Matchmaker Adelaide Northrop may be embarking on her greatest challenge yet. Miss Odette Armistead has been dubbed “Princess Pompous” by Society’s elite, and Odette’s parents are desperate to see her married off to a respectable gentleman. When Adelaide first meets Odette, she is expecting a young lady who fits the pompous description. Instead, Adelaide discovers that Odette is far from conceited, but has chosen to wear a mask in a desperate attempt to hide her love for a gentleman who has been chosen for someone else. It seems that Adelaide has far more than matchmaking to accomplish.
CONFECTIONS AND PRETENSE by Annette Lyon
Anne Preston dreams of opening her own dessert shop some day and saves every spare penny she earns working at Gunter’s Tea Shop. She makes ice cream molds to perfection, bakes and decorates cakes, and hopes to one day be an independent shop owner. When an American man orders an ice, Anne is immediately taken with Davis Whitledge, but he is far above her station in life, so she tries to forget about his cordiality. Soon, she finds herself in a dangerous situation when confronted by two troublemakers, and Davis happens to be nearby. He sends the scoundrels on their way, but this only makes Anne more of a target. He doesn’t understand London ways, and his generosity has the potential to steal Anne’s dreams, or to make them soar.
LITTLE LONDON by Heather B. Moore
Ellen Humphreys has never had a Season, has never danced the waltz, and will likely never do so while confined to watching over her ill mother at their country estate. Therefore, Ellen creates her own Little London, and imagines all the gentleman she’d dance with and all of the friendships she’d have with other young ladies, if only she were allowed to have a Season. When Quinn Edwards, the Marquess of Kenworth, comes upon her quite by happenstance while Ellen is imagining herself in a London ballroom, she is mortified about her playacting. But a chain of events is set off from this one meeting that has Ellen questioning if her reputation would ever survive a Season or another encounter with the marquess.
I've been looking forward to this book for quite awhile! These Timeless Collections are some of my favorites and I always know when a new one comes out I am in for a treat.
The different writing styles of these three different authors really shine in this collection. Even though all three stories are regencies, I loved the slightly different variations that made them feel unique.
In the first book, Adelaide the matchmaker had a slightly magical quality about her. I loved the way she could "see" things other people missed and used her knowledge of human behavior to manipulate situations to the best benefit of all.
The second book comes from the different viewpoint of a worker in a lower station. I loved the bit of danger that made my heart pound a little harder, and the shining American knight who didn't follow the English social norm.
Little London was so romantic. The first meet is perfect- it kind of had a sleeping beauty quality to it. The mean mother talk reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. This was a fun one for sure!
I don't think I could call a favorite of the three, I really enjoyed them all!
Content: mild violence, kissing
-I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.