A Seaside Summer by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B. Moore
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Book Description: Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.
Join us for three novellas in one collection:
The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.
Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.
Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.
My thoughts: I have said it before and I'll say it again that I love the Timeless Romance collections. I have yet to read one that I didn't like.
A Seaside Summer is made up of three novellas that all take place by the sea. They are very distinct in story and style.
The New Countess
A marriage of convenience stories has always intrigued me. I can't imagine marrying someone to both attain a goal of some sort. Both Diane and the Earl are single parents who need each other for security and to provide a parent for their children. She has two and he has one. The kids in the story are adorable. They have adjusted to new siblings better than the parents to have a new spouse. The coming together and the inconvenience they both experience, when they share a summer by the sea, was a learning curve. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone can lead to something better.
Mishaps and Memories
Mishaps and Memories had me giggling in many areas. A wayward comment leads to a young woman's ruin. Now she gets her revenge when the gentleman in question washes up on shore with amnesia. Turn about is fair play, right?
Moonlight Summer is another story about a ruined reputation. This time it is the gentleman who has been ostracized by the ton. Miss Atkinson has a delightful step-sister who loses a hat at sea. This leads to a great friendship and attraction that left me very satisfied as a reader. What can be better than a forbidden romance and thwarting a new step-father? It was a fun story to read.
I recieved a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance, Timeless Romance series, and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton's Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children
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Martha Keyes is a Whitney Award winning author born, raised, and educated in Utah—a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.
Word crafting has always fascinated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.
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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She's lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.
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I loved this collection.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lisa. I really enjoy short fiction and this collection always supplies great authors. I am looking forward to the next one in the collection, The Inns of Devonshire. Best, LAReplyDelete
This collection looks great. I have no read any yet.ReplyDelete
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