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". . . some ofthe love letters highlight hidden affection between the characters while otherletters emerge from the past to draw present day romantics into a starry-eyedmessage from long ago. Every story winds its way around an endearing couplethat must overcome difficult obstacles in order to follow their hearts." --Melissa DeMoux, DESERET NEWS
"This anthology has everything for someone looking for a sweet, yet still emotionally diverse, read. Though love and all its varied emotions are integral, sex and sensuality are nowhere to be found; a wonderful shift from the overuse of sex scenes." --Julie York, IND'TALE MAGAZINE
About the Author
USA Today bestselling authors Karey White, Diane Darcy, and Heather B. Moore, team up with award-winning authors Krista Lynne Jensen, Sarah M. Eden, and Annette Lyon to bring you this charming romance anthology.
Stand alone reads with HEA. These are very sweet, clean romances. I am going to review as I read. All the stories are appropriate for any age group. They range in time from current day to the 1800's. Some have a lot of humor and some very depressing. They are all quick easy reads.
MAGGIE'S SONG-Best friends for years she has had a crush on him and then it turns to love. The two of them plus her brother run a tour guide service. If she says something to him about how she feels and he doesn't feel the same way, their friendship could be very awkward. But if she says nothing she may regret it for the rest of her life. They go on a tour together taking along several others. One guest is a matchmaker and she sees a good match so she encourages Maggie to make her move. Maggie on the other hand isn't sure. Very cute story and I liked it.
JUST FLY-A young woman just lost her beloved grampa. Before he is even buried she has been tested for cancer. Her grandma died of the same cancer so she knows the outcome is not going to be good. However, events happen that cause her to be acting out her gramdpa's bucket list with an old friend she learns that living is what she needs to do. This is a moving story with a very sweet hero and I really enjoyed it.
HOW TO REWRITE A LOVE LETTER-A young honors English teacher is teaching her class about love letters over the centuries. She had a very bad experience when she wrote a love letter to the principal. He read it, thinking she was joking, he laughed. She was crushed. Now she has to teach in the same school where he is principal and her boss. The class has a fund raiser coming up. They want to write and sell love letters rather than sell candy bars again. He shoots down the idea and is quite adament about it. The class is disappointed and they take matters into their own hands. These two dance around each other until the kids do something to help them along. It is a cute read, any age appropriate. It is a fun read.
A THOUSAND WORDS-This story is set in the West as the railroads were laying tracks. Times were very hard for most people. Tragically hard for others. This is a good story but a bit on the depressing side. A young Irish couple have traveled west to start their lives together. He is working on the railroad and she has stayed behind until he can send for her. The only communication they have is letters. Since neither can read or write they have chosen to keep in touch by the pictures he draws and the pictures she cuts out of newspapers, etc. It is a very lonely existence as a tragic event can end their hopes and dreams in a second. He finally is able to send for her. But things are not as she hoped they would be. This has a happy ending but it is still a sad existence for the early Americans.
BETWEEN THE LINES-This story is set in Utah, 1926. A small town group is having a monthly meeting. As usual, the popular Emma is the President and running the show. Thomas is a young man in the group. All are about the same age having gone to school together. Thomas' family runs the local post office. A rather shy, plain "Jane" woman is one of the group. A member but not one to ever add much to the meeting. During school she was not one of the popular girls and more often than not the butt of their jokes and bullying. The group is being given the opportunity of having what we call pen pals with a group in Canada. In their day they called them letter friends. The group votes to exchange names and start up a correspondence. In short, everyone gets a letter friend but the little plain Jane. So, Thomas, the post office guy decides to write to her as a young man from Canada and spare her feelings for not getting a friend to write to. You can only guess where this story is going. It is light hearted and romantic. You will root for both of these characters. Of course, there is a happy ever after. Again, a story that any age will enjoy.
BLACKBERRY HOLLOW-Set in England in 1908 a young woman is on her way to see for the first time an English Manor that she has inherited from a distant relative. As the carriage approaches the manor house she falls in love. She and her mother traveled to see the manor and put it up for sale. After all, she is an American almost engaged to marry a stockbroker. As she enters the house she glances to the nearby woods and sees a young man watching her. Little does she know he will change the course of her life.
But, there is a problem. The neighbors had not been friendly for many generations. One family believes that their young daughter was wronged by the young man across the fence. In this lifetime, she is the direct descendant of the wronged young woman and the man is the direct descendant of the young man that so easily broke her aunt's heart. However, secrets have a way of finding their way to the surface and they are not always as they seemed. Fortunately that wronged young woman kept the letters she was written by a man that loved her and they tell a different story. As the weeks go by the heroine feels more and more like her place is in England. This is a really good story. I really enjoyed it. As with the others, it is a quick read and any age appropriate.
Bottom line, all of these stories are quite entertaining. From the 1800s west in the USA to the 1908 England they are all very good stories. They would be very appropriate for any age and any religion. A good set of stories. Not a bad one in the bunch.
I was not paid for this review. i am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 2/23/18
Another fun collection that I really enjoyed! I loved the way that the "love letters" were incorporated into each story. Very creative group of authors, each making their own fun story. Definitely a myriad of possibilities for this type of story.
I absolutely loved Maggie's Song in the three contemporary stories. Blackberry Hollow would have to be my favorite for the three historical stories. But even picking those three and looking back at the other stories included, they were all fun and cute. I flew through each story pretty fast. I love that you can read one in a sitting if you are short on time and feel satisfied with a happy ending. Then you get to have that happy ending 6 times with these novellas. Lots of fun!!! And who doesn't like reading love letters? It had me thinking back many years ago and some of the fun, silly and swoony letters I've received.
Content: Clean. The second story, Just Fly had a scene where the characters were skinny dipping but nothing detailed, just part of a bucket list. Also a couple swear words in the second story.
Another great addition to the Timeless Romance Anthology collection. I just love these anthologies and buy them up the second they are released. Normally when I read a book I check out the synopsis and sometimes book reviews before diving in. With these collections you never know what you're going to get, and I love that. In this case we had three contemporary stories and three historical. All had some kind of letter tie-in that was so fun. Each author did thier own take on love letters and it was fun to see how they worked that aspect into the story. I really enjoyed this collection, such sweet stories that make your heart melt. A perfect read for this Valentine's season.
Maggie's Song by Karey White This was a cute friends-first story! Loved her take on love letters. Not sure I could have been that brave!
Just Fly by Krista Lynne Jensen I thought this was a sweet story. A little serious, a little fun and a sweet romance.
How to Rewrite a Love Letter by Diane Darcy This was super cute. Fun premise, good tension/chemistry.
A Thousand Words by Sarah Eden Wonderful!! Ms. Eden is a wonderful storyteller. I just love anything she writes.
Between the Lines by Annette Lyon Cute story. If you liked the movie You've Got Mail you'll enjoy this.
Blackberry Hollow by Heather Moore Charming! This seriously needs to be made into a full length novel.
Content Romance: Clean Language: Mild, I think only one story had mild language
I don't normally even download novellas for two main reasons . First, each story is usually hurried and not "full" enough to get me very interested, and the second reason is that they end too quickly and I like a book-length story that I can really get into. I am very surprised by this book. Each novella is a pretty complete story that does not feel rushed at all. Each presents a whole story, even though, like many a good book, each left me wishing it wasn't over. I do recommend this collection of novellas.
I adore the Timeless Romance Anthologies, and the love letter edition was no exception. I loved the authors' different interpretation of the theme. It was a perfect blend of funny contemporary, interesting historical, and heartwarming. From a hike into the Grand Canyon to the Western Frontier and a grandpa's crazy bucket list. I loved learning about an ancestor's love story through her letters, and seeing a character open up to a secret pen pal. And the English teacher's love letter to the principal... I don't think I could choose a favorite. Quick reads with deep characters that I cared about instantly. All of the stories are clean and I can't wait for the next one!