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"Top Pick!" "This anthology is what holiday romance is all about. I can't remember the last book I found so delightful and enjoyable." -NIGHT OWL REVIEWS
"These six romantic shorts are deliciously crafted... Each short takes the reader on a mini Christmas vacation to the past, its mystical beauty and imaginative romance." -IND'TALE MAGAZINE, Erin Murdock
"I readily recommend this smorgasbord of treats that are suitable for all ages." -ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY
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Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed brand new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection. A collection unlike any other, readers will love this compilation of six sweet historical romance novellas, set in varying eras, yet all with one thing in common: Romance.
This is a delightful collection of romance stories that you would feel comfortable letting your daughters read. These authors write beautiful stories that are romantic without being naughty. I hadn't previously read anything by any of the authors except for Heidi Ashworth and I love her books. Her contribution to this collection, called It Happened Twelfth Night, is true to her Regency style and I found myself wanting it to be longer! The other authors have found a new reader as well. I think the best thing about these short story books is that you get to read and discover authors you may never have read otherwise. These are all award winning authors so the quality of writing is excellent. Highly recommend.
I loved getting to read the six short clean romances in this anthology. It is a format that works well for a busy mom like myself. I could easily start and finish a story between carpools and laundry without having to go back and figure out where I was. Typically I dread getting close to the end of a story, knowing that it will be a while before I find another book I enjoy so much. This felt a bit like a fast pass at Disneyland. As soon as I was done with one there was another ready for me to read no waiting. Some of my favorite authors contributed and it was nice to have these short stories to tied me over until their next books come out. I definitely had favorites out of the six stories but all were enjoyable. Only negative for me is that I prefer real books to ebooks. Old fashioned I guess.
So many characters, so many unique stories! And yet they all had one thing in common. Love: powerful, beautiful, illusive, unrequited, and forever sought after. Throughout the course of these six beautiful stories, my heart raced as each new romance was introduced. Whose heart wouldn't suffer at the pains of lost love? Or watching your best friend love someone undeserving? The betrayal of innocence resonated with me the most, and the hope that sprung from "A Fortunate Exile." I'm still sighing. Ahhhhhh. My heart has a soft spot for all things romantic, and this collection did not disappoint. It lives up to its name and then some. I found that I enjoyed it even more the second time through! Loved the strong, yet tender side of the female protagonists, and the complex men that they fell in love with! Bravo ladies! Bravo.
Wow! Great way to get several great romances by several great authors for one low price! Usually, when I read a short story I feel like I didn't even get to know the characters very well! I did not feel that way with any of these stories -- they were all well done!
"The Road to Cavan Town" - by Sarah M. Eden -- (Ireland 1864) -- Alice Wheatley meets Isaac Dancy as they walk the dozen miles to and from Cavan every weekend. She is going home from her weekday job; he is going to court the wealthy and beautiful Miss Sophia Kilchrest. As they walk this road together every weekend for 2 years they have developed a solid friendship -- they share hopes, dreams, fears, etc with each other. Alice is smitten by Isaac and keeps hoping he will notice what a great couple they make. As Isaac is becoming a favorite of Miss Sophia's, Alice can no longer be around him as her heart is breaking. It has been Isaac's plan for so long to marry Miss Sophia that he is surprised at how much he misses being with Alice...
"It Happened Twelfth Night" - by Heidi Ashworth -- Luisa (daughter of the keeper at the abbey gate) and Percy (son of a baronet) are in love! They make plans to meet as soon as Percy returns from a trip abroad with his parents. While he is gone, Luisa's best friend scandalously elopes to Gretna with her dancing master and Luisa is tainted by association. So Percy conveniently forgets all about her when he returns. While she is at the Twelfth Night party, a mysterious stranger takes an interest in her...
"An Unexpected Proposal" - by Annette Lyon -- (Logan Canyon Wood Camp, Utah 1880) -- Caroline is helping at the Wood Camp to help raise funds for her sick sister. As the only single woman in the lumber camp, she becomes the target of unwelcome advances from Butch Larsen. Her one consolation is that her good childhood friend James is at the camp with her. One night Butch goes too far, and in the aftermath James seeks out Caroline to make sure she is all right. Caroline feels relieved at the safety she feels with James -- until what she is feeling becomes stronger. They kiss and she sees that he feels a lot more strongly about her than she does about him... or so she thinks! Sometimes you have to lose what you have to appreciate it...
"Carols on the Green" -- by Joyce DiPastena -- England 1151 - Isabel has promised her father she will choose a husband by Epiphany. And she is determined it will be anyone besides Lucian, the handsome knight she had once fancied herself in love with. Then fate steps in on the dance floor... and under the oak tree... sending Isabel's orderly and controlled world out of control and right into the arms of true love!
"A Winter's Knight" - by Donna Hatch - England 1813 -- Clarissa Fairchild and her Great Aunt Tilly get caught in a storm and seek refuge Wyckburg Castle! Clarissa is excited for the adventure - she has always wanted to know the mystery behind Wyckburg Castle. Did the earls for 5 generations murder their wives or is there really a curse? In the adventure, Clarissa gets a lot more than she bargains for -- she finds out that it's her ancestor who put the curse on the Earl (5 generations ago) who spurned her love. Christopher de Champs, the current Earl of Wyckburg is not what she expected either... Even though he realizes she is the enemy, he takes care of her and protects her. They decide to work together to find a cure for the curse... and find a happy ending, too!
"A Fortunate Exile" - by Heather B. Moore - New York City 1901 -- Lila has made the naive and unforgivable mistake of falling in love with the false promises of Roland. Because she has been caught with him, her father sends her off to his sister's house. Lila leaves the luxury and comfort of her home to be with the austere and formidable aunt who is sure to make her wish she was in a nunnery instead! But her aunt has an unexpected house guest, Peter Weathers. Peter is a student at Yale who has fallen on hard times after the death of his father... and the subsequent revelation of his father's debts. Peter is her advocate with her great-aunt, and quickly becomes much more than that...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories! I love to enjoy a good romance without all the page skipping due to bad content! The authors were able to weave their characters into the winter settings in compelling stories that were fun to read. I very much enjoyed the tale Heidi Ashworth wrote and am excited to read more of her work. Thank you for publishing a "Clean" romance book!
Once again, Sarah Eden's sense of humor, wit and charm has succeeded in giving me a moment out of time. I enjoy the cleanness of her stories, the fast pace, and the fact that I know her stories will have a great ending. This anthology is a collection of stories from others who like her, who love to give us a good clean read. A great escape from the pressures of your day.
What a fun collection of winter romantic tales, all with a historical setting. These six short romances can either be read one at a time as you find the time, or you can be like me and start at the first story and not stop until you have finished the whole collection. The stories, all written by different authors and set in different times and places, have a great blend, and fit well together in a single collection. Each romantic tale is sweet and will leave you smiling, instead uncomfortable. I look forward to the Spring collection set to be released early next year.
So far, I have all three of the "Timeless" anthologies and have enjoyed each set. (My favorite is the "Summer Weddings" one.) Many times short stories seem unfinished or hurried but not so in this collection. These feel complete and will leave you smiling and/or sighing at each finish line. Two thumbs up!