Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology by Heather Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received digital copy from publisher to review
Genre: Anthology/ Historical Fiction
Book Description: Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons--whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristocracy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.
Ashbrook Abbey by Heather Chapman
Though decidedly against marriage, when Ambrose Notley discovers it may win him his uncle's good opinion (and his inheritance), he marries the orphaned Kate Mowbray. But will Kate be able to break down the walls that Ambrose has built around himself?
First Comes Marriage by Paula Kremser
When Letty's sister and husband unexpectedly die, a greedy uncle threatens to steal custody of the children and their money. David, Letty's brother-in-law, marries Letty in the hopes of retaining custody of their niece and nephew. But will this love for show become something deeper?
The Price of Her Heart by Mandi Ellsworth
When Faith McKinney witnesses a crime she shouldn't have seen, she's forced into hiding to protect her own life.As part of this, her uncle arranges her marriage to small-town sheriff Geoffrey. But when the men searching for her find Geoffrey as well, will he be able to protect her?
Beauty and the Beholder by Ashtyn Newbold
When a marriage arranged by chance brings Fanny and Percy together, they quickly learn that clashing personalities and battles of wit are not a recipe for a happy match. How could a marriage between quick enemies ever result in something such as love? But fate has a way of bringing even the most unlikely hearts together...
My thoughts: Desperate circumstances sometimes call for desperate measures....like a marriage of convenience. I admit that I love stories where two unlikely people come together and find happiness. In this case, there are eight, because the book contains four stories.
Usually short stories are not my preferred reading material because I like a story with character development and I become invested in the characters. I have recently read several anthologies and when they are well written, they are a lot of fun. This anthology falls into the well written category. I also loved the unique voice of the writers. While all of the books share a theme, they are very different. I highly recommend all four of the stories.
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