Friday, October 13, 2017

Review ~ Summer Holiday

Three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Nancy Campbell Allen, Sarah M. Eden, and Annette Lyon.
BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S by Nancy Campbell Allen: As Tessa Baker competes for the supervisor promotion at Sommerpool Department and Mercantile, she’s faced with a ridiculous list of tasks to complete in order to “win” the job. Tessa would love to be the first female supervisor ever to work at the Sommerpool, but her competitor is cheating at every turn. Discouraged, Tessa agrees to let David Bellini, a family friend and Italian Conte who is new in town, help her. When she discovers that he’s the new owner of Sommerpool’s, but wants to evaluate the employees unobserved, Tessa has mixed feelings. She soon realizes that she’s falling for David, but what chance does a working-class woman like her have with an Italian Conte?
HOWEVER LONG THE WAIT by Sarah M. Eden: Carina Herrick says goodbye to the man she hopes to marry, knowing their separation will be temporary. Grant Ambrose is off to follow his dream and become established in business so that he can provide for Carina and a life together. He promises to write; she promises to return his letters. Yet, only a few months pass and already their letters become shorter and fewer. Finally, Carina is forced to give up on Grant if only to protect her breaking heart. Her parents are dead set against her becoming a spinster and insist she accept the proposal of the odious Mr. Baskon. With no hope of another marriage proposal, Carina is forced to make a difficult decision, one that can lead her either to happiness or misery.

THE LAST SUMMER AT IVY HOUSE by Annette Lyon: Every summer Sarah travels to Ivy House in London as one of the household servants to the Millington family. This summer, she’s particularly looking forward to seeing Jacob, a servant who lives at Ivy House year-round. They’ve been exchanging letters since the previous summer when their friendship deepened. But when Sarah arrives at Ivy House, Jacob seems more reserved around her and less forthcoming. Has she put greater meaning in their budding relationship than she should? When Sarah discovers that Jacob has a dark secret and wants her to give up her dreams in exchange for helping him, she’s not sure if she’s willing to make the sacrifice.
Jewelz Review~
BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S ~ I really enjoyed this story. Tessa is a delight & David is not only swoon worthy, but he's a true gentleman & a man ahead of his time in the respect he has for women and their abilities. I loved how he supported her without taking control of the situation. He proved through action, not just word, that he respects her, values her opinion, and trusts her abilities. Such a fun read!
HOWEVER LONG THE WAIT ~ Another great story, but so different from the first in the anthology. I always love a story of second chances, and Sarah Eden did a lovely job creating a believable second chance opportunity for Carina and Grant. Carina's aunt was probably my favorite character by far!
THE LAST SUMMER AT IVY HOUSE~ This story was the only one that left me feeling like the story was really incomplete. With novellas I am often left wanting more, and this was one of those times. Ms Lyon does a lovely job developing the relationship and conflict in Sarah & Jacob's relationship, but I felt the story ended suddenly and there were too many pieces to the story that were left untold. This would make a wonderful full length novel should Ms Lyon chose to further develop this storyline.
FYI ~ clean read
honest disclosure~I received a review copy

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