Book Review: Summer Holiday (Timeless Victorian Collection)

Title: Summer Holiday
Authors: Nancy Campbell Allen, Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden
Series: Timeless Victorian Collection
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Book Summary:

Three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Nancy Campbell Allen, Sarah M. Eden, and Annette Lyon.

BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S by Nancy Campbell Allen: As Tessa Baker competes for the supervisor promotion at Sommerpool Department and Mercantile, she’s faced with a ridiculous list of tasks to complete in order to “win” the job. Tessa would love to be the first female supervisor ever to work at the Sommerpool, but her competitor is cheating at every turn. Discouraged, Tessa agrees to let David Bellini, a family friend and Italian Conte who is new in town, help her. When she discovers that he’s the new owner of Sommerpool’s, but wants to evaluate the employees unobserved, Tessa has mixed feelings. She soon realizes that she’s falling for David, but what chance does a working-class woman like her have with an Italian Conte?

HOWEVER LONG THE WAIT by Sarah M. Eden: Carina Herrick says goodbye to the man she hopes to marry, knowing their separation will be temporary. Grant Ambrose is off to follow his dream and become established in business so that he can provide for Carina and a life together. He promises to write; she promises to return his letters. Yet, only a few months pass and already their letters become shorter and fewer. Finally, Carina is forced to give up on Grant if only to protect her breaking heart. Her parents are dead set against her becoming a spinster and insist she accept the proposal of the odious Mr. Baskon. With no hope of another marriage proposal, Carina is forced to make a difficult decision, one that can lead her either to happiness or misery.


THE LAST SUMMER AT IVY HOUSE by Annette Lyon: Every summer Sarah travels to Ivy House in London as one of the household servants to the Millington family. This summer, she’s particularly looking forward to seeing Jacob, a servant who lives at Ivy House year-round. They’ve been exchanging letters since the previous summer when their friendship deepened. But when Sarah arrives at Ivy House, Jacob seems more reserved around her and less forthcoming. Has she put greater meaning in their budding relationship than she should? When Sarah discovers that Jacob has a dark secret and wants her to give up her dreams in exchange for helping him, she’s not sure if she’s willing to make the sacrifice.


I was really excited to read these stories.

Breakfast at Sommerpool’s: It took me until the second chapter to realize this was a sequel to “From Cairo, With Love,” as well as other stories in the Timeless Collections series. Once I realized it, I was even more eager to read this story. And it did not disappoint. I loved the characters and the story. I especially liked Tessa. I appreciated her tenacity and resourcefulness as well as her kindness and compassion.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean

However Long the Wait: The beginning of this story almost felt like where a lot of stories end. This made me very curious on how the story would go, and it had a number of twists and turns. This story had great characters, especially Carina’s aunt. I also liked the descriptions of Carina’s love of nature. Just reading about it made me want to see it.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean

The Last Summer at Ivy House: This was a cute story. I liked that the main characters were servants, which I don’t often see. This story did not go the direction I expected it to. I enjoyed this story.
Rating: 4 stars
Content: Clean


Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean
Source: Review Copy

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  1. Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson says:

    I enjoyed this review and was hoping it was a giveaway. it sounds really good. These are all new authors to me. Maxie