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- Print Length: 495 pages
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- Publisher: Dolphin Star Press (April 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TMFQUCQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hiatt Regency Classics 1, 2 & 3: Gabriella, The Cygnet, Lord Dearborn's Destiny Kindle Edition
"The Summer Children" by Dot Hutchison
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These stories are pretty much "clean", don't include vulgar words or activities, the plots are enjoyable, and have HEA's. They are cheerful light reads and leave the reader with a smile on their face. I loved them.
"Gabriella" is the story of a country girl who loves animals and learned Veterinary Medicine by following her father around the countryside as he treated local animals. He has died but she and her young brother try to keep the practice open until her brother is old enough to go to school and run it. Their older sister has married a London member of the Ton and out of the blue invites her sister to come stay with them to have her first "Season." Brie doesn't want to leave the practice until she learns her mother has sold it to a neighboring Vet behind Brie's back. Mother always thought the older sister was perfect and wants Brie to follow in her footsteps. Unfortunately when Brie gets to London she learns her sister's acerbic nature has warn thin with the Ton and she thought if she could sponsor her sister she would be invited to more parties, even maybe get invited back to the exclusive Almacks.
The Duke of Ravenhill has lost a bet to a friend who decides his payment will be something out of the ordinary. He decides that Ravenhill will have to do a "favor" for the next man to walk into the club and the favor will be whatever that man chooses; the next man through the door is Brie's brother-in-law. Let the fun begin.
"The Cygnet" is about a young lady, Deirdre, who is mousy compared to her lovely sister, Celeste. She comes from a family of six daughters and her Mother likes to have two at a time have their first season together to reduce expenses. Didi isn't interested in getting pretty dresses or fancy hairstyles, she just wants to be left alone so she can write poetry. Most of her clothes are hand-me-downs from older sisters so they are out of style and her favorite colors tend toward the drab. She is usually ignored by all the young men who hang around her sister and doesn't mind this until she sees Lord Wrotham at her first ball. Of course, he only notices her sister. Didi decides maybe she should be more interested in her clothes and hair and suddenly she blossoms. One of her hopes of coming to London was publishing her poetry. She had sent samples to a local arts newspaper and one day one of her poems appears on the first page with the author listed only as "D". Unknown to her Lord Wrotham is very interested in all kinds of arts and especially poetry. Her mother has drummed into her that she must never admit to any other skill than the usual ladylike ones of watercolor, embroidery, music, etc. so she is afraid to tell anyone it is her poem in the paper. Wrotham is determined to learn the name of the author. Will they ever find out their shared interests? Will he admire her skill or be disgusted by her un-womanly behavior. Will he choose the beautiful Celeste that all the other men drool over?
"Lord Dearborn's Destiny" IMO was a little silly. Lady Dearborn, Forrest's mother wants him to marry so she sets up a scheme with her best friend to trick Dearborn into going to a fortune teller who describes to him the woman he will marry; she will be tall, blonde, and have blue eyes, and this will be her first season. Forrest knows his mother is very superstitious so he isn't surprised that she would insist he see a fortune teller. She has been making him do silly things since he was a child. When he goes to the first ball of the season he meets the girl of his dreams who just happens to fit the description the fortune teller gave him. He is sure she must be the one.
Rosalind Winston-Fitts is having her first season and her mother is sure she will find the husband her mother dreams of. After all she is tall, blonde, blue-eyed and beautiful. The only problem is she make a conversation with anyone but her small, dark, plain companion, her cousin Ellie O'Day. Ellie can carry a conversation with anyone but her aunt instructs her to not talk to any man who may be interested in Rosalind. How can Forrest court a lady who only speaks in one word sentences? Can Ellie ever escape her aunt and find her beloved grand-father in Ireland? Are there any men in Ireland who might love Ellie? Will she ever find a man as attractive as Forest? Who will be the next Lady Dearborn?
Each story had strong, well developed lead characters, as well as interesting and engaging supporting players.
Each story, though a romance in the same era, had a different plot, with some different twists.
Each story was well written in period with a little humor mixed with the drama.
Each story (thankfully) was clean and not filled with explicit sex or vulgar language. Thank you Ms. Hiatt.