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    The Bluestocking Belles do it again

    I eagerly anticipate collections from the Bluestocking Belles. The stories are engaging and the characters exceptional. This newest collection did not let me down. I highly recommend this historical romance collection to all my fellow historical romance lovers. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Fire & Frost, Great Stories

    Five great stories by some really Great Authors. Some I have read before and two I have not, but I will be looking for more of their books to read. I will be reading this series again. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    An Amazing Collection

    London 1814 When the Fabulous Bluestocking Belles come together and write a collection of stories, all is right in the world of historical fiction and my reading obsession is sated until the next one comes out!! This was a brilliant idea to take an actual event in history and tie each tale together with a charity event to help those wounded from the war and the widows and children left behind. Perfectly wonderful, Heartwarming (well being on the ice makes you seek warmth!), Charming, and of course sigh worthy. Yes I know, I begin repeating myself... Melting Matilda by Jude Knight More like melting my heart!! Jude Knight, with her delightful writing brings two unexpected characters together, who are perfect for each other, but it takes a little convincing and getting through several protective family members to break through! Lost in the fog after trying to find her half sister Jessica, the one person she did not want to see, Charles, Lord Hamner came into view. A long ago shared kiss and the next day he proposed to someone else! He had been turned down and had disappeared. What she did not know is that he fought with himself over his attraction to her. Full of intrigues, secrets, longings and eventually melting hearts, this was a special story I adored. My One True Love by Rue Allyn Ahhh. A wounded heroine and her childhood friend, back from the war after three years and he had never forgotten her. His only regret was not having made his feelings know before he left, and she had become engaged to another. Now back, Trevor found Percy, but something had changed. She was not married but the vibrant person he had known was no more and he was anxious to find out what happened. He only wanted to help her if he could and hopefully make her his wife. In the end, the heart wants what the heart wants and sometimes nothing can stand in the way! Loved.. Lord Ethan's Courage by Carolyn Warfield Back from the war, Ethan was lost. He lived in an alley between buildings and could only dull the memories by gin. He'd lost his arm but so much more and he doesn't want to go to his family. Lady Flora is trying to help where she can and is handing out bread and wants to bring aid to those home from the war. She meets up with Ethan when she tries to offer him food realizes he may be more than he seems. With help from her and her brother, they try to help Ethan with his wounded spirit and fears and bring him back to the living. It was a fated meeting for the two and I was so drawn to their story and Ethan's plight. So very special... A Second Chance at Love by Sherry Ewing Sometimes the heart knows it can only find a true love once and Lady Constance's heart was still owned by Digby. It had been two years since he had left, and now he was back and calling on her at the bookstore! The feelings were still there and I felt joy just to see them interact and reconnect the feelings from long ago. But there is a villian in the mist that wants Lady Constance for his own reason and tries to make mischief. Can these two find their second chance at love and have a happy life? Loved this story so much and Sherry Ewing always wraps her stories around my heart. Perfect! The Umbrella Chronicles: Chester and Artemis's Story by Amy Quinton If you have every read any of Amy Quinton's Umbrella Chronicles you know you are in for a treat! If not, once you read this one you will only want more! Lady Harriett, matchmaker extraordinaire is at it again and this time helping Chester, Duke of Eastley, known as the "Beastly" by those awful Ton society due to his scars. When his sister, who he can never say know, tells him about her poor, shy friend, Artemis being at the Frost Fair and auctioning off her basket that he must buy, of course he gives in! But Artemis is not quite how his sister described. Chester thought she was "Magnificent!". Of course she found him "delicious". So what would happen? These two were so great and I loved, loved this story as they found their way to love!!
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    Good but not fantastic

    My favorite in this collection was The Umbrella Chronicles story featuring Chester and Artemis because it was humorous and not angsty despite the brooding duke. My least favorite was My One True Love because although Percy was a capable, logical, efficient (and kind) person in the social world, she was apparently also a TSTL angsty idiot in her private life. Personally I hate it when that is the major plot-driver. It was too bad because without it, Percy would have been an outstanding character. Also these books tended to use the same exact paragraphs describing the winter fair preparations as well as the beginning of the auction in each book, which might have made sense in a lazy sort of way in a series, but this was an anthology and felt weird. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
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    Love in a time of ice

    A cleverly devised collection of stories following the thread of the Frost Fair of 1814 presents five rich tales that will inspire the romantic soul. The authors manage to create five different tales that use the background of the Duchess of Haverford’s society that helps wounded veterans and their families to create different and creative tales. Miranda is the natural child of a duke that was raised as a daughter of the family. She is content to live her life as a spinster as long as she keeps her reputation spotless. But love happens when we least expect it. Percy is working in the hospital helping war veterans without means and hiding from society after a terrible incident that blackened her reputation. Her beau, nonetheless, is not going to let that stop his suit. Ethan is a wounded veteran that lives in the streets traumatized and filled with guilt. He refuses to go back to his family that think he’s dead. Flora is a determined lady that will help him heal and come back to life. Constance waited two years for the return of her love. Viscount Digby Osgood was forced by his parents to travel for his family business but now he’s back and his love is as strong as ever. Artemis is a shy girl with no suitors and Chester is a recluse due to the scars in his face that earned him the nickname of Beast. An unlikely pairing that will be joined by the cold and ice. I enjoyed particularly the war veteran’s background and how the authors’ detailed descriptions complemented the love stories, especially on Caroline Warfield’s tale. A great book for Valentine’s day. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.
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