Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea, a Fireside, and Regency Romance

I confess. I am an addicted. I love Georgian, Federal, and Regency ambiance. The clothes, the manners, the courtship rituals. When PBS released the Jane Austen Series, I was glued to my television on Sunday evenings with a bowl of popcorn and a tall glass of ice water. I have to include the Dickens series as well. If I had a fireplace, I'd be reading wrapped in a quilt with a hot mug of tea.

Now when it comes to the novels of these immortal authors, they have inspired writers for almost 200 years. One author in particular that I want to introduce you to is Linore Rose Burkard. Go to her website and sign on for her email newsletter if you love Regency.
You will love it! You will also enjoy her fabulous novels. Here they are.

Before the Season Ends

Linore Rose Burkard's debut novel whisks readers into the Regency with the intriguing story of Miss Ariana Forsythe, a young woman caught between love for a man who doesn't share her faith and her resolution to marry only a fellow believer in Christ.

Trouble at home sends Ariana to her aunt's townhouse in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There, she soon finds herself neck-deep in high society and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London's current darling rogue. Then, a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her heart, her faith, and her future are all at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent's attention.

Will Ariana's faith survive this test? What about her heart? For it's Ariana's heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the wrong man, how can it ever turn out right?

Jane Austen fans and readers of historical romance will love Before the Season Ends.

The House at Grosvenor Square

Readers who loved Before the Season Ends will delight in this charming sequel set in Regency London.

As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But, she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London.

During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes . But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.

When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her under lock and key in his own house!

Romance, suspense, and a deft touch of humor are part of the wonderful story of Philip Mornay and Ariana Forsythe's march to the altar. Fans of Linore's first book, Before the Season Ends, will love this delightful addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance.

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