I always find it interesting when a collection of authors bring out these anthologies around a theme - here a storm in Fenwick on Sea. Some characters play small roles in the following novellas, so reading in order is helpful, but not required. Mary Lancaster: An Improbable Hero is one of the best here. 5* Cerise Deland:Lord Stanton’s Shocking Seaside Honeymoon: 4.5* The H and h have been in love with each other for years, without saying it to each other. Caroline Warfield: The Tender Flood: 5* A lovely story of Zach and Patience, humble, lonely persons with dreams. The antics of Patience's young charges were entertaining. Jude Knight: A Dream Come True: 5 * The vicar of Fenwick battles the prejudice against his orphaned (mixed-race) nephew as well as his attraction to an ill maid. Grace Burrowes: A Kiss By The Sea 5* A peer with a demanding grandmother hiding from the marriage mart and a young woman trying to escape an unwanted, arranged betrothal.
When the Bluestocking Belles get together, I know I will be thoroughly entertained!! Some of the very best writers of historical romance, who always bring us swoon worthy heroes and wonderful heroines.As they gather at the The Queen's Barque Inn, there is no telling what will happen! Love will be found, but often with a little intrigue, suspense, humor and shenanigans.! Plus we get fodder from the Teatime Tattler before every Tale! It also appears the reporter is in the midst of the Inn and writing furiously as people of interest arrive! The Tender Flood by Caroline Warfield What could be better than a school named "The Academy for the Formation of Young Gentlemen" that had a goat named George? Patience and her crew of delightful boys barely make it to the Inn, as the storm surges and leaves them no other place to go. Zach Newell worked as a coachman and while transporting some passengers, had to stop and take shelter as well. He was the quintessential wounded hero that makes my heart cry, but also fall in love. When he meets Patience and her rag tag bunch, he is totally taken with her. She on the other hand thinks while observing him, "A lover of books and small boys. What other surprises are in store?" Caroline always wins my devotion with her stories and imagination that always leave me wanting more! Before I Found You by Sherry Ewing Sometimes what a lady thinks she wants is not always what she needs. She gets something much better. Such is the case with Miss Miranda de Courtenay and Captain Jasper Rousseau. When the two met out on the there was definately an attraction. Looking into his eyes, "her breath hitched in her chest and she suddenly found herself unable to breath." Of course it seemed the first man to really spark her interest was a captain of a merchant ship and all she wanted was to marry a titled gentleman! It had been her dream.that is until he kissed her! When he said "Every time you walk away, you're going to take a piece of my heart." Sigh. Yes the Captain is swoonworthy! The two were fated to meet again, when both got stranded at the Inn. Filled with wonderful characters, some we meet up with again as they all take shelter. I adore every story Sherry writes as she winds her words around my heart. Sigh again! A Dream Come True by Jude Knight. An enchanting tale as Jude takes us on a journey with the local Vicar, Barnabas Somerville, who had just been made guardian of his nephew and niece with the death of his sister.When a shipwreck happens due to the weather, near the Inn, Barney rescues Theo, ladies maid to Lady Felicity. Barney was having a hard time adjusting to the children's care. Theo and Barney are drawn together and it seems the children take to her instantly. Such a lovely story that just kept me turning the pages, waiting to see what would happen next! Jude is amazing with her historical knowledge and insightful creation of characters. Simply marvelous! Wait For Me Rue Allyn A beautiful pirate and a Captain come back together after having a trying encounter a few years back. Well it was more than trying, she left him on an island! .In an unexpected encounter, Esme tripped over an object as she made her way through the ratin. Of course it had to be none other than Capt Brandon Gilroy, the man who wanted her hanged no less! They made their way to the Inn to take refuge as every traveler around had.Thus begins a game of cat and mouse as the two circle around each other! Esme is "in disguise" but Brandon knows who she is but he wants to find out what she's up to!! Such an adventure with a lot going on which kept me excited to see what would happen! So much fun Lady Stanton's Shocking Seaside Honeymoon by Cerise Deland Be still my heart! A love story that stole by breath. "Ever since I first laid eyes on you, I have wanted you for my own. Sans title, money, land." Josephine loved and yearned for Russell and she longed for him to feel the same. She worked with her father in the merchant business for the crown, as Russ also had his own operation. Married at last, it seemed they wo
Of note... Bonaparte has escaped Elba and one of the worst storms known to hit Fenwick On Sea has forced many to seek shelter at the Queen's Barque and Mrs Peabody's rooms to rent. Roads are flooded and blocked with landslides. A grounded ship is blocking the way out of the harbor. There was a shipwreck that fortunately had survivors. A conglomerate of people seeking shelter to wait out the storm come with their own set of personal problems. Unfortunately a journalist from THE TEA TATTLER is there, too. Don't count on your secrets staying secret. In each novella are interesting couples that may overlap more or less with others that live or are seeking shelter in Fenwick. One may have a more satisfactory ending than another. All the stories have one thing in common, finding resolutions to their problems. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.