Author: Annette Lyon, Donna Hatch, Jennifer Moore
Series: Timeless Regency Collection #13
Genres: Romance Anthology
Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Mirror Press
Every woman dreams of love, but is a week in Brighton long enough to find happily ever after?
A Week in Brighton—featuring novellas from bestselling authors Jennifer Moore, Annette Lyon, and Donna Hatch.
THE GRANDE HOTEL BY THE SEA by Jennifer Moore
After years of planning, Arthur Grande’s vision for a luxury hotel in Brighton is finally becoming a reality. But unlike the rest of the town, Daphne Dayley isn’t taken in by the newcomer’s cheerful smile or generous nature. She sees only a wealthy opportunist threatening to close her parents’ bakery. With the lease expiring in one week, the two clash in a battle of wills and wits. But they both come to discover that ambitions which had once seemed so clear may evolve when hearts are softened.
SIGNS OF LOVE by Annette Lyon
When the Hughes family vacations in Brighton, Julia goes exploring for fossils along the Undercliff path—a hobby she’s developed thanks to her curiosity in science. Instead of finding fossils, she stumbles upon Silas Hayward, a handsome wine smuggler, and one of his crew. She slips away undetected but is intrigued by Hayward and drawn to him later at a ball held at the Royal Pavilion. Her long-time friend Andrew is in love with Julia and declares his heart to her at the ball. She’s stunned and doesn’t know how to answer, but right then, Mr. Hayward conveniently takes her away to the dance floor. The distraction is brief, however; Julia quickly learns that the Hayward is far more than a harmless wine smuggler: he’s a traitor to the nation. If she can’t stop his plot with Andrew’s help, the country will fall to Napoleon.
THE RELUCTANT HEIR by Donna Hatch
Angry and grieving over his brother’s sudden death, Rowan turns his attention to finding his late brother’s long-lost love so he can personally inform her of the tragedy. One problem: he only has a lock of her hair, a miniature painting of her eye, and the name “Ann” as clues to her identity. With far-reaching dreams of being a renowned artist, Isabella has one shot at becoming one of the few women to be accepted as a student under a local art master. But when she encounters a mysterious gentleman searching for his late brother’s love, her heart tugs on her to help the lost soul. Helping him may mean sacrificing her dreams, and worse—falling in love with a man she cannot have.
I was delighted to win this book through a giveaway at StorytellersinZion.com. So thank you to them and the authors for supplying my copy.
One week is not very long to find true love but these three couples managed to do so.
The Grande Hotel by the Sea by Jennifer Moore
A lot happened in one week. Daphne’s emotions went from furious to tender very quickly while Arthur was enthralled with Daphne the whole time. I liked both of them and they had interesting characters surrounding them. I liked that he encouraged her to go away to follow her dream even though he wanted her to stay. It was truly selfless. She was also selfless in saving what she could of his dream as well.
Signs of Love by Annette Lyon
I liked the friendship between Julia and Andrew. It was obvious early on in the story that he loved her but she was pretty dense in recognizing it. I liked Andrew but was annoyed that Julia was so stupidly enthralled by a dashing smuggler whom she witnessed choking someone. Why would she be attracted to someone like that? She seemed to forget the whole choking incident and was enamored with the sense of danger and considered his illegal activities to be harmless. But I loved that Andrew and Julia learned some signs to be able to communicate without others understanding them and I LOVED Andrew’s feminist views on educating women. I was not sure about the Prince Regent getting involved in their love life. The intrigue was interesting and I like a good friendship to love story but I didn’t really love this story until Julia acted to save her country instead of just being enamored with a handsome face and flirting with danger.
THE RELUCTANT HEIR by Donna Hatch
I thought Isabella was a delightful creature. Despite her sorrows in life she was happy and influenced other’s happiness too. I also LOVED how quickly she could come back from Rowan’s inappropriate flirtatious remarks from the get go. She would not be taken in even though she outwardly seemed naive. I felt sorry for Rowan and I’m glad he was able to find himself so quickly with the help of Isabella.
No sex, language or violence