Resisting Romeo by Samantha Grace
There was much excitement yesterday at the Clarendon Hotel when a French actress interrupted a tête-à-tête between two of London’s most eligible bachelors and quietly exchanged words with them. Mr. Russell Hawke was quick to escort her from the premises, making witnesses wish they had remembered to bring their ear trumpets to tea.
Enchanted by the Earl by Amanda Mariel
Lowly seamstress Rose Woodcourt shocked society by capturing Hunter Thorne the Earl of Aubry’s heart after he banished her personal wolf.
Wish Upon A Kiss by Meara Platt
Young ladies from the best families are clamoring to become May Princesses now that Winifred Kingsley, a young lady of little consequence, caught the eye -and captured the heart – of Ardaric, fourth Duke of Blantyre when he spotted her dancing about a maypole in her shockingly scanty costume.
A Duke Worth His Salt by Allison Merritt
Lady Eleanor Mortin managed to snag the reclusive Duke of Greenebuck, who is not only writing fairy tale endings for his novels these days, but also living one with his new bride.
Masquerading as a Miss by Ari Thatcher
Just weeks after he was reported as drowned in that shipwreck, Lord Spalding appeared with a mysterious young woman who claimed to not know who her relations were. I daresay she has none and is eager to secure a match with Spalding, who as you know will one day inherit the earldom.
Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower
Upstart American, Alys Dewitt snared the Duke of Weston, one of England’s most sought after bachelors proving love is descending us all into madness.
The Enchanted Cave by Sue London
Irish lass Maeve O’Malley landed a blow to the hearts of innumerable smitten girls when she tangled Mr. Galen Mornay into knots of the nuptial variety.
Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron
Not only did the scandalous Lilith Aberdeen manage to bring the beastliest of barons up to scratch, but she did so only days before Lord Malleville was to marry her sister.
Stealing a Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Lady Charlotte Beaumont, first cousin to the Prince Regent, was seen gallivanting through Scotland with four eligible bachelors and no chaperone. This shocking lack of decorum is not the first from the lady but most certainly the worst. One simply must wonder if nuptials are soon to follow.
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Once Upon A Regency : Rabbit Holes and Dukes …Oh My!
By Karen Simpson
I picked up my reading tablet to read this anthology of fairy tales. These beautifully written Regency fairy tales immediately enchanted me. Nine romance authors banded together and refashioned themes from popular fairy tales into these beautiful stories. These fantastical stories transported me from my cozy armchair back to the early 1800s. They provided everything you could hope for in a fairy tale. There are Godmothers, Princes, Dukes, Princesses, ships, storms, lords, ladies, and other members of Royalty. There’s even magic. And, yes, of course, there are the villains.
As a means of an introduction, here is a cursory overview from these wonderful stories. Samantha Grace’s story, “Resisting Romeo” was inspired by the “Emperor’s New Clothes.” French Actress Claudine Bellerose, perhaps a familiar character to those who have read some of Samantha Grace’s books, is challenged by circumstances beyond her control to see life differently. “Little Red Riding Hood” influences Amanda Mariel’s lovely story of a poor seamstress who is saved from a villain named Wolf by Hunter Thorne, the Earl of Aubrey. Meara Platt used the theme from the fabled “Sleeping Beauty” in her enchanting story of Lady Winnie and the Duke of Blantyre. There are actually Godmothers!
Allison Merritt’s story, “A Duke Worth His Salt,” is based on “The Dirty Shepherdess.” I found the story very well written, with great characters. Another novella starts with a storm at sea. It reduces a large important ship to a mere wreck, and washes it up on shore in “Masquerading as a Miss,” by Ari Thatcher. Based on the fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” two lives become intertwined by fate and their tale cannot be undone. Ari Thatcher’s powerful love story was captivating.
Sue London and Lynne Barron also use wonderful fairy tales with their captivating stories. Sue’s story, “The Enchanted Cave,” mimics an old Irish fairy tale. Lynne Barron’s tale, “Taming Beauty,” was very loosely based on “Beauty and the Beast.” There was no beast; instead, beauty was the defining connection. Both ladies provided such rich Regency stories.
Dawn Brower’s story and Tammy Andreson’s stories were so unique to me. Brower used time travel. She brought a beautiful young physician from her sister’s twenty-first century wedding down the rabbit hole to Regency England. Alys finds herself stuck in a time when women are not allowed to operate. She finds herself face-to-face with a man she mistakes for the best man in her sister’s wedding two hundred years later. Once read, it becomes obvious that Brower’s novella, “Searching for My Rogue” was influenced by “Alice In Wonderland.”
Tammy Andresen set her story, “Stealing A Lady’s Heart” in Scotland and based it on the fairy tale, “The Four Clever Brothers.” I didn’t know that fairy tale, but I was enchanted, nonetheless. The story was filled with romance and magic. It created such a hum in my head that I thought about this story for days afterward. I had never heard of that fairy tale, but it is a fairy tale I plan to read.
My small story snippets can only help as an introduction. They hardly do these stories justice. They are beautifully written…and tasteful. I found the character development in all of them done very well. There are no ‘sleepers’ in the package. Some of the stories could even serve as launching points for a series. I found them engaging and robust. There are certainly worth the price of ninety-nine pennies – and much more! I can promise you, it’s been a long time since I read anything that resembled “Red Riding Hood” and came away looking for more! But “Enchanted by the Earl” is one story I won’t soon forget! I loved it. My suggestion is you grab these stories while you can.
This is a five star anthology.
~Karen Simpson by way of Goodreads
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