Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After

About the Book:

Horses, Hounds & Happily Ever After by [Clarissa Kae, Jolene  Perry, Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Moore, Nancy Campbell Allen, Martha Keyes, Jess Heileman, Jen Geigle Johnson, Rebecca Connolly, Charlie N.  Holmberg, Penny  Fairbanks, Chalon Linton, Julie Daines, Julia Ridgmont, Anneka R. Walker, Samantha Hastings, Tiffany Odekirk, Julie  Wright, Ashtyn Newbold, Brittany Larsen, Rosalyn  Eves, Kaylee  Baldwin, Mindy Burbidge  Strunk, Jo Noelle, Sally Britton, Gemma Stuart]

Title: Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Escape with over 20 Historical Romance stories

✔ Horses, animals and love, oh my!

✔ Happily ever afters

This sweet historical romance collection contains over 20 original historical romance novellas from best-selling authors.
All proceeds benefit animal rescue All Seated In A Barn. Don’t miss this limited edition box set, featuring some of your favorite authors.

A few of the stories included…

The Wolf of Heathrow Manor Clarissa Kae
When wolves threaten her home, Lady Josephine rides through Lord Fennyson’s woods, a man as wild as the wolves.

Della and Archie’s Second Chance Jo Perry
One awful mistake separated Della and Archie. Can they return to love or be doomed to always wonder, what if?

The Connecting Door Josi S. Kilpack
Norman has spent years devoted to his reputation at the expense of his marriage. Can he change his course before it’s too late?

Pride and Pedigree Jennifer Moore
When Alastair Rutherford III’s prized dam fraternizes with a mongrel, he meets Nora. Perhaps pedigree is not as important as love.

Wuthering Hounds Nancy Campbell Allen
Clementine and Mr. Baskerville are stranded in the moors, finding love amidst a most unexpected circumstance.

Connall’s Return Martha Keyes
Connall is tasked with protecting Anabelle’s cattle, but it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Yours Sincerely, Rose Jess Heileman
Rose is determined to marry her friend, Colin. He is resolved to see her marry someone who can give her the life he can’t.

A Midnight Ride Jen Geigle Johnson
Ella hides in her own home from a prince who wants to marry her.

A Midsummer Day’s Scheme Rebecca Connolly
While visiting Sir Bramwell’s estate, Hattie hatches a plan to get everything she wants and more.

Maria’s Perfect Gentleman Penny Fairbanks
The last thing Maria expects is to be rescued by a charming dog—and an even more charming gentleman.

Waiting for Willard Chalon Linton
Charlene begs Willard for help selecting a spouse, only to learn the man beside her is her ideal match.

Floods and Foes Julie Daines
When Beatrice’s dog pulls a man from the flood, she is shocked to find it’s the man who betrayed her.

A Heart’s Quest Julia Ridgmont
Can Camilla, a mail-order bride, help an anguished father and his little girl overcome a tragedy and catch a killer?

Sir Jack and Lady Jill Anneka R. Walker
When Sir Jack loses his memory, can Lady Jillian convince him to love her before it returns?

The Duchess Contract Samantha Hastings
Lady Selina marries for convenience. As she gets to know Theophilus, she wants a new bargain…for love.

Falling for Felicity Tiffany Odekirk
Felicity is determined to free the fox. Her older brother’s best friend joins the hunt, jeopardizing everything.

The Stable Master’s Son Julie Wright
Clara must distract Holden from hindering her sister’s engagement. She doesn’t count on falling in love.

Miss Bird’s Desperado Brittany Larsen
A disfigured recluse finds love when his guard dog becomes smitten by an adventurous pastor’s daughter.

Love Among the Brambles Rosalyn Eves
When a prickly widower takes on a practical governess, neither expects to bond over kittens.

All of Beauty Kaylee Baldwin
When Rosalie falls for Theo Bradshaw, she doesn’t realize he’s the detective investigating her brother.

Walking Lady Guinevere Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Mariah hates dogs. But could a simple walk in the park change everything?

May the Best Earl Win Gemma Stuart
His manor house, a noble title—to love Bethany, Lord William Cottrell has to choose or lose it all.

Book Review:

This was such a fun collection! There are a variety of stories, so I just picked a few to give some reviews on.

Wuthering Hounds by Nancy Campbell Allen

Super cute! Loved Clementine and her joyfulness. The dog was hilarious and I loved Ethan’s grandfather. There was a lot of suspense too, the storyline was not what I was expecting when I started the story. 

A Midsummer’s Day Scheme by Rebecca Connolly

Hattie was really unique as a main character. I appreciated her ambition and drive. I liked how she went for her passions and how Bram appreciated her for it. I also liked how it wasn’t insta-love (I enjoy it sometimes, but especially with novellas it can feel too fast). It is nice to have more of a connection and friendship emphasized first and less of the romance.

Maria’s Perfect Gentleman by Penny Fairbanks

Adorable! Loved their romance, it was so soft. Readers!! I appreciated how different the cousins were and how much they supported each other. This story just made me smile, probably my favorite of the anthology!

Sir Jack and Lady Jill by Anneka Walker

Very sweet, I liked watching them enjoy one another’s company and fall in love. It was an interesting take on the amnesia plot. I liked how though there was tension and angst, there was not unnecessary drama. 

Falling for Felicity by Tiffany Odekirk

I liked the family relationship and how Luke was accepted into the family. Felicity was fun too! I appreciated her tender heart and her will. I was also pleasantly surprised with how much I liked her mother and brother. 

All of Beauty by Kaylee Baldwin

I appreciated how Rosalie found ways to be cheerful and tried to still love her father and brother. It was also a little peek into a time period I don’t normally read about. Theo was also very gallant. I liked how they bonded over literature and poetry. 

These are only a few of my favorites out of the 20 (20!) novellas in this collection! I enjoyed reading this collection and while not all of them are really my favorites, there is something for everyone! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

A Seaside Summer

About the Book:

A Seaside Summer (Timeless Regency Collection Book 17) by [Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B. Moore]

Title: A Seaside Summer
Series:
Timeless Regency Collection
Author: 
Josi S Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B Moore
Release Date: 
September 28, 2021
Genre: 
Regency Romance

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.

Book Review:

A Seaside Summer is a collection of novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore. I have enjoyed books by all of these authors and was excited to read these! Each book is set at the seaside and all are clean regency romances.

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack

Diane understood why she was chosen to marry the earl, he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir, and a hostess. Her acceptance was for her and her two sons’ security. Now, she has a holiday at the seaside to rest before the birth of their child. Days of lazy beach days with her children, simplicity of meals and schedule, is exactly what she wants. The earl’s surprise visit is not a welcome one, though she does her best to adjust. However, she is surprised when she realizes he has come to get to know her and spend time with her. Will they be able to move forward and create a true marriage? 

I really enjoyed this novella! It had a more formal feel, more like the writing of Jane Austen than a contemporary novel. It was nice to read a different sort of story as well. It was a very sweet story and I really enjoyed watching Diane and Michael get to know each other. It seemed very realistic. I also thought that the interactions with the children were so cute.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes

After Judith Jardine’s chance at a good match is ruined when she is first ignored then humiliated by the ton’s most popular gentlemen, she is sent to help her sister for the summer. At the seaside cottage, she is forced to work and live a life far below her previous hopes. The discovery of the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach is a shock to her. However, she takes him to the cottage for care, and soon discovers that he has lost his memory. So she decides to teach him a lesson, until the deception and her feelings begin to go too far.

This story was so fun! I was a little nervous, because I sometimes have trouble with deception. However, I did enjoy it. Judith was such a determined character. She really did not like James, but at the same time she had a hard time continuing to dislike him as she got to know him. It was really funny to watch James try to maneuver without his memories, especially with Judith’s meddling. I also liked how they were able to get to know each other, in a more unusual way for that time period. James was very sweet and I thought that they were very cute together! 

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore

Oscar Rosewell is content with his life, even if it is on the outside of society. With his father’s ruined reputation, he only wants to keep his business and protect himself. However, meeting Miss Dorthea Atkinson changes his perspective, until he realizes that she is practically engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. What can he do? 

This novella was also super cute! I really like both Dorthea and Oscar, they were relatable and really nice. I enjoyed reading their story, as they deal with the problems that are before them and their relationship. It was very intriguing too! I was not expecting some of the plot twists, which made it a very exciting read. 

Overall, I really enjoyed all of these stories and would definitely recommend it to Regency fans!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

A Seaside Summer

About the Book:

Title: A Seaside Summer
Series: Timeless Regency Collection #17
Author: Josi S Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B Moore
Publisher: Mirror Press 
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.

Book Review:

A Seaside Summer is a collection of novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore. I have enjoyed books by all of these authors and was excited to read these! Each book is set at the seaside and all are clean regency romances.

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack

Diane understood why she was chosen to marry the earl, he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir, and a hostess. Her acceptance was for her and her two sons’ security. Now, she has a holiday at the seaside to rest before the birth of their child. Days of lazy beach days with her children, simplicity of meals and schedule, is exactly what she wants. The earl’s surprise visit is not a welcome one, though she does her best to adjust. However, she is surprised when she realizes he has come to get to know her and spend time with her. Will they be able to move forward and create a true marriage? 

I really enjoyed this novella! It had a more formal feel, more like the writing of Jane Austen than a contemporary novel. It was nice to read a different sort of story as well. It was a very sweet story and I really enjoyed watching Diane and Michael get to know each other. It seemed very realistic. I also thought that the interactions with the children were so cute.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes

After Judith Jardine’s chance at a good match is ruined when she is first ignored then humiliated by the ton’s most popular gentlemen, she is sent to help her sister for the summer. At the seaside cottage, she is forced to work and live a life far below her previous hopes. The discovery of the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach is a shock to her. However, she takes him to the cottage for care, and soon discovers that he has lost his memory. So she decides to teach him a lesson, until the deception and her feelings begin to go too far.

This story was so fun! I was a little nervous, because I sometimes have trouble with deception. However, I did enjoy it. Judith was such a determined character. She really did not like James, but at the same time she had a hard time continuing to dislike him as she got to know him. It was really funny to watch James try to maneuver without his memories, especially with Judith’s meddling. I also liked how they were able to get to know each other, in a more unusual way for that time period. James was very sweet and I thought that they were very cute together! 

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore

Oscar Rosewell is content with his life, even if it is on the outside of society. With his father’s ruined reputation, he only wants to keep his business and protect himself. However, meeting Miss Dorthea Atkinson changes his perspective, until he realizes that she is practically engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. What can he do? 

This novella was also super cute! I really like both Dorthea and Oscar, they were relatable and really nice. I enjoyed reading their story, as they deal with the problems that are before them and their relationship. It was very intriguing too! I was not expecting some of the plot twists, which made it a very exciting read. 

Overall, I really enjoyed all of these stories and would definitely recommend it to Regency fans!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Christmas Foundling

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Christmas Foundling: A Christmas Regency Romance (Belles of Christmas: Frost Fair Book 5) by [Martha Keyes]

Title: The Christmas Foundling
Series: Belles of Christmas: Frost Fair
Author:
Martha Keyes
Release Date:
December 5, 2020
Genre: Christmas Regency Romance

A babe in a manger once saved the world. Can this one save a failing marriage?

Lydia Blakeburn, Baroness Lynham, wants nothing more than to present her husband with an heir, but after five years of marriage, she has all but given up on doing so. What started as a love match has since begun to sour, yet there is nothing Lydia can do to free Miles from a marriage she is certain he regrets. The future they had envisioned together is slipping farther and farther away.


Miles Blakeburn is at his wit’s end. Not only has he failed to produce an heir to the family’s ancient title, his wife has withdrawn from him entirely. The one thing in the world she wants, he has thus far been unable to give her: a child. He is a failure in every regard.


When they happen upon an abandoned baby at the Frost Fair, Miles simply can’t resist the light he sees sparked in his wife’s eyes as she holds the child. He agrees to take the foundling in until Christmastide is over, when they will find the babe a permanent home. But, for a couple who’s been yearning for a baby for years, the infant can’t help but expose all the feelings Lydia and Miles have long been trying to bury, feelings that have the power to bring them back together—or estrange them forever.

*This book deals with the topic of infertility, which can be triggering for some

Book Review:

A sweet and inspiring story, The Christmas Foundling follows Lydia and Miles Blakeburn, who after five years of marriage, and despite their most fervent wishes, still do not have a child. Lydia despairs of ever giving her husband an heir and sees no way to remove him from the marriage she is sure he now regrets. Miles is equally distressed, not only at his inability to give his wife the child she desires and his lineage an heir, but also at the distance his wife now holds herself from him. He has failed in every regard. The discovery of an abandoned baby at the Frost Fair brings to surface long buried feelings that could either reunite the couple or forever destroy them. 

Oh, the feels in this book! I so felt for both Lydia and Miles who were so hurting and felt so alone. They both were dealing with feelings of inadequacy and disappointment. They had been a love match and at the beginning of the book were so estranged from one another. Neither really talked to the other and so both wrestled with their feelings alone. Being in the Regency Era, infertility was not really understood or talked about, so Miles and Lydia were given few answers and fewer solutions. However, the foundling baby they discover brings so many changes. Lydia is immediately drawn to the child. It was so sweet to see how much she adored for him and cared for him. It was adorable! But caring for the child in their home brings new problems, as they are faced with the feelings and circumstances he brings. Lydia quickly grows attached. Miles cannot refuse her happiness, though he does begin to feel in some ways further from his wife. With their plan to find the baby a permanent home after Christmas time, questions begin to arise over what the couple really wants. 

Lydia felt so deeply, yet she held it in. Both of them actually, held their feelings and thoughts very closely to them. Neither wanted to share insecurities or their conflicted feelings. There were some flashback like scenes in the book, chronicling their story and it really drove the pain they felt home. Their plan of a family and their hopes for the future when they were married seem so far. Although there were times where I wanted to just yell at them and make them have a full conversation, I knew that they were really struggling. And Miles’s mother was not helping, I was really frustrated with her through most of the book. She was very meddlesome and intrusive in their lives, although I realize she really did love her son. I also thought Lydia’s sisters were very sweet. They did their best to support Miles and Lydia and love them although they did not know much of what they were experiencing. The story itself was full of growth and discovery. Lydia and Miles had to discover what they were really feeling and address it, personally and then address how it affected their relationship. Their growth was so beautiful and I am so glad for their journey. I would recommend this to those looking for a sweet clean Regency romance! If you are sensitive about infertility, this might not be for you.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

True of Heart

I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this book. I had heard about the Shakespeare play from my sister, and it seemed a little bit strange. However, this author completely exceeded my expectations. She managed to make the Shakespeare play completely her own and fitted it to the Regency time period perfectly. 

True of Heart is about Ruth Hawthorne and Phillip Trent, the Lord of Oxley. Because of her family’s financial situation, Ruth is forced to be the writer of The Swan which is a column that gives love advice. Through a series of circumstances, she has to dress as a male to give love advice to Phillip Trent. Phillip is looking for a wife, but he is incredibly awkward, and he has no idea how to court the woman he wants to marry. The two of them form an unlikely friendship which is hindered by the fact that at every turn it seems that Ruth is forced to lie. The situation gets even worse as Ruth starts to fall for Phillip all while knowing she can never be with him.

Ruth is amazing like seriously she definitely is one of the strongest protagonists I’ve read about. But, I think Ms. Keyes balances vulnerability with that strength as well. While there is no doubt that she is strong, I think that it’s also clear she’s human. I also fell in love with Phillip. While he was definitely too proud for his own good, he was also really sweet and noble. It was clear that he wanted love, but he didn’t know how to get it.

The storyline was also fascinating. I had never read a retelling of the Twelfth Night before, but Ms. Keyes did such a good job of balancing everything. She also did a great job of making it slightly less weird than the original story. I was intrigued from the start, and there were so many twists and turns to the story. I also liked how Phillip got to fall in love with Ruth while she was a woman. You could see how he made the transition from thinking of her just as a friend and as a male. But, then as a woman and someone that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

TThere was a lot of love going around in this story with two other side romances. I am definitely impressed how cute Ms. Keyes was able to make one of the romances despite the fact that it was barely in it. With interesting side characters, a fascinating plot, and an adorable romance, True of Heart is definitely a book I would recommend. It was also clean which is always amazing with only kisses and some inneudoes. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.