This February was colder than I remember and all I wanted to do was curl up in a fuzzy blanket with a good book. While everyone else is feeling romantic for Valentine's Day, I'm feeling rather alone in my empty next. So, a good romance was what I needed and I found six in one book. What a deal! Get a box of tissues, a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy: A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection.
The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, set in 1864 Ireland, combines Eden’s sense of humor with her signature sweet romance and fetching characters. Alice Wheatley walks twelve miles each weekend from her work into town, accompanied by Isaac Dancy. While Alice finds herself falling in love with the gentleman, unfortunately he has set a goal to woo and marry the wealthy belle of the town, Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice must find a way to turn Isaac’s eyes toward her. Sarah weaves the story so well I saw myself walking the long cold trek and wanting to reach out and open Isaac’s blind eyes.
After tasting Sarah M. Eden's style you will want to check out her latest title: An Unlikely Match. I enjoyed this romantic Welsh ghost story last month.
Regency author Heidi Ashworth’s delightful story, It Happened Twelfth Night, set in England 1812, follows Luisa Darlington who discovers the man of her dreams, Percy Brooksby, isn’t in love with her as much as she thought he was. When Percy’s friend, the mysterious foreigner, Mr. Flynn, visits for the twelfth night holiday, he promptly sweeps Luisa off her feet, quite literally. Luisa is left catching her breath in more ways than one. Heidi’s craft had me swirling the dance floor, clapping the rhythm and cheering for the hero.
Annette Lyon wrote a captivating romantic novella, set in remote Wood Camp, the snowy canyon of Logan, Utah, 1880: An Unexpected Proposal. I was entranced by the vivid descriptions and the predicament of Caroline Simpson. She is a single women working midst twenty men and is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson. Through this trial she discovers that her long-time friend, James, has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the feelings he’s awakened in her, and it takes almost losing James to admit her true feelings for him.
In Joyce Di Pastena’s charming medieval story, Caroles on the Green, we enter England of 1151, in which Lady Isabel has a dilemma. She promises herself that she’ll marry the man who sent a ring hidden in her pastry since the man she truly loves, Sir Lucian de Warrene, has proved to be impossible and exasperating. To forget him, Isabel sets her eyes on other eligible men, only to face another confrontation with Lucian—who isn’t about to back off and leave her to her newest plot. The tug-of-war between these strong-willed characters immerses the reader in a fascinating descriptions and a setting so real you can hear, touch, see, taste and smell it.
Joyce DiPastena is an expert in medieval history and creates scrumptious romances like: Dangerous Favor.
Donna Hatch’s enchanting novella, A Winter’s Knight, begins when Clarissa Fairchild’s coach just happens to break down in front of the most forbidding estate in the county, that of Wyckburg Castle, a place where young brides have been murdered for generations by their husbands. Clarissa is horrified yet curious all in the same breath. When she meets widower Christopher de Champs, Earl of Wyckburg, she must decide if she should flee or uncover the greatest secret in the county about her handsome rescuer. This Regency Romance set in England during 1813 captivates the reader with sympathy and longing for family and joyous holiday remembrances.
In Heather B. Moore’s exciting turn-of-the-century story, A Fortunate Exile, Lila Townsend finds herself the victim of a broken heart—broken by the most notorious bachelor in 1901 New York City. If that isn’t bad enough, her father sends her to Aunt Eugenia’s remote farm where Lila must wait for her father’s anger to subside and the gossip columns to find new fodder. When Lila meets her aunt’s boarder, Peter Weathers, she discovers a man who isn’t afraid to stand up to her formidable family and take a chance on a woman with a sullied reputation. For me this was the first time I've read something by Heather that was not based on a religious theme. It was a pleasant read that demonstrates her skill to bring history to life.
I am looking forward to reading more books from the authors I have not read yet and more romantic stories by these wonderfully talented writers like the Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Collection.