Monday, January 30, 2017
Book Review: A Season In London
I was really excited to see A Season in London, another Timeless Romance Anthology of Regency-era novels that are a little longer than the normal anthologies. Each one was about 100 pages and each author really packed a story into every paragraph!
The first one. Poor Relations, is by Elizabeth Johns. This was a new author to me and I really enjoyed the fact that the author combined romance with a bit of a mystery as the main characters are trying to find out what really happened to a young man named Christopher Standrich. I love a twisty/turny mystery and this one fit the short bill for me. I thought that Emma was a sweet and naive girl who didn't expect much out of life, but when she meets Colonel Shelton, her life is changed for the better. I thought Colonel Shelton was well-drawn and believable and I wanted him to get his happy ending. Definitely a page-turner to see how it all turned out!
The second one was Edward and Emily by Heather Moore. I love this author's writing style and have been a fan of hers for a very long time. This story was expertly drawn as we meet Edward Blackwood who has suddenly become the heir and he needs to marry. There's a sweet girl next door named Emily whom he's known his whole life, but overlooked her. I loved that this romance was based on a solid friendship and truly showed how the characters grew and changed and were able to overcome a lot of setbacks. Just a sweet, sigh-worthy romance.
The third story was A Sporting Season, by Rebecca Connolly, another new author for me. It was a romantic comedy since Daphne Hutchins has decided that she'll just be so silly no eligible man will want her. In her mind, that will protect her from heartache. She gets into quite a few funny situations, but meets James Woodbridge who is drawn to her despite her antics. This one was a breath of fresh air and brought a smile to my face.
This anthology was another hard-to-put-down afternoon read, the perfect length for anyone with limited reading time, or someone who just needs a good book to curl up with by the fire.
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Here's the back copy:
Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Elizabeth Johns, Heather B. Moore, and Rebecca Connolly:
POOR RELATIONS by Elizabeth Johns
As a ‘poor relation,’ Emma Standrich has already pre-empted her dismal Season by applying for a governess post. Her aunt and cousin are kind enough to sponsor her, but in truth, Emma is just waiting for it to all be over. Emma’s grief over the death of her brother while in military service casts a pallor on everything else in her life. When Colonel Shelton, the man who was her brother’s superior, asks her to dance at her first ball, Emma is more surprised than anyone. But she has questions for him, and soon she’s caught up in an intrigue she wasn’t expecting—both of the heart and the mind.
EDWARD & EMILY by Heather B. Moore
As a second son, Edward Blackwood never anticipated becoming heir to his family estate, or the need to find a wife and secure that inheritance. But with the death of his older brother, Edward is thrust into a life he never wanted. When his mother encourages him to be kind to his long-time neighbor Emily Foster, a girl he’d hardly paid attention to while growing up, Edward realizes that returning home might not be such a set-back after all.
A SPORTING SEASON by Rebecca Connolly
Daphne Hutchins is no simpering female who aims for a husband with a fortune. In fact, she’d be more than happy to live her life free of the heartache that men seem to bring. So when she sets out to play the fool in front of the ton during her first Season in order to send all eligible men running, she’s quite unprepared for James Woodbridge. Bored, but with a sense of family duty, James arrives for the Season, anticipating going through the expected motions befitting any gentleman. What he isn’t prepared for is Daphne Hutchins and the way she completely upends his heart.