A Seaside Summer is the perfect historical romance to read during a vacation in the summer. This anthology puts together 3 wonderful novellas that have in common a seaside storyline, and therefore give the book a sense of connection, but that differ in everything else, so the reader is faced with a diversity of characters that keep pulling his attention into the book.
“The New Countess” by Josi S. Kilpack is an interesting story which develops the relationship between Lord and Lady Avery, a couple who has recently entered a marriage of convenience after their respective spouses’ deaths. I liked the fact that this was not their first marriage and that they both needed to concede on some aspects, and to give the other an opportunity to be open about their personal preferences and goals to allow their love to grow. Lady Avery started getting on my nerves at a point, but it was also interesting to see her character grow.
“Mishaps and Memories” by Martha Keyes started in a very Pride and Prejudice like manner and it was quite humorous, so it was a fun story to read between the other two. Judith Jardine and James Carlisle romance was implausible at times but endearing to watch. I particularly liked his reaction when regaining his memory and her insecurity towards his feelings.
“Moonlight Summer” by Heather B. Moore was my favorite story in the book and the perfect ending to a captivating anthology. I adored Dorothea Atkinson’s character and loved even more her romantic hero Mr. Rosewell. They were perfect for each other, and their love story was beautiful. This novella is so well written I could clearly visualize every scene in my mind, and even picture Miss Atkinson’s drawings.
In fact, the writing quality is another aspect the three stories have in common as they are all beautifully written and engaging. They were the first contact I had with Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes and Heather B. Moore and they have convinced me to try their other works.
The length of each novella is simply perfect because they were long enough to allow me to get to know the characters and to feel engaged by them, but short enough to be read (or listened to) during a small break between tasks or chores. The past few weeks have been very hectic for me, so I truly appreciated having these stories waiting for me to relax in the little time I had to spare.
Summing up, A Seaside Summer is a beautifully written anthology composed by 3 compelling stories that will give readers a good time during their holidays. Even though these stories are novellas, it was astounding to see how much the authors were able to accomplish in each story when it comes to background context, character development and romance intensity. I highly recommend this book.
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This was the first narration by Kim Bretton I have heard, and I am happy to say I have found another narrator who is able to captivate readers with the cadence of her speech and inflexion of her voice. I particularly liked her portrayal of the many children present in the stories, her narration made them sound very sweet, and it was always pleasant to hear their interventions. She has a very agreeable voice and is perfectly able to distinguish the characters with her inflexions, mannerisms etc., so she is definitely a narrator I recommend.
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Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance, Timeless Romance series, and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton’s Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children
Martha Keyes is a Whitney Award winning author born, raised, and educated in Utah—a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.
Word crafting has always fascinated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She’s lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.
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