Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection


The SARAH M. EDEN BRITISH ISLES COLLECTION contains two brand new historical romance novellas A FRIEND INDEED and A HAPPY BEGINNING, as well as four hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Sarah’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of six historical romance novellas set in the British Isles

A FRIEND INDEED

"Gloucestershire, England, September 1808
Poverty had prevented Caroline Downy from spending the Season in London. Her innate good sense had prevented her from crying about it. She was betrothed, after all, which bordered on the absolutely miraculous for a young lady without a dowry and nothing but her family’s respectable standing to recommend her. The match was an arranged one, which took all of the heart-pounding excitement out of the experience. A lady wished to be loved rather than settled for. She wasn’t marrying a complete stranger, something for which she was unspeakably grateful. George Barrington and her brother Thomas had been the very best of friends since their days at Eton. George had spent most of his school holidays at Downy House, in fact. Caroline knew him and liked him very much. She simply didn’t love him, and he didn’t love her. Feeling true enthusiasm for such a loveless arrangement was difficult, to say the least.
Sarah M. Eden. Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection (Kindle Locations 50-57). Mirror Press LLC. "

Caroline Downy has known George Barrington since he became friends with her brother in their school days at Eton. Through the years, Caroline and George have come to know each other well. But when their friendship is threatened by their arranged marriage, Caroline becomes despondent and afraid that this will ruin their friendship. George, very much in love with Caroline, asks her to give him three weeks in which to prove that he does want to marry her and for all the right reasons!  I loved this sweet gentle story about two friends who find love and happiness.

A HAPPY BEGINNING

Sophia Pemberton (an Englishwoman) is the governess at the Haddington's estate in Scotland. Dermot Buchanan is the Haddington's well respected stable master with a secret.  When the two meet, Dermot's prejudice against Englishwomen almost gets in the way of the friendship that Sophia offers.   When Sophia is put in a precarious position with Mr. Haddington, Dermot's secret comes to light and he becomes a hero to Sophia.   I loved this romantic novella about a English governess and a somewhat brusque Scottish man who fall in love.


THE ROAD TO CAVAN TOWN

The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, set in 1864 Ireland, combines Eden’s sense of humor with her signature sweet romance. Alice Wheatley walks each weekend into town, accompanied by Isaac Dancy. And while Alice finds herself falling in love with the gentleman, unfortunately he has his eyes set on the belle of the town, Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice must find a way to turn Isaac’s eyes toward her.  I enjoyed this story about two people who get to know each other as friends and then find out that true friendship can grow into love.


A CHRISTMAS PROMISE

Sean Kirkpatrick is trying to get to his new place of employment, Kilkenny Castle, in order to start as the new stablehand. His only requirement is to drive a team of high-spirited nags from Dublin to Kilkenny in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately he winds up in a muddy field, stuck, lost, and running out of time. He’s about to lose the job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.  I really enjoyed this novella.  It's a fun little story about an Irish lass and the man that stumbled onto her property and into her heart.


DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON

Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with the man who has been destined for her older sister from birth by their respective families. But Julian is too good of a man for her mean-spirited sister and he's smart enough not to fall into her trap. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce Elizabeth to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself. This was an enjoyable sweet short story with a perfectly sweet happy ending! :)


A LESSON IN LOVE

A delightful novella that captures the uncertainties of newlywed life.  Lucy Stanthorpe arrives for the London Season, planning to attend every ball and musicale with her new husband, Reed, only to discover he has no intention of taking part in the social whirl. Spurred on by their family and friends, Lucy and Reed each formulate increasingly outlandish plans to teach the other a lesson in appreciation. Their battle of wills threatens to pull the young couple apart unless they can both soften their stubborn hearts.  I loved this fun novella about a married couple who find themselves at odds with the other's social goals and how they learn to communicate and compromise to save their marriage.


As always with the Timeless Romance Anthologies, every one of these stories were sweet and romantic and clean! You'll love them!


*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*