Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield, and Jaima Fixsen
TRIAL OF THE HEART by Julie Daines
Marianne Wood has been summoned to Bath to testify against the man who killed her family. She dreads coming face to face with the monster of her nightmares, but finds surprising comfort under the care of a charming barrister, Harby Northam. Despite his kindly attentions, Mr. Northam is a shrewd and discerning man of law with an awful secret. Marianne is put to the test as she deals with the evil of her past and her growing affection for the mysterious Mr. Northam.
LORD EDMUND’S DILEMMA by Caroline Warfield
Lucy Ashcroft doesn’t share her stepmother’s belief that she might find a husband during her sojourn in Bath, but she does enjoy a respite from a household full of half-siblings and a younger sister preparing for her London Season, something Lucy can’t even dream about. In Bath, she enjoys the company of the elderly ladies in her aunt’s circle, and happy to be out from under her stepmother’s watchful and speculating eye. But when Lucy meets Lord Edmund Parker, all of her expectations for a quiet, unassuming holiday suddenly change.
THE ART OF KISSING IN THE PARK by Jaima Fixsen
Caroline Trenholme is not pleased with Bath, the fussy, antiquated resort of the shabby-genteel. She ought to be in London, finding a man—not here, coddling her irrational grandmother. In the park, she crosses paths (literally—this is Bath, after all) with a nameless, mannerless rogue, intent on stealing a kiss. As if his proposition weren’t insult enough, even her dog seems to like the man better. It's impossible! Especially once she suspects she might like him too…
Another great Timeless Regency collection!
Trial of the Heart by Julie Daines (5 stars)
Julie Daines is one of the few authors I will give a 5 star rating to. When I first discovered her, I bought all her books. The detail, the character development, and the natural, yet uncontrived-feeling romantic tension are all trademarks of hers. She is also one of those rare authors who can write humor--a true talent, indeed!
Trial of the Heart lived up to my expectations of her writing. Because it's such an intense plot, the humor is kept appropriately gentle, but it's still there. A well-written, well-developed, well-proofread story. The characters are likable, the historical facts believable and well-researched, and the descriptions excellent.
If a story is written by Julie Daines, I buy it without even bothering to read the reviews. I am that confident in the quality I will get.
Lord Edmund's Dilemma by Caroline Warfield (4 stars)
Caroline Warfield is a new author for me and I truly enjoyed her writing. I felt that she had done some good research and the social dilemma, a very valid and historically correct one, that the H faced lent authenticity to the romantic tension. I also enjoyed that her characters were developed and believable. I'll be buying more of her books in the future.
The Fine Art of Kissing in the Park by Jaima Fixsen (4 stars)
Another new author who I enjoyed reading. She's very talented at writing descriptions of places. Her heroine acted very agressively for her position and the era she lived in, I thought. However, it made for a nice romance and was certainly a nice take on the traditional Regency tale. I wish the author had shared the actual kisses with the reader, she took clean to a whole new level. I certainly don't want any sex in my romances, but I am happy to have descriptions of a few toe-curling kisses. Other than that, I felt that it was a well-written and enjoyable read. I'll be buying more of her books.
I appreciate these Timeless Regency anthologies. Not only are they well-edited and proof-read (so valuable in this age of self-published ebooks), but they introduce new authors and I can have a taste of his/her writing without committing to a full novel.