From Publishers Weekly
Country girl Ariana Forsythe is sent to a wealthy aunt in London to head off an unsuitable match in this faith-based Regency romance. After being modishly outfitted by said aunt, Ariana is thrust into the London season, with all its attendant social conventions: status distinctions, formal etiquette and gossip, gossip, gossip (the Regency antecedent of dishing). Ariana meets her match in the disdainful paragon of society, Phillip Mornay, who quickly becomes her ally after an unexpected turn of social events threatens her good name. This period romance lacks sufficient romantic tension between the principals. The plotting is also uneven, with some complications (the matter of Arianas correspondence with her family, for example) not driving the plot forward, instead frittering narrative energy. But the author's command of period detail is impressive, evident in material details but also in dialogue. The theology is also period authentic. The novel even contains a glossary to help non-Regencyphiles get up to speed about the difference between ladies pelisses and spencers. Despite some technical problems, on the whole its a tasty confection. (Dec.)
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"Arianna Forysythe is someone you would desire as a best friend. You root for her throughout the book. She has several misadventures, which throws her into the path of Mr. Monray. Mr. Monray is the new Mr. Darcy! He is of course most desirable and uncatchable by any of the girls having their season; he has even managed to escape others in previous season. Then Ariana falls into his world and everything begins to tilt for him.
"This book had many moments of well-written humor. The faith aspect of this book is well done as well. Ariana's faith is real and her actions are consistent with that faith. I'm looking forward to the next regency by Burkard."
--Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, author of Hearts on the Road
"I enjoyed reading Before the Season Ends very much. I tried to read a bit and go to bed one night only to finish half and stay up way too late. The characters were engaging and there was enough humor to keep the tone light. The storyline had true value and I am delighted to find a book I can even let my teen daughter read without worrying about the content! Great job Linore Rose Burkard!"
--Christa Sterken, freelance writer
"Ms. Burkard has managed to produce a work that reads as radiant as a drop of sunlight!"
--Naomi D. Musch, Christian fiction author
"I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency romance from beginning to end. It's exactly the kind of story I like to read but rarely ever find. Funny, touching, romantic--I highly recommend it."
--Melanie Dickerson, ACFW Book Club Coordinator