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A Matter of Class

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  4,346 Ratings  ·  723 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 102 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Vanguard Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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NiCoLeTa E.
What a charming and lovely story!!!!

This book was very small and i'm pretty sure that if it was a longlength novel it would be a great one...
But i like it as it is!!!!
I can not say much about it!!! Only that we have a forced marriage between two enemies...
How that had happened????

Well, Reggie was having some gamble problems and the last year was owing too many depts... His father had enough with this attitude and he wants to settle him down with the hope that he will have a more appropriate b
Don't ever let it be said that all authors who have written many novels run out of new ideas. While it may be true of some, A Matter of Class proves it isn't true about Mary Balogh.

What can I say about this short story other than it was a delight, especially as an audio book. There are certain writer/narrator teams that bring out the best in each other and a Balogh novel narrated by Anne Flosnik is just about as good as it gets. From the very beginning I was captivated by this story as it was im
Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* Campbell

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Sometimes you read a book that makes you feel as though your insides have turned to sunshine and glitter. You read over passages and, no matter how curmudgeonly you are, find yourself smiling. As you reach the climax of the book, a joy swells within you at being able to partake of such love, even if it's completely vicarious, because you want that for yourself.

A MATTER OF CLASS is that book.

Reginald is the rakish son of a coal merchant who
Jan 15, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Regency romance
Shelves: 2010, best-of-2010
Listening to this on Audio CD is not quite as good. The narrator leaves much to be desires on such a great story. 8/2010

Original review:
This is my first Mary Balogh and it will not be my last! I simply loved this book! I really cannot review the story because I don't want to give even a HINT of the plot.

If you've ever read a book that just drew you in from page 1, that made you tingly all over, that made you laugh, cry and smile and that had an HEA that was deliciously smart yet so satisfying
Feb 03, 2010 willaful rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Mary Balogh has fallen off your must-read list of recent years, I urge you to try again with this book. It's really more of a short story than a novel and I wish Balogh would stick to this format for awhile, because it's so good to see every word with a purpose in her work again; her books have become so longwinded of late. This is charming, clever and blessedly succinct; I actually would had made it even shorter by taking out the sex. (Usually a fan, but it just felt out of place here.)
Dec 05, 2016 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little story is amazing! The author wrote it so well, I didn't figure everything out until the end. It was great! Plus, I genuinely liked the characters of Annabelle and Reginald. I need to reread this though, I bet there will be awesome little things I missed. A great class differences story with a really good romance, it's a must-read for any historical fan.
Feb 19, 2017 Ira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
What an adorable story!
Yes, that's the right word for this one:)

Anna D.
Oh wow..the flashbacks alone in this book is worth 5 stars! Which makes the “present” story and the HEA ending feel like icing on an already delicious cake!

I have not read a childhood friendship turned HEA story in a long time and I don’t know if I’ve read one quite like this because usually the childhood friendship theme start out with the H/h being rambunctious children with their other siblings or the H is the h’s brother’s friend or some other similar connection. In this story, their friends
I never saw it coming. Silly me,right?
It seems other people did, but eh, I still had a fun ride!
Btw you are more than silly for wasting your time reading my rew instead of reading this book. :)
May 02, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shorter than Balogh's typical novel, but every bit as good. Even better than some! Poignant, sweet, sexy, and surprising. Be prepared for a twist or two. I agree with Lady Wesley, who remarked that it has an O'Henry feel.
Aug 30, 2011 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
At first I was not very happy I chose to listen to this on audio, the narrator Anne Flosnik is not a particular favorite of mine. For the most part she does an acceptable job, but certain words she accents too heavily, her voice is slightly nasal and she just doesn't excite me. On the other hand, I have heard a lot worse, so while at work, with only this audio book to listen too, I stuck it out.

I really didn't like the story itself in the beginning either. First, the hero is only 25, and the her
May 20, 2010 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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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 res
Miranda Davis
A novella but choice. The author unspools a charming romance between mismatched people: he is the scion of a wealthy if vulgar coal magnate from northern England and his reckless spending has forced his father to take him in hand; she is a cash-strapped earl’s beautiful daughter recently ruined in a failed attempt to run off with the handsome coachman. Their families have ignored each other for decades though their properties share a common border. But the two have a history we learn about inter ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not want to say too much because it would give away the plot, but I will give this a good try.

Annabelle is the daughter of an Earl. She has led a protected life of privilege. Reginald is the son of an extremely wealthy coal magnate. He too has led a life of privilege.

Due to an extreme situation, the two of them are betrothed. It is in spite of the disregard the two fathers have for one another. The story, though a short one, is of the two children growing up in their different worlds and si
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the relationship that took place between the hero and heroine spanning from their childhood. It was beautiful to watch. I'm glad I didn't read any spoilers. Well to be honest, I did read a vague spoiler of a hint of a surprise twist in the end, so I was always on my toes trying to guess what was going on. I think that helped me to suspect the surprise twist early on. This was a very original and unique book. I wish more authors would surprise us with different ...more
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A truly charming novella. I'd worked out what was going on by about the second flashback, but that didn't matter. The dialogue between Annabelle and Reginald sparkled and I thought the back-and-forth between the different time-periods worked really well.

Mar 11, 2016 Martel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
No big surprise in this book but a charming story, with two wonderful characters. The hero is protective and thoughtful, the heroine witty and brave. I have a particular fondness for romances including childhood memories, so this was perfect for me: 5 stars.
Dec 26, 2013 kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay read. But I expect more from Mary Balogh. Yes it was too short as others have mentioned. More than that however, it just lacks the depth, fire and pathos that helped her become my favorite author years ago. I did guess the twist almost from the first. I think more could have been done with the idea, which I did find interesting, if it had been more of a one sided twist. I'm trying not to give it away for people who haven't read it yet. The characters are not developed in depth a ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This was just okay for me. I thought the summary sounded interesting and the whole idea of the story was original. It ended up falling flat for me though. I liked Anna and Reggie, but the story was so short I had a hard time really getting to know them. Everything happened rather fast, and jumped around from past memories to current and the book wasn’t near long enough to really develop the story or characters. I think Balogh was trying to go for a big twist ending that was predictable right fro ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, favorites
This book was perfect. I loved the story and the end was amazing. I love Mary Balogh's books, but I believe this one was my favorite.
Lucy (TheBookBelle)
This needed to be a LOT longer, I feel, but I enjoyed it all the same. Sweet, funny and romantic, A Matter of Class was a fun regency-romance short story.
Mar 13, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was so cute what the heck
Sarah MacLean recently tweeted a link to her site and its romance recommendation page. Several titles caught my eye and the first I grabbed was Mary Balogh's A Matter of Class. Love, love, love and I'm for sure going to be hunting down other books!

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Mar 10, 2017 adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was delightful!
Jan 01, 2017 October rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to October by: Jo
This book made me so happy. I finally, finally found a Balogh book that I genuinely liked. I never had any trouble with Balogh's writing (only with her characters) and both the hero and the heroine were fantastic in this book. I loved how their relationship developed over the years, they were so adorable. I really enjoyed their banter and the ending just made me go awww.

I have Jo to thank for this one. I wouldn't have given this book a go otherwise. I didn't exactly like the other two Balogh bo
Ana T.
Feb 01, 2010 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms Balogh is one of my favourite writers. Lately I have enjoyed some of her books more than others and while I was curious about this one it was only when a friend mentioned having loved it that I decided to pick it up.

At first glance the story deals with one of the regency romance genre favourite themes, the marriage of convenience. And in this case a marriage of convenience between two people with different status, Annabelle is an Earl's daughter and Reginald the son of a man who made is fortu
This was a great story, though I can't really say anything about the plot because I will spoil it. I really liked it very much. From the beginning you get the feeling that you're missing something, but you don't quite expect what happens, at least not until later that is.

However, I can't call this one a novel. It was really short. More like a short story or a novela. I can't understand why. I honestly believe this book had great potential. I can see how Balogh could have added many more details
Jane Night
Jun 15, 2013 Jane Night rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was very short which is my primary complaint. I also was not nuts about the constant jumping from present to past.

Overall though, I enjoyed the characters. They were funny and well developed. There is a scene in the book where Reginald and Annabelle are dancing and he asks her if she is a virgin which causes her to shoot back with “are you.” This scene in itself was humorous because Reginald says things such as this to get a rise out of Annabelle and “color her ch
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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