Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Review: The House in Grosvenor Square by:Linore Rose Burkard
About the Book:
Readers who loved the author's first book, "Before the Season Ends, "will delight in this charming sequel set in Regency London.
As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding to Philip 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 herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London.
During a tour of her future home--the house in Grosvenor Square--Ariana makes plans to redecorate according to her tastes. But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, accompanied by a friend or relation, another item disappears.
Shortly thereafter Ariana is abducted as she leaves a performance at Covent Garden Theatre, leaving Philip to unravel the pieces of the mystery. Where has his future bride been taken, and by whom? For what reason? How does Ariana's faith play a role?
Finally, after the safe return of his intended, how does Philip--a man of intense discrimination in his tastes--find the many alterations in his house? And what on earth is behind the sudden influx of bills from every charity in London, all thanking him profusely for his uncommon generosity? Will he have second thoughts about his future bride?
Readers will find romance, intrigue, humor, and inspiration in this new book of spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul.
Riding in a carriage with Ariana Forsythe's future husband in a bad mood was not how she pictured her day going. Upon her arrival to her future home, she gets to meet all the servants and various people who will soon be in her life. Phillip Mornay shows her around his fancy mansion but she can tell something is wrong but she's not sure what. She goes through many thoughts of him not wanting to be around her.
Ariana was everything Phillip was looking for in a woman. He's in love with her, it's just he's ready to marry her and get it over with. But Ariana and he have to go through the process of the wedding, he has to accept that.
Ariana is at her future home, looking around and deciding what should be changed and not. Going through the house, she tries to make the best decisions to please her future husband and herself. But it seems her Aunt has a problem with her ideas.
Phillip is out trying to think of the best wedding present to get Ariana , when suddenly he comes across a horse stable. He goes to find the best mare for Ariana that he can find.
Meanwhile there's men planning a kidnapping of Ariana and possibly her sister. How will this turn out? Will it be a happy wedding as planned? Or will Ariana be kidnapped before she even gets a chance to walk down the aisle?
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Christian Review of Books.