Book Review: A Midwinter’s Ball by Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, Michele Paige Holmes

midwinter ballTitle: A Midwinter Ball

Authors: Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, Michele Paige Holmes

Series: Timeless Regency Collection

Publisher: Mirror Press

Release Date: December 1, 2015


Book Summary:

Join three bestselling regency romance authors, Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, and Michele Paige Holmes, for three new regency romance novellas in A MIDWINTER BALL.

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth. Two years have passed since Lord Northrup declared his intentions for Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones and forbade any other man to court her. Angry at the neglect, Analisa stopped reading his letters, never even breaking the seals. Tired of waiting, Analisa joins the house party at Mrs. Smith’s famous country home, determined to find a beau. When Lord Northrup unexpectedly joins the party, Analisa discovers she is no longer repulsed by the man who first laid claim to her hand.

SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon. Olivia Wallington is firmly established as a spinster, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the perfect man. Ever since her father’s death, Olivia has been forced into seclusion by her mother. When her brother and his wife come for a visit, they discover the extent to which she lives under their mother’s thumb. With their help, Olivia sneaks out to attend a local ball, where she meets Edward Blakemoore. For a few divine moments, all of her dreams seem possible. But even someone like Mr. Blakemoore would be hard pressed to get past Mrs. Wallington’s fortress of protection—or past Olivia’s pride.

AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes. Lady Ella has been isolated on her father’s estate since her mother’s death as her father travels the world. When Alex Darling arrives with a letter from her long-dead fiancé, and a demand that she travel to London for a series of engagements, Ella thinks her father instigated the strange demands and agrees. In London, she discovers the truth behind her fiancé’s death, and that new love might be possible in the arms of the most unexpected man.

Karens review

I was very excited to read this book since I love Regency, and I enjoyed all three stories.

Much Ado about Dancing: I liked the idea behind the dance house. It seems to me to be quite a unique idea for a Regency tale. I liked the story and the main characters, despite their flaws. It took me a few chapters to realize that the chapter titles were dance terms and a simple definition of each.

Rating: 4 stars

Content: Clean – some innuendo

Sweeter Than Any Dream: I really liked the characters in this well-written story. The romance seemed to happen too fast to me, but it is still a sweet story.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Content: Clean

An Invitation to Dance: This story was a bit confusing at first, but I think the author meant it to be that way. Things were revealed bit by bit, making the situation clearer. It was a good story with great characters, and even ties in with other books by this author. I would have liked an epilogue for this story.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Content: Clean


4.5 Stars

4.5 stars – Highly Recommend

Content: Clean

Source: Review Copy

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