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"A MidwinterBall is nothing less than masterful and lovely! Though presented in ananthology, each of these books offers its own unique voice, frolicking story,and fulfilling end. Originality, plot, pacing, and character development allcontribute to stories that will prompt readers to seek out additional worksfrom these three talented ladies." -Sofia St. Angeles, InD'Tale Magazine
- ASIN : B014VF8USI
- Publisher : Mirror Press (December 1, 2015)
- Publication date : December 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2050 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,986 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth--Analisa Lloyd-Jones has been engaged to Lord Northrup for the past two years. His declaration and threats have scared off all the eligible men who might have even danced with her, needless to say she's not happy at it. At 20 years old, she's the oldest of the young women at Mrs. Smith's Dance Hall. Analisa's prepared to be a spinster since she hasn't seen Lord Northrup since his declaration for her hand. To defend Lord Northrup he did write her a letter each month he's been away in the military, but she stopped reading them after a few months and they're in her room with the seals unbroken. If she had taken the time to read the letters she would've found out he was not the person she remembered--he had learned to control his temper and was no longer so full of himself. Analisa does some growing up of her own in having to admit to own her faults.
SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon--Olivia Wallington lives a sad existence with her widowed mother and aunt. She's never had a Season, doesn't attend any social events, rarely leaves home, and has to watch what she says and does to avoid her mother's criticism. Olivia tries her best to have them not notice her so she can be left in peace. "She'd come to accept her fate as a spinster", but still dreamed of attending a ball and dancing with a handsome man. Luckily her brother, Andrew, and his new wife come to visit on their way back from their honeymoon tour and are invited to a ball for a friend of Andrew's. He and his new bride make a plan to sneak Olivia out to her very first ball where she meets the oh so handsome Mr. Edward Blakemoore.
This was my favorite story in the collection. I felt so bad for Olivia and enjoyed how Andrew was able to sneak her away to attend the ball. Who knew poison ivy could be so handy. I also loved the mother and aunt's reactions when they found out Olivia had attended the ball. You would've thought she'd done something scandalous and ruined the family name. lol
AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes--Eleanora Whitticomb (Lady Ella) is another young lady who's never had a season, because after her mother died her father handled his grief by traveling the continent. She was engaged to be married, but her fiancé (Lord Henry Benton) died 5 years before, and now she's content and happiest when riding her horse. Enter Alexander Darling with an invitation from her long-dead fiancé to go to London for a ball. Ella's been expecting to hear from her father about joining him on his travels, and thinking the letter is test of some sort from him goes to London with Mr. Darling. There she meets her deceased fiancé's brother (Lord Gregory Benton) and learns the truth behind Henry's death. As she spends time in London she gets to know Mr. Darling better and finds out why her father hasn't sent for her to join him in his travels.
Neither Lady Ella or Mr. Darling make a good impression on each other when they first meet. I thought he could've been a little more forthcoming with his reason for being there and about the deceased Lord Henry Benton. He does redeem himself in my eyes as the story goes on.
I thought all of these stories read as stories longer than a novella. They didn't feel rushed nor did I feel the characters relationships were rushed. Another enjoyable read in the Timeless Collection.
The second is by the ethereal Annette Lyon, and is a love story worthy of her talents. The third, by Michelle Paige Holmes, is charming.
All three are enjoyable ways to while away winter evenings!
It had only two word incidents: an 'a' instead of 'as' on page 28, and the word county instead of country on page 71. So close to perfect! THAT is an accomplishment!
My favorite thing is that the MC's are both graced with noble and kind character. Not perfect. But getting there.
I was so charmed by this first story that I had to stop and say so before going on to the next two.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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The second tale has as it's main plot device the use of poison ivy. This makes the whole story totally absurd as there is no poison ivy in England. I gave up at this point and abandoned the whole book.
Don't buy it.
in der ersten Geschichte ist die Sprache gestelzt und es liest sich nicht so flüssig, wie ich es gerne hätte.
in der zweiten Geschichte ist die Mutter so eine Schreckschraube, daß ich ihretwegen fast aufgehört hätte zu lesen: ich mag mich nicht mit so negativen Menschen abgeben (nicht mal fiktiv).
und in der dritten ist es das alte Problem der viel zu oft viel zu falsch geschriebenen Wörter. wenn sein Lächeln gemeint ist, sollte nicht "his smiled" da stehen, die Vergangenheitsform von "scheinen" ist nicht "gezeigt" (shone/shown) und dergleichen mehr... die Autorin ist Grundschullehrerin? umso schlimmer!!!
nein, diesen Band der Timeless Romance Reihe muss man nicht lesen!