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The House in Grosvenor Square (A Regency Inspirational Romance Book 2)
 
 

The House in Grosvenor Square (A Regency Inspirational Romance Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Linore Rose Burkard
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Readers who loved the author’s first book, Before the Season Ends, will delight in this charming sequel set in Regency London.

As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding to Philip Mornay, she must adjust to the realization that she is soon to 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 makes plans to redecorate 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, accompanied by a friend or relation, another item disappears.

Shortly thereafter Ariana is abducted as she leaves a performance at Covent Garden Theatre, leaving Philip to unravel the pieces of the mystery. Where has his future bride been taken, and by whom? For what reason? How does Ariana’s faith play a role?

Finally, after the safe return of his intended, how does Philip—a man of intense discrimination in his tastes—find the many alterations in his house? And what on earth is behind the sudden influx of bills from every charity in London, all thanking him profusely for his uncommon generosity? Will he have second thoughts about his future bride?

Readers will find romance, intrigue, humor, and inspiration in this new book of spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul.

About the Author

Linore Rose Burkard lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Raised in New York, she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a BA in English literature. A longtime fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, Linore delights in bringing Regency England to life for today's reader.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736925651
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (1 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4B4HU
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Time Warp Journey into the Regency Era 23 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Couldn't wait to read this 2nd book.
A very enjoyable read with a gentle reminder of Christian values but would be enjoyed by both Christians & non-Christians alike.
Linore has the ability to transport you from the 21st century into the Regency period & you can visualise `the scene' so easily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun book to read 8 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Sweet Ariana Forsythe is planning her wedding to the most eligible bachelor in England, Philip Mornay. Is it wrong to start spending Philip's money before the wedding? There are so many charities that need support. So much good she will be able to do. Soon. Or now? She visits his home to start moving her belongings in, but the servants don't seem to like her much. Why? Plus, someone is holding a grudge against Philip and has made several attempts to abduct Ariana. Can Philip discover who is trying to hurt him and keep Ariana safe?

Linore Rose Burkhart weaves wonderfully complex dramas that make you want to go and read all your Jane Austen books as soon as you close the cover of hers. Her books are filled with a myriad of intriguing characters. I love that Ariana is a girl who isn't afraid to evangelize anyone--even her abductor! And I love reading about Philip's struggle to deal with his betrothed. This was a really fun book to read. I hope that Linore Rose Burkhart has more stories to tell about England 1813. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strays slightly from the traditional Regency model 25 Aug 2009
By Jennifer Bogart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
here are some novels I have enjoyed reading almost entirely too much. Before the Season Ends, Linore Rose Burkard's first Regency Inspirational Romance was one such title. Captivatingly addictive, true to period language and form, the story of beautiful, young outspoken Ariana Forsythe and the wealthy, stand-offish Phillip Mornay quickly became a fast favourite, and prompted an all-night reading spree. When the sequel The House in Grosvenor Square arrived I was almost afraid to open it for fear that it wouldn't live up to the first book.

As the book opens we find Ariana Forsythe amidst the plans for her wedding to Phillip Mornay. Deeply in love and delighted by her betrothed's blossoming newfound faith all should be pure bliss. However, trouble stirs - her beloved is distant, his servants are plotting against her, and there are dastardly knaves plotting her abduction for unknown reasons.

Ariana and Phillip's relationship matures as it goes through trials and temptations. Reading of their deepening attachment and affection for one provided both a warm glow of love throughout the tale, and periods of angst during miscommunications and conflict.

Where Before the Season Ends was spot-on Regency with a distinctive Christian influence, The House in Grosvenor Square strays towards an amalgam of historical romantic suspense. While still set in the Regency period and bearing all of the earmarks of the fashion, slang, and social mores, the novel jauntily heads down a much more modern path of plot development than the ancestors of the genre ever took.

By including multiple kidnappings and one mysterious development after another, Burkard draws her young couple out of the insular dance of courtship, card parties, and gossip and into the realm of mild-mannered adventure. The continued emphasis on propriety, appearances, and purity still provide a small dose of the typical Regency escapism though not as much as the first novel contained. Oddly, the suspense-based plot also resulted in slower pacing than the romantic tension found in the original.

I have just recently noticed a developing trend in Christian publisher Harvest House's inspirational regencies. Both Linore Burkard's and Kaye Dascus' Ransome Trilogy series approach the genre with fairly traditional opening novels before diving into plots that are quite adventurous by Regency standards in the subsequent volumes. I'm afraid that I can't say I'm thrilled by the change in emphasis in these modern examples.

I'm not about to give up on the new approach however. Perhaps I'll develop as much of a taste for derring-do in jolly England as I do for stories of adventurous speculative fiction. To be fair, Burkard still includes plenty of loyal butlers, wardrobe changes, and blundering suitors to take us away to another time. Let's wait and see what she brings us next, shall we?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linore Rose Burkard has done it again! 16 May 2009
By Debbie Lynne Costello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Linore has a real understanding of the Regency period. The sequel to 'Before the Season Ends' brings back Ariana and Mr. Mornay along with many of the other characters and several new. You will get to see all the mayhem that leads up to Phillip and Ariana's marriage and it will keep you turning the pages, I promise. If you like Regency you will love this book because Linore Burkard knows her stuff. Check out her website if you want to find out more about the Regency Period. It is great!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The House in Grosvenor Square 24 May 2010
By Reet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Be sure to read Book 1 first (this is Book 2). Very entertaining and well-written,i.e., it held my attention and left me wanting to read more of this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel! 31 Mar 2010
By Shannon Renee Dittemore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
SPOLIER ALERT!

As Ariana prepares to marry Phillip Mornay, she runs into all sorts of peril. With each page, I found myself continually anxious for the principle characters, and in this way, Burkard's second novel has a very different feel than the first.

While all the elements of Regency fiction are in place--from the distinct language to the fanciful characters--this second book had a quicker pace as Burkard kept Ariana and company in constant danger. From the coves stalking her carriage to the dishonest servants within their own homes, treachery has surrounded both Ariana and Phillip as plans for their wedding move forward.

From the cut of Ariana's wedding gown to the intricacies of the artwork in Number 25 Grosvenor Square, Burkard lays Regency London before the reader with skill. She has done an exceptional job with dialogue, and I appreciate the attention she gives to Ariana and Phillip's alone time. A superb job has also been done of introducing future story-lines and I am looking forward with anticipation to her next installment.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun book to read 8 Dec 2009
By Novel Teen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sweet Ariana Forsythe is planning her wedding to the most eligible bachelor in England, Philip Mornay. Is it wrong to start spending Philip's money before the wedding? There are so many charities that need support. So much good she will be able to do. Soon. Or now? She visits his home to start moving her belongings in, but the servants don't seem to like her much. Why? Plus, someone is holding a grudge against Philip and has made several attempts to abduct Ariana. Can Philip discover who is trying to hurt him and keep Ariana safe?

Linore Rose Burkhart weaves wonderfully complex dramas that make you want to go and read all your Jane Austen books as soon as you close the cover of hers. Her books are filled with a myriad of intriguing characters. I love that Ariana is a girl who isn't afraid to evangelize anyone--even her abductor! And I love reading about Philip's struggle to deal with his betrothed. This was a really fun book to read. I hope that Linore Rose Burkhart has more stories to tell about England 1813. Highly recommended.
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