who has married into wealth herself, can launch her into a London Season. Visiting her sister, Beatrice is trying to convince her sister a Season is a must, when things take a unexpected turn.

First a gentleman, now a clergy man from her sister's past is in the neighborhood in view of a call to a position on her sister's husband property. A young man who
Mar 01, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in this series, but you don't need the other two to fall in love with this story. Burkhard has an amazing talent to write a book with just enough details to get the stories that happened before without spoiling them if you want to go back and read them. If you have read the other two you'll be pleasantly surprised that there isn't a ton of repetition of what you all ready know.

The Country House Courtship is pure delight. The main characters you fell in love with before are still v
Clockstein Lockstein
Apr 06, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it

The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard is the third in the Regency Inspirational Romance series. When Beatrice Forsythe was just twelve, she swore that she would marry Mr. O'Brien, a former suitor of her sister Ariana, but five years later, her standards for a husband have changed significantly. Having seen the style of life Ariana lives while married to the Paragon, Philip Mornay, she wants that kind of wealth for herself. Tristan Barton seems to promise that kind of life, but when
Jennifer Taylor
Sep 30, 2010 Jennifer Taylor rated it it was amazing
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 cha ...more
April Gardner
Mar 09, 2010 April Gardner rated it it was amazing
"Miss Beatrice Forsythe, is seventeen and determined to marry advantageously as well.
But the Mornays have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperon her in London? And what about her business with the curate, Mr. O’Brien, whom Beatrice has 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 Bart
Alma E Marquez
Mar 11, 2012 Alma E Marquez rated it liked it
While I enjoyed many parts of this continued story, I can't say I loved it. Why? Beatrice is why. I just couldn't like her. The author describes her as being mature for her age, clever & intelligent but I couldn't really find evidence of any of that. She seamed really immature to me. She was always giggling & saying the wrong things & making herself seem totally ridiculous! I couldn't see what either man saw in her.

That brings me to the other point. How did she & her man (don't
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
Linore Rose Burkard's unique style of writing and passion for this time period spills out onto the pages. She quickly whisked me into the Regency era and I fell right in step with the characters I enjoyed from the first two books of this series. I found Linore Rose Burkard’s stories captivating, inspiring and laugh out loud funny in parts. Linore’s characters are endearing and believable, and I quickly bonded with them. This author deals with a wide variety of situations which lets the reader to ...more
Feb 13, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Delightful read. So Jane Austen-esque! Burkard really knows her period and has a talent for making the characters sound like they are from the era. Not so much the regency which Georgette Heyer created or that of Pierce Egan's regency bucks, Tom and Jerry. Much more the gentle world of Jane Austen's gentry.
So many of today's regencies focus on the higher echelons of the dukes and marquises. This story is probably the more realistic sphere of gently bred ladies and gentlemen, squires and vicars.
Deborah Piccurelli
May 06, 2010 Deborah Piccurelli rated it it was amazing
This is the third installment in Linore Rose Burkard’s continuing saga of the Forsythes and the Mornays. Beatrice Forsythe, sister to Ariana Mornay, is now seventeen years old, and determined to have a London season and find a wealthy husband.

But Ariana and Phillip have given up the high society lifestyle as they raise a family at their country estate, which foils Beatrice’s plans. She is hopeful to convince them to chaperone her in London. Then, an old acquaintance of both Ariana and Beatrice’s
Mar 13, 2010 Wyndy rated it really liked it
The Forsythe sisters are together again but this time the teenager is Beatrice bent on having Ariana present her at the London Season inorder to obtain a wealthy husband. But, and of course with every romance there is a "but", she meets up again with Mr. O'Brien who is now a member of the clergy and Mr. Barton who seems to be a member of the ton. I enjoyed the story, Ms. Burkard has again presented the emotions of a Regency teenager with what appears to be accuracy of the time and understandable ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing
A good word that can be used to describe Beatrice for most of this book is foolish. She is quite sure that she knows what she wants, how she is going to get it, and she doesn’t really want other people’s opinions on the subject. But as the book progresses Beatrice grows in wisdom and she begins to see what is really important. Mr. O’Brian is a lot older now and a lot wiser. I really liked him as the male lead. (Although, Mr. Mornay is still my favorite guy!)

Linore’s writing does not disappoint.
Mar 23, 2015 Eve rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book and happy that Beatrice came to her senses at the end.
Maria Claudia
This is the third bbok of a sequel. It is good. A bit previsible, but worth read it.
Jun 23, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Awww....the preacher man got the girl......finally!
Apr 24, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing
This story of a humble curate and a society-seeking young woman hit just the right chord with me. Beatrice reminds of so many young women who dream of a wealthy handsome husband, without considering personality, let along spiritual status. The story includes snippets of the actual environment of the time period (the plight of the poor, the panic & treatment of disease). I particularly loved how faith was woven throughout - very encouraging in a Regency romance :)
MaryLu Tyndall
Mar 21, 2010 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing
All I can say is Ms. Burkard has another winner here! If you like Jane Austen and the Regency era, you'll be thrilled with this latest release from Linore. It's the kind of book you'll want to grab some tea (or in my case hot cocoa) a blanket and curl up for many delightful hours of fun, interesting lovable characters, and romance as you escape into another world where people actually had a command of English and possessed manners!
Sandi Rog
Jul 20, 2010 Sandi Rog rated it really liked it
After picking up this book, I’ve decided I have to get my hands on the first one. If you like Jane Austen (which I LOVE), you’ll like this with its refreshing, easy prose. Linore brought the Regency era to life with its customs, practices, dialogue, descriptions, etc. I really felt like I was there! For readers who want to curl up in a cozy corner with a cup of tea, this is a sweet escape into the world of Austen.
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Linore Rose Burkard (a.k.a. L.R.Burkard) wrote a trilogy of genuine regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Her books opened up the genre in the CBA. She writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard, not only to keep expanding boundaries for her readers, but to explore deeper themes. Between books, she homeschools her youngest ...more
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Forsythe (3 books)
  • Before the Season Ends
  • The House in Grosvenor Square

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