In five original stories, Jessica Cale, Sherry Ewing, Jude Knight, Amy Quinton, and Caroline Warfield bring you Valentines From Bath
The Master of Ceremonies announces a great ball to be held on Valentine’s Day in the Upper Assembly Rooms of Bath.
Ladies of the highest rank—and some who wish they were—scheme, prepare, and compete to make best use of the opportunity.
Dukes, earls, tradesmen, and the occasional charlatan are alert to the possibilities as the event draws nigh.
But anything can happen in the magic of music and candlelight as couples dance, flirt, and open themselves to romantic possibilities. Problems and conflict may just fade away at a Valentine’s Day Ball.
Beauty and the Bounder, by Jessica Cale. He’s a liar and a fortune-hunter… and exactly what she needs.
Earl Takes a Wife, by Sherry Ewing. It began with a memory, etched in the heart.
The Beast Next Door, by Jude Knight. In all the assemblies and parties, no-one Charis met could ever match the beast next door.
The Umbrella Chronicles: John and Emma’s Story, by Amy Quinton. A serious-minded, scientific man of learning seeks a complex and chaotic practitioner of all things superstitious who will upend his well-ordered life.
Candles in the Dark, by Caroline Warfield. Doug Marsh and his candles bring light to many, none more than Esther. They may light the Assembly Rooms even as his love lights her life.
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About the Author
The Bluestocking Belles are ten very different writers united by a love of history and a history of writing about love. From sweet to steamy, from light-hearted fun to dark tortured tales full of angst, from London ballrooms to country cottages to oriental slums, one or more of us will have a tale to suit your tastes and mood.
Jessica Cale is a historian and author of award-winning romance. Originally from Minnesota, she earned a BA in Medieval History and MFA in Creative Writing in Wales while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the editor of Dirty, Sexy History. You can find her at dirtysexyhistory.com
Sherry Ewing picked up her first historical romance when she was a teenager and has been hooked ever since. A bestselling author, she writes historical & time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde & The Bluestocking Belles. Sherry is currently working on her next novel and when not writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist. You can learn more about Sherry and her published work at www.SherryEwing.com
Jude Knight has been telling stories all her life: making up serial tales to amuse her friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved her and left her wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places. She has devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). She and her own personal romantic hero, with whom she has shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand. Judy wrote and published her first historical romance in 2014, and now has the wind in her sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you'll love to loathe.
Historical Romance Author, Mother of Boys, American Wife of an Englishman, Crafter, Reader, Camper, Bluestocking Belle Amy Quinton is an author and full time mom living in Summerville, SC. She enjoys writing (and reading!) sexy, historical romances. She lives with her husband, two boys, and three cats. In her spare time, she likes to go camping, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking… And did she mention reading? When she’s not reading or traveling, she likes to make jewelry, sew, knit, and crochet (Yay for Ravelry!).
Caroline Warfield has at various times been an army brat, a librarian, a poet, a raiser of children, a nun, a bird watcher, an Internet and Web services manager, a conference speaker, an indexer, a tech writer, a genealogist, and, of course, a romantic. She has sailed through the English channel while it was still mined from WWII, stood on the walls of Troy, searched Scotland for the location of an entirely fictional castle (and found it), climbed the steps to the Parthenon, floated down the Thames from the Tower to Greenwich, shopped in the Ginza, lost herself in the Louvre, gone on a night safari at the Singapore zoo, walked in the Black Forest, and explored the underground cistern of Istanbul. By far the biggest adventure has been life-long marriage to a prince among men. She sits in front of a keyboard at a desk surrounded by windows, looks out at the trees and imagines. Her greatest joy is when one of those imaginings comes to life on the page and in the imagination of her readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Modern stories in a regency dress. Boring and predictable for the most part. A few were dnf's.
A phenomenal collection of stories from some of the best authors of historical romance. When this group come together I always know once I turn the first page I am lost until the last page is turned!! The collection is centered around a Valentine's Day ball held in the assembly rooms in Bath, England. Wow I would have loved to see that actually happening! Can you imagine? A cornucopia of characters who each try to find their happy ever after when least expected! Beauty and the Bounder by Jessica Cale A case of a man desperate to find a wife with money has Sebastian posing as someone he is not. But with all the women he meets, there is one that he cannot keep his eyes from and that is Lady Emilia. Her instincts tell her he is not as he appears but at times, that does not matter in love. Such a sweet story that warmed my heart and made me smile! The Earl Takes A Wife by Sherry Ewing Be still my heart. Meeting at a house party, Lady Celia falls completely in love with Lord Adrian. Looking into her eyes, he sees her innocence and beauty shining through but she is very young and they will soon be related by marriage! Letting her know that, as he begins to leave she tells him "Yes, well.. I suppose such may be the case. Time will tell. Time.. yes..time is all we need. Will you wait for me Lord de Courtenay..Adrian?" Wow I was so mesmerized and I could almost see her and hear the words. But things seem to go awry when his sister Miranda gets involved giving Celia advice. This is a journey to find an incomparable love that hopefully will bring the too together. Sherry's stories always grip my heart and I am left in awe. The Beast Next Door by Jude Knight My favorite trope comes alive in the words of one of the best storytellers I have read. Charis is one of the Fishingham sisters who know that one needs to marry for money in order for the rest to have a season and find a husband. She is the quiet sister who has never gotten over her neighbor Eric. She always was his friend and his terrible scars never bothered her. In a twist, he has feelings for her also but has gained the title of Earl but wants to make sure it is not his title that draws her. Can his omission hurt her to the point of pushing her away. Can these two find true love? I could have strangled his mother who was his greatest detractor and always belittle's him. What a wonderful story of love and redemption that made my heart smile. The Umbrella Chronicles: John and Emma's Story by Amy Quinton If you have not read any of the stories involving Lady Harriett, who is a matchmaker extraordinaire with her famous umbrella, you have missed some delightful tales!! Dr John Edward is a man with a compulsive nature toward order and is ruled by specific routines (yes a lot of OCD). But when he literally runs into Emma, the niece of Lady Harriet, his life is about to change!! Emma has her own foibles a little opposite of John. Well they are opposites and they do attract don't they? As fun love story filled with humor and witty banter that will entertain you until the end! Aunt Harriett strikes again!! Another marvelous story by this talented author. Candles In the Dark by Caroline Warfield An almost fairy tale story that won my heart from the beginning. A hero who is trying to find his place after coming home from the war with a leg injury and inheriting his Uncle's candle making business. Douglas has so much compassion with helpi