Review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection by Anna Elliott, Sarah M. Eden, Carla Kelly, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore

A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency CollectionA Timeless Romance Anthology
All Regency Collection
by Anna Elliott, Sarah M. Eden, Carla Kelly, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore
Adult Historical Romance
Ebook320 Pages
January 5th 2015 by Mirror Press

Summary

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection. Readers will love this collection of six regency romance novellas.

In THE WEDDING GIFT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE STORY, an enchanting novella by Anna Elliott, the story opens two weeks before Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding to Mr. Darcy. He has given her the perfect wedding gift, and now she must come up with one for him. But what do you give a man who has everything? Elizabeth soon discovers that the gift of love is more important than any one thing.

DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON, a sweet novella by Sarah M. Eden, we meet Elizabeth Gillerford who envies her sister only one thing—that she’s been intended for Julian Broadwood since they were children. The trouble is that Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with Julian too. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce her to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself.

In THE MENDER, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don’t.

In BEGIN AGAIN, a charming novella by Josi S. Kilpack, Regina Weathers gives up on marrying for love the day that Ross Martin walks out of her life. Now, fifteen years later, Ross shows up at a ball and thinks he can woo Regina. But she is set on her lonely path and stitched-up heart, no matter the excuse Ross gives for his years of silence and neglect. When Ross insists he wrote many letters during his military years, Regina discovers a secret long-since buried by her father, and the revelation might be enough to thaw the coldness of her heart.

In Annette Lyon’s endearing story, THE AFFAIR AT WILDEMOORE, Mrs. Ellen Stanhope escorts her three daughters to a ball. As her oldest flirts with a beau, Ellen is reminded of her courtship and early years of marriage with Anthony, before tragedy struck with the death of their infant son. The marriage has faded and dulled. Not until she sees Anthony dancing with a woman he courted years before does Ellen realize how much she misses him, still loves him, and yearns for him to yet feel the same way for her.

In the delightful novella, THE DUKE’S BROTHER, by Heather B. Moore, Mr. Gregory Clark is having an awful day, and it only gets worse when he’s ran over by … a woman. Mabel Russell reluctantly visits her sister in London for the Season, even though she’d rather stay in the country cataloging insects and aphids. When she runs into Gregory Clark, quite literally, she’s afraid to show any interest, especially since he’s a member of the dreaded ton. But getting to know Gregory becomes an unexpected delight.
 

My Review


The All Regency Collection from A Timeless Romance Anthology line of books was fabulous! I enjoyed each story and read them all quickly in one day. I love these types of stories that give you that happily-ever-after feel at the end, with some humor, tension, and swoon-worthy moments in-between.

The Wedding Gift: A Pride and Prejudice Story by Anna Elliott. I was surprised to find a story involving Austen's most popular couple, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, in this collection. Stories that follow after or are a companion to Pride and Prejudice seem to be more miss than hit for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this one. The story gave a fuller view of these characters as they prepare for their marriage, with the fun addition of a little dog, a twist that almost proves disastrous for the characters, and some sweet moments between Elizabeth and Darcy. It was a lovely and sweet story.

Dream of a Glorious Season by Sarah M. Eden. I knew without looking that this story was written by Sarah. I loved it from beginning to end! I just love that even though this was a novella, all the characters came alive to me and I connected with them, felt for them, and cheered them on. And the end... Just sweet, lovely, and perfect. The fabulous setting, writing, and characters made this a beautiful love story. This was my favorite of the collection.

The Mender by Carla Kelly. The heroine in this story and her cousin are both Amish, which I always find interesting in an historical setting. Carla Kelly always does so well with her historical settings and this story was no different. There are details, some very unpleasant and gruesome ones, that were very accurate and which brought a lot of depth to the characters and their situation. I loved the connection that the heroine and hero almost immediately make and then continues to grow as they work together to help the injured men. I really enjoyed this one! 

Begin Again by Josi S. Kilpack. This was a story of lost loves and what happens when they find each other after fifteen years. I really loved how the heroine's brother plaid a role in this story and how I immediately could see how their relationship worked. I also loved how Ross fought for Regina. It was a heartbreaking, but also lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed.


The Affair at Wildemoore by Annette Lyon. This was such a touching, heartbreaking story. The author did a fabulous job of conveying so much emotion, and deep emotion, in such a short story and writing the characters in such a way that I immediately connected with them. Both characters had similar desires, but didn't know because they didn't communicate to each other. I thought it was great how their daughters got involved. This was another great story!


The Duke's Brother by Heather B. Moore. Moore always does so well with her intimate scenes, in making a touch or a kiss carry so much meaning, and allowing the story to build up to the climatic, swoon-worthy moment. The heroine was rather quirky and a little eccentric, but I liked her and her honesty. I also thought there were some great, humorous moments, such as when Mabel talks about bugs mating and then flushes scarlet out of embarrassment. I thought it was cute how both characters weren't looking for what they found in each other. Another sweet story that I enjoyed.


Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. It would definitely rate up with my favorite novella collections and it's perfect for sweet historical romance readers. Each story was full of family, sweet, contained fabulous historical settings and dialogue, had characters I loved, and included plenty of romance. I absolutely adore the cover as well. I'm looking forward to the next book in this collection coming out later this year, California Dreamin' Collection.


Content: Clean (One instance of a mild swear word and some innuendo, but definitely clean.)

Source: I received a complimentary copy for review through eBooksForReview, which did not affect my review in any way.


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