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- Publication Date: January 23, 2018
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- Language: English
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A Night in Grosvenor Square (Timeless Regency Collection Book 9) Kindle Edition
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I had a few issues with the second and third stories in the book. In Lyon's story (the second of the book), there seemed to be a couple continuity errors. (It is possible that I missed something, but I could not find these being addressed.) I found no explanation of how the heroine lifted her knee to strike an assailant, or ran away, while her ankles were bound together. Seems pretty hard to accomplish. I also could not see how, near the end, the hero knew of the heroine's personal dream/professional goal...I don't remember any instance where she told him.
Besides feeling that the writing could be slightly better on the third story by Moore, my issue is with her errors in title usage. It always boggles my mind that so many authors in the historical romance genre think they understand titles from reading other historicals, and then just perpetuate the same errors. There are a couple fantastic websites that explain it all, put together by historical authors who have done extensive research. If I can find them with a few minutes to search the Internet, so can any authors. The Marquess of Kenworth would be addressed as "Lord Kenworth", not "Lord Edwards" (as in, he'd be called "Lord TITLE", not "Lord LASTNAME"). Sometimes the title and last name are the same...often they aren't. Further, I believe that the author referred to the younger son as potentially being called "Lord Edwards" as well. No. Just no. The younger son of a Marquess is entitled to the courtesy title of "Lord FIRSTNAME" in a more casual way, or "Lord FIRSTNAME LASTNAME", when addressed more formally. So, for the brother in this story, he would be "Lord Robert", never "Lord Edwards". The British aristocracy did not accept the confusion that could come with situations where there could be men addressed by the same title so there are numerous distinct rules about how titles and courtesy titles worked. These rules prevented doubling of titles....I could go into a lengthy explanation of the nuances, but this isn't the place.
A Match for Princess Pompous: Adelaide Northrop is a very successful matchmaker even though she takes on some of the most difficult sons and daughters of society. Her newest challenge is finding a husband for a debutante, Odette, who had managed to get herself dubbed Princess Pompous. Odette and Jack, son of her country neighbor, have fallen in love, but Jack’s parents have already chosen the girl they want him to marry. The young lovers know Odette’s parents will never give permission for them to marry if they know his parent’s want a different bride for their son. Their solution is to have Odette refuse every man her parents introduce her to, so they can return to the country at the end of the London season and have more time to find a better solution. Fortunately, Mrs. Northrop has a plan to make everything turn out right.
Confections and Pretense: Anne Preston has been alone since the death of her parents when she was young. She is now 31 and an old maid who supports herself by making ice cream and other confections for the famous Gunther’s Tea Shop. One evening her last customer is a handsome, older, American man and his lady friend. To help the boys who usually serve the customers Anne volunteers to make the last delivery to the carriage waiting by the park. She is pleasantly surprised by the man’s kindness, and spends hours daydreaming about him as the tedious days and hours of standing as she makes confections pass by.
A few days later she must deliver a fancy cake she has decorated to a nearby hotel that serves only the richest members of society in the city. She passes the hotel stables on her way to the service door and is accosted by two of the young men who work there. They are rude, threaten to take the cake, block her way, and make fun of her. Davis Whitledge, the gentleman from America, is staying at the hotel but had gone out to the area behind to get some fresh air. He is shocked to hear the men being so rude to a woman even though she is not a member of society. She reminds him of his sister who had raised him and sacrificed so he could go to college. She died before seeing him become a wealthy businessman and he always regretted not spending more time with her. Soon he is defending Anne and has the young men fired for the way they treated her.
Anne doesn’t want to tell him the possible consequences of what he has done. The men know where she works and where she lives, and without a reference they may have to live on the street supporting themselves with crime and violence. If only she could go to America where she could open her own shop. Maybe her dreams will come true with Mr. Whitledge’s help?
Little London: That is what Ellen Humphreys calls a small secluded meadow near her parent’s country estate. She is 18 but lives a very sheltered life. Her mother is a recluse and never allows Ellen to socialize of have any friends. Her father is a businessman and spends most of his time in London where her recent college graduate brother manages his father’s textile factory. When Ellen’s governess naps in the afternoons Ellen sneaks away to her private meadow where she can read, sit in the sun, or pretend she is attending balls and parties in London, hence the name.
Quinn Edwards, the Marquess of Kenworth, is on his way to London when his horse develops a limp. He dismounts and walks hoping to find a village where he can get another ride. It must be his imagination, but he has just heard a girl’s voice talking to him. He follows the sound and finds a beautiful girl pretending to dance with a “Lord Edwards” in a meadow. He steps forward and is soon offering to teach her to dance a real waltz. He finds her mesmerizing, but he must get back on the road so they reluctantly part.
When Ellen’s aunt offers to sponsor her for the season she is terrified of running into Lord Edwards again because she feels she embarrassed herself in the meadow. She is sure he would never want to see her again and has forgotten all about her. Lord Edwards has been unable to forget Ellen, and his mother’s attempts to find him an acceptable bride only annoy him. He knows Ellen is too far below him socially to be acceptable, so he must forget her; but even leaving town doesn’t help. What can he do?
All three of these stories are really great. They are well written, clean, and exciting tales. None of them seem rushed or lacking in detail as often happens in novellas, and each have wonderful conclusions. I have been favorably impressed with all the Timeless Regency Collections (and the Timeless Victorian Collections) and always look forward to a new book in the series. This collection definitely deserves a 5 star rating.
I received a free copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review.
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