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A Matter of Class

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  4,783 Ratings  ·  782 Reviews
Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, 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 en ...more
Audio CD, 4 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (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
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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
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Oh what fun!
Completely adorable!
All of Ms. Balogh’s fans who haven’t read this book are surely missing something singular. She’s usually known for her composed prosaic tenor, so I was hugely surprised by this book. She sure has a wide repertoire.
A rom-com of the finest order, with a playful twist.
Don’t read any reviews (or shelves) before reading the book. Just get down to it!

(Wish the cover was more romantic though.)
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute story, decent length for a novella. Gave this story enough time to develop. Very sweet story between two charming characters. Kind of innocent, not that there weren’t any intimate scenes, it is just a harmless romance, nothing sinister going on. I would have given the story 4 stories but I can’t imagine myself rereading it so it has to be 3 stars.

Spoilers ahead

It is essentially a Romeo and Juliet kind of story. They befriended each other as kids and developed some kind of a friendship w
Jan 15, 2010 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 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 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.
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. :)
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooohhh I could spoil this one but I won't! Very tricky, Mary Balogh, very tricky! Yes. Read this.
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
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
What an adorable story!
Yes, that's the right word for this one:)

May 02, 2013 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.
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.

Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was adorable. I haven't read much of Mary Balogh, and her backlog can be somewhat daunting for a person who has reading order OCD like me, so I picked this short standalone and read it in one sitting. I loved the dialogue and snarktastic banter. Such a fun read with an awesome heroine! This book put a smile on my face.
Aug 30, 2011 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Library Journal
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 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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mary-balogh
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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Mar 11, 2016 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.

Unexpectedly sweet!

This is the story of Lady Annabelle, the daughter of an Earl, and Reggie, the son of the Earl's rich but common neighbor and the Earl's "enemy".

The story moves in two directions, one following the 'current' events and the other showing us flashbacks of the intervening years that fill in a lot of blanks. (view spoiler)
A Matter of Class was a delightful surprise. Cute love story that has everything in a small package: chemistry, interesting characters, surprising twist in the plot, ...
I thought that Mary Balogh wrote bodice-ripper style of historical romance novels. Apparently not! This is definitely not the last book by her I will be reading.
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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was so cute what the heck
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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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