Sophia Holloway is fast becoming a favorite author. This charming story makes you root for Lord Henfield all the way through, bemoaning his false steps and cheering his moments of manly brilliance….
This six-book Regency series follows the story of the Hapgood family as several country misses find love amidst unconventional circumstances. With elegant prose and clever dialogue reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, each book is a delight to read. Billed as “traditional Regency romances,” the books contain more realism than many modern-day Regency pastiches, painting the lives of a genteel family of four girls (similar to Jane Austen’s Bennet family) who must find husbands with small marriage portions and their father’s estate entailed to the nearest male relative. Most of the titles do not contain a real “villain,” but the exigencies of fortune and circumstance conspire to throw monumental obstacles in the way of each couple before they can reach their happily-ever-after….
Miss Ellen Young was tired of being called beautiful.
As she gazed into the gilt-framed mirror, wrinkling her pert nose, pursing her rosebud lips, and narrowing her lake-blue eyes, she scowled at her reflection. Perhaps if she held this facial expression for an hour, a wrinkle would result. Or perhaps if the rain would stop for an afternoon, she could traipse through gardens and earn a few freckles…
In this atmospheric and mysterious novel, the science of mesmerism in Regency England is explored. Amelia enters the pages as a sympathetic heroine, while Ewan is a stoic and honorable hero throughout….
When William Hawksmoor unexpectedly becomes the Marquis of Athelney, the former Navy captain has no idea of the sallies and broadsides that await him in the drawing rooms of the countryside’s gentry folk….
Hazel Stillman was left with no illusions that she would ever marry. Born with a clubbed foot, she was hidden away from the world by her parents and abandoned to a girls’ school. She pours her energies into higher math and becomes a teacher, learning to find joy in scholarship instead of relationships. When her uncle Elliott presents her with an inheritance, she sees it as an opportunity to save her school from being sold. But the money comes with strings attached…
Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance. Each of these three novellas was a delightful little gem. As every novelist knows, sometimes writing short is harder than writing long, but each storyline was well-crafted and perfectly paced and took me about an hour to read.
This book explores a second chance at love as Sophie grieves the death of one man and gradually has her heart healed and transformed to love another….
This story was a perfect blend of history and romance. The publisher notes say that fans of Jane Austen and Patrick O’Brian will enjoy the novel, and for once, I think the notes might be right!
As an agent for the crown, younger son Marcus Haverly has often risked life and limb in service of his country. With the demise of his father and older brother, however, he now bears the ducal title. Irked by his mother’s nagging, Marcus comes up with a plan to fulfill his obligations to his family by marrying and siring an heir while still being able to carry on his missions for the crown…