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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Before the Season Ends...Review

About the book:

Regency Romance meets Christian Inspiration in this satisfying historical romp into 1813 London, where the principled, sweet heroine, Miss Ariana Forsythe meets her match in Mr. Phillip Mornay, London's current darling rogue. 

Trouble at home sends Ariana to her aunt's townhouse in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There, she soon finds herself neck-deep in high society and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London's current darling rogue. Then, a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her heart, her faith, and her future are all at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent's attention.

Will Ariana's faith survive this test? What about her heart? For it's Ariana's heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the wrong man, how can it ever turn out right?

A prequel to The House in Grosvenor Square.

Young Ariana Forsythe is sent to her wealthy aunt's home in London when she forms an undesirable attachment at home. Ariana is a young woman of strong faith in God and one who isn't afraid of stating her mind and opinion. As Ariana makes a triumphant entry into London society, she meets handsome Phillip Mornay, the current, most wealthy and admired man in London. Phillip is notorious for not marrying, nor for singling out any one woman. When Ariana inadvertently offends a high society matron, rumors are started which could ruin her chances for a successful London season. Phillip then steps in with a ruse that could certainly put all the rumors to rest.

Phillip isn't a practicing Christian like Ariana, and she fears losing her heart to him. Will she be able to reconcile her feelings and faith?

This was a charming story. Light Christian, with some detailed descriptions of how one accepts Christ into their life, but the story isn't preachy at all. A delightful look into the Regency period of London when society's opinions mattered and propriety reigned.

Read 6/09


  1. Ooooh, you got the first one! I want to read this one, too. I love the fact that Ariana is just a sweet Christian character and the books (at least the one I read, I can say this) are not preachy at all, as you said.

  2. This sounds like such a good book. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the review Holly.

  3. I love the premise of this story and although I'm not a Christian, I do like reading Christian Fiction once in a while (provided it's not very preachy).