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In The Wedding Gift: A Pride and Prejudice Story, an enchanting novella by Anna Elliott, the story opens two weeks before Elizabeth Bennet's wedding to Mr. Darcy. He has given her the perfect wedding gift, and now she must come up with one for him. But what do you give a man who has everything? Elizabeth soon discovers that the gift of love is more important than any one thing.
Dream of a Glorious Season, a sweet novella by Sarah M. Eden, we meet Elizabeth Gillerford who envies her sister only one thing - that she's been intended for Julian Broadwood since they were children. The trouble is that Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with Julian too. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce her to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself.
In The Mender, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don't.
In Begin Again, a charming novella by Josi S. Kilpack, Regina Weathers gives up on marrying for love the day that Ross Martin walks out of her life. Now, fifteen years later, Ross shows up at a ball and thinks he can woo Regina. But she is set on her lonely path and stitched-up heart, no matter the excuse Ross gives for his years of silence and neglect.
In Annette Lyon's endearing story, The Affair at Wildemoore, Mrs. Ellen Stanhope escorts her three daughters to a ball. As her oldest flirts with a beau, Ellen is reminded of her courtship and early years of marriage with Anthony, before tragedy struck with the death of their infant son. The marriage has faded and dulled. Not until she sees Anthony dancing with a woman he courted years before does Ellen realize how much she misses him, still loves him, and yearns for him to yet feel the same way for her.
In the delightful novella, The Duke's Brother, by Heather B. Moore, Mr. Gregory Clark is having an awful day, and it only gets worse when he's ran over by...a woman.
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By AEsonrisa on 08-20-17
Enjoyable and easy listen
These stories were very different from each other but each so enjoyable! Short stories but complete. Clean and sweet with a HEA for each. These are the kind of stories I love to read. Light and fun.
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By Trish R. on 01-17-18
3 1/2 star read and wonderful narration..
Let me begin with an apology because I couldn’t read the first story, THE WEDDING GIFT by ANNA ELLIOT, because I just cannot read an historical novel, novella, short story, even a sentence, written in the first person. Sorry.
This rating will be for the other 5 novellas.
DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON BY SARAH M. EDEN
Really cute story about Elizabeth, who had loved Julian since she was 8 years old, and her vicious, selfish, witch of a sister, Mary, who the family thought would grow up and marry Julian. Mary was someone you loved to hate, as well as her mother and father. Needless to say, Elizabeth and Julian got their HEA. 3 stars
THE MENDER BY CARLA KELLY
This was cute but a little too religious for me. I’m not one for Quakers and their “thee” and “thy.” And the heroine’s name was Thankful. Really? Thankful and Adam fell in love in about 2 days’ time and had her cousin, Loum, marry them since he was a ship’s captain. Like I said, it was cute but the only reason I read it all was because it was so few pages. And I can’t see myself reading anything else by this author. 2 stars.
BEGIN AGAIN BY JOSI S. KILPACK
Another cute story about Regina and Ross who were apart for 15 years because of Regina’s father. When Ross went away to war Reggie’s father kept all the letters Ross sent and Reggie thought he’d never written. What a crappy father. Anyway, they found out the truth and finally got their HEA. 3 stars.
THE AFFAIR AT WILDEMOORE BY ANNETTE LYON
This was the best one so far. Ellen and Anthony were an older couple that had lost their closeness somewhere along the way and they both missed it, each afraid to say something to the other for fear of being rebuffed. If it hadn’t been for Amelia it might have gone on. But, Ellen didn’t know that Anthony couldn’t stand Amelia, a woman he’d been seeing some 20 years ago but ran off with another man. For Anthony it was a relief but Ellen thought Anthony still loved the other woman when she showed up in town after all those years. Communication solved everything. 4 stars.
THE DUKE’S BROTHER BY HEATHER B. MOORE
Ugh! Mabel? Really? What a god-awful name for a heroine. That’s even worse than “Thankful” in the first story of this anthology. When I think of a Mabel I think of an old, old woman.
Anyway, this was definitely my favorite story of all of them. I guess it was because it was very different with Mabel’s love of her insects and Gregory’s falling for her and not being bothered by it all. 4 stars.
There was no sex, no swearing, no nothing except short little love stories.
As to the narrator: Mary Jane Wells is the reason I bought this set in the first place. She is always a delight to listen to.
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