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    An Unusual Anthology from a Talented Group of Writ

    What an intriguing collection of novellas! There are eight novellas in this anthology of varying lengths, though the entire length of the book is approximately 650 pages; so some of these are quite short. Interestingly, the stories are all connected to a Viking ring that shows up in every story. The eras spanned by these novellas are surprising, going from Dark Age Viking times to the modern age (though that one is a time travel book). Some stories are the more typical historical romance kind of books, like the one with a matchmaker at its heart. But a few are very unusual, especially the one where the Englishman has a Persian bride and they rule over a fictional kingdom. If you enjoy historical romance, there is bound to be at least one novella about your favorite time or place. As one who enjoys historical romances of all types, I found this collection to be an absolutely delightful one. I received a free copy of this anthology, but that did not affect my review.
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    The Bluestocking Belles Strike Again

    I enjoy reading these authors individually, but look forward to the Bluestocking Belle Anthologies. They never let me down and this collection was no exception. Although I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, the overall reading experience was enjoyable. I found the stories to be engrossing and the characters strong. I highly recommend the purchase of this collection of wonderful romances from some of the best Regency Era authors around today. Thank you to the Bluestocking Belles and BookSprout for allowing me an advance copy. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Follow Your Star Home, Great Set

    Eight stories covering more than a thousand years, all of them by different Authors and are well written. Some authors I have read and some are new to me, I want to read this set again. The Umbrella Chronicles: James and Annie’s Story by Amy Quinton had me laughing as I read. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Loved it!

    Follow Your Star Home is a wonderful multi-author collection from the Bluestocking Belles. These stories telling of the legend of the Viking star ring are wonderfully crafted and this collection is a great weekend binge-read. "Forged for lovers, the Viking star ring is said to bring lovers together, no matter how far, no matter how hard." Paradise Regained by Jude Knight tells the story of two people who were once deeply in love but as the years have gone by, has that love remained true? Can the Viking star ring help them to regain what they once had? I loved this delightful romance collection. I read and reviewed this book with no obligation.
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    A good read but unequal storytelling

    This collection combines eight historical novellas. It has a little bit of several genres with more or less successful storytelling. There is also a line that connects all the stories, namely a ring with a star although the last tales use it more successfully than the first ones. The first novella is the story of an outcast in the IX century by Nicole Zoltack. Raiders appear and after a battle, the heroine helps the only survivor to dispose of the dead and a bound is created. A small and effective story but without much innovation. The second one, by Jude Knight, is one of my favorites from this ensemble. A valley in the middle east, occupied by a couple formed by an English duke's son and a local princess has become a heaven for a group of people from different nationalities. The English man's family is anxious to have him back, but his home is in the valley. Beautiful, very well crafted, a delightful novella. Somewhere like home is a story by Lizzi Tremayne set mainly in the Highlands and I found it very disturbing and the characters rather unlikable. Robert and Sofia are betrothed but he decides to find work and save money leaving her at the mercy of a cruel laird and his son. Amy Quinton's novella is part of the Umbrella Chronicles and it is one of the best ones. Divided into chapters detailing the conquest process that the hero must follow to win his heroine, it's funny and inventive and I am definitely reading the other Umbrella stories. Rue Allyn's A Wish for All Seasons is a conventional second chance story again set in Scotland without much spark. The Last Post from Caroline Warfield is set at the end of WWI and follows a couple of separated lovers, a Canadian soldier, and a french window. Their travels and adventures to find each other are exciting and make you root for them. A great story from a thoughtful author. A Fine Chance by Elizabeth Ellen Carter is a romantic story set in San Francisco after WWI. A soldier returns but can't decide to return to his family until Helen appears. A gentle working girl, she gets him a job and helps him regain his confidence in himself. A good story although I believe the villain was a bit too one-dimensional. Finally a time-traveling story. It was efficient but rather flat. I enjoy this kind of story but it was so conventional and with none of the typical conflict of this kind of tale. The heroine accepts too easily a life in medieval times with no indecision or different time-related problems. All in all, it was a good read but some of the stories are definitely better than others.
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