Book Review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection

22881031Title: A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection

Authors: Anna Elliott, Sarah M. Eden, Carla Kelly, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore

Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology

Publisher: Mirror Press

Release Date: January 5, 2015


Book Summary:

Six brand new regency romance novellas by best-selling authors Anna Elliott, Sarah M. Eden, Carla Kelly, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore.

In THE WEDDING GIFT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE STORY, an enchanting novella by Anna Elliott, the story opens two weeks before Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding to Mr. Darcy. He has given her the perfect wedding gift, and now she must come up with one for him. But what do you give a man who has everything? Elizabeth soon discovers that the gift of love is more important than any one thing.

DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON, a sweet novella by Sarah M. Eden, we meet Elizabeth Gillerford who envies her sister only one thing—that she’s been intended for Julian Broadwood since they were children. The trouble is that Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with Julian too. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce her to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself.

In THE MENDER, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don’t.

In BEGIN AGAIN, a charming novella by Josi S. Kilpack, Regina Weathers gives up on marrying for love the day that Ross Martin walks out of her life. Now, fifteen years later, Ross shows up at a ball and thinks he can woo Regina. But she is set on her lonely path and stitched-up heart, no matter the excuse Ross gives for his years of silence and neglect. When Ross insists he wrote many letters during his military years, Regina discovers a secret long-since buried by her father, and the revelation might be enough to thaw the coldness of her heart.

In Annette Lyon’s endearing story, THE AFFAIR AT WILDEMOORE, Mrs. Ellen Stanhope escorts her three daughters to a ball. As her oldest flirts with a beau, Ellen is reminded of her courtship and early years of marriage with Anthony, before tragedy struck with the death of their infant son. The marriage has faded and dulled. Not until she sees Anthony dancing with a woman he courted years before does Ellen realize how much she misses him, still loves him, and yearns for him to yet feel the same way for her.

In the delightful novella, THE DUKE’S BROTHER, by Heather B. Moore, Mr. Gregory Clark is having an awful day, and it only gets worse when he’s ran over by … a woman. Mabel Russell reluctantly visits her sister in London for the Season, even though she’d rather stay in the country cataloging insects and aphids. When she runs into Gregory Clark, quite literally, she’s afraid to show any interest, especially since he’s a member of the dreaded ton. But getting to know Gregory becomes an unexpected delight.

These aren’t your typical Regency romances, but they were lots of fun to read. I enjoyed the quirky characters and the variety found in the stories.

The Wedding Gift: This novella takes place between Darcy and Elizabeth’s engagement and marriage. I enjoyed the story, but felt a disconnect because it had characters I knew, yet the characters in the novella didn’t quite seem the same as the characters I knew. I think I would have enjoyed the novella more with everything the same but the tie-in to Pride and Prejudice. I did like the journal format. And I liked the dog.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Content: clean

Dream of a Glorious Season: I loved this novella and found it quite delightful. I love Sarah Eden’s writing and this novella was no exception. I really liked the main characters and the interactions between all the characters felt realistic.

Rating: 5 stars

Content: clean

The Mender: At first I wondered how this would fit into the Regency collection since it started in New England, then continued on a boat headed for Italy; however, once they came upon the aftermath of the Battle of Trafalgar it made sense. I liked the historical aspect of the story and what I learned about the  battle and the Quakers. I liked Thankful’s tenacity.

Rating: 4.5

Content: Clean – a mild swear word, mild descriptions of injuries

Begin Again: I really enjoyed this novella. There are a number of flashbacks and they fit seamlessly in with the story. This story tugged at my heart strings.

Rating: 4.5

Content: Clean

An Affair at Wildemoore: I really liked this novella. I liked the focus on the parents and on rekindling the love they’d felt in their youth. Love between married couples is less often the focus of romances, but I think it is a needed part of the genre. I enjoyed reading this story.

Rating: 4.5

Content: Clean

The Duke’s Brother: Mabel is such a fun heroine and Gregory an excellent hero. Since I finished reading, I have sometimes thought I had a book I was enjoying reading but had not finished, only to realize that it was this novella and I had finished. I simply wanted more.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Content: Clean – one mild swear word

Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend

Source: Review Copy

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