Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology

Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology


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Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons—whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristrocacy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.

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ISBN-13: 9781462119790
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
A marriage of convenience is always an intriguing premise and this compilation shows several reasons why those might have occurred. I've always wondered if I could've entered into one myself... Each of these stories has a different voice, as they are written by different authors and it's hard for me to choose a favorite because they are so unique and so much fun. The reader is treated to a variety of reasons for such a marriage, ranging from gaining an inheritance, to gaining custody of relatives, to being protected, to joining as enemies. I always think of marriages of convenience to be made as a very last, desperate resort, and while that may be the case, things have a way of working out in interesting ways. Each of these stories is sweet and feels complete, although they are short. I really enjoyed each premise and setting--England, out West, and New York--and the characters are really easy to like, as they all inspired me to cheer them on. It's fun how some are snappy, some are gentle, and some are jumpy at the thought of marriage, yet still go through with it. I love how each of them found love and the process of how that finally comes about is so enjoyable. This is a great collection of sweet, historical stories.  Content: mild romance (kissing). *I received a copy through the publisher, which did not affect my opinions in any way.*
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
What a sweet collection of novellas! I love the marriage of convenience theme since it shows how two people can grow together in an often difficult and unusual situation. I enjoyed each story equally- I wasn't able to pick a favorite, but that's a good thing ;) The individuals in the stories were well fleshed out and had depth and a unique voice. I liked seeing the variety of writing styles from the authors and the settings were interesting as well- two were set in England, one was a western, and one was in New York. The romances are clean and heartfelt, with emotion and hope in the midst of the characters' desperation. I love stories like these that offer a sweet journey to happily-ever-after. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Camilla Siler More than 1 year ago
This book contains four very fun short stories. I absolutely loved reading every single one of them, They are all about love that happens unexpectedly, as the title indicates :) I love how the different authors switched around from the different perspectives of the different characters. So many times I was just thinking, if only they knew what the other person was thinking. Very fun read and I will definitely be reading it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fun anthology! I am a huge regency fan and love the anthology trend. This collection did not disappoint! Four short stories of marrying out of need instead of love and letting the love grow. Book #1: Ashbrook Abbey is exactly why I love regency era writing. I am so excited about Heather Chapman's writing with her fresh characters and plot lines. She takes regency and makes it feel new but with the same romantic flair. Loved the heroine, Kate, and the fun development of Ambrose as he found himself through his marriage. Five stars for this one. Book #2: First Comes Marriage started off great with some new ideas and a plot line with potential but then fell a little flat for me in the end. The climax was lame and the end was very abrupt. It was a very sweet story though that still pulled at heartstrings and kept me reading until the end. Four stars. Book #3: The Price of Her Heart was my least favorite in the collection. It felt a little bit out of place being a western and I could not get over the grammar. I know that in the wild west there is a stereotype for terrible grammar, but this felt forced and unnatural. Also, the seriousness of the plot line with the lighthearted way it was presented did not seem to fit well. I'm trying to figure out this author's style, and maybe she is too. Worth the read, but a little hard to get through for me. Three stars. Book #4: Beauty and the Beholder was great! Ashtyn Newbold definitely has a wonderful niche in the regency genre. Like Chapman, she has new, fun, ideas that suck you in and keep you there to the end. Her love story unfolded so nicely and I really loved her character choices. Again, the ending felt a little choppy with a plot twist that didn't quite flow as well as I thought it could have, but still wonderful. Five stars for her. Great anthology with budding authors that have great potential and talent. Can't wait for more from all of them!