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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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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

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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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.

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  • Diana
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 10-10-13

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.

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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.

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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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  • Deb C
  • Woodstock, GA United States
  • 06-14-12

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.

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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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  • Laura
  • Comstock Park, MI, United States
  • 09-10-10

Crips and Sweet

Definitely worth the listen. With a new twist on a "happily every after" type romance story, this book quickly became one I was glad I purchased. I can honestly say I was very pleasantly surprised and found myself smiling throughout most of the book, and then at the end I wanted to listen again. Two thumbs up.

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  • Kim
  • Tustin, CA, United States
  • 08-28-10

Oh yes!

I almost never write reviews, but couldn't resist for this one. It was a nice twist on a classic story and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Wish it had been a longer story! And I always like Anne Flosnik as a narrator for historical romances, nice job of both author and narrator on this one!

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  • I. Stoodley
  • 05-22-17

Excellent

What made the experience of listening to A Matter of Class the most enjoyable?

An excellent format with the back story alternated in chapters with the current .

What did you like best about this story?

I always enjoy a happy ending

What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

The overall style was good and easy listening

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

Where the fathers interacted with their children before the ceremony

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy books by this author and this one did not disappoint