London is not the only place to find love…as these three Georgian ladies are soon to find out.
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
About the Authors:
SIAN ANN BESSEY. Born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales, Sian left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then, she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today bestselling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.
She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she’s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
SARAH M. EDEN is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award’s “2014 Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs.
Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.
REBECCA CONNOLLY is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest girl, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She’s always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place.
She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She received a master’s degree from West Virginia University, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.
I always enjoy sets of novellas as each one is the perfect size to read before bedtime. This set of stories is located in the Georgian Era, as evidenced by the different style of gown on the front cover of the book. Oftentimes, authors don’t do justice to the Georgian Era, writing a story that seems to have nothing Georgian about it and could just as easily have been set later in the Regency Era, but sometimes the story sparkles with robes l’anglaise, powdered wigs, and high-heeled shoes with silver buckles. What about these novellas? How do they measure up?
“Spring at Tribbley Hall,” by Sian Ann Bessey
To escape the hubbub surrounding her sister’s wedding plans, Charlotte accompanies her grandmother to the estate of her grandmother’s best friend. She assumes that any son of her grandmother’s friend would be many years her senior, so she’s unprepared for the youthful Lord William Cheston.
William is more interested in lambing season and protecting his sheep than in the house party his mother is planning. When Charlotte, not averse to traipsing through mud or swishing her gorgeous skirts through a barn, takes an interest in his flock, William’s own interest is piqued. A dinner party reveals that several of William’s neighbors have missing sheep of their own, but when Charlotte discovers just how the sheep are being taken, her own life might be in jeopardy, and it’s up to Lord William to save the day.
“Love of My Heart,” by Sarah M. Eden
Cordelia Wakefield despises her parents’ extravagant habits. Forced to retrench, they move to the countryside in Scotland. Cordelia runs into (literally) a handsome young farmhand named Sebastian of the Home Farm. While her parents continue to spend and bluster and live above their means, Cordelia begins to consider whether marriage to a farmboy (yes, echoes of Princess Bride) could be what she really wants. But what will she say when she finds out that Sebastian of the Home Farm is not quite who she thinks he is?
“Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire,” by Rebecca Connolly
Heiress Martha Smith is being punished. After she refuses several prestigious offers of marriage due to her romantic insistence on a love match, her mother sends her away from London Society to stay with her cousin in Wiltshire. This cousin married for love, and Martha’s mother wants Martha to see just how dissatisfying that life can be. While in the countryside, Martha meets their neighbor Benjamin Steele, working like a laborer in his shirtsleeves. What she doesn’t realize is that Ben Steele is actually Lord Hillier, a man who recently inherited an impoverished and derelict estate, doing his best to right it for his tenants. When Ben’s true title is revealed, Martha must decide if she wants a life of hard work and love instead of the easy comforts of London.
Each of these novellas was simple and sweet. Those who enjoy animals and the country life will find this collection a nice change of pace from the London ballroom. I found “Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire” to be the most delightfully Georgian of the three. The part where Martha realizes she is overdressed for a country assembly is charming, as was her humble spirit refusing to outshine the others with excessive opulence.