From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling and No. 1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance comes A Holiday in Bath, featuring three brand-new Regency romance novellas by Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield and Jaima Fixsen.
A Holiday in Bath is a delightful collection of Regency-era short fiction.
The book features three novellas by different authors, all set in Bath, England. Each story is a standalone tale.
In Trial of the Heart, Marianne Wood has been summoned to Bath to testify against the man who killed her family. She dreads coming face to face with the monster of her nightmares, but finds surprising comfort under the care of a charming barrister, Harby Northam.
Despite his kindly attentions, Mr. Northam is a shrewd and discerning man of law with an awful secret. Marianne is put to the test as she deals with the evil of her past and her growing affection for the mysterious Mr. Northam.
While I enjoyed all of the novellas, I particularly liked Trial of the Heart, by Julie Daines.
Marianne is an interesting character and I thought she reacted in a realistic manner to the situation she was in.
I also really loved the hero of the piece, Henry Northam. I feel he acted quite nobly throughout the tale.
In Lord Edmund’s Dilemma, Lucy Ashcroft doesn’t share her stepmother’s belief that she might find a husband during her sojourn in Bath, but she does enjoy a respite from a household full of half-siblings and a younger sister preparing for her London season, something Lucy can’t even dream about.
In Bath, she enjoys the company of the elderly ladies in her aunt’s circle, and happy to be out from under her stepmother’s watchful and speculating eye. But when Lucy meets Lord Edmund Parker, all of her expectations for a quiet, unassuming holiday suddenly change.
Lord Edmund’s Dilemma, by Caroline Warfield, also was a fun read.
I loved Lord Edmund’s character and admired how he was driven to help those less fortunate than himself.
And Lucy’s character was the perfect counterpart to Edmund’s.
In The Art of Kissing in the Park, Caroline Trenholme is not pleased with Bath, the fussy, antiquated resort of the shabby-genteel. She ought to be in London, finding a man — not here, coddling her irrational grandmother. In the park, she crosses paths (literally — this is Bath, after all) with a nameless, mannerless rogue, intent on stealing a kiss.
As if his proposition weren’t insult enough, even her dog seems to like the man better. It’s impossible! Especially once she suspects she might like him, too…
The Art of Kissing in the Park, by Jaima Fixsen, was a quick, fun read.
While it strays into what I consider a bit closer to the typical form of Regency romance, I still found the characters engaging.
Overall, this whole collection was a lot of fun and a great addition to the Timeless Romance Collection series.
It is a great read for Regency fans, as well as fans of clean romances.