To Kiss a Wallflower by Jen Geigle Johnson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Regency Romance
Lottie Hughes likes people, as long as they aren't too close. Does it bother her that no one asks her to dance? Yes, but she's not sure how to drum up dance partners when she has almost no dowry, no title, and freezes up when anyone tries to talk to her. When she suddenly inherits a huge amount and is the new center of attention all over London, her secret dreams might come true but also her worst nightmares. Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Men ask her to dance. And she is inundated with interested suitors. She fights to stay close to the few friends she knows are true. One man saw her before her life changed forever. But does she want to accept his help when he, too, might be insincere?
LETTERS TO A WALLFLOWER by Heather B. Moore
Ellen might be beautiful and considered a diamond of the first water by Society, but she is so very tired of the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so that her beauty won’t go to waste. When her cousin Dinah dares Ellen to attend a ball with no frills and to stand with the wallflowers, Ellen takes on the dare. What’s in the wager for her? The prize cuttings of her aunt’s extraordinary roses. But what Ellen isn’t expecting is Lord Ravenshire to engage her in the most interesting conversation. When she confesses to him of her opposition in marrying for a title, he confesses his distaste of the London scene. They strike a bargain together, one which will either push them apart or lead to a future sweeter than either of them could have imagined.
TO MARRY A WALLFLOWER by Anneka R. Walker
Charlotte Winters is destined to spinsterhood until she turns down an unwanted proposal and everything changes. With gossip rampant, her father attempts to salvage her reputation by betrothing her to another. Soon she is sent off to her aunt’s to meet Lord Templeton, her intended. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe Lord Templeton from afar before their introduction. She never planned to pretend to be her fictional cousin to learn more about him, or to fall in love with Lord Templeton’s friend in the process. Lord Templeton dreads returning to the empty halls of Newcliff Manor. When his father’s old friend, Mr. Winters reaches out for assistance, Lord Templeton finds himself returning home engaged to a woman he has never met. Desperate to learn more about Miss Winters, he befriends her cousin. He wouldn’t have spoken to her, or lied about his identity, if he’d known the quiet woman would sneak into his heart.
My thoughts: This has to be one of my all-time favorite Timeless Anthology Collections. It is set during the Regency Era and shows some of the pros and cons of being a wallflower.
In The Wallflower's Dance Charlotte has a problem conversing with potential dance partners. There is one gentleman she can talk to, her best-friend Denny. He is wonderful at guiding her through conversations, but when he is not there, she freezes up and says strange things. Things change overnight for her when she finds that she is to inherit a large sum. Unexpectedly, gentlemen come at her left and right wanting to know her. Through it all, she has Denny....until he starts acting like a suitor.
I loved this story where it was interesting to see if Charlotte and Denny could have a friends-to-lovers happy ending. They were cute together and I couldn't see why they didn't form an attachment earlier when she was a wallflower.
Letters to a Wallflower has a heroine who would love to be a wallflower. She is considered a "diamond of the first water" but she would love to have an evening without aching feet. She takes a bet with her cousin that if she dressed horribly and hid with the wallflowers that she could remain undetected and have a pleasant evening. Lord Aaron Ravenshire isn't ready to find a bride so he agrees to dance with all the wallflowers at the ball, except the one who refuses him.
Seriously, this story is the funniest of the three. To fool their mothers that they have an attachment they agree to write letters back and forth. At first, it is all fun and games until real feelings start to develop. This is a story that will make you laugh and hope that the two can have a real relationship.
The final story is To Marry a Wallflower. This story is a bit tricky. Charlotte has had her reputation ruined by a rejected suitor. He is set to smear her name to everyone who will listen. Lord Luke Templeton is a spectator to the young man setting himself upon her father and agrees that he will marry her to save her from ruin.
The two have a chance meeting before they are introduced, only they both give fake names. She is Miss Lambe and he is Mr. Luke. They agree to meetings under false pretenses. They are posing at a cousin of one and a close friend of the other to pass on information to the prospective bride and groom. It sounds a bit complicated, but it really is easy to follow in the story. The issue is that they both start having feelings for each other, thinking they are being unfaithful to their betrothed.
I loved this novella. It is another that will make you laugh at the dilemma that they have placed themselves under.
I highly recommend this collection. It was easy for me to fall in love with the story and the couples. This is an anthology that I did not want to put down.
“5 STARS - I loved the unique twists that each author used in their stories and how they tied them into the theme.”— Julie Carpenter, Goodreads
“What a great set of stories! If you have read any of these three authors you know you are in for a treat. If you aren’t familiar with them, prepare to add their names to your list of favorites.”— Shauna Jones, Goodreads
“I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these novellas. They were lighthearted, fun, and took me away from my worries for a while.”— A Bookish Romantic, Goodreads
Jen Geigle Johnson
An award-winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and LDSPMA Praiseworthy's top award for Romance, Jen Geigle Johnson has more stories circulating in her brain than can possibly be told. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. History is her main jam. Her literary heroes include the greats: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. But she has modern sensibilities as well.
She loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.
Heather B. Moore
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.
Anneka R. Walker
Anneka Walker is an award-winning author raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor's degree in English and history. When she isn't dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she is busy living her own with her husband and adorable children.