I won’t retell the story here for fear of giving away something you’ll have more fun discovering on your own. (Also, you can read the story blurb below.) But I do want to give you my impressions. Linore Rose Burkard takes the reader back into the Regency period with great skill. I believe her characters, her settings, and her human drama and romance. Oh, and of course, the fun! Linore’s books bear the coveted tagline “Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul.” As one who likes Austen very much, I can agree wholeheartedly.
Here's the story: England, 1818: It has been five years since Ariana Forsythe married The Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay. Now, Ariana's sister, Miss Beatrice Forsythe, is seventeen and determined to marry advantageously as well. (Surely Ariana's society connexions all but guarantee Beatrice's success, especially if Mr. Mornay is created a baronet by the Prince Regent! But the Mornays have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London? And what about her business with the curate, Mr. O'Brien, whom Beatrice 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 Barton becomes tenant of the Manor House, Beatrice's hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and pretenses that are easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. As hearts are bared and truths uncovered, a country house courtship like no other cannot be far behind!
So who would Linore cast as the leading characters in the movie version of her story? Pretty Beatrice Forstythe would be played by the lovely Carey Mulligan, 2010 Academy Award nominee for an actress in a leading role. The handsome hero clergyman Peter O’Brien would be portrayed by James McAvoy, versatile BAFTA award-winning actor. Sounds like a winning cast to me.
Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the Regency England era (circa 1800 - 1830). Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square and, The Country House Courtship. Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency. Readers experience a romantic age, where England from the past comes alive and happy endings are possible for everyone!
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