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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060540265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060540265
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She is the author of thirty-one novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Victoria lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her long-suffering husband and two dogs, in a house under endless renovation and never-ending chaos.



Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence.



Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.



A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.


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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Donna K. on September 10, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Trouble With Charlotte by Victoria Alexander: 91 pages. Charlotte has been widowed for 7 years and is about to become engaged to a safe and steady man who is a sharp contrast to the rogue she impetuously married when she was only 18 years old. Imagine her surprise when Hugh returns! He wasn't dead, but merely suffering from amnesia caused by war injuries. He claims to have changed, and so has she. Can they recapture their love, or is it time for them to move on? This is a sweet story, but not very believeable or convincing. Charlotte's two widowed friends are introduced, and it would have been nice to learn what happens to them too.

Much Ado About Twelfth Night by Liz Carlyle: 92 pages. It took me so long to prod through this short story because I had trouble connecting with it and following along with the plot. Although I forced myself to finish it, I can't even summarize the story. It was that confusing and totally boring.

A Fool Again by Eloisa James: 87 pages. My favorite story in the book. At seventeen, Genevieve was on her way to Gretna Green to elope with the wild and passionate Tobias when her father caught up with them, dragged her back home and forced her to marry the much older Erasmus to save her reputation. When shrewd and ruthless Erasmus died seven years later, he stipulated in his will that Genevieve must marry one of his business partners after a two year mourning period in order to inherit his estate. Upon hearing that Genevieve was now a widow, Tobias returned from India, where he had retreated to soothe his wounds and make his fortune after being jilted. Genevieve had her sights set on marrying the snake-like Felton to fulfill her husband's will, however how could she resist the charm and passion of her first and only true lover?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shimmertje on December 12, 2004
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It's always difficult to rate anthologies when you like some stories but not others. At least 2 of the stories are 4-star; the others are 3.

I bought this book because of Carlyle and James, two of my favourite authors. But it was Alexander's story I enjoyed most: she's funny and I look for that in my romance reading. I've read her before and don't recall it being very witty..perhaps it's time to check again.

Carlyle's story, which hinges on misunderstandings, also sparkled, and while James' story was pretty passionate I couldn't really sympathise with Genevieve's motives. I've mentioned elsewhere that Maxwell isn't a favourite author and I found her story to have an ordinary plot, with predictable progress. People looking for passion will find plenty of it in her story though.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Samantha W. on November 2, 2004
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What a charming collection of stories! I haven't read all of these authors before but I'm certainly going to be looking for their books in the future. My absolute favorite was the Eloisa James story "A Fool Again" which was so delightful and romantic that it reminded me of why we should all be "fools for love" at one time in our life. Or in this case, twice! These stories are like delicious appetizers and now I'm starving for a main course. I'm off to the bookstore to find Ms. James' latest and to check out some of the books from the other authors too.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 27, 2004
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"The Trouble with Charlotte" by Victoria Alexander. Widow Charlotte may have lost her husband at sea, but knows to remain safe she must remarry. However, as she decides who to wed, the reported death of her spouse proves exaggerated as Captain Hugh Robb comes home with a need to be with his wife.

"Much Ado about Twelfth Night" by Liz Carlyle. Just out of the military, Rythorpe is panicking because Grandmama expects him to wed Sophie shortly. He asks Oliver for help as he wants to enjoy some civilian time before marrying. In an ironic comedy of errors, Oliver understands until he meets Sophie and soon wants to be the groom to the woman he loves.

"A Fool Again" by Eloisa James. Widow Genevieve is unhappy because her late husband placed an undesired stipulation in his will. She must remarry in two years or lose everything. The weighty Tobias is beneath her station, but wants her, not her money, while Lord Felton is her equal but could use an influx of pounds. Which muckworm will she choose?

"Nightingale" by Cathy Maxwell. Cris has to be an idiot challenging Dane to a duel, as the latter is the best. Jemma knows she must plead for her brother's life, but she thinks Dane must hate her as she rejected his suit several years ago,

These four novellas are delightful historical romances starring likable protagonists who readers will enjoy as they ponder to be wed or not to be wed for love.

Harriet Klausner
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By R. J. Hegner on July 7, 2014
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Nice easy read. Entertaining.
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