“Miss Fanshawe’s Fortune” by author Linore Rose Burkard is a Christian Historical Regency Romance. It is an engaging, clean fiction that is interesting and entertaining. This is Book Two of The Brides of Mayfair Series, but can be read as a standalone.
This romance is set in 1815 in London and captured my attention at the very beginning. The writing was easy to understand and smooth. The story flowed effortlessly. There was a mystery with some twist and turns to make it exciting.
The characters were endearing. I adored Miss Frances Fanshawe. Frannie was a darling even though she was either up on top of the world or having a terrible, awful day. She had been told for years by her mother that she had a trust fund set up by her father. Now her mother is dead and she is without funds. It is up to her to find her father. Unfortunately she has led a sheltered life and often makes unwise choices.
Sebastian Arundel comes to her aid to solve the mystery. The question is why does he. He is a nice man guided not by what society says is correct but by his own self.
There is quite a bit of humor in this book. Many times I chuckled. The characters are Christian and often give food for thought. At one time after prayer it is speculated the person praying is a Methodist instead of an Anglican due to the prayer.
A glossary, timeline, and map are in the back of the book. I found these helpful. It is quite evident the author did extensive research before writing this novel.
I would recommend this delightful book. It is clean with no ugly words or violence. The romance is sweet. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words. It receives 4 out of 5 stars from me.
About the Book
Book: Miss Fanshawe’s Fortune
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Sweet and Clean Historical Romance (regency)
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Miss Frances Fanshawe’s past is shrouded in mystery. Raised genteelly by her mother in the knowledge she is heir to a fortune, she is forced to question everything after her mother dies and leaves her with only a single clue to the money. Unless she can locate her father or otherwise prove her heritage, not only the fortune but her very respectability is at stake.
In line for a baronetcy, Sebastian Arundell has no time for sorting out questionable tangles for young women with dubious histories. No matter if they are young, appealing, and have ridiculously large chocolate eyes to melt a man’s heart. But when it becomes apparent that other people are after Frannie’s supposed fortune, he is drawn to investigate. As the search deepens, Frannie falls in love with handsome, proper Sebastian. But if it only proves what he suspects—that she’s an illegitimate pauper—will all hope to win his heart be lost?
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About the Author
Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first book opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes YA contemporary suspense and contemporary romance. Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.
More from Linore Rose Burkard
Today we have a multi-published author with us, Linore Rose Burkard. She writes “Romance to warm the Heart, Fiction to Stir the Soul.” Linore’s first novel, an Inspirational Regency Romance, was actually the first of its kind and opened the genre for the CBA. Linore, welcome. Please tell us more about yourself as a writer. I understand you feel very purpose-driven in you vocation.
Linore: I do. Newer writers usually say their purpose is to write whatever specific book they’re working on. But I believe our purpose goes deeper than that, deeper than any single book. My purpose—which some may consider a humble calling—is to write smart, well-researched romance infused with humor that literally warms the heart. My readers close my romance novels with a smile and the feeling—at least for a few minutes—that all is right with the world.
- When did you realize that was your purpose?
A writer needs to be humble enough to accept what their giftings are. I had to accept that I wasn’t going to write the next ‘great American novel.’ I wasn’t going to be a Hemingway. Having been schooled in the classics, both British and American, writing inspirational romance seems lightweight. Georgette Heyer, a writer I greatly admire, once said she ought to be shot for what she writes! Because there’s this perception among the literati that romance literature is less than respectable. But I’ve learned that heartwarming romance is worthy in itself, whether it is overtly evangelistic or not, and whether English professors would agree or not. Readers have written to me with such gratitude that it showed me that what I write is no less valuable –to those who will be blessed by it—than the classics.
- How did you get started?
I’ve been an avid reader all my life and was always was drawn to write, even as a child. But I saw a need for something specific that wasn’t out there—Regency Romance that included a Christian worldview. I wanted to read that book, but it didn’t exist. So that’s what I started out writing. My first three novels with Harvest House were Inspirational Regencies. The genre since then has grown by leaps and bounds, which I think is great.
- Would you like to give a tip for writers?
It’s important to write the book on your heart, not the one you think you should write because it will make money, or because it’s what people want. A lot of gurus are out there saying you should research the audience before putting pen to paper to make sure your book will be marketable. Well, there is some truth in that—if you write a book about some obscure dog breed that only 200 people own, you’re not gonna have a bestseller. But there’s a big danger in that method, too. The book on your heart, the story that won’t go away, is most likely the one that will help point you to your purpose in writing; and it will be the one that resonates with readers.
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