Charming Novella
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A Matter of Class was originally published in 2009. It was with the publication of the large print version in March of this year, that I noticed this novella. Mary Balogh, one of regency romance’s best writers brings us the story of Mr. Reginald Mason and Lady Annabelle Ashton forced into marriage by her disgrace and his father’s fortune. Growing up, Reginald was always aware of his father’s desire to turn him into a gentleman and have him marry into a title. After he spends lavishly on carriages, clothes, and gambling clubs, Mr. Mason gives his son a choice, either marry Annabelle Ashton or be cut off without a penny. Lady Annabelle Ashton grew up knowing she was expected to marry nobility to strengthen her station. But after her father’s loss of fortune and the courtship of a noble she has no interest in, Annabelle runs away with a servant, to live the way she always intended, by her own rules. After she is caught and returned home, Annabelle has a choice, to either marry Mr. Mason or become a servant in a noble’s home.

As all descriptions of this book state, there is a twist, but anyone who reads frequently will figure out the plot in the first thirty pages. It is a very charming book, very well done, as all Balogh’s books are. If you enjoy it you may try reading some of her other works, the Simply Series, the Slightly Series, the Huxtable Series, and my favorites No Man’s Mistress and More Than a Mistress. Also, there is a four disc unabridged audiobook of A Matter of Class. Enjoy!