These tantalizing Regency tales charm, tease, intrigue, titillate, and impart a touch of history. The five authors entertain with a beguiling variety of stories.
"Enchanted Journey" by Cynthia Breeding transports divorcee, Ashley Bouvier, an emotionally bankrupt high school history teacher, from the 21st century to the early 19th century. There she meets Andrew Colton, Earl of Tiverton at a classic Regency ball. My, what a balm for her wounded self-esteem!
A Celtic legend about Arawen, the god of the other world", his white horses and white dog with red eyes and ears add a magical touch to this love that reaches across the centuries. Not until Ashley wakes up back in the 21st century does she realize just how much the legend has changed to her life.
"The Farmer's Son" by Erin E. M. Hatton
Prissy, pretty Ellen Spencer goes to London with great expectations. Seventeen years old, she is totally wrapped up in her plans for her London Season and catching the most eligible bachelor of the Season. Yet even though Sir Charles Findley pays her court, she discovers he leads a double life. To make matters worse, she is rather hateful to the farmer's son Rodrick Benton, even though she is drawn to his quiet voice and gentle manner.
Ellen's growing up and Rodrick's patience and pursuit of his love makes super good reading. Erin E. M. Hatton uses brief but revealing phases making this an irresistible story.
"The Passage of Summer" by Gerri Bowen
Love this story! It is full of humor, joy, and a touch of magic that just might come from the dram of fairy blood in Megara and Wickerdun's veins. Do the singing wood nymphs know?
Megara's whimsy, beauty, quicksilver mind, wit, and sense of self-worth are characteristics that lure Clarence William Marshall DeBohem Wickerdun to recognize his true self rather than becoming vicious and vengeful, a twisted sol bedeviled by his demons like his father had been.
Twenty-four year old Megara, to her aunt's delight, goes to London for the Season where Wickerdun returns refreshed and ready to embrace life.
"Royal Watercolors" by Susan Flanders
Lady Kitty, daughter in a happy, affluent home, expects to soon become the wife to the son of the Earl of Breyton and to one day be the mistress of Nebry Castle. But at present, she gives art lessons to Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace and finds herself drawn to Grey, the coachman who gives her transport. She cries about not being able to have him because of the class difference, but her heart doesn't give up.
Mistaken identities in the Regency era often stir up quite a storm. This story, sprinkled with historical facts and undergirded with the hint of political intrigues is predictable but still a delight to read.
"Wishes In April" by Kristi Ahlers
Cassandra from Charleston, South Carolina cringes at all the rules in England's Regency society where she seems a constant embarrassment to Aunt Gertrude and Cousin Sara.
The reader has a front row seat as James, the Duke of Sandringham, literally rides to the rescue of the woman he loves, foiling wicked intentions again and again.
This collection of Regency stories can be enjoyed again and again--a delightful addition to one's book shelf.