A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Collection

A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Collection

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Collection by Annette Lyon, G.G. Vandagriff, Michele Paige Holmes

In WAR OF HEARTS, Annette Lyon's exciting novella, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there-as her photographer. She's determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm's way and putting their love to the test.

In G.G. Vandagriff's enchanting novella, THE EARL OF OAKSEY TAKES A WIFE, Melissa Burroughs is the new Countess of Oaksey. Her whirlwind romance and subsequent elopement was worth every divine moment, even if her parents did disapprove. When Melissa learns about her new husband's apparently empty pockets, she wonders if the intimacy they've shared is only the ruse of a fortune-hunter. Melissa is devastated and determines to live a separate life from her new husband. But the Earl has other plans, which do not include staying away from his wife.

In Michele Paige Holmes' charming story, GIFT OF LOVE, Ethan Mooreleigh knows he'll never love another woman after the loss of his beloved wife. Yet he needs a male heir to inherit his vast fortune. Ethan's best friend, Stuart, has an idea and retrieves his sister, Amelia, who has been living in a convent since the tragic death of her parents. Amelia only agrees to enter into the contract marriage because there's a child involved, Ethan's neglected three-year-old daughter. When Amelia meets Ethan for the first time at the altar, she realizes that the last thing she wants her marriage to be is loveless. But winning a man whose heart is still broken may be impossible.

A LESSON IN LOVE, a delightful novella by Sarah M. Eden, captures the uncertainties of newlywed life. Lucy Stanthorpe arrives for the London Season, planning to attend every ball and musicale with her new husband, Reed, only to discover he has no intention of taking part in the social whirl. Spurred on by their family and friends, Lucy and Reed each formulate increasingly outlandish plans to teach the other a lesson in appreciation. Their battle of wills threatens to pull the young couple apart unless they can both soften their stubborn hearts.

In AN OCEAN AWAY, Heather B. Moore's captivating story, Gina Graydon knows the last thing she'll attract on her holiday in France is an eligible bachelor. Tall, outspoken, and with a weakness for laughing at the wrong moment, not to mention being much too occupied with reading gothic romances, Gina decides she'd rather live in her fictional world. Besides, the only man who pays attention to her at the resort hotel happens to be her father's worst enemy. And that is far from romantic. Reading in a secluded garden, and dreaming about the perfect kiss, all keep Gina much too busy to consider Mr. Edmund Donaldson any sort of hero.

Nancy Campbell Allen's entrancing novella, WHAT HAPPENS IN VENICE, follows Evangeline Stuart as she determines to enjoy her vacation in Venice-her first and likely her last since she lives under the strict confines of her step-father's control. When she meets the mysterious and romantic Conte Bellini, who happens to be Italy's most eligible bachelor, she decides he is all part of the dream of visiting Venice. It's impossible for her to believe that his interest in her is anything more than kindness to a foreign visitor. But when he discovers the true betrayal of her step-father, Evangeline learns the Conte may be the one person with the power to restore her happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941145319
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,193,568
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Collection 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
these were cute, fast reads. some more interesting and full bodied than others. but they were clean. yay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
cclblue More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
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! Warnings: None 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.