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The Secret Admirer Romance Collection: Can Concealed Love Be Revealed in 9 Historical Novellas? Paperback – May 1, 2017
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About the Author
Lorraine Beatty is a multi-published, bestselling author. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she currently lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with her husband of forty-four years. Lorraine has written for trade books, newspapers, and company newsletters. Lorraine has lived in various regions of the country as well as in Germany. She is a member of RWA, PAN, and ACFW and is a charter member and former President of Magnolia State Romance Writers.
Readers can enrich their reading experience by checking out Anita's story boards on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/anitamaedraper.
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1) "Cost of a Heart" by Amanda Barratt
This first story sets a high bar for the rest of the stories. Set during the Gilded Age, Lily Montgomery, NY socialite, lost her arrogant, skirt-chasing husband two years ago. Her chauffeur, Nate, drives her around but is unable to reveal his true feelings due to their different stations in society. Nate's remembrance of his mother's lesson on why God allows roadblocks in our lives touched every corner in my heart.
2) "The Advocate" by Lorraine Beatty
Hannah came to East Texas with a preconceived heroic image of Sheriff Mitch Kincaid. He repeatedly rebuffs her attempts to be friends and to help him run for reelection. She ignores his pridefulness and concocts an idea to help him. This is one of my favorites, because of the great characters.
3) "Too Many Secrets" by Molly Noble Bull
Abigail came to Texas to be a mail-order bride. Luke is a rancher who tries to help her. This is not a classic secret admirer story, because the secret admirer was a secondary character who loves Luke. This novella should have been in a mail-order bride collection.
4) " Love in Store" by Anita Mae Draper
Janet Smith has admired Adam, mercantile owner, for many years, but he doesn't even notice her! Adam keeps to himself because of an awful secret. When love poems mysteriously appear in his store, will they thaw his heart? A Bible reference in one of the poems help Adam in more ways than one.
5) "The Last Letter" by CJ Dunham
Emilia lost her father, brother, and fiancé during the Civil War. She grieves for them until her fiancé's final letter arrives posthumously and gives her a purpose in life. Who is the mysterious Cyrus Holden that seems to be popping up everywhere? A beautiful story of triumph despite overwhelming tragedy.
6) "The Outcast's Redemption " by Jennifer Uhlarik
Lucky Tolliver has an unrequited love for Maise, especially since her father, a sheriff, once gave him a second chance in life. There is a bit of mystery and a great story of a man seeking redemption.
7) "Besides Still Waters" by Becca Whitham
Sarah, a wealthy Boston heiress, is betrayed the day before her wedding. Seeking a fresh start, she heads to Oklahoma to grab a land parcel. She wrangles with her neighbor, John Tyler, who is perplexed by her. I love this story for its humorous bantering. I would read this one again.
8) "The Princess of Polecat" by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Pearl Barrett has worshipped Deke since she was young. Unfortunately, their families are feuding. The story had some silly shenanigans. It was an okay story.
9) "Love From Afar" by Penny Zeller
This is classic secret admirer storyline. Gabe admired Meredith since grade school. Meredith considers herself a spinster and has run out of prospects. Can Gabe be a candidate? I love Gabe's shyness and awkwardness. It's very endearing.
All of these stories take place towards the end of nineteenth century. Some of these I would read again. I found new authors to follow. I highly recommend this collection!
In Love in Store by Anita Mae Draper, set in Miles City, Montana, 1890, the author’s focus is on Adam, the hero, finding forgiveness for himself.
Janet, the heroine, is drawn to Adam, although she doesn’t understand the reasons, she places her trust in her belief that God is guiding her actions.
After Adam changed his hardware store's name to 'The Emporium' and included items the town's residents might want, not just what they thought they needed, “something for everyone, and the opportunity for anything,” his life also changed. The author showed, with her example of The Emporium, that a person’s vision is limited but God provides bigger and better options.
The nine stories in this collection are written about another time in history but they also highlight that men and women, then as now, want to find
the best possible partner to love, and to that end they depend on their family, friends, and faith.
I enjoyed spending time with each novella, and contemplating the lessons of yesterday as they also apply to today.
The reader who enjoys the interaction between independent, headstrong women and their suitors who use the same techniques they use to gentle their horses will enjoy "The Advocate," "Beside Still Waters," and "The Princess of Polecat Creek." For the reader who enjoys watching a painfully shy man try to screw up his courage to court a young lady during an era that drowns on the lady encouraging the young man by flirting will enjoy reading "Love from Afar." If you have an affinity for a story about a young couple who are both outcasts in their society for different reasons but who find redemption and approval of their community and finally each other, you will love "The Outcast's Redemption." "The Cost of a Heart" is a poignant story of a bride whose husband is killed in the Civil War. The plot takes the reader through twists and turns from loss to uncertainty, and finally to a place of happiness. "Love in Store" is a sad story about a young man whose disobedience causes a fire that destroys his house and entire family and causes him such guilt that he is unable to move forward with his life until a young girl's love and a preacher's counsel help him realize God's forgiveness and freedom to love.
All the stories are good, but "Too Many Secrets" by Molly Noble Bull seems especially apropos because it addresses a problem, unreported sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, that has reached almost epidemic proportions during the last decade. Her main character has a dark family secret that she has never dealt with, and it affect all her relationships and attitudes. She wears a mask of happiness. The main character begins to succeed in love and other social relationships only counseling and accepting Christ.
The author could develop this novella into a good full-length novel that would allow her to expand the resolution.
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This is a fun set of historical stories that take place in the late eighteen hundreds.Read more