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“Mary Balogh does it again. She transported me to the wonderful world of Regency England. This is a not-to-be-missed story with a surprising twist.”
Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A marvelous gem of a story”
“Will have readers gasping and smiling with delight. A can’t-miss choice....”
Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars
“Readers will see this delightful novella as a gift from a favorite author. Balogh utilizes the classic class theme, gives it a twist or two, and utterly charms fans with a tale that’s sweet and sizzling, witty and romantic, dramatic and surprising. Better than chocolate or flowers, it’s a love story to remember.”
Top Customer Reviews
Proud Annabelle has been locked in a barren room with only her bible for companionship. She is to be sent to a distant estate to live out her days as a spinster. How far she has fallen. Even her mother's companionship is to be denied to her. How could her plans have gone so horribly awry? Annabelle is no ones damsel in distress, but if ever she needed a knight it is now. Someone to fight by her side. Her father enters her cell, the family has been saved. Saved by that odious merchant and his limp noodle of a son.
So begins Reginald and Annabelle's story. It is a lighthearted tale. With Ms.Read more ›
The book is, indeed, very short. A reader can polish off the book in an evening between finishing dinner and going to bed. The plot twist can be ascertained within the first few pages. That doesn't make the book any less entertaining. Balogh is a careful wordsmith and the reader cannot help but chuckle and admire the way she never tells a lie in her narrative, but leads the reader down the wrong path.
Unlike many of Balogh's books, this one does not use pathos to bring readers to tears. The writing is good-natured, with gentle humor. There are no villains. The greatest suffering occurs when Anna is sent to her room for two days with no reading material except her Bible. In addition, there are no improbable, unbelievable situations.
Balogh is playing with style here, rather than with substance. She does explore the theme of "guilt" (one of her favorites), but the guilt experienced by all the major characters only underscores their basic decency.
The book is fun for an evening's entertainment, but it is not one I will keep to read over and over. As others have said, don't purchase this one expecting a novel. It is, instead, a breezy, well-written short story with a hard cover.
What may not be instantly apparent, if ordering 'A Matter Of Class' online, is that it's in no way a full-length novel. My reviewer's copy was 190 pages in length but these pages are printed with large text and wide spacing. In a normal book's printing that's probably under 100 pages. I found the book rather more of a lengthy short story than a book on its own, as much as I enjoyed it.
This book revolves around a clever plot device that isn't revealed until the end of the book (and which I shan't give away here). It was very well done, however, and I found myself turning back to the start of the book again once I'd finished it to see if I could pick up the clues. We follow the story of Reginald Mason, a man whose father has made his money in trade and who is trying to establish Reginald as a gentleman. This is somewhat difficult when Reginald is gaming to excess and generally behaving like a wild son.
When Lady Annabelle Ashton, daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, is caught eloping it seems that she won't find anyone to marry her. However, the daughter of an Earl is a worthy candidate to help elevate Reginald to more lofty circles and his father is for the match. Annabelle's father, too, sees Reginald as her only possible salvation from ruination. But can these two make something out of such an awkward start. And is there any significance to their previous meetings as young children?
This was a good read, as always from Mary Balogh, but it is short and in some ways that was a disappointment. It's definitely still worth buying, however.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was perfect. I loved the story and the end was amazing. I love Mary Balogh's books, but I believe this one was my favorite. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Vicki Goodwin
Just finished reading this book, and it was absolutely wonderful to read a book that I loved from page one until the very last page. Read morePublished 12 days ago by notagoddess
I enjoyed reading this book. The ending surprised me and made me laugh out loud. Can't wait to read more of her books.Published 17 days ago by it it what it is
I am a Mary Balogh fan--I love the Survivors series (although some are better than others). But this is my favorite Mary Balogh. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Sharyn McQuaid
A lovable short story that caught an avid reader like me off guard. I can usually predict an outcome half way through a book but did not in this case.Published 29 days ago by Dorothea C Wilcox
It's a Mary Balogh novel! Light-hearted and fun - a romp that is well-written, carefully plotted and simply charming. Enjoy!Published 2 months ago by Lynn Kiaer
I picked up the book based on the cover - a Jane Austin knock-off. The first part of the book held my attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Meyers
Not profound but a very sweet romp. Fresh and cute. Just the right length. Refreshing, sort of like a sorbet to cleanse the palate before going on to read something deeper.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer