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A Matter of Class | [Mary Balogh]

A Matter of Class

Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman 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.

Though Bernard 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, Bernard 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 current state 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.

©2009 Mary Balogh; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Susan Timmins, ON, Canada 01-04-10
    Susan Timmins, ON, Canada 01-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful romance with a twist"

    I am a long-time Mary Balogh fan and have been getting a little tired of her stories of late. However, this book reminded me of why she is so great. Wonderful romance with a twist. The narrator did take a little getting used to, but I quickly got passed that and would happily listen to Anne Flosnik again. Well worth the purchase price and four of my happiest hours spent this Christmas...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 12-30-11
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 12-30-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "Short and sweet :)"

    Loved it! Short and sweet with unexpected turns . Loved the mail characters . I would really reccomand it :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clarice 01-10-10
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    "Short and Sweet"

    This is a lovely little tale. Good narration. I'm glad Balaogh did not embellish this with a lot of uncecessary details.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Oakville, Ontario, Canada 03-10-13
    Mary Oakville, Ontario, Canada 03-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    A great listen! I am a Mary Balogh fan and this book is everything I expect from this author and more. The characters have depth as does the story - so much so I listened to it twice in close succession and enjoyed my second listen every bit as much as the first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-10-13
    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Cute twist on the Victorian novel."
    What did you love best about A Matter of Class?

    I enjoyed the characters and the storyline as well as the descriptive writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annabelle because she has a lot of "pluck!


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    Ann Flosnik does all the characters well. She is a true professional and I adore her narrations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    NO FILM! I like my imagination better.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is short and sweet, great for a Sunday afternoon. I was quilting while listening to the book. It made for a wonderfully sweet, content day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannine Colorado 03-17-13
    Jeannine Colorado 03-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "One of my favorite Balogh books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Matter of Class to be better than the print version?

    Not so much. Though the narrator wasn't awful, she definitely is not one of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns.


    What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    Oh... just didn't much care for her style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    It's one of those stories I enjoyed as much, if not more, the second time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry 12-18-12
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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    Great story line. Kept you interested the whole time. Loved the extra twists in the story. Good narration. Great book.

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    Cynthia 10-20-12
    Cynthia 10-20-12
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    "Surprise!"

    I thought it was going to be a sugary, brainless story... the kind I listen to because they reduce stress. I did not expect the plot twist. I didn't see it coming... but you might since you're reading this. I enjoyed the story.

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    Deb C Woodstock, GA United States 06-14-12
    Deb C Woodstock, GA United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Almost too short but most enjoyable."
    What made the experience of listening to A Matter of Class the most enjoyable?

    I like the narrator and the story was never boring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reginald and Annabelle are the main characters and they were delightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like flashbacks and there were plenty.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like short stories and I am glad this one went a little beyond so that I did not pass it by. However, it appears to be the dying to become a real novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Mary did well"
    What did you love best about A Matter of Class?

    It did not fit the normal historical story line.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Flosnik’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I actually really like the way she narrates. I feel she fits the genre really well.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love the twist.

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  • Amree
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    10/4/11
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    "Just the wrong reader"

    It's hard to tell how good this book is - I suspect it's not Mary Balogh at her wonderfully absorbing best, but it's an interesting and quite subtle book. However, with this reader it's simply dull. All the subtlety is beaten out of the book by her slightly odd, monotonous and formulaic reading. I'm trying to get used to her as she seems to have read a number of Mary Balogh's books. But it's tough going, and for this book at least I can't get beyond it.

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