Sunday, February 14, 2016

Book Review: A Midwinter Ball

A Midwinter Ball
Goodreads Summary
From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance. 

Join three bestselling regency romance authors, Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, and Michele Paige Holmes, for three new regency romance novellas in A MIDWINTER BALL. 

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth. Two years have passed since Lord Northrup declared his intentions for Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones and forbade any other man to court her. Angry at the neglect, Analisa stopped reading his letters, never even breaking the seals. Tired of waiting, Analisa joins the house party at Mrs. Smith’s famous country home, determined to find a beau. When Lord Northrup unexpectedly joins the party, Analisa discovers she is no longer repulsed by the man who first laid claim to her hand.

SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon. Olivia Wallington is firmly established as a spinster, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the perfect man. Ever since her father’s death, Olivia has been forced into seclusion by her mother. When her brother and his wife come for a visit, they discover the extent to which she lives under their mother’s thumb. With their help, Olivia sneaks out to attend a local ball, where she meets Edward Blakemoore. For a few divine moments, all of her dreams seem possible. But even someone like Mr. Blakemoore would be hard pressed to get past Mrs. Wallington’s fortress of protection—or past Olivia’s pride.

AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes. Lady Ella has been isolated on her father’s estate since her mother’s death as her father travels the world. When Alex Darling arrives with a letter from her long-dead fiancé, and a demand that she travel to London for a series of engagements, Ella thinks her father instigated the strange demands and agrees. In London, she discovers the truth behind her fiancé’s death, and that new love might be possible in the arms of the most unexpected man. 

A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
These anthologies of Regency romance are becoming one of my favorite things to read! They are always clean reads, so it's nice to know that you won't run across anything inappropriate.

The first novella in this collection was Much Ado About Dancing. This was my least favorite of the three, but I still liked it. The whole story takes place during a house party, and the whole idea of it was interesting. Analisa was a likable heroine, and I liked seeing her grow as a character. I could see where she was coming from, not giving Lord Northrup a chance to really explain himself, but her decision to try to understand him was admirable. While I don't like that Lord Northrup tried to scare away all of Analisa's suitors when they were younger, I did like the man he became. Also, when we found out the reasoning behind his actions, we see him in a new light. Overall, a good read.

The second novella is Sweeter Than Any Dream. I really liked Olivia. Ever since her father died, her mother and aunt have been kind of horrible to her. When her brother and his wife come and visit, she is able to go to a ball where she meets Edward, whom she had had a run in with before. I also like Edward. He was so kind and understanding, and he was a schoolfriend of Olivia's brother. A really cute story.

The final novella is An Invitation to Dance. I liked this story, and Ella, the heroine. By the time the story starts, Ella's fiance has been dead for 10 years. Finding out the story behind this was interesting. I liked how Ella wasn't the usual type of society girl. She liked to be outdoors and riding horses. Alex was great and I loved getting to know him and how he knows Ella. I felt the story ended a bit abruptly, so I would've liked to see a bit more to the story. This was probably my favorite story of the bunch.

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