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A Matter Of Class

by Mary Balogh

Vanguard Press | August 16, 2012 | Hardcover

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Just in time for Valentine''s Day, from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes yet another classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by title, a factor that pains him and his father 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 Reginald Mason, Senior, 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, Reginald Senior 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.5 × 5.13 × 1 in

Published: August 16, 2012

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1593155549

ISBN - 13: 9781593155544

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A Matter Of Class

by Mary Balogh

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.5 × 5.13 × 1 in

Published: August 16, 2012

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1593155549

ISBN - 13: 9781593155544

About the Book

An original romantic novella from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Slightly Wicked"

From the Publisher

Just in time for Valentine''s Day, from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes yet another classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by title, a factor that pains him and his father 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 Reginald Mason, Senior, 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, Reginald Senior 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.

About the Author

Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, and after graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English. Her first Regency love story, A Masked Deception, was published in 1985. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She lives in Regina, Canada.

Editorial Reviews

Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Mary Balogh does it again. She transported me to the wonderful world of Regency England. This is a not-to-be-missed story with a surprising twist."

Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author 
"A marvelous gem of a story"

Library Journal
"Will have readers gasping and smiling with delight. A can't-miss choice...."

Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars
"Readers will see this delightful novella as a gift from a favorite author. Balogh utilizes the classic class theme, gives it a twist or two, and utterly charms fans with a tale that's sweet and sizzling, witty and romantic, dramatic and surprising. Better than chocolate or flowers, it's a love story to remember."
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