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  • Mass Market Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (24 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451412834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451412836
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By ingrid kilner on 26 Dec. 2014
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Loved this story. 5 stars first book I've read by this author. I've ordered more !
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
THE GOLDEN SEASON is a keeper. 2 Feb. 2010
By Santa-smbslt - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would highly recommend that you keep a space open on your keeper shelf for Connie Brockway's THE GOLDEN SEASON. I loved the heroine, Lady Lydia. She was smart, beautiful and wealthy in her own right until it is revealed to her that she doesn't have a feather to fly with. She's flat broke. There is only one thing for her to do in order to continue to keep her place in society. She must find a rich husband who can keep her in the lifestyle she to which she is accustomed.

Enter retired Navel officer Captain Ned Lockton. And what an entrance he makes. Tall, golden haired and delicious. He seems to have it all. Fame. Family. Fortune. Well, all except the last part. He, in turn, finds Lady Lydia breathtakingly beautiful. She has everything he is looking for in a bride. Fame. Family. Fortune -- except for that last part.

Now I don't want anyone to think these two are shallow and in love with their own consequence. Each has a strong sense of honor and duty for the people and family in their lives. Ned and Lydia find themselves falling in love long before they find out they each are penniless. They are passionately in love and it sizzles off the pages. But their newly discovered passion for one another isn't just about money or their physical attraction to one another. It's sooo much more.

Connie Brockway takes us along on Lydia and Ned's journey of discovery. Their new found love is tested and each make a life changing decisions. But are they the right ones? Are they destined to be together or be kept forever apart by circumstance? The best part of this book for me was seeing how Ms. Brockway told this part of the story. Just when I thought the end was near, she threw another curve. I am so glad she did.

I rejoice in Connie Brockway's return to historical romance. I think you will too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice Guys Finish First! 21 Mar. 2010
By Linda Banche - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love this book! Ms. Brockway has written a first-class tale of love, honesty, and honor triumphing in that most artificial of all places, the Regency ton.

Lady Lydia Eastlake must wed for money. So must former Navy captain, Ned Lockton. Each appears the other's ideal--until they fall in love and discover the other is penniless. Honor pulls them toward other partners. Love pulls them together. You'll wonder how they will reconcile their differences in this page-turner, even though a happy ending is guaranteed in a romance.

When I read a romance, I have to like both hero and heroine. The heroine is usually no problem, and I like Lydia. But, all too often, the "hero" is a villain in disguise and I hate him.

Not so with Ned. Ned Lockton is that rarity in romance, a nice guy. Now, "nice" does not necessarily mean "wimp". Ned is a former Navy captain who was invalided out after a distinguished career, and now has the thankless job of rescuing his feckless family from penury. He's also young, gorgeous, and blond. (I like my heroes blond.) I adore him.

If you like a story that keeps you reading and guessing right up to the end, try THE GOLDEN SEASON. You won't go wrong.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Five golden stars for an almost perfect romance. 2 Feb. 2010
By OLT - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a great time for romance readers, what with Laura Kinsale, Madeline Hunter and now Connie Brockway releasing romances within a week or so of each other. Ms Brockway's previous release, SO ENCHANTING, wasn't quite my cup of tea because of the paranormal elements involved, but this new one is very good. Here we have our extremely beautiful and wealthy heroine, Lydia, whose lavish lifestyle is famous in the ton, find out in the first page that she has lost everything. Our handsome hero Ned, recently retired naval captain, returns home to find his family (headed by his older brother, the Earl of Josten) in dire straits financially. Both H and H must find wealthy mates ASAP, before the ton realizes that they are poor. I suppose you can guess how this will end and you'd be right, but it's the journey to the end that is a delight. The characters, both main and secondary, are well developed and appealing. You might expect such a beautiful and wealthy woman as Lydia to be selfish and self-centered, but no such thing. And Ned is as noble of character as they come. The story begins in a very light-hearted manner with LOL (to me) situations and dialogue, but, somehow, as you get further and further into the book, you realize that this is a beautiful, heartfelt romance. And what a pleasant surprise for once to have a hero with enough self-control to keep his breeches buttoned even when he would rather not. (And, let's face it, when the heroine would also rather he not.) No, this does not mean no sex in the story. It just means that the romance here takes precedence over the sex. There is only one thing that bothered me in this book: Ned's behaviour at the beginning of the last chapter was as exasperating to me as it was to Lydia. But all's well that ends well, as they say, and the book is still a 5-star one for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Book! 1 Mar. 2010
By lovesbooks - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At last someone has written a book with a genuinely believable conflict (having to marry for money) with an honorable hero who behaves as a lot of good man would have in that period. "The Golden Season" begins with Lady Lydia who, to her amazed dismay, finds she is penniless. Her counterpart, Ned, decides to marry a wealthy woman to rescue his impoverished and feckless family. The romance between them, although not the most romantic I have read, is ultimately so satisfying and so interesting that I suspect it will be one of the best this year.

When Ned and Lydia meet, the light flirting is so much fun to read that we can understand their immediate attraction. Ned, as a reserved Naval officer, controls himself around Lydia, so much so she is unsure of his affections. Their rendez-vous in a maze is so well written that, although you totally understand their unwillingness and inability to express themselves, you want to shake them, but not because they are being stupid.
This is a book of lots of impediments to Ned and Lydia's getting together, but none of them seem contrived, even the final one that demands a terrible sacrifice from Lydia to prevent her friend from being entombed in Bedlam. I usually do not like books where pages and pages go by without the couple being together, but Brockway makes her plot and characters so interesting that I was swept along. At 2 AM, I laughed out loud (really) when I read the pretext that a villain uses to force a duel. For once, you have an honorable man who decides realistically that the price of self-sacrifice is too high and a heroine who values her economic luxury and status, making her final decision wrenchingly difficult.

The only quibble I have with this 400 page book is that it ends a little abruptly. If I suffer through the H&H's obstacles for that long, I want to see more of the final payoff. That's why I love epilogues, absent in this book. That being said, however, the final pages were as well written as the previous book, and as satisfying.

Some romances are like eating really great pie--and lots of it. "The Golden Season" is like eating a complete turkey dinner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Funny, touching, emotional, realistic, romantic 5 May 2010
By Not Telling - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Connie Brockway book I've ever read, and I loved it. Ned was such a sweet, lovable character, so passionate and poetic. At first, I did think Lydia was a bit spoiled and dumb, but she was not a whiny baby about it, like a real rich spoiled brat would be. She had a good head on her shoulders, and was very honest. This story was written so well, I could feel every physical thing described, and emotional. I felt sympathy for Ned when he learned what might happen to Lydia and his brother. I could hear the sweetness of Ned's love for her in his letter. I could taste the caramel ice as Lydia described it. I could see Ned watching her as she described that caramel, his eyes so aroused and glazed in pleasure. It was a beautiful book, and I cannot wait to read more by her.
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