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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Review: Spring In Hyde Park (Timeless Regency Collection Book 3)

I just had the opportunity to read a delightful collection of Novellas by three excellent authors.
Spring In Hyde Park includes three novellas:

A Happy Accident by Jennifer Moore
Jonathan Burles father has just died, making him the new Marquess of Spencer and the most sought after bachelor in London. An unfortunate accident leads to a forced marriage to Maryann Croft, a young woman who possesses no title, and an unexpected secret. With the unstable beginning to their marriage, finding love together seems impossible.

The Disdainful Duke by G.G. Vandagriff
Lady Saphronia Huffington has always thought of herself as plain next to the beauty of her sister, Lady Lavinia. So when her sister becomes engaged to Lord Gilbert Caldwell and Saphronia is paired for wedding events with his brother, the granite-faced Duke of Mayfield, who is known to prefer beauties, she sharpens her wit. Thus begins a lengthy sparring contest during which the Duke realizes Saphronia is anything but plain.

An Invisible Heiress by Nichole Van
Miss Belle Heartstone has everything money can buy—houses, servants, carriages, clothing, jewels. A husband, however, is proving much harder to, ehr . . . purchase. Colin Radcliffe, the newly minted Marquess of Blake, is in desperate need of funds—preferably of the wife-free variety. When circumstances draw the two together, Blake might be the only man able to see beyond the Belle’s outer fa├žade, and fall in love with the woman inside.

My review:
What a wonderfully delightful collection of novellas. I thoroughly enjoyed these three stories and I love reading good, clean Regency romances. All three satires were well developed for novellas and each one kept me turning the pages to the very end. Though the endings were predictable, the path of each story took unique turns that made me laugh and cheer for the characters.

I loved how the characters in A HAPPY ACCIDENT worked through their story without too much drama and overdone misunderstandings. Maryann was a solid, steady young woman with level-headedness and intelligence that made you want to love her from beginning to end. Johnathan was also an excellent example of forgiveness and understanding.

In THE DISDAINFUL DUKE, I enjoyed seeing the characters change and grow and the twist at the end, though unexpected, made for a perfect catalyst for all the players of the story.

AN INVISIBLE HEIRESS was my favorite of the three. I loved how Belle used what could have been an insulting experience to become and accomplished, intelligent, and remarkable woman who worked for her dreams. The friendship forged with Colin is the envy of any romance.

Well done. I hope to read more from these authors.

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