Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: The House in Grosvenor Square

This book was written by Lenore Rose Burkard. It is what she calls a Regency Inspirational Romance. This takes place in England during the year of 1813. The protagonist or the main character is Ariana Forsythe and this is what Lenore has to say about how she began writing the books during the Regency period.

"There were Christian books that approached the genre," she says,"But they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I finally gave up looking and wrote what I myself was looking for." she also enjoys writing articles, reading, parenting, family movie nights, swimming, and gardening. For those of you who might be wondering what type of book this is - it is a book that is full of old words that are rarely used. However, they are delightful and interesting to read. Lenore actually has a glossary in back of the book with the meaning to words that you might not be used to. It's easy to figure out what most of the words mean in the context of the sentence. It takes a little more concentration to read a book of this nature but is well worth it in the end.
Let me give you an example from a paragraph on the first age of the book:

She looked at him challengingly, as she sat across from him in his expensive, plush black coach. Faultlessly handsome, Philip Mornay was dressed stylishly in a twin-tailed frock coat, buff pantaloons, and polished black boots. His beautifully tied cravat puffed slightly out from an embroidered white waistcoat, and his dark hair and famously handsome features were framed by a top hat. Everything he wore looked new. His clothing always did, and yet he might have worn it a dozen times, so comfortable did he appear in his attire.

If you've never read a book that was written in this kind of language and you enjoy words then I encourage you to read this book. Not only is the language interesting but the book is very well written and the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat to the end. I'll give you the summary that is written on the back of the book which might just give you a little hint of the excitement that is within the book.

As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding to Phillip Mornay, she must adjust to the realization that she is soon to become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But she promises to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street wiafs she sees all too often in London.

During a tour of her future home - the house in Grosvenor Square - Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes. But when Phillip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Areana visits the house, another item disappears.

When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after Ariana and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her under lock and key in his own house!

Romance, suspense, and a deft touch of humor are part of the wonderful story of Phillip Mornay and Ariana Forsythe's march to the altar.

Now, tell me that doesn't sound like an exciting adventure! As always Happy Reading.
Even her web site is a journey back in time:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Deborah, for such a lovely review of The House in Grosvenor Square. Your readers may be interested in winning the book from blogger Cynthia Hickey at her site this week: She is doing a giveaway and one commenter will win a copy from me. Thanks again, and I pray blessings for you with your own writing.

    Linore Rose Burkard