24 December 2011

Diana's Corner: Review of Coach and Four: Allisandra's Tale by Linore Rose Burkard

41/2 stars~
Delightful Novella!
Interestingly enough, this delightful short tale by Linore Rose Burkard, takes place in a coach in which Allesandra FitzJames, the ward of King Charles II, finds herself trapped en route to visit with her friend, the Duchess of Langley. When her coach is stopped and the duchess steps out, she trades places with someone, and Allesandra finds herself trapped inside with none other than the debauched and infamous Lord Dorchester. Lord Dorchester is a notorious libertine, well known for his scandalous liasons with questionable ladies, and Allesandra is terrified to be alone with him, in spite of his most handsome countenance.

What is her friend the Duchess thinking, especially when Allesandra's coach was stopped by highwaymen just weeks before?...and one of the masked men had the audacity to steal a kiss from her; a kiss that Allesandra will not soon forget! Who was this masked man and why is Lord Dorchester offering his protection to Allesandra? Is he to be trusted, and are his words of the king's betrayal towards her true?

There was only one thing wrong with this book...it was just too short! I loved it for it reminded me of the masked man, Zorro, in my childhood days, who stole a kiss from many a lady. Ms. Burkard's writing style is impeccable, and although the setting of this book was in a coach, there was never a dull moment. I really enjoyed getting acquainted with this "new to me" author; she truly knows how to tell a story, and I am looking forward to reading her full length novels. 
(CFP Note: Linore has three full length novels published with Harvest House, all Regencies.)

Giveaway:  Leave a comment for a chance to win this ebook. 


  1. Merry Christmas, in reply to your email, I dont do the ereaders and would appreciate a print copy of the book, thanks for letting me choose which I like best.
    Paula Osborne
    130 Sandy Creek Rd
    Pembroke Ga 31321

  2. Oh, this sounds delightful, please add me to the drawing. Linore writes beautiful stories!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  3. I love Linore's books! My favorite was Before the Season Ends :) But, they are ALL good!

    Loved the review. Must read this one!

  4. Paula, be expecting an email from Carrie, ok??

  5. Mary and Anne, you will enjoy this relaxing novella. And something "relaxing" is just what we all need right about now! :)

  6. Oh, and Merry Christmas to you lovely ladies!!!

  7. Merry Christmas...sometimes I'm up for just a quick read...lately seems all of my books are almost 400 pages.


  8. I'm with you, Maureen. Especially when one's mind is cluttered with all of the holiday busyness! I am reading one now close to 400 pgs. Yikes!

  9. Thanks for the review Diana, it's wonderful. Sounds like a fun read. :)

  10. Thank you, Teresa! I'm trusting you had a wonderful Christmas! Did you see the lovely Christmas card above? Wherever that is, I'd sure love to go there!

  11. Congrats, Maureen! Random number picked you as our winner of Coach and Four: Allisandra's Tale! I believe you will enjoy this relaxing little read, especially after all the holiday rush and busyness!


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