Bubby: On Monday we gave you a taste of spring in Montana. Today, we give you spring in London, specifically Regency era London. I used to have a real bias against Regency fiction but these authors are breaking down my walls. I’m starting to almost love it! Crazy, I know. There are three novellas in this collection and I enjoyed them all. The first story is A Happy Accident by Jennifer Moore. What happens when Maryann’s father finds that she’s inadvertently spent the night ALONE in a carriage with the Marquess of Spencer? He makes them get married, of course! Seriously, some of the rules of this time period are just ridiculous! But it sure makes for a good story…
Sissy: Maryann’s father is a conniving opportunist, but fortunately Maryann is quite a different breed. In the second story (The Disdainful Duke by G.G. Vandagriff) Sophronia, almost-spinster older sister of the engaged Lavinia, is thrown together at wedding events with the groom’s older brother who happens to be a duke. Their conversations remind me of the barbed sparring that went on between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, and we all know how that turned out!
Bubby: An Invisible Heiress by Nichole Van might just have been my favorite. In Miss Belle Heartstone we have a female character who defies the rules of the day (as well as her mother) and takes her life into her own hands. Where does Collin, the Marquess of Blake, come in? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Sissy: Sometimes regency collections have a few winners and a few that are not the best we’ve ever read. In the case of Spring in Hyde Park, all three novellas are excellent, refreshing, and so entertaining! This collection is probably one of the most enjoyable group of Regency novels we have encountered thus far, and we highly recommend it. I think Jane Austen herself would love it!
Click HERE to buy Spring in Hyde Park by Jennifer Moore, G.G. Vandagriff, and Nichole Van