Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"A Matter of Class" by Mary Balogh [4]

Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentlemen.
However, he is not a gentlemen by birth, a factor that pains him and his father,
Bernard Mason, 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.
Oh yes the cover sucked me into getting this novel...that was until I realized it was a regency favourite theme.
A really quick read with under 200 pages and very light and easy to read as well... but then this isn't the first time I have read something from this author, she is great.
A wonderful story about two families that hate each other because of class distinction and the circumstances that eventually join the two families.
Reggie and Anna have been forced to marry each other and both enter into the engagement resenting each other for their current state of affairs... but is it all what it seems to be?
There is a delightful twist to this story which I didn't see until nearly the end, but I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil it.
A must read for those of you that love this period of romance.
I rate this book 4 stars.
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