A Matter of Class

A Matter of Class

Book - 2010
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Just in time for Valentine's Day, from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes yet another classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by title, a factor that pains him and his father within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.

Though Reginald Mason, Senior, wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Reginald Senior serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their currentstate of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.

So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love--a story in which very little is as it seems.

Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781593155544
Branch Call Number: FIC Balog 6939
Characteristics: 191 p


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Aug 18, 2017

I enjoy Mary Balogh's work, especially when I'm in the mood for a (mildly) formulaic Regency romance with plucky characters. I think I've read this twice and each time, I have to re-read the first half again. You'll understand why once you pick up this delightful novella.

Nov 25, 2016

A very simple story

Jul 04, 2016

I love all her books

Jun 12, 2016

If you love historical romance, and you think you can't bear to read one more book with the arranged marriage plot setup -- read this one. I won't say too much about it, other than that I loved both protagonists, and while I guessed the ending quite early in the book, I enjoyed reading it all the more for appreciating Balogh's cleverness and her careful consideration of each word. You can read this short book in one sitting -- and you'll thoroughly enjoy it.

Oct 20, 2015

I really loved this book! Not your usual cookie-cutter plot!

midnightvupecula Jul 18, 2014

A fast read, since it's a novella. But wow! This is the kind of book you have to read twice. And possibly more

hania4987 Jun 23, 2014

in this novella, Balogh rises above her story formula and gives an intriguing example of the British social system

Oct 24, 2013

I really liked this book. Set in the 1800s in England, one of my very favourite times to read about. A real twist in the tale.

KCFinnegan Sep 15, 2012

A very sweet tale with an enchanting plot twist! Not her usual storytelling which was very refreshing.

May 07, 2012

light read

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