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A Season for the Heart

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Miss Melpomene Rand's only refuge from a life of monotony and cruelty is the extensive library left to her by her grandfather. The fantastic notions and romantic heroes contained in those books are the only thing that distracts her from the abuse of her adopted family. But then a mysterious stranger, the Earl of Austell, finds they have a mutual malady of boredom, and he e ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 12th 1982 by Ivy Books (first published 1982)
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Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little puzzled by the low review marks because I think this is one of the best regency romances I have read in years. Gallant Lord Austell rescues orphan 'Pommie' from the clutches of a cruel aunt and uncle and 2 bratty sisters. She is taken to be the 'companion' to his sister-in-law. A country girl at heart, nevertheless, she has been raised and finely educated by her late grandfather and has more beneath the surface than anyone ever expected. Do you like romances? This little gem has THR ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Miss Melpomene Rand is a virtual unpaid servant in her family's home. Her aunt and cousins never miss a chance to abuse her. Pommy, given a classical education by her grandfather, retreats into fantasy to escape the boredom of her terrible life. She envisions herself as a Blighted Heroine whom everyone will regret abusing in the end. When she discovers a plot to hold up her family's carriage on the way to London, she sees her chance to be real life heroine. Fleeing the local inn's public room fo ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This started out with promise, but slowly went downhill for me. I had high hopes for this one too. It has a Cinderella feel to it. Pommy is an orphan and has been taken in by her mean Aunt and two stepsisters. They are verbally abusing and have practically made her a servant in her own house. She uses books to escape and has quite the imagination. She has a love of life and is kind to people. She bumps into our hero at the local tavern and he finds himself sucked into her world. He sweeps her aw ...more
A Cinderella / Pollyanna theme in this Traditional Regency. I love Fairytales. One of my favorite quotes from the Heroine in this book was, after receiving a marriage proposal ( to quiet rumor mongers) - "That's like burning the barn to frighten away a stinkbug" (just sounded so funny)! Her writing style was very "old fashioned", everyone was in love with someone else (always some obstacle in their way). This is a 3 1/2 star read . There were many things preventing me from loving it.....but I li ...more
Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Miss Melpnmene Rand imagination can run wild. But truth once more is stranger than fiction as she is rescued by The Earl of Austell from her cruel relatives to be the companion to his melancholy widowed sister-in-law. Inadvertent matchmaking saves the day for all. A fun run through the regency with the HAPPY ending!
This is not my cup of tea.
Jane Mercer
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
Nice little romance our heroine is a Romantic our hero prosaic but finds himself charmed by Pommy's flights of fancy one romance extends to two to three.Very enjoyable
Julia M

This story was okay but if feels like it did not have enough meat on the bone. All the characters were a little too flighty to be able "fall in love at first glance".
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing quick read. A mixture of Georgette Hayer and Eva Ibbotson.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet regency.But main characters didn’t talk much and ending was rushed. But was entertaining.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Season for the Heart by Elizabeth Chater is a delightful traditional Regency romance.

Miss Melpomene Rand is an orphan taken in by her affectionate vicar grandfather. After his unfortunate death, Melpomene then went to live with her uncle, Squire Rand, along with his wife and two daughters.

Another reviewer likened this family's treatment of "Pommy" to that of Cinderella's step-family, and I quite agree. While on an errand for her family, which should have been done by one of her uncle's serv
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
I don't usually read romances, but I can't help praising this writer for a clean, fun read that doesn’t sound like it was written by a high schooler.

Author Elizabeth Chater was born in 1910. She started teaching English at San Diego State College in 1961 and began her novel-writing career in 1978.The crowning feature of Chater’s books is her rib-tickling conversation. I know that Georgette Heyer is famous for this, but Chater is much less historically self-conscious than Heyer. Where Heyer exc
Clean historical English romance with a mistreated orphan young lady and her random noble savior.
Miss Melpomene Rand is really educated, even for our modern times, this girl knows her Greek, Latin, and is well read! So I like Pommy because she as spunk as well as being sweet and elegantly well educated which is surprising because her Squire uncle and his family are rude, vulgar and in general awful selfish people. So thank the fates when she is saved from that terrible life from the titled rich
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
I thought this was so funny. Pommy keeps thinking up wonderful stories for her and others' lives, but she's also sensible and puts aside her stories with a laugh at herself. That willingness to not take herself too seriously certainly endeared her to me. The ending was a little weak, but on the whole I really enjoyed it.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
A clean romance but very unlikely. Pippin displayed a variety of maturity levels. She never exhibits the qualities one would think is required of a duke's wife. I thought the duke possessed a father daughter type love, not a husband wife type love.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cute but too over-descriptive and didn't flow very well. Plus it felt that all of the characters were idiots with no depth.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Good beginning but rather downhill from there.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, funny book. Just the thing when feeling ill.
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Elizabeth Chater was the author of more than 24 novels and countless short stories. She received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. from San Diego State University, and joined the faculty of the latter in 1963 where she began a lifelong friendship with science fiction author Greg Bear. She was honored with The Distinguished Teacher award in 1969, and was awarded Outstanding ...more