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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; First Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451412834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451412836
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Lydia Eastlake has been the toast of the town, but that is about to come to an abrupt end. In retrospect Lydia realizes she should have read the letters from her banker more carefully, but she never thought her considerable fortune would ever run out. Now she is left with one option if she doesn’t want to learn how to economize: find a wealthy man to marry before word of her financial reversal gets out. After meeting kind and sexy Captain Ned Lockton, Lydia thinks she may have found her perfect match, but what she doesn’t know is that Ned, whose own family is rapidly draining the ancestral coffers, is hunting for a spouse, too, and only heiresses need apply. RITA Award-winner Brockway works her own irresistible brand of alchemy by taking superbly complex characters and an enthralling plot spiced with unexpected twists and deftly spinning the whole thing into literary gold. Delightfully witty and dazzlingly imaginative. --John Charles

About the Author

The author of seventeen full length novels, Connie Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband and several dogs. An adult daughter has managed to escape to warmer climes. For now.

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Connie Brockway has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal which named My Seduction as one of 2004's top ten romances.

An eight time finalist for Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. In 2006 Connie wrote her first women's contemporary HOT DISH, which won critical raves.

Today Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband, a family physician, and two spoiled mutts.

Customer Reviews

I rejoice in Connie Brockway's return to historical romance.
If you enjoy historical romance that is full of unique characters, interesting dialogue, and has a plot sure to keep your attention then this is the book for you.
Tina Pavlik
That being said, however, the final pages were as well written as the previous book, and as satisfying.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Santa-smbslt on February 2, 2010
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Banche on March 21, 2010
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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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2010
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lovesbooks on February 28, 2010
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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.
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