Regency Category

The Fall of Lord Drayson (Tanglewood Book 1)

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When a stranger, aka the new earl of Drayson, knocks on your door and informs you that you and you widowed mother must move out and then a mere few hours later is back in your home suffering from amnesia, what do you do? You tell a few small lies and then bam, you instantly have a new butler, coachman, and servant at you beck and call. Lucy Beresford tries very hard to stick to her promise to her late father, a vicar, that she’ll never tell a lie again, but it seems that Colin Cavendish could learn a lesson in humility and Lucy knows that sweat and heard work can help bring anyone around. What Lucy wasn’t ready for was the pangs of guilt amidst the stolen kisses.

I enjoyed this book immensely! Lucy’s quick wit in an impossible scenario makes me laugh and enjoy Colin’s distress—that sounds horrible, but I must say Colin deserved it. As the pride seems to melt away, I couldn’t help but have a crush on the guy. I have read other books by Rachael Anderson and look forward to reading more.

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Spring in Hyde Park (Timeless Regency Collection Book 3)

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A Happy Accident

Jennifer Moore

Jonathan Burles, questioned his decision even as he found himself slowing his horse down to pull over to help the two people trying to pull their carriage from the mud.  It was pouring rain and everybody was soaked to the bone.  Sending the servant for help, the soon to be Marquess of Spencer, stayed with the woman trying to stay dry in the comfort of the carriage.  Little does he know that one decision would lead to a very upset father and a forced marriage?  Maryann Croft couldn’t be more embarrassed by her father’s outrage and threats, with no other choice but to settle down as the new wife to the Marquess of Spencer she figured she should make the best of the situation, while trying to keep her family’s secret from her new husband.  Jonathan and Maryann were strangers, but now they have no other choice but to get to know each other, and maybe if they are lucky, find love in Hyde Park.

 

The Disdainful Duke

G.G. Vandagriff

Lady Saphronia Huffington has firm strong beliefs in subjects that tend to be suited more for the gentleman of the Ton.  Content with standing on the sidelines next to her beautiful younger sister, Saphronia finds that she is unable to resist the deep conversations and arguments with the dashingly handsome rogue, Duke of Mayfield.  When her sister, Lady Lavinia become engaged to his brother, Lord Gilbert Caldwell the Duke and Saphronia find that they are thrown together more and more, and the sparks are flying.  When an accident almost takes Saphronia’s life, the Duke realizes that he could never live without the spirit, her wit, or her beauty.

 

An Invisible Heiress

Nichole Van

What do you do when you are a young single woman that’s inherited a very successful business from your father?  You propose marriage to an unsuspecting stranger and try to talk him into letting you purchase him, of course.  Colin Radcliffe is more than shocked when the young Miss Belle Heartstone meets him in a park with a list of reasons why he should agree to her proposal.  The Marquess of Blake may be hurting for money, but he’s not so desperate to marry the first title hungry heiress that comes along.  Through a face alias, Belle helps to fund Colin’s 0business venture overseas, and through letters and time, Belle finds that she has fallen                 madly in love with a man who believes her to be an old man and silent business partner.  Once Colin realizes the truth, can he overcome the betrayal and see the beautiful and smart woman in front of him?

I love these Timeless Regency Collections. They are able to capture an amazing story in a short amount of time.  I feel the authors are always chosen wisely and I continue to look forward to reading each one that I’ve come across.  The regency period has always been my favorite, and these collections never disappoint.  I especially loved the letters that were shared in An Invisible Heiress, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a story written that way, and I loved it.

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A Midwinter Ball (Timeless Regency Collection Book 2)

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Another Timeless Regency Collection, have you caught a theme yet? I LOVE anthologies and I LOVE regency romances!

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth

Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones may as well have the plague for as much attention as the men give her.  She sits as a constant wall flower at the dances, she’s become the running joke among the ladies, and men don’t even give her a second glance when in the same room as her.  Her plague comes with a name: Lord Northrup.  Lord Northrup has made it clear that while he is abroad traveling that Analisa is his, no man with any brains will touch her while he is away.  When he shows up unexpectedly at a party, Analisa is confused and angry.  Time may not have changed him and she’s not ready to give him a chance to prove his adoration.

SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon

Olivia Wallington lives with her sharp tongued mother and aunt, forced to endure hurtful jibes and withering glares.  Destined to live out her spinster life living in daydreams and quietly enduring the two strong women in her life, Olivia has all but given up hope.  When her brother comes home with his new wife and a promise to sneak her out of the house to enjoy a ball, Olivia feels that she may have a chance to build a new and everlasting memory to get her through the rest of her years.

AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes

Living quietly alone in her home while her father travels and her dear mother has passed away, Lady Ella spends her days outdoors riding horses and enjoying the more unladylike activities.  When a stranger shows up on her doorstep with a request from her dead fiancé asking for her to join him in London, her curiosity is more than peaked.  Packing up her meager belongings, Ella makes the trip to London only to find that the rules of stuffy society are not what she enjoys.  With the help of Alex Darling, she learns that there are ways to have fun and escape the ton.

 

These are sweet regency romance novellas.  My favorite would be An Invitation to Dance by Michele Paige Holmes, and my least favorite would be Heidi Ashworth’s Much Ado About Dancing. I found the latter dragged and I couldn’t get into the characters or the dialogue.  I enjoyed Michele Page Holmes’ tale because the Tomboy, Ella, reminded me of myself and I found myself with a smile as I read her plight.  I do enjoy anthologies, they always give you a taste of a new author if you are not familiar with them and you get a chance to read more of the authors that you have come to love.

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Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 15)

Sarah m eden british isles

A Friend Indeed
It’s no secret that the family is in dire need of money, and as the only girl in the family, Caroline knows it is her duty to be “auctioned off” to the highest bidder. She is somewhat mollified by the knowledge that she is saved from being sold to an old man that will be unkind to her when she learns she is to be married to her childhood friend, George. However, being betrothed to the family friend comes with its own set of troubles and it’s up to George to help her find peace and happiness with their agreement.

A Happy Beginning
Sophia’s family has fallen on hard times and she is forced to take a position as a governess in Scotland. This beautiful sophisticated Englishwoman struggles daily with the upbringing of two spoiled demanding children while trying to stay safely hidden away from the leering eyes of the children’s father. Her only reprieve comes from visiting the very quiet and stern stable master, Dermot. With a new friendship forming Sophia finds herself looking forward to her visits to the stables and the small talks she shares with Dermot. Those small talks and visits are quickly put to an end and Sophia’s safety is threatened. It’s up to Dermot to protect the woman who is slowly finding a place in his heart.

Road to Cavan Town
Bound and determined to win the heart of the most beautiful woman in town, Miss Kilchrest, Isaac makes the long trek every week to fight the other men for her attention. However, that trek is made quite fun by his dear friend Alice, who makes that same trek every week to help with her grandparents. Blinded by his goals and ambitions to eventually marry Miss Kilchrest, Isaac is unable to see who really has his heart. Alice is at her wits end, she has come to love Isaac and is so frustrated with the man that he can’t even see what he has in front of him. Finally ready to throw in the towel, Alice walks away and decides that it’s up to Isaac to figure it out, because it hurts too much to watch him pine after the wrong woman. When Miss Kilchrest’s true colors start to shine, Isaac starts to see how mistaken he was, he can only hope that it’s not too late.

A Christmas Promise
Anyone can read a map, right? How hard could it be? With a carriage stuck in the middle of a field and finding yourself trying to fend off ferocious man eating dogs, you’ll find that it’s a lot harder than you would think. Sean had one job, get the horses and carriage to Castle Kilkenny where he is to be a new stable hand. However, a wrong turn and a muddy field seemed to have hindered his attempts at making it to the castle. With the help of Maeve and her teasing brothers, Sean finds himself falling in love and traveling on the right road back to his original destination.

Dream of a Glorious Season
Stuck in a world of expectations thrown at her by society, Elizabeth Gillford finds herself trapped at home and forced to watch an older sister come out and enjoy her several seasons. Elizabeth is unable to make her “first bows to Society” until Mary, her mean and selfish sister is wed. Elizabeth has also found herself in love with Julian Broadwood, the neighbor, and has been since she was 8 years old. However, he has been “promised” to her sister. Heartbroken and looking as though she is to be an old maid, Elizabeth has an inviting personality and doesn’t let this break her. As a reader, I find myself cheering for her and Julian.

A Lesson in Love
Lucy couldn’t be more excited to be returning to London ready to take the Season at full speed, with her husband in tow. Last year’s Season was amazing and involved a beautiful courtship and marriage with Reed. Now married, Lucy expects her Season to be even better than before. Unfortunately, Reed has an entirely different idea of how the Season should go, now that he is an ‘old’ married man. When Lucy and Reed find their desires clashing they turn to family to help clear the misunderstanding. Then again, with the help of their well meaning family, a small misunderstanding grows into a full blown war and the couple must find it in themselves to lean on each other and remember why they fell in love in the first place.

I have been enjoying all the stories that I have read by Sarah M. Eden, and this anthology is no exception. My favorite would be A Lesson in Love, because “Happily Ever After” doesn’t truly exist and you must always work hard especially after you say “I do” to keep your marriage strong and happy. Just like the other anthologies in the Timeless Romance series, I love them. Some stories I like better than others, but that’s the joys of these books. They are short and sweet and are easy to get through. You are given a wide arrange of characters and plots with happy surprises and sweet romances.

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Autumn Masquerade (Timeless Regency Collection)

Autumn Masquerade

A Merry Dance by Josi S. Kilpack

At nineteen years old, Lila has been living with her uncle in South Shropshire since she was six and to find a place away from everything new and unfamiliar she started hiding in her uncle’s study and for the last 13 years she would sit in her little corner and crochet while listening to the latest news.  While living with her uncle, Lila fell in love with her cousin Neville who has been away.  However, while crocheting a pair of socks she hears the worst news ever, her uncle is having Mortimer Lutherford come stay and look at property while secretly hoping there will be a match between his niece and Mortimer.  She is traumatized, and is determined to make the old man, thirty-three to be exact, dislike her by becoming the most obnoxious lady someone who he would surely run away from as fast as he can.

Unmasking the Duke by Donna Hatch

Extremely shy and a little clumsy, Hannah Palmer is forced into a Masquerade Ball by her sister.  Encouraged by the mask she hides behind, Hannah finds herself flirting with the most captivating man, after a fun game of giving out as much information about themselves without revealing their true identity the night ends in a kiss, and the revealing of the masked man who is none other than the Duke of Suttenberg, her neighbor and the man she could despise more.  The Duke must fight hard to win over the affections of the beautiful Hannah Palmer, and that’s what he plans to do.

What’s in a Name by  Nancy Campbell Allen

Persephone and Penelope or identical twins, but they couldn’t be more different.  Persephone follows all expectations set forth by society and Penelope, Penny, is everything but proper.  Scheming Persephone has set her eyes on the town Dr. and forces her sister to start writing in her place to the Duke of Wilmington.  It’s okay until Penny finds that she is falling for the Duke and a surprise visit from him has the twins scrambling to try to trade places.  The Duke of Wilmington has fallen hard for the woman in the letters and realizes right away that the girls aren’t who they say they are, but he’s willing to play along to see what the girls will think of next.

I have always loved regency and I absolutely love anthologies, so putting these together makes for a great read.  I love anthologies because you get a sample of your favorite author’s writings and you also are introduced to new authors.  The stories are quick and easy to read and you still have the same love of the characters even though they are presented to you in half the time. That’s what I like about these authors, they do an amazing job at delivering a great story line, creating amazing characters, and a smile on your face when you are done reading.

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Marrying Christopher (A Hearthfire Romance Book 3)

Marrying Christopher

Saving Grace, Loving Helen, and Marrying Christopher has become one of my favorite series. A historical fiction with historical facts makes for a great story. I will say Christopher’s and Marsali’s story was my favorite of the three! Christopher and Marsali are both on a steamship headed to America, both with a different past but the same desire, to begin a new life on the new land. Marsali was escaping an evil Aunt and Uncle and Christopher leaving behind his sisters and their new husband’s to work the land and earn a place for himself. Marsali would be reaching America and starting a life as an indentured servant, not the best circumstance but anything would be far better than her abusive Aunt. While aboard the steamship Marsali and Christopher begin to have feelings for each other and, but a catastrophe may sabotage their relationship. The suspense in this story kept my reading late into the night, my poor husband kept getting out of bed looking for me. I loved the characters and the plot that Michele Paige Holmes has created. I was completely hooked from page one. I suggest anyone that loves a good clean romance read this series.

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

All Regency Collection

I love a good regency novel. Imagine how happy I was when I found I could get several in one setting that are easy quick reads. I also love this book because it introduced me to new authors that I have never tried before, giving me a new opportunity to read their other books.

The Wedding Gift: A Pride and Prejudice Story by Anna Elliott
This story was a new approach to the popular classic of Pride and Prejudice. There are several remakes and takes of the romantic love story. However, this is the first one that I’ve come across that takes a stab at what happens with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet after they are engaged. This story takes on a mystery/suspense twist when Elizabeth Bennet finds herself thrown in a carriage and kidnapped. We follow this story in the form of a diary. I love the writing and find myself very excited to read other stories by Anna Elliott. I was caught up in Elizabeth’s character and was disappointed to have the story end.

Dream of a Glorious Season by Sarah M. Eden
Stuck in a world of expectations thrown at her by society, Elizabeth Gillford finds herself stuck at home and forced to watch an older sister Come out and enjoy her several seasons. Elizabeth is unable to make her “first bows to Society” until Mary, her mean and selfish sister is wed. Elizabeth has also found herself in love with Julian Broadwood, the neighbor, and has been since she was 8 years old. However, he has been “promised” to her sister. Heartbroken and looking as though she is to be an old maid, Elizabeth has an inviting personality and doesn’t let this break her. As a reader, I find myself cheering for her and Julian. Once again, another author that I will be looking into.

The Mender by Carla Kelly
A story of a young woman looking for adventure and stumbles onto one that is far greater than she could ever imagine. Thankful is traveling the ocean with her cousin from the Americas to Italy aboard his vessel, when they come upon a wreckage of boats and people. Being a mender, Thankful finds herself upon vessel helping heal the wounded because the ships surgeon, Adam had been wounded. Long story short Thankful and Adam fall in love and retire back in the Americas. This is one story that I could not find myself enjoying. The way the story was written, I was unable to follow it smoothly. It felt like I had to consistently reread passages to try to make them make sense. Part of it was because I was unfamiliar with the “Friends” background. Their way of talking and their names had me stumbling through the story line. I didn’t feel as if the characters were strong. It’s hard to give a strong character in a small amount of words, but I believe it could have been better. Not very often do I find myself glad when a story is done, but I found myself grateful that this one was.

Begin Again by Josi S. Kilpack
Regina is a “spinster of thirty-two years” who had lost her one true love years ago. With a promise of, “I’ll come back, Reggie. I promise I will…” fifteen years later Ross is keeping to his promise. However, Regina was not too thrilled with this new turn of events. She had waited six years before being engaged with another man, only to break that engagement. Then those six years turned into fifteen. During those years, she stayed with her brother and kept his house after the death of his wife. During her nieces engagement ball Ross decided to surprise Regina and wanted to back in her life. She was not having it and literally throws Ross out of her home. It is up to Ross to prove his love for Regina and Regina must find forgiveness and let him back in. This was a very easy quick read. I have read Josi S. Kilpack before, but not in a regency setting. I enjoyed it and found myself liking her writing in this genre.

The Affair at Wildemoore by Annette Lyon
This story touched my heart. As a married woman who loves romance, I find myself tired of the usual stories of first loves and swooning that getting married and then happily ever after. I enjoyed this story because it was a story of a couple that had been married for years and had older children that had found themselves strangers towards one another. Through lack of communication and a lost child, this couple grew apart. Bother missing each other, but both unable to speak of it. Being married doesn’t automatically make happily ever after one must work at it. This story gives me that reminder.

The Duke’s Brother by Heather B. Moore
A funny little story of a young woman, Mabel, who was different from what society had expected of young women. Raised by her father, a scientist, Mabel found herself more interested in the creepy crawly species than that of the human variety. Collecting insects and going out in rainstorms to collect slugs was where her heart lay. Her older sister Ethel was intent on getting Mabel out in society and hoping to turn her young wayward sister “normal.” In doing so Mabel is introduced to Ethel’s brother-in-law, the Duke’s brother, who quickly falls victim to Mabel’s charms and scientific ways. This was a very enjoyable fun quick read that anybody with a “weird” personality can relate.

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