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A Season for Love [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Breeding
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Description

A Regency novella...

A vicar’s orphaned daughter, Elizabeth Townsend is grateful to her uncle, the Earl of Dewberry, for taking her in. When she is thrown from her horse while on a country ride, a dashing, raven-haired soldier, just home from the war, gallantly rescues her as a knight-of-old.

At twenty-two with no dowry, Elizabeth knows she will never marry into the aristocracy, but the soldier, Darian, would be a good match. Harboring fantastical thoughts, she hopes to see him at the Duke’s provincial ball the following week.

See him she does, for Darian is the Marquess of Bingington, heir to the duke—and totally out of her league. Totally.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Highland Press Publishing (5 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096TU19G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.8 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. 18 Oct 2012
By sh
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The kitchen burns down and the Duke's sons come over to fix it, displaying their masterful carpentry skills? Isn't that like totally awesome?

If that fits your idea of an enjoyable regency, this book will be just what you have been looking for. Otherwise you might want to find something else to read unless you really really need to kill some time and enjoy eye-rolling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Sep 2013
By Nic
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Well written connecting you to the characters. The plot was full of twists and kept excited throughout. I Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good read 14 Jun 2013
By Denise
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A milti layered interesting book .With a good plot and enough character interest to keep you reading.I would read another by this author
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not for me. 31 Mar 2013
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Ok read but not really my type of story . Like most books until you get into the book I did not want to give up on it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season of Love 4 Oct 2012
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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Elizabeth is twenty-two, and an orphan living with her Uncle, the Earl of Dewberry, who was kind enough to take her in and support her. The Earl's two younger daughters are ready for their season, but Isabella is determined to ensnare Darian as the Marquess of Bingington. Darin knows that as heir to the duke, he is required to marry inside his peerage and is resigned to having to marry Isabella at the end of the season. That is until Elizabeth continues to show him everything he wants in a woman... can Darin find the courage to ignore the expectations of the ton and marry for love?

I really enjoyed this, I thought Elizabeth was great as a heroine. She really gave me a lot of the qualities that I love for my heroines to have, although I really wish she hadn't stayed quiet when Isabella was disparaging to her. Darin, was okay, I would have liked to have seen a little more depth to him. I feel he straddles the one-dimensional personality border, though. Isabella and Edward (Darin's brother) were fun secondary characters.

Other than Isabella's verbal barbs towards Elizabeth, there really is no antagonist in this or any of the obligatory "misunderstandings." I'm not going to make a claim either way as to the historical accuracy of this, I am woefully unqualified to make such statements. However, at face value I didn't have any issues that I can recall or remember mentally noting. I'll also mention that this jumps around a little, pace wise. It'll be the day the invitation arrives to the day of the ball, with nothing in between. Sometimes this is aggravating to me, but it didn't bother me too much here.

Overall, I enjoyed this, I thought it was cute.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella-esque story 7 Dec 2012
By Karen Sheridan - Published on Amazon.com
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The orphaned daughter of a vicar, Elizabeth is staying with her uncle, the Earl of Dewberry, his wife and his two daughters. She falls for a neighbour, believing him to be a soldier only to find out he is a Marquess and the expected future husband of her cousin Isabella. Darian, the Marquess, is drawn to Elizabeth who is much more down to earth than her spoilt and frivilous cousin but he has pledged to marry Isabella.

As a nemesis Isabella is not really that bad, she is more spoilt than mean. She chases the title but there is little in the way of games involved in this love triangle. All in all it's a decent and short read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Season for Love 9 Jan 2013
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on Amazon.com
This was a fairly delightful read for a novella of such length. I was disappointed when the premise that drew me into the story - the masquerade - was uncovered within the span of a few pages. I had hoped that the story would carry from that misconception of identity, but perhaps the idea was just to draw buyers for the book. Regardless, it was an entertaining short story. However, the loving and caring nature of Elizabeth sustained a beautiful relationship in the story, and prolonged the story's interest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet **3 1/2 Stars** 19 May 2014
By Reading Fanatic (CMP) - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this short story very much. It's set in Regency England around the time of the Napoleonic wars. Darian, Marquess of Bingington, and heir to a Dukedom, is just returned home from the war. He meets Elizabeth while the two are out riding one day, coming upon the young woman directly after she has been thrown by her horse. Elizabeth is very taken with the handsome soldier, who introduces himself as Darian, a soldier. Believing Darian to be the son of the upper servants, Elizabeth allows herself to dream about the handsome soldier for the next several days.

When the two next meet, Elizabeth is shocked and dismayed to discover Darian's true identity. Due to pressure from both sets of parents, Darian applies for permission to court Elizabeth's vain, selfish, flighty, ambitious cousin, Isabella. Nonetheless, Darian can't seem to get Elizabeth off his mind. When his younger brother Edward displays an interest in Elizabeth, Darian is consumed with jealousy. The story progresses at a nice quick pace and, for me, was very entertaining.

As much as enjoyed the story, I did have a few issues with it--all of which pertained to historical inaccuracies. First of all, we are told that Elizabeth's parents have recently died (shortly before Yule) and that she's only been living with her uncle for the past two months...shouldn't she be in mourning? For that matter, shouldn't the Earl and his family also be in mourning? Elizabeth's father was brother the Earl's brother. Not only does Elizabeth attend the Duke's ball, it is clear that she will also be participating in the upcoming season, which is--at the most--only a couple of months away. That would have been considered shocking behavior.

The other problem I had was with Elizabeth's describing herself as a commoner saying "I am a commoner. My papa was your father's brother, but he had no title and when he chose to become a vicar, the prince regent regained his lands." To my knowledge, younger sons typically did not have "lands", at least not entailed ones that would revert to the crown. Then as the brother of an Earl, Elizabeth's father would not be a commoner. True he would have not have a title, but younger sons of Earls are most definitely NOT commoners and are styled as "honorable Mr." His becoming a vicar would have absolutely no bearing on the situation. Of course, Elizabeth's father could have been a half-brother, with a different father, but that does not seem to be the case.

The third historical inaccuracy I encountered was the scene where the sisters (Isabella and the younger Julianna) were discussing the Duke's ball, and Darian was said to have danced "every dance" with Isabella. During that historical period, even engaged couples did not dance more than two dances together as anything more was considered scandalous. And on the particular night in question, Darian and Isabella were not even courting.

Another issue I had was with the fact that Darian's parents wanted him to marry into the "peerage." I'm not sure what that meant, because the only true "peers" were those who inherited their titles, such as barons, viscounts, earls, and dukes. At the end of the story when Darian announces he is going to marry Elizabeth, Isabella's response is that Elizabeth is "not a peer." Well neither is Isabella. As the daughter of an Earl her title of "Lady" is merely a courtesy one, and in no way makes her a peer.

Inaccuracies aside, this is a really sweet story. Darian and Elizabeth are darling together, and I really liked both characters. Moreover, IMO, the inaccuracies have a minimal effect--if any--on the story, but I have to admit that I am not, by any means, a stickler for historical accuracy; I prefer it, but am willing to allow authors some creative license. Ms. I will admit that Ms. Breedman takes quite a bit of liberties with many of the historical aspects, and as such, readers who are stickler for historical accuracies, may not find this book as enjoyable as I did.

Ms. Breedman even seems to have altered the storyline of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" as at one point Elizabeth thinks she has much in common with the heroine of that book, Elizabeth Bennett, as she too lost her father. Can someone tell me WHEN Elizabeth Bennett lost her father? I've read P&P a few times, and I remember Mr. Bennett being very much alive at the end of the story!

So, bottom line, I would have loved if this story were a bit longer, but enjoyed it nonetheless. I would recommend it as a worthwhile read. If Amazon allowed, I would rate it 3 1/2 stars. FYI, while this is not a clean romance; the love scene occurs after marriage, is minimally described, and very easily skipped. Happy reading!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Season for Love: Regency Short 26 Feb 2013
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
This regency short could have spent a little more time with an editor. Darian's eyes changed from green to blue several times and every other sentence was trope. A somewhat Cinderella story the plot had some potential but the writing was not up to carrying it. Skip it.
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