Friday, February 19, 2010

The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard

I'm privileged to be a part of Glass Road PR's blog tour for The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard.
The Country House Courtship

About the Author:
Publishers Weekly acclaimed the work of Burkard in its review of The House in Grosvenor Square, saying, "Ms. Burkard's command of period detail is impressive..On the whole, it's a tasty confection."

Burkard, a fan of classic romances and graduate of City University of New York, began writing stories when she couldn't find true Regency romance within the inspirational fiction category. "I knew that many women like me want stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God's involvement in our lives," she says.

Raised in New York, Burkard now lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. To learn more about her, visit

About the Book:
In The Country House Courtship, Beatrice, sister of the heroine in The House in Grosvenor Square, is intent upon landing as wealthy a husband as her sister managed. Yet her youthful heart is about to encounter life lessons that will leave her re-aligning priorities and re-considering the individual upon whom she can depend and love.

Margie's comments:
I love historical fiction, and some of the earliest romances I remember reading were Regency era. My favorite historicals are those that feature England, Scotland, and Ireland, mostly in the 18th and 19th centuries. So when Linore Burkard started publishing in this genre with the English Regency as her books' settings . . . well, I was hooked on a new author.

She not only writes Regency romance, she also writes in the style of Jane Austen. Which includes a little bit of "head-hopping," not a pure POV. While I can push aside my preference for the latter when I'm reading Dickens or Austen, I find it a little difficult reading that style in today's fiction. However, Linore's stories are so good I manage to put that slight irritation in the background and enjoy the story.

Linore's characters are very real, and I love getting pulled into the story through their eyes. Beatrice tries her brother-in-law's patience, and her immaturity shows in what she thinks she wants. Yet her visit to her sister puts her into friendships and associations with several "eligible" bachelors. It isn't until she's faced with truth that she finally learns what she truly wants in life . . . and in a husband.

The spiritual thread throughout is strong and real. And the research into the era is top-notch. I'm very excited to see this time period and setting getting recognition in the Christian fiction market. You won't be disappointed in Linore's stories. Her previous books are Before the Season Ends
 and The House in Grosvenor Square

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