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Deseret News -From A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection
"Every romance evolves delicately but deeply and will likely leave readers smiling.” --DESERET NEWS, Melissa Demoux
Posted March 6, 2014
Posted February 5, 2014
Delightful! I'm always surprised how much can be packed into a short story and these were no exception. Left me wanting more from these characters, in a good way. From the trellis climbing protagonist and the cursed widower, these novellas had my full attention. A Lesson in Love had me laughing out loud. It was written in perfect Sarah M. Eden style, with all the charm and wit her stories entail. Well done everyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2014
Wow!!! I loved it!!! In the past I have thought that novellas just didn't have enough depth. I don't feel that way at all about these! Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine. I was particularly excited to read the story that took place in Finland when Stalin invaded. I had never read about that before and loved it. It was fun to visit France and Italy as well as the often romanticized England. These authors are all quickly becoming favorites of mine. I love that they come together for these anthologies so I can can get to know them and their writing!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2013
I love all these authors separately, but together they make a fantastic team. These stories are all about different times and different people, but the stories were a wonderful group. It was very nice to be able to spend time with each of these people.
As an avid reader I want to feel like I know, and like the characters. I want to feel the pain they feel, the joy in their hearts, the pleasure of a well timed and loving passionate kiss. Together these authors have put together a compelling group of stories that are going to brighten your heart and make you believe in love. Thank you authors! You have inspired me!
Posted December 4, 2013
An Ocean Away by Heather B. Moore
That I was laughing before chapter 1 ended is an encouraging sign for Heather B. Moore’s recent novella, An Ocean Away. Gina Graydon, a young American on vacation in Bordeaux, France, introduces us to her plight as we follow her into the garden, in her dressing gown no less, to read another chapter or two of a romance novel unhindered from overprotective parents.
Gina is keenly aware of the conventions of her wealthy social class, but she struggles to remember exactly what is expected when Mr. Donaldson follows her unexpectedly into the garden. An Ocean Away is a delightful story of two people trying to figure out their lives and find love. Gina’s character is humorous and believable.
For such a short story, I like how Moore quickly introduces us to Gina through her thoughts and then gradually introduces us to Donaldson as Gina discovers him. That was an effective approach to keep a hint of suspense in the story. My only complaint was that the ending seemed a bit abrupt.
Posted December 2, 2013
This collection of stories is different than the others. Most of the anthologies so far have had stories where people meet and fall in love. This collection has more stories of married couples. There is still so much to learn about love after one is married. Many of these stories delve into miscommunications that happen in relationships and discovering how to love when everything isn't "perfect".
I enjoyed these stories as I have the other anthology collections. However, they did have a different feel to them than the other collections. Be prepared to have a wider variety of emotions in this collection. It isn't just the twitterpating of new love.
p.s. I love the cover!
I would let my 15 year old read these short stories. However, this particular collection has more stories that she wouldn't understand emotionally since she hasn't had the experience of marriage.
Posted November 18, 2013
Solid 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this collection & will definitely be getting the rest of the Anthologies! If you like historical fiction, this is a great compilation of short stories to read any time you have a few minutes....but I couldn't put it down and read the whole thing in one sitting!
The first story, War of Hearts, takes place during the war in Finland in the 1900's, while the rest of the anthology is full of stories from the 1700-1800's. It was a sweet story, but seemed slightly out of place.
The second story, The Earl of Oaksey Takes a Wife, was a sweet story about a couple after they elope. A cute, quick read.
The third, Gift of Love, is about a young woman who marries a man whom she has never met. She will be his 3rd wife, so she isn't willing to go through with it until she finds out he has a little girl that desperately needs a mom. It was a good read & I would have loved it to be a full length novel! What a fun read.
The fourth story, A Lesson in Love, reads a lot like Eden's other novels. I laughed out loud more than once!
An Ocean Away, the 5th story was super! I LOVED it. What a great story, which I would have loved to have been longer!
The final story, What Happens in Venice, was amazing! I would absolutely buy a full length novel of this Cinderella story.