Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: The Orient Express

I love the Timeless Romance anthologies. There are always some of my favorite authors and new ones to discover and the stories are just long enough to give me my romance fix!

The new one is The Orient Express and each story takes place in Victorian times aboard what else? The Orient Express!

The first story is by Elizabeth Johns. She is a new author to me, but I'll definitely be looking for more from her! We are introduced to Kate who has lived with her father in India for most of her life, but after her father's recent death, she is traveling to England. Her father had made a betrothal contract for her to Lord Darlington, but Kate is determined to break it. She met her betrothed once when she was nine years old and he was seventeen and he seemed like an arrogant jerk, so she just wants to break the contract and run her father's business. Aboard the Orient Express, she meets an army officer who intrigues her. Unbeknownst to her, he is working for the Crown, trying to find a female spy and he suspects her! A fun story of cat and mouse, mistaken identities, and risking it all for love.

The second story is by Annette Lyon about a jaded female detective, Grace Thompson. She meets a man onboard the Orient Express who seems trustworthy and likable. Grace allows herself to trust him, only to find out he isn't who he's purported to be. Marshall Bailey is traveling incognito for good reason, but he meets a beautiful young woman who seems to see through to his very soul. Both of them are keeping secrets, but when they come out, will they be able to trust each other enough to find love?

The last one is by Nancy Campbell Allen. She's one of my favorite authors and this story did not disappoint! Emily Grant's brother has a few vices that include gambling. He wins an Egyptian artifact in a card game and gives it to her, not realizing that an organized crime ring is after it! Emily must travel to Constantinople to exchange the artifact for her now kidnapped brother. Vincent Brady, a detective who is trying to catch the ringleaders of this crime ring follows Emily and comes to her aid in getting her a seat on the Orient Express---posing as his wife! She has no choice but to agree and comes to find out her new "husband" is an honorable man that she could very well lose her heart to. A sweet tale of love.

I really enjoyed all the stories in this anthology. The plots were developed and the characters memorable which is especially nice for novellas. A great afternoon read!

This anthology will be released next week, but you can preorder your copy here

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