Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Summer Holiday- A Timeless Victorian Collection by Nancy Campbell Allen, Sarah M. Eden, & Annette Lyon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series, comes our brand new Victorian Romance line, with SUMMER HOLIDAY.

Three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Nancy Campbell Allen, Sarah M. Eden, and Annette Lyon.

BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S by Nancy Campbell Allen:
As Tessa Baker competes for the supervisor promotion at Sommerpool Department and Mercantile, she’s faced with a ridiculous list of tasks to complete in order to “win” the job. Tessa would love to be the first female supervisor ever to work at the Sommerpool, but her competitor is cheating at every turn. Discouraged, Tessa agrees to let David Bellini, a family friend and Italian Conte who is new in town, help her. When she discovers that he’s the new owner of Sommerpool’s, but wants to evaluate the employees unobserved, Tessa has mixed feelings. She soon realizes that she’s falling for David, but what chance does a working-class woman like her have with an Italian Conte?

Carina Herrick says goodbye to the man she hopes to marry, knowing their separation will be temporary. Grant Ambrose is off to follow his dream and become established in business so that he can provide for Carina and a life together. He promises to write; she promises to return his letters. Yet, only a few months pass and already their letters become shorter and fewer. Finally, Carina is forced to give up on Grant if only to protect her breaking heart. Her parents are dead set against her becoming a spinster and insist she accept the proposal of the odious Mr. Baskon. With no hope of another marriage proposal, Carina is forced to make a difficult decision, one that can lead her either to happiness or misery.

Every summer Sarah travels to Ivy House in London as one of the household servants to the Millington family. This summer, she’s particularly looking forward to seeing Jacob, a servant who lives at Ivy House year-round. They’ve been exchanging letters since the previous summer when their friendship deepened. But when Sarah arrives at Ivy House, Jacob seems more reserved around her and less forthcoming. Has she put greater meaning in their budding relationship than she should? When Sarah discovers that Jacob has a dark secret and wants her to give up her dreams in exchange for helping him, she’s not sure if she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

I loved this first book in the new Timeless Victorian Collection from the publishers of the best-selling Timeless Romance Anthology series.   These novellas are clean, easy reads with sweet romance and dashes of humor.

In BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S by Nancy Campbell Allen, I enjoyed Tessa's determination to be the first ever female supervisor to work at her department store.  The way Tessa resolves some of the issues she has with fulfilling her ridiculous list of tasks and the way she stands up for herself was great!  The romance between Tessa and David was sweet and I loved how supportive and protective he was of her.

In HOWEVER LONG THE WAIT by Sarah M. Eden, I just loved how things turn around for Carina in spite of her parents.   And I loved Aunt Chadwick!   With some well-timed meddling from her aunt, Carina & Grant have a second chance at love.  Sweet story!

Last was THE LAST SUMMER AT IVY HOUSE by Annette Lyon. The story of two below-the-stairs servants who are in love and trying to make things work out with the help of a few other people, such as the surprisingly helpful housekeeper, Mrs. Roach, was heart-warming and sweet.

*Thanks to eBooksForReview for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid nor required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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