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The Country House Courtship (A Regency Inspirational Romance) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2010
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I loved the wide variety of characters. The first two installments in the series had lots of fun and endearing characters, but most of them were members of the ton, and upper class. Country House Courtship had all sorts of interesting characters, from the Prince Regent to the poor tenant family- with butlers, curates, and the Paragon between!
Peter O'Brien has undergone a marvelous growth in maturity since the last time we saw him! I was nervous when I read the synopsis- that he was the hero of this story- thinking he would continue to annoy me and that he would seem fickle. I was pleasantly surprised! Linore Burkard acquaints us with his activities between books (a space of 5 years) and leaves no doubt that this is truly a changed man. ^_^
In fact- I found myself liking him a lot, and instead becoming annoyed with Beatrice! She starts out quite immature and flighty, but her character was fun to watch as she grew and became more aware of what is important in life, rather than just what seems right or fun at the time.
The Bartons added a lot to this story and I really enjoyed reading both their parts in the story!
One of my favorites from book 1- Lord Horatio- has returned in this story, but I actually didn't connect it was the same guy until near the end! (No worries, this is not a spoiler, just my not thinking back far enough, and also forgetting his name. :P)
It's common for previous heroines and heroes to appear different in a series once the limelight has been removed from them; either becoming bland and having no depth, or to forget their "demoted" place as secondary characters and try to steal back the limelight from the new leading couple. Burkard did a great job at keeping the Mornays in the story - even a big part in the story - without neglecting the leads of book 3, or making them uninteresting. They had the same characteristics as ever- good thing, too, cause I love them! ^_^ However they have grown up a bit more and now have a family, so they have naturally changed somewhat.
Overall, The Country House Courtship was a delightful read with a charming cast of characters and a highly satisfactory ending. :D
The book is a wonderful example of the author's knowledge of the Regency period. It seems to be historically accurate. The problems seem to lie with the main characters and the reader's inability to bond with them.
I know some reviewers have complained about the inclusion of religion in the books. I think the book description of inspirational romance warns you that this is the case. I am always looking for an interesting, clean read so I appreciate them, even if the beliefs aren't always lined up with mine. I usually am able to enjoy the plot and inspirational points I feel the same on- when I come across something that doesn't coincide with my feelings I still learn something about other Christian churches' beliefs.
If you like this I would suggest books by Karen Witemeyer or the "Ransome," trilogy by Kaye Dacus.