A MATCH FOR PRINCESS POMPOUS by Sarah M. Eden
Matchmaker Adelaide Northrop may be embarking on her greatest challenge yet. Miss Odette Armistead has been dubbed “Princess Pompous” by Society’s elite, and Odette’s parents are desperate to see her married off to a respectable gentleman. When Adelaide first meets Odette, she is expecting a young lady who fits the pompous description. Instead, Adelaide discovers that Odette is far from conceited, but has chosen to wear a mask in a desperate attempt to hide her love for a gentleman who has been chosen for someone else. It seems that Adelaide has far more than matchmaking to accomplish.
CONFECTIONS AND PRETENSE by Annette Lyon
Anne Preston dreams of opening her own dessert shop some day and saves every spare penny she earns working at Gunter’s Tea Shop. She makes ice cream molds to perfection, bakes and decorates cakes, and hopes to one day be an independent shop owner. When an American man orders an ice, Anne is immediately taken with Davis Whitledge, but he is far above her station in life, so she tries to forget about his cordiality. Soon, she finds herself in a dangerous situation when confronted by two troublemakers, and Davis happens to be nearby. He sends the scoundrels on their way, but this only makes Anne more of a target. He doesn’t understand London ways, and his generosity has the potential to steal Anne’s dreams, or to make them soar.
LITTLE LONDON by Heather B. Moore
Ellen Humphreys has never had a Season, has never danced the waltz, and will likely never do so while confined to watching over her ill mother at their country estate. Therefore, Ellen creates her own Little London, and imagines all the gentleman she’d dance with and all of the friendships she’d have with other young ladies, if only she were allowed to have a Season. When Quinn Edwards, the Marquess of Kenworth, comes upon her quite by happenstance while Ellen is imagining herself in a London ballroom, she is mortified about her playacting. But a chain of events is set off from this one meeting that has Ellen questioning if her reputation would ever survive a Season or another encounter with the marquess.
How, Bubby, after writing countless Regency romances, can these Timeless Regency Collection writers keep coming up with new and fresh twists on their genre?
I really couldn’t tell you. There’s a reason why I’m a reader, not a writer. But it is impressive. Eden, Lyon and Moore never disappoint!
Let’s start, for example, with A Match For Princess Pompous by Sarah M. Eden. Who would have come up with the idea of a protagonist who is a lady of quality, “working” under the table as a matchmaker? It becomes obvious in this story that Adelaide Northrup, the matchmaker, could have her own series.
Yes, please. I thought the same thing and I really hope that Sarah M. Eden wrote this novella as a teaser to an upcoming new set of books featuring Adelaide. I’d buy those.
We end up, via Adelaide’s skills, getting not one, but two happy endings. I shall never complain about a happy ending!
Next we have Confections and Pretense by Annette Lyon. The idea that an American businessman and an impoverished confections maker would fall in love in a whirlwind romance is so lovely and original. Hooray for Americans in Regency books!
Down with the gentry and their Regency period snootfests!
Right? Davis Whitledge and his American ideals about class equality made this novella quite entertaining.
Little London by Heather B. Moore begins so whimsically with the imaginations of Ellen Humphreys, a classic “poor little rich girl.” How she garners the attention of a Marquess and has her life-long dreams come true is an enchanting tale.
A Marquess, you know, is below a Duke and above an Earl in importance. OK, I didn’t know either but Google did and that’s the same thing!
In my opinion, Heather B. Moore, Annette Lyon and Sarah M. Eden are a dream team when it comes to romance, whether in the form of anthologies or stand alone novels. They always give me so much more than I expect. May they have long lives and ever-sharpened writing pencils.
Interesting fact: these three ladies are the founders of the Timeless Romance Collection anthologies. Usually only one of them contributes a story to a collection, so this anthology is rather special. I loved every word. As long as they (and their friends) keep writing these collections, I’ll keep reading them.
Oh! It’s so pretty! I can’t wait for this book.
We love everything by Charlie N. Holmberg and this beautiful cover just makes me want to read whatever delicious magic I will find in Veins of Gold.
Happy New Year, readers! Now that the holiday craziness is over, and we’re starting the January doldrums, we thought we’d remind you of some great books we reviewed in 2017. I went over all of our last year’s titles out loud while Bubby nodded her head yes or no (she is lying on the couch feeling like death warmed over with a horrid flu, and can’t muster more than a croak). Although we read so many wonderful books in 2017, we narrowed it down to eleven favorites (just thought we’d be rebellious and have an odd number!).
1. House of Oak series by Nichole Van
These fantasy romances are so captivating, we read through them all at once, barely taking a breath between books. Nichole Van’s other series, Brothers Maledetti, is also fabulous, and we hope book three will soon arrive!
2. The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey
What a great piece of historical fiction, based on a true story. We loved hearing the stories of these immigrant girls, their sponsors (based on real women) and how they reached their dream.
3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
This intriguing YA fantasy had a vividly described setting and the most interesting magic. The next book, Lost Crow Conspiracy is now out!
4. Skeletons Among Us by Lois Brown
A mystery set in the southwest, Skeletons Among Us is book two in the Legends of Treasure series. The series mixes paranormal with hints of real life treasure stories, and stars a strong, yet complex female police chief.
5. The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White
Karen White is an excellent writer, and we love everything she puts out. The Night the Lights Went Out is a fantastic read that showcases Southern “Grit” fiction at its best. Bubby and I wish we were Southern…
6. The Memory of You by Catherine West
A beautifully written, complex family saga with drama, romance, mystery, and a dose of inspiration.
7. Power of the Matchmaker series by various authors
There are 12 books in this series, and each novel is written by a different author. They take place in a variety of time periods and locations. The one thing they all have in common, however, is the matchmaker Pearl, formerly known as Mae Li. Happy endings all ’round!
8. Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart
Previously unknown family members, a legacy dependent upon the renovation of an old theater and other seemingly impossible tasks, and the chance at new romance. Sounds interesting, right?
9. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
This story of Queen Victoria, written by the award-winning creator and writer of the PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, is absolutely fascinating!
10. Too Pretty by Andrea Grigg
We thoroughly enjoyed this inspirational romance with a timely theme.
11. Finding Margo by Jen Turano
An international pop star finds herself hiding out in Amish country, and uncovering a surprising mystery. And maybe romance… Jen Turano is one of the cleverest writers we read, and at times has us laughing out loud!
Hope you take the time to investigate these fine books and series’ by clicking on each title. And stay tuned for more delectable books we discover and review in 2018!
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.
Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate. What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.
I was initially interested in this book from the title alone. “Lies Jane Austen Told Me” is just so great. It’s like those memes that say “Disney ruined my idea of romantic love” and “the casting department of the BBC gave me unrealistic expectations of men”. Totally true. I’m still waiting for the helpful woodland animals to show up and clean my house for me…
Woodland animals are a) unhelpful and b) carry salmonella.
Readers, you should know right now that Sissy is not in a jocular mood. I apologize for her funk and will do my best to be funny in spite of her!
Just look in the mirror. You’ll see all the funny you need…
Oh, and she’s snarky too! Awesome. So our heroine Emma is a Jane Austen fanatic. She consults Austen’s books for advice, turns to them for comfort in times of trouble and generally is a bit obsessed. No surprise that her love life hasn’t turned out quite as she had imagined it would. But in true Austen fashion, life in Lies Jane Austen Told Me takes an unexpected turn and Mr. Right (Darcy?) pops up in the most unlikely place.
Emma is NOT obsessed with Jane Austen. The most delightfully obsessed character in fiction is Jane Hayes from Austenland. THAT is obsession. Emma merely admires the author and enjoys her books and movies, and has bought into her own version of Austen’s romantic ideas. Emma discovers in the end that Jane Austen’s message is truly far different from what she thought anyway.
Yeah, I’ve noticed that lots of people think that Austen wrote completely unrealistic stories about simpering women who took the first man they could get. These people need to actually READ a book by Jane Austen. She was all about dealing with the rules of the current society as well as possible whilst still being one’s own woman. And once Emma figures that out, everything changes.
Caught between two brothers, Blake and Lucas, Emma needs to pull her head out (did I really just say that? Undoubtedly I meant to say “Emma needs to take a clear look at what’s really happening around her,” which is much less offensive). This book would have been two pages long if Emma had just had a few authentic conversations with the brothers. It was completely obvious to me that Blake was wrong for her from the very beginning, but what do I know? And Lucas was an idiot, again, because he failed to ask some pertinent questions and had a seriously misplaced sense of loyalty towards Blake.
I know that you’re all wondering now how Sissy’s own true life romance played out, since she clearly knows all the things and how to do them all correctly. Let’s just say that she saw Mr. Sissy, asked him if he was single, went on a date to gauge compatibility and promptly proposed. Cut and dried. No muss, no fuss. Right?
That’s exactly how it would have happened if people would have stopped being so complicated and cooperated with my plans! And if Mr. Sissy hadn’t been so totally annoying when I first met him…but that’s a story for another day. In case you think I didn’t like Lies Jane Austen Told Me, I really liked it. We don’t review books on this website that we didn’t both like. It was good and I love Julie Wright’s writing. Some days would just be better with a few Coke Zeros, or legal marijuana, you know?
Not that we condone misuse of illegal drugs or anything…but I do know how to put Sissy in the car and find her a Coke Zero! Julie Wright has done a bang-up job of creating fantastic characters and a story that kept me interested all the way to the end. Lies Jane Austen Told Me is a great read – especially if you are having a not-so-wonderful day like Sissy. I’m going to go feed her that beverage and some chocolate now. Wish me luck!
CHOCOLATE!! I agree with everything Bubby said above. Read the book–it is very much worth your time. I’d say more, but I’m going to go get in the car instead. CHOCOLATE!