Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Widows of Somerset by Rebecca Connolly, Jen Geigle Johnson and Heather B. Moore



Rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows:
Rule 1: Be a widow.
Rule 2: Have an impeccable reputation.
Rule 3: Don't fall in love again.

AN HEIR TO SPARE by Rebecca Connolly
Widowhood has changed much for Anna—Lady Lyndham—but an unconventional heir to the estate was not something she had anticipated. Nor had she anticipated that he would have no intention of forcing her out, although he has every right to. And she certainly did not anticipate finding him handsome, charming, and unfailingly generous. But Ned Richards, the new Lord Lyndham, has a world of surprises in store for her, and not anticipating them will become quite the adventure.

As a widow, Lillian Hunter has never been in love and plans to never marry again, so the rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows suit her just fine. Her days are spent attempting to transform her newly inherited Lavender Cottage into a livable space until Oliver Wentworth shows up, asking for her late husband. Anxious to establish himself as a landed gentry in Somerset, Oliver is none too pleased to discover that a widow lives alone in a tiny run down cottage bordering his new property. The fact that she’s young and attractive only adds frustration to his sense of responsibility over her. And confound her, she challenges his every attempt to help manage her affairs.

Charlotte Ashford never thought she’d marry a vicar, and she never thought she’d find herself widowed with a young child to care for on her own. She certainly never thought she’d return to Somerset to live with her mother again, and Charlotte never thought she’d see him again. But Lord Wilshore has never forgotten her, and he has never forgotten their promise made long ago. Charlotte would love nothing more than for Lord Wilshore to forgive her, but too much heartache and too much time might make that impossible. Friendship is all she can hope for, but that hope may be dashed as well.

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There is so much to love about this book and these three stories!  All three of these authors are fantastic and they have created such a fun premise for these stories.  A society of widows who educate themselves so that the varying situations of destitution never happen to them again.  I really love this- women helping other women to succeed.

All three of these stories are lovely.  Both the female and male leads in all books are smart, strong and just all around good people.  (Anna and Ned might be my favorite!)  The stories have a consistency to them with the overlapping of some secondary characters.  It made the stories feel interwoven and I liked that.

The stories were very romantic and made my heart happy.  There were plenty of emotional moments and fun moments.  There was growth and there was love.  All had fantastic happily ever afters.  It was perfect!  💙

Content:  kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

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