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The Gilded Web. To Maria Carvainis, my agent, and to June Renschler, Jerome Murphy. and Alex Slater, her assistants, who are all and always in my corner. 1. Reginald Mason crossed one elegantly clad leg over the other and contemplated the gold tassel swinging from one of his white-topped Hessian boots. The boots had been just one of many recent extravagances, but what was one to do when fashions shifted almost daily and one had been taught from the cradle onward that keeping up appearances was of the utmost importance?

Perseus Books Group was an American publishing company founded in 1996 by investor Frank Pearl

Perseus Books Group was an American publishing company founded in 1996 by investor Frank Pearl. It was named Publisher of the Year in 2007 by Publishers Weekly magazine for its role in taking on publishers formerly distributed by Publishers Group West and acquiring Avalon Publishing Group. After the death of Frank Pearl, Perseus was sold to Centre Lane Partners in 2015, a private equity firm.

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Not to his parents’ home, anyway. He had seen them several times in the meanwhile, though. the friends he had made at school and university and with the sons and daughters of his parents’ friends, whom he had known all his life. And they often came to stay with him at Willows End, the home and estate that had been unofficially his since his twenty-first birthday. He liked being there. He loved the house, an old early-Georgian manor, and the park.

The fact that both families have been bitter enemies for years, and that Reginald is not in love with Annabelle, doesn’t matter one whit. Balogh’s latest elegantly executed tale is rich with her usual subtle humor, deliciously romantic sensuality, and a truly clever twist on a classic Regency plot. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

For more information, please contact the Special Markets Department at the Perseus Books Group, 2300 Chestnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or call (800) 810-4145, ext. 5000, or e-mail special. Designed by Timm Bryson.

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balough comes a classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama.

A Matter of Class epub download

ISBN13: 978-1593155896

ISBN: 1593155891

Author: Perseus

Category: Romance

Subcategory: Historical

Language: English

Publisher: Vanguard Press; Reprint edition (December 7, 2010)

ePUB size: 1626 kb

FB2 size: 1767 kb

Rating: 4.1

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This is the story of Lady Annabelle Ashton, the only child of the most austere Earl of Havercroft and Reginald Mason, the son of a crass social climbing merchant. When the book opens Reginald is being schooled by his father. During the last year Reginald has become a profligate dandy. His father seeks to put an end to his extravagance. Reginald counters that he is a young up-and-comer who, at the age of twenty five years, is only aping the behavior of his gentlemen companions. These are the activities and interests of the idle gentry class. And, oh by the way, his is not the worst transgression in the neighborhood, has his father heard about the Earl's diamond of a daughter? No? Well, she has utterly and completely ruined herself in a failed attempt at elopement with her father's handsome footman. Reginald's father gleefully smiles and rubs his palms together. Here is an opportunity, for advancement and revenge. His old enemy, the Earl, is in dire straits, he needs the money his daughter was to marry into. No one of his class will have the chit now. He, the one the Earl looks down his long nose at, will save the family from ruin and in doing so elevate his son.

Proud Annabelle has been locked in a barren room with only her bible for companionship. She is to be sent to a distant estate to live out her days as a spinster. How far she has fallen. Even her mother's companionship is to be denied to her. How could her plans have gone so horribly awry? Annabelle is no ones damsel in distress, but if ever she needed a knight it is now. Someone to fight by her side. Her father enters her cell, the family has been saved. Saved by that odious merchant and his limp noodle of a son.

So begins Reginald and Annabelle's story. It is a lighthearted tale. With Ms. Balogh's trademarks of sweet humor, strong characters and engaging plot. From the beginning we know that all is not exactly as it seems and it is fun work figuring out exactly what these two characters have been up to.

One quibble: at 190 widely spaced pages this book is almost unforgivably short. It probably should have been a short story selection in an anthology. That said, for this reader a taste of Ms. Balogh's storytelling is better than a full dish of most anything else.

Five stars for engaging story. Three stars for brevity of book. Four stars overall.
Lightwind
This is the story of Lady Annabelle Ashton, the only child of the most austere Earl of Havercroft and Reginald Mason, the son of a crass social climbing merchant. When the book opens Reginald is being schooled by his father. During the last year Reginald has become a profligate dandy. His father seeks to put an end to his extravagance. Reginald counters that he is a young up-and-comer who, at the age of twenty five years, is only aping the behavior of his gentlemen companions. These are the activities and interests of the idle gentry class. And, oh by the way, his is not the worst transgression in the neighborhood, has his father heard about the Earl's diamond of a daughter? No? Well, she has utterly and completely ruined herself in a failed attempt at elopement with her father's handsome footman. Reginald's father gleefully smiles and rubs his palms together. Here is an opportunity, for advancement and revenge. His old enemy, the Earl, is in dire straits, he needs the money his daughter was to marry into. No one of his class will have the chit now. He, the one the Earl looks down his long nose at, will save the family from ruin and in doing so elevate his son.

Proud Annabelle has been locked in a barren room with only her bible for companionship. She is to be sent to a distant estate to live out her days as a spinster. How far she has fallen. Even her mother's companionship is to be denied to her. How could her plans have gone so horribly awry? Annabelle is no ones damsel in distress, but if ever she needed a knight it is now. Someone to fight by her side. Her father enters her cell, the family has been saved. Saved by that odious merchant and his limp noodle of a son.

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Five stars for engaging story. Three stars for brevity of book. Four stars overall.
Darkshaper
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Darkshaper
What an amazing story! This is one of the shortest reviews I have ever written. My recommendation is that potential buyers/readers very carefully select the reviews they will read lest too much is revealed about the storyline. I didn't read the reviews and actually purchased this book by mistake. It is one of the best accidental purchases I've ever made. Yes, I could have returned it, but I was considering purchasing it and had kept the link open on my computer.

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uspeh
While the plot isn't exactly anything earth shattering, the approach to telling the plot is clever. It's a super short novella that you could read over morning coffee and well worth it. There are hints along the way from the very first chapter of what the plot twist will be, but some readers may still be surprised. Surprised or not, the telling of the story is the reason to get it. The story moves back and forth with a chapter for present then a chapter for past and so forth as it works the reader towards the big reveal. THIS is what makes the book clever and the plot well done.

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If you don't like a story told with alternating flashbacks, and if you don't like surprise twists, then don't read it. That simple. I found it's unconventional approach a welcome read. If this had been a long novel, it wouldn't have worked, but as a novella, it's just right. Go in knowing what to expect and you won't be disappointed. A thorough enjoyment from start to finish, all while sipping that morning coffee.
Vetibert
What happens when a noble, recently impoverished Earl meets his neighbor, a wealthy North country coal "baron," in church on Sunday mornings? Nothing. The Earl demands that his family coldy ignore the upstarts--and the warmer, friendlier family keeps a dignified distance. The two men despise each other, but they arrange a marriage between their only children: The Earl's daughter has brought herself to ruin through a failed elopement with a coachman and the Earl is in desperate need of money; the neighbor wants his son to marry into a titled family and to give up his recent forays into fashion and gambling.

The book is, indeed, very short. A reader can polish off the book in an evening between finishing dinner and going to bed. The plot twist can be ascertained within the first few pages. That doesn't make the book any less entertaining. Balogh is a careful wordsmith and the reader cannot help but chuckle and admire the way she never tells a lie in her narrative, but leads the reader down the wrong path.

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Vetibert
What happens when a noble, recently impoverished Earl meets his neighbor, a wealthy North country coal "baron," in church on Sunday mornings? Nothing. The Earl demands that his family coldy ignore the upstarts--and the warmer, friendlier family keeps a dignified distance. The two men despise each other, but they arrange a marriage between their only children: The Earl's daughter has brought herself to ruin through a failed elopement with a coachman and the Earl is in desperate need of money; the neighbor wants his son to marry into a titled family and to give up his recent forays into fashion and gambling.

The book is, indeed, very short. A reader can polish off the book in an evening between finishing dinner and going to bed. The plot twist can be ascertained within the first few pages. That doesn't make the book any less entertaining. Balogh is a careful wordsmith and the reader cannot help but chuckle and admire the way she never tells a lie in her narrative, but leads the reader down the wrong path.

Unlike many of Balogh's books, this one does not use pathos to bring readers to tears. The writing is good-natured, with gentle humor. There are no villains. The greatest suffering occurs when Anna is sent to her room for two days with no reading material except her Bible. In addition, there are no improbable, unbelievable situations.

Balogh is playing with style here, rather than with substance. She does explore the theme of "guilt" (one of her favorites), but the guilt experienced by all the major characters only underscores their basic decency.

The book is fun for an evening's entertainment, but it is not one I will keep to read over and over. As others have said, don't purchase this one expecting a novel. It is, instead, a breezy, well-written short story with a hard cover.