Author: Amber Argyle, Annette Lyon, Charlie N. Holmberg, Jane Redd, Julie Wright, Luisa Perkins
Series: A Timeless Romance #23
Genres: Romance Anthology
Format: eBook, Print
Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Mirror Press
Six Fantasy Romance Novellas
ILLUSIONS OF LOVE by Charlie N. Holmberg
Aster has worked as the great magician Celtin’s assistant for two years and has been in love with him nearly as long. After hearing he’ll be looking for a wife at the house ball, Aster disguises herself as a high-class woman so she can woo him away from other bachelorettes. But not everything goes according to plan…
DANCING WITH THE MOON by Julie Wright
A girl may love a ghost, but where would they live? When a ghost who insists he isn’t dead shows up in Grace’s shed, he begs for her help. If they cannot reunite his spirit and body before the full moon rises, Arell will die in actuality and so will the royal family. The race against the moon becomes more frantic when Grace realizes she loves him and will die alongside him if she loses him. But can a ghost with no heart return her love?
THE TRUEST TREASURE by Annette Lyon
(summary coming soon)
THE ISLE OF ROSE by Jane Redd
Cornelia’s greatest secret is that she can read minds. When her sister elopes with another man, Cornelia must stand in her sister’s stead to marry Lord Moss, a man with the same gift, who has the power to expose her.
FIRE AND FOUNTAIN by Luisa Perkins
Historian Lucie Tremblay loves studying Québec’s past, but when she accidentally travels back in time through a magical St. John’s Eve bonfire, she finds that life in 17th-century New France is far more complicated than it seems in books. As colonist Nicolas Beaubien tries to help her find a way back to 2019, Lucie finds herself falling for him—and must choose between her old life and new love.
LADY OF SHADOWS by Amber Argyle
Every year, girls go missing in the night—taken by the beast of the Forbidden Forest. A beast that has haunted the town of Hamel for centuries. A beast that is now coming for Caelia.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
I gave this four stars because I think if you enjoy fantasy then you’d probably say it was at least that. For my own personal enjoyment it was probably a bit less because I’m not really into fantasy. I do read some on occasion but not often. However, I like the Timeless series of books so I thought I’d give it a go.
The most fun element of the book for me is the idea of celebrating the summer solstice. My mother was Swedish so I grew up with some Midsommar (Swedish spelling) traditions or at least was aware of them. And while I believe the origins of the celebrations were probably pagan rituals etc and may have been more closely aligned with some of the stuff in this book I found any mention of Midsommar in the book lit up my eyes in memory of my mother. For my mother it was more dancing and singing around the May pole rather than there being some belief in magic etc… I don’t recall ever doing it but I do remember the idea of collecting wild flowers to put under my pillow to dream of my true love. Okay, so maybe I did it once.
There was generally some element of magic involved in each of the stories. One had mind reading, one had a ghost and another had time travel. I liked most of the main characters. If I had to pick a favorite of the stories I’d have to say Dancing with the Moon by Julie Wright. And the thing I liked best about it is that whenever the ghost needed to do something he ended up where he needed to be without really trying. And when he knew he needed to get help he ended up on the other side of the kingdom with Grace because she was the one who would be willing to help him. I think it said a lot about her character.
Sex: No. A character had previously miscarried a baby conceived out of wedlock.
Language: I think just once?