Authors: Lucinda Brant, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, Lu Ann Brobst Swahili, Annette Lyon, Becca Wilhite
Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: October 15, 2014
Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells. Readers will love this collection of six historical novellas, all centered around the Christmas season with one thing in common: Romance.
In NY Times & USA Today’s bestselling author Lucinda Brant’s delightful novella, FAIRY CHRISTMAS, Kitty Aldershot is orphaned and forced to live on others’ charity. Offered a home under the generous roof of her relatives, the Earl of Salt Hendon and his countess, Kitty wants for nothing, not even the affections of Mr. Tom Allenby. But when Kitty stumbles across a letter written by Lady Caroline that reveals how Mr. Allenby would be ruined should he marry the likes of Kitty, she realizes she has been fooling herself all along. Kitty’s world crumbles around her as she recognizes she will forever be alone with no prospects at all.
Sarah M. Eden’s charming romance novella A CHRISTMAS PROMISE, Sean Kirkpatrick is trying to get to his new place of employment, Kilkenny Castle, in order to start as the new stablehand. His only requirement is to drive a team of high-spirited nags from Dublin to Kilkenny in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately he winds up in a muddy field, stuck, lost, and running out of time. He’s about to lose the job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.
In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, TWELVE MONTHS, Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watches over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. But over the course of the next few days, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.
In Lu Ann Staheli’s sweet romance novella, A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS, Dick Wilkins and his best friend Ebenezer Scrooge have been looking forward to the annual Fezziwig Christmas dance for weeks. Ebenezer is practically engaged to Annabelle Fezziwig, and Dick hopes to start courting her younger sister, Pricilla. Once the dance starts, and Pricilla arrives, as pretty and charming as ever, Dick discovers that he’s not the only man vying for her attention. His best friend advises Dick that he has to win Pricilla’s heart, as well as her mother’s favor. Losing his heart has suddenly become very complicated.
A TASTE OF HOME, a captivating romance by Annette Lyon, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She’s stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.
Becca Wilhite’s entrancing novella, MY MODERN GIRL, follows Margie, who lands her dream job as a clerk at Macy’s department store in New York City. Margie might be new in town, but she’s determined to succeed and prove to Henry that moving to the city was the right decision. As the Christmas season approaches, Margie realizes that being a “modern girl” might not be all she had dreamed of and Henry might have more to offer than she ever imagined.
Overall, these were good stories that I enjoyed reading. There were a few typos, which was distracting, but I enjoyed reading these stories.
FAIRY CHRISTMAS – This story was hard for me to get into. The exposition felt long and drawn out. And I got confused a bit in the story by quick changes between different characters points of view. But the characters themselves did draw me into the story, and in the end I enjoyed it.
Rating: 3 stars
Content: Clean – mention of scandalous behavior
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE – This was a cute story. I loved the humor and wit in it. It was very well written with great characters. The frame story added a nice element. I would have liked the story to be longer, but I understand that it is just a novella.
Rating: 4 stars
TWELVE MONTHS – I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters in the novella had great depth, and I liked seeing the development of Lucien and Cora’s relationship.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean – mentions of infidelity, etc.
A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS – This novella takes place is Scrooge’s past when he was an apprentice and courting Belle. While the story is mostly about the other apprentice, Dick (I’m not sure if he shows up in A Christmas Carol since it has been awhile since I read it), knowing the outcome of Scrooge and Belle’s relationship put a damper on the story for me. I did enjoy the story, but I guess in some ways it felt contrived.
Rating: 3 stars
Content: Clean – one swear word, drinking of alcoholic beverages
A TASTE OF HOME – I really enjoyed this story. The story while short felt complete. The characters endeared themselves to me, especially Will. And the descriptions drew me in as well. This is a story that brought a smile to my face.
Rating: 4.5 stars
MY MODERN GIRL – This was a cute coming of age story. Margie is all into what is modern, and Henry, a boy back at home, is not what she would consider modern. In moving to New York City she is able to experience new things and grow in ways she expects and ways she doesn’t expect. At the end of the story there was a slight twist that I didn’t expect but that made the story all the better.
Rating: 4 stars
Content: Clean – mention of some inappropriate behavior
Rating: 4 stars – Great Book
Source: Review Copy