FOREVER, LATELY / Linore Rose Burkard (Celebrate Lit Tour)

About the Book

Book: Forever, Lately
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Time-Travel Romance
Release Date: October, 2019

Julian St. John needs a wife–and fast. An oath to his deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.
Maine, present day
Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!
Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?
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More from Linore

I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present.

On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.

My Review

Claire writes a Regency novel about Julian St. John, a handsome bachelor in need of a wife, being pursued by the beautiful Clarissa Andrews. Of course, he has no interest in Clarissa. But things aren’t going the way Claire thinks they should in her story. When she wraps herself in her grandmother’s prayer shawl, she finds herself transported back to Regency times. Is it a dream or is she really in St. John’s story? Can she finish the novel, and find the missing deed to the cottage before the deadline?


Burkhard writes with exquisite historical details blending the contemporary and Regency storylines. Julian and Claire are interesting characters – Claire is a contemporary Regency novelist thrust back into Regency times, while Julian is a reformed rake and swoon-worthy heartthrob thrust into contemporary time. While not specifically Christian fiction, Forever, Lately is filled with humor, and all the elements of a rom-com. Burkard creates a clean romance between Julian and Claire. Will they find their happily-ever-after – and in what time period?

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


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6 responses to “FOREVER, LATELY / Linore Rose Burkard (Celebrate Lit Tour)

  1. Debbie P

    This book sounds like a really sweet read.


  2. It is! Can’t wait to share it with my students — and I hope the author will write more in this vein!


  3. I am absolutely loving this book. Just got it today.


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  5. I enjoyed the book description. It sounds like something I would enjoy.


  6. SaraAB87

    Thank you for telling me about this book