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    good set of stories

    These are 4 stories in the set and all are enjoyable. New author for me although will be looking for further offerings. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks.
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    Romance that will make your heart soar!

    In this delightful collection of novellas, Stacy Henrie navigates various eras with a romance for every season of the year. I think it’s a brilliant idea, and I hope the author does this type of anthology again, maybe with Holidays. A LONG WINTER KISS, the first novella is set in Michigan in May 1861. I’m always amazed at how Ms. Henrie so easily creates a believable atmosphere and engaging characters, even in a novella. The dialogues when Sammie and Rex reminisce about childhood memories rang so true, I really laughed out loud. A LONG WINTER KISS is so lovely, I would have liked maybe a full-length novel because there was even more to tell about their lives, not that it was rushed, but because it was so good. The inspirational part is important to the story, and the time, as the devastation of war touched everyone. And what a very lovely Christmas there is in A LONG WINTER KISS. AN UNLIKELY SPRING COURTSHIP And O how I loved Tempest: her spunk, her determination not to be confused with pigheadedness. Ms. Henrie paints such a clear picture of an 1867 small Idaho City town, it seemed as I was watching a movie because of Ms. Henrie’s eloquent prose, and the pastor’s sermon really hits home. AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP is a marvellous story of charity, kindness, and the author adds fabulous historical details, which I will not mention here for fear of giving away spoilers. What a charming story without any nastiness, which the situation could have provoked; Tempest and Bram deal with a difficult situation with compassion and understanding, and it was terrific! A SUMMER FOR LOVE Loralee Love, now a world famous singer, is going back to the place where she first fell in love, and spent the best summer of her life: Bayocean, Oregon. She was sent to work as a maid in the Bayocean Hotel when she was 16, but eight years later, she will be performing. In 1914, Loralee had met Wyatt Noble, they loved each other but it was not possible for several reasons to continue their relationship, and they agreed to meet in 1922, if they were still free. I almost felt only Jean Harlowe was missing: the clothes, the atmosphere, especially swimwear; this is one of the things I love most about Stacy Henrie: no revisionism ever! Loralee and Wyatt’s first meeting was magical; it was as if they saw each other and the sun fell upon them; I could imagine their smiles, the sparkle in their eyes; just wonderful! Loralee has a keen sense of justice, and I loved that Wyatt wanted to be a successful businessman and not compromise his integrity and spirituality. A SUMMER FOR LOVE also spoke to me for a very special reason: I love the smell of wood and lumber! I wish this novella had been longer as well; the era is so beautifully recreated, I wanted to read more about it. ROMANCE IN AUTUMN is so very beautiful, and Ms. Henrie’s descriptive talent shines as never before; it was easy to see why Phoebe loved the Newport mansion so much. All the stories are very enjoyable, but I think ROMANCE IN AUTUMN is my favourite because the visuals are simply stunning; it’s in all the little details, I can’t precisely put my finger on it, it’s so gorgeous, filled with warmth. The writing is exquisite, the banter between James and Phoebe is lovely, and the chemistry between them is undeniable. I almost never quote, but I couldn’t help it: “… what he ought to be doing with the season of his life”. Stacy Henrie is one of my favourite historical authors, and this anthology is a very special treat, as the author navigates various eras with equal ease and accuracy. What a relief it is to read romances where the heroes are real gentlemen. Those are inspirational romances, and even if I must repeat myself again, in my opinion this is where a lot of the authenticity lies: God played a central part of the lives of people in centuries past, which most historical authors seem to conveniently set aside to comply with modern sensibilities. The Author’s Notes also deserve to be read. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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