Book Review: All Hallow’s Eve (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

All Hallow's EveTitle: A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Hallow’s Eve
Authors: Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Lisa Mangum, Jordan McCollum, Elana Johnson
Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: August 14, 2015

Book Summary:

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Hallows’ Eve Collection. Three historical novellas and three contemporary novellas, all with romance, thrills, and chills.

In Sarah M. Eden’s mysterious novella OF GHOSTS AND GARDENS, if Enid Pryce has one downfall, it’s that she talks to the ghost in her garden, which doesn’t make her too popular among society’s elite. In fact, she returns to her home in Wales after a Season in Bath with not one offer of marriage. Deeming herself a failure at the nearly-spinster age of nineteen, she is pleasantly surprised when an English gentleman shows up in her garden, apparently intent on finding out more about the ghost. Burke Kennard, grandson of an English marquess, quickly becomes utterly charmed by the young Welsh woman, but the ghost in the garden is more likely to push them apart than pull them together.

In Annette Lyon’s enthralling story IT’S YOU, when Charlie and Anna both see the ghost of Nanny Mae, they think they’re losing their minds. Anna tries to find out more about the ghost and uncovers a decades’ old family secret. One that separated two people in love. Now, the ghost of Nanny Mae must set her wrongs to right. As Charlie and Anna explore the past, and the truth of what happened, they discover that the mistakes of the past might lead to love of the future.

In SOPHIA’S CURSE, a suspenseful novella by Heather B. Moore, Joan grows up in an abbey in France, believing that she is an orphan. A chance encounter with the foreboding owner of a neighboring estate, alters everything she’s understood about her parents. She discovers she’s an integral part of changing a decades-old curse, and that her life, as well as the handsome and intriguing Simon Rousseau’s life, are both in danger unless she makes an enormous sacrifice that will change the course of her dreams.

In Lisa Mangum’s haunting story THE SIRENS’ SONG, we meet recently widowed Oliver, the lead physician on a luxury cruise liner traveling to Greece. He hopes that the change of scenery will help ease his grief over his deceased wife, Cate. After falling overboard, though, he is captured by a siren and taken to a mystical island. Through the sirens’ song, Oliver is able to relive his memories of Cate—both the good and the bad—as long as he gives away his memories of her. But can he sacrifice his best memory in exchange for one last chance to say good-bye?

In Jordan McCollum’s thrilling novella THE MAN OF HER DREAMS, homicide detective Alexandra Steen dreams about real murders before they happen, seeing the crime through the eyes of the killers. But the dreams never contain enough clues to save the victim before it’s too late. Then one dream ends before a murder occurs—in a place she knows. She finds herself racing against time to prevent the deadly act, only to discover that the intended victim is a man she thought she’d never see again. Seven years might have passed since her breakup with Nick, but the years haven’t changed her feelings for him. Now, she must convince Nick that her dreams are real and find a way to prevent his death.

>In Elana Johnson’s chilling story THE GHOST OF MILLHOUSE MANSION, Naomi knows her crush on Colt Jennings is unreasonable. When he invites her to his reclusive mansion to restore an old wooden rocking horse, Naomi can’t resist accepting the job. The more time Naomi spends touring his home, the more interested she becomes in Colt. Until she sees a man in the library who vanishes into thin air. She thinks she’s losing her mind until Colt tells her about the ghosts he’s been seeing for years.

Karens review
I am not a fan of scary things, so I was hesitant to sign up to review this book. But I love all the other books in this series that I’ve read and reading the story summaries, they didn’t sound to scary. So I chose to review this book, and I’m glad I did. Below are my reviews of each story.

Of Ghosts and Gardens
This was my favorite of the collection. I liked the themes of being one’s self and being loved for who you are. I thought the characters were well rounded and likable. This story had me laughing out loud at times.
Rating: 5 stars
Content: Clean

It’s You
I liked this story. It is an obviously LDS story, but more general terms were often used rather than more LDS specific vocabulary. This caused a bit of a disconnect for me as I read the story, but I do understand that it was probably done to make the story more accessible to readers of other religions.
Rating: 4 stars
Content: Clean

Sophia’s Curse
I really liked this story and the development of the main characters. The story took some turns I was definitely not expecting. I thought this story was well-crafted.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean

The Sirens’ Song
This story had marvelous descriptions. The story didn’t go at all as I expected. This story felt the most fantasy to me, the most out of the ordinary realm of the world. I found the idea behind this story quite intriguing. I liked how stories of the past were weaved in with the present.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: clean – some sensuality

The Man of Her Dreams
This story made me think of the cop/investigation shows on TV. I thought this story was very well-written. I found the characters fairly easy to relate to.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean – some violence

The Ghost of Millhouse Mansion
This was an interesting tale with some interesting twists. At first it seemed fairly straight-forward, but some twists took it in an unexpected direction.
Rating: 4 stars
Content: Clean – some violence

4.5 Stars
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean
Source: Ebook for Review

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