My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance Novella collection
Book Description: Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore
A MATCH FOR PRINCESS POMPOUS by Sarah M. Eden
Matchmaker Adelaide Northrop may be embarking on her greatest challenge yet. Miss Odette Armistead has been dubbed “Princess Pompous” by Society’s elite, and Odette’s parents are desperate to see her married off to a respectable gentleman. When Adelaide first meets Odette, she is expecting a young lady who fits the pompous description. Instead, Adelaide discovers that Odette is far from conceited, but has chosen to wear a mask in a desperate attempt to hide her love for a gentleman who has been chosen for someone else. It seems that Adelaide has far more than matchmaking to accomplish.
CONFECTIONS AND PRETENSE by Annette Lyon
Anne Preston dreams of opening her own dessert shop some day and saves every spare penny she earns working at Gunter’s Tea Shop. She makes ice cream molds to perfection, bakes and decorates cakes, and hopes to one day be an independent shop owner. When an American man orders an ice, Anne is immediately taken with Davis Whitledge, but he is far above her station in life, so she tries to forget about his cordiality. Soon, she finds herself in a dangerous situation when confronted by two troublemakers, and Davis happens to be nearby. He sends the scoundrels on their way, but this only makes Anne more of a target. He doesn’t understand London ways, and his generosity has the potential to steal Anne’s dreams, or to make them soar.
LITTLE LONDON by Heather B. Moore
Ellen Humphreys has never had a Season, has never danced the waltz, and will likely never do so while confined to watching over her ill mother at their country estate. Therefore, Ellen creates her own Little London, and imagines all the gentleman she’d dance with and all of the friendships she’d have with other young ladies, if only she were allowed to have a Season. When Quinn Edwards, the Marquess of Kenworth, comes upon her quite by happenstance while Ellen is imagining herself in a London ballroom, she is mortified about her playacting. But a chain of events is set off from this one meeting that has Ellen questioning if her reputation would ever survive a Season or another encounter with the marquess.
My thoughts; I loved this collection of stories. One thing they all had in common, not everything was as it seemed. The characters were of the ton, and of the lower class. They were all wonderful characters. I liked each and every one of them.
In "A Match Princess Pompous" I really hope that the matchmaker, Adelaide Northrop makes an appearance in another Sarah Eden story. She's an advocate to the couples she matches. Her plan is to be an observer and see beyond the facade that people present to the rest of the world. The plot was fun and well done.
"Confections and Pretense" show cause and effect. Going into another country and not knowing the culture can have unintended consequences. Fortunately, the novella had a happy ending.
"Little London" showed some of the problems with an elitist society. The expectations were pronounced concerning marriage and who or who is not acceptable. I loved that Quinn Edwards didn't bow down to what other's thought he should do, but did what was best for him and his happiness. It was a very romantic.
As always, any of the Timeless Regency collections are worth reading. I have yet to read one I didn't love. They are clean with kissing. This one contains some non-graphic violence.
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