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If you like period fiction and Jane Austen, you will love Linore Rose Burkard’s regency romance, Before the Season Ends.

The setting is early 1800s, the plot involves a true-hearted young woman of little means, Ariana Forsythe, who decides to marry an elderly parson because marrying someone who shares her faith is her utmost priority. Her parents whisk her off to London to live with a wealthy aunt, who sets her up in fine state for the season. She eventually meets Mr. Mornay, a disgruntled and angry young aristocrat who has determined never again to be taken in by feminine wiles or fruitless faith. But there is always more to a person than is commonly known.

A simple story, but the author so artfully and adeptly wraps it in authentic period language, style and custom, that the reader imagines herself in the scenes. The journey is well worth the obstacles that stand in the way of the main characters, who are realistic and identifiable. And wherever Miss Forsythe goes, she carries her faith with her unapologetically, giving the novel added depth.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes regency romance, especially with a faith based story.

The author employs authentic language which at times may require a look at the glossary for clarification, an aspect of regency fiction that I enjoy.

       Linore Rose Burkard

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51YncIgjSFL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This Regency Era historical novel by Julie Klassen started a bit slowly for me. I think the reason is that the opening scene is not focused on the main character. But as we meet Hannah Rogers and the rest of the cast of this story, as events and people fall into place, we are swept along on the tide of intriguing characters, questionable motivations, and unexpected developments.

To hide the birth of her son, Hannah Rogers has fled her position as ladies’ maid to Lady Marianna Mayfield. However, Hannah desperately needs money to pay the woman who looks after little Danny, so she asks if she may return to the Mayfield household.

Lady Marianna accepts Hannah’s proposal, because she and her husband are leaving Bath for another town and she doesn’t wish to go without a personal maid. The reason for the move is that Sir John Mayfield is trying to keep his wife from seeing her lover.

On the journey, a storm forces the carriage off the road and almost into the sea. When Hannah regains consciousness, only she and Sir John remain. The doctor who finds them assumes Hannah is Lady Mayfield, and that the red cloak he sees floating away in the tempestuous waves is the ladies’ maid. The misunderstanding lingers, since Sir John is insensible and near death, and cannot correct them. When Hannah realizes that people think she is Lady Mayfield, she keeps her secret, hoping to stay until her injured arm heals and she can return to Bath to pay her debt and collect her son.

To complicate plans, Sir John’s solicitor arrives, and although he’s never met either Lady Marianna or Hannah, he is suspicious about her identity, even as he is drawn to her kind manner and gentle ways. She does not match the description he has been given of Lady Mayfield, in looks or in character.

The tension hinges on whether Hannah can execute an escape before someone reveals her true identity. The plot continues to surprise, until the reader has no idea how it will end. I sensed a touch of Jane Eyre at times, a mystery in both storyline and characters.

Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen

Author Julie Klassen has written many other books in the Regency Era, all well-crafted and researched. They are generally gentle reads with strong moral values and faith lessons, all woven seamlessly into absorbing stories.

 

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