But beyond that each story is really different. The first story is about Kate and Ambrose who decide to marry for mutual benefit. Kate needs to marry in order to return to her beloved cottage.
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Ambrose needs to marry in order to return himself to his uncle's good graces and have a chance to inherit Ashbrook Abbey. But what neither of them expects is to fall in love, especially as Ambrose is a bit of a spoiled fellow. I enjoyed watching both Kate and especially Ambrose change as they got to know and appreciate each other. The only problem I have with short novellas like this is the story is over before you really, fully get to appreciate the characters. The second story revolves around Letty and Daniel despite what the blurb on the back says is Mae and David who marry in order to save their niece and nephew from being taken away by Daniel's uncle.
But the two clash at first, but they find their common ground in the children. But when Daniel's uncle threatens to prove their marriage is a fraud, the two are forced to pretend they're in love. But before long the pretense doesn't feel so much like a pretense. It was fun to see Letty and Daniel get past their negative first impressions and start to admire each other. Faye and Geoffrey meet under rather unusual circumstances. Faye has been trying to keep ahead of the men she saw commit murder, but hasn't been able to shake them. So her uncle arranges for her to marry Geoffrey.
Faye is a rather straight forward woman who feels like she has a curse of good intentions and bad timing. Geoffrey doesn't really care who Faye is as long as he gets a chance to join the rangers, which Faye's uncle can arrange. But things don't exactly go according to plan. Faye makes for a rather entertaining narrator. In the last story, Percy and Fanny get married, but don't really like each other at first.
Percy's blind about which he is rather bitter. Fanny has facial scars that bother her. Add to that a conniving cousin, an attractive groundskeeper, and a valuable harp, and Percy doesn't know what to think about the changes in his life. A nice twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.
I love reading marriage of convenience stories. In this book, you get four stories by four different authors. The stories are novella in length, which is just perfect when you are looking for a quick fix. Which I didn't do. I read one right after the other- sort of like a binge and felt oh so satisfied after! Each of these stories are well done and I loved them all.
While they are all marriage of convenience stories, each felt different and unique. The settings were varied and ranged from England to New York City and the western frontier. The characters were fantastic. I had no problem settling in with each one and letting the movies play out in my head. Sometimes marriage of convenience stories can feel rushed, especially in a novella, but I didn't feel way that with any of these. This was such a fun book and I'm so glad I had the chance to read and review it! A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
This book contains four very fun short stories.
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I absolutely loved reading every single one of them, They are all about love that happens unexpectedly, as the title indicates : I love how the different authors switched around from the different perspectives of the different characters. So many times I was just thinking, if only they knew what the other person was thinking. Very fun read and I will definitely be reading it again! Such a fun anthology!
I am a huge regency fan and love the anthology trend. This collection did not disappoint! Four short stories of marrying out of need instead of love and letting the love grow. Book 1: Ashbrook Abbey is exactly why I love regency era writing. I am so excited about Heather Chapman's writing with her fresh characters and plot lines. She takes regency and makes it feel new but with the same romantic flair. Loved the heroine, Kate, and the fun development of Ambrose as he found himself through his marriage.
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Five stars for this one. Book 2: First Comes Marriage started off great with some new ideas and a plot line with potential but then fell a little flat for me in the end. The climax was lame and the end was very abrupt. It was a very sweet story though that still pulled at heartstrings and kept me reading until the end. Four stars. Book 3: The Price of Her Heart was my least favorite in the collection.
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It felt a little bit out of place being a western and I could not get over the grammar. I know that in the wild west there is a stereotype for terrible grammar, but this felt forced and unnatural. Also, the seriousness of the plot line with the lighthearted way it was presented did not seem to fit well. I'm trying to figure out this author's style, and maybe she is too. Worth the read, but a little hard to get through for me. Three stars. Book 4: Beauty and the Beholder was great! Ashtyn Newbold definitely has a wonderful niche in the regency genre.
Like Chapman, she has new, fun, ideas that suck you in and keep you there to the end. Her love story unfolded so nicely and I really loved her character choices. Again, the ending felt a little choppy with a plot twist that didn't quite flow as well as I thought it could have, but still wonderful. Five stars for her. Great anthology with budding authors that have great potential and talent. Can't wait for more from all of them! Courting Carrie in Wonderland. Lies and Letters. Ashtyn Newbold. Love, Jane. Love Unexpected: A Storyboo Melanie Jacobson , Jennifer K. Clark , Julie Daines.
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