Author: Stacy Henrie
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance Anthology
Format: eBook, Print
Date: February 18, 2020
Publisher: Mirror Press
Five inspirational historical romance novellas by Stacy Henrie.
Her Winter Suitor
If Callie doesn’t attract the interest of a suitor by the Patriarch Ball, she’ll be shipped off to England to find a husband. Unwilling to let that happen, Leo, the son of Callie’s favorite chocolatier, volunteers to pretend to be her secret admirer. In return, Callie will ensure his family’s shop provides chocolate favors for the ball—in hopes of keeping the shop from closing. But when their arrangement deepens into real feelings, the two must decide if a humble maker of chocolate and a wealthy heiress can find more than temporary happiness together.
An Unlikely Spring Courtship
Tempest and Bram are both eager to have the most successful mercantile in town. But there are only enough customers to support one store, and neither Tempest or Bram are willing to concede defeat. In spite of their initial competition, the two can’t help but admire the tenacity of the other and eventually they form a bond of friendship. When disaster strikes the town, the pair will have to choose what matters most—success in business or in following one’s heart.
A Summer for Love
When circumstances thwarted their young love, Wyatt and Loralee promised to meet in eight years if neither of them had found someone. This time Loralee isn’t returning to the beach resort as a lowly hotel maid, though—she’s become a renowned singer, performing across the country. Wyatt’s situation has also changed. He’s become a father to his orphaned niece and wishes to provide her with a stable home. But when Wyatt and Loralee see each other again, they begin to wonder if their love hasn’t lessened with time but has deepened instead into something lasting.
Romance in Autumn
Once the daughter of a servant, Phoebe is now an heiress with enough funds to provide herself and her mother with a home of their own. And she knows exactly which house she wants to buy—the mansion at the seaside where she and her mother once worked in the summers. However, James, the son of their former employer, has been tasked to sell the mansion at auction for a price much higher than Phoebe can likely afford. Still hopeful, she volunteers to help James return the neglected mansion to its former glory, and the two become good friends. Yet as the auction draws nearer, they will need to determine which dreams are worth pursuing and which are worth changing.
A Long Winter Kiss
Once the best of friends, with the promise of being something more, Samantha and Rex have seen little of each other since Rex returned home from the war. Samantha is still hurt over Rex eventually asking her not to write him anymore while he was away, and Rex is certain Samantha doesn’t deserve to be with a man who bears the emotional scars of a soldier. However, the two of them are thrown together again when Samantha’s father is unable to deliver his annual Christmas Eve gifts. As Samantha and Rex perform the task, the walls between them start to crumble, making them both hope in the miracles of the season.
Overall Rating: 5 stars
This anthology showcases Henrie’s versatility in her writing styles. She has put together a wonderful collection of short historical romances that I highly recommend. Each romance was short, but they were all very satisfying and they all felt complete.
I was given an advance copy of this anthology. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own.
HER WINTER SUITOR
Rating: 4 stars
New York 1892
• Callie Sloan’s mother was distraught because Callie was not married or engaged like the other girls she debuted with. If she did not find a beau in six weeks her mother would take her to England. Wanting to find out what Callie would do with her mother’s ultimatum drew me into this story right away.
• Henrie developed and brought to life a great love match.
AN UNLUCKY SPRING COURTSHIP
Rating: 5 stars
Idaho City, Idaho Territory 1867
• This story was witty and funny. A humorous read. The writing in this short story had a completely different feel to it, than Her Winter Suitor, and showed Henrie could write in different styles.
• Tempest and Bram had a competition over whose mercantile was better. Can a small town handle two mercantiles? Whose mercantile will survive?
• Being kind to your neighbor (a religious theme) was woven throughout this story. However, this story was not preachy.
A SUMMER FOR LOVE
Rating: 5 stars
Bayocean, Oregon 1922
• This was a romance between Loralee Love, a singer, and Wyatt Noble, a businessman, who met one summer in 1914.
• The story began with an air of melancholy and nostalgia. But it ended on a high note of love.
• The story switches timeframes between the main characters’ lives in the years 1914 and 1922. l enjoyed switching back and forth from the present to the past.
ROMANCE IN AUTUMN
Rating: 5 stars
Newport, Rhode Island 1905
• Phoebe Hill is now a heiress and returns to Baywood House. A place of her fondest memories. There, she will need to decide what is more important: a house or James’s heart.
A LONG WINTER KISS
Rating: 5 stars
Michigan, May 1861
• Samantha Whitefield promises to wait for Rexford Montgomery, while he goes off to fight in the Civil War. Will Rexford make it back?
• This story deals with the mental trauma from being a soldier during the Civil War.