Reviewed by Carol Kurtz
The House in Grosvenor Square
by Linore Rose Burkard
"The accurate descriptions of period fashion, accessories, carriages, and furnishings goes a long way in transporting us to the milieu in which Ariana now lives."
If Before the Season Ends beamed me up to the former world of regency England and genteel aristocracy, The House in Grosvenor Square surely kept me there. The accurate descriptions of period fashion, accessories, carriages, and furnishings goes a long way in transporting us to the milieu in which Ariana now lives. The terminology makes the glossary in the back absolutely fun to read. Continuing right where Before the Season Ends leaves off, this sequel manages to maintain the tension and chemistry between Ariana and Mr. Mornay through their engagement as the wedding draws near.
Ariana's biggest problem seems at first to be the sudden aloofness of her fiance, but soon she falls prey to numerous malevolent schemes. Who is friend and who is foe, and will the couple make it to the altar after all?
We worried all through the first book whether Mr. Mornay would indeed choose a relationship with the Lord (as Ariana felt she should not marry him otherwise) or whether Ariana might actually concede her principles and marry him anyway. There is no such spiritual dilemma in The House in Grosvenor Square. Ariana's little sister Beatrice comes to visit and seems like an almost missed opportunity for Burkard to bring us some trouble. Thankfully the stage is set perfectly for The Country House Courtship, Book #3 in the series where Beatrice takes center stage.
The servants, however provide plenty of mischief. The parallel universe of the lower kitchen floor and the butlers, chambermaids, and valets make Ariana's transition towards her soon-to-be position of mistress of the house at Grosvenor Square bumpy at best. Will she be forced to relieve Mornay's long time staff of their services?
Burkard keeps the bar high with brilliant word pictures and cringe-worthy
predicaments. And it's a gratifying conclusion as the characters develop
and rise to the occasions of danger, suspicion, and love.
Carol Kurtz Darlington is a certified personal trainer and a certified group fitness instructor who works with people who want to lose weight as well as those who just want to enjoy better health. She enjoys empowering and encouraging others to reach their health and fitness goals, feel better about themselves in the process, and enjoy more energy to stay active in all areas of their lives. She is the founder of Totally Fit With Carol, a Christian weight loss website featuring workout videos, health tips, exercise advice, and more. She loves her morning cappuccino and her beloved grand-dog. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and haunting Starbucks.