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Book review: 'Spring in Hyde Park' is a fantastic compilation of 3 regency novellas

Posted August 24

"SRING IN HYDE PARK: Timeless Regency Collection Book 3," by Jennifer Moore, G.G. Vandagriff and Nichole Van, $4.99 e-book, 261 pages (f)

"Spring in Hyde Park" joins Jennifer Moore, G.G. Vandagriff and Nichole Van as each writes a novella for this third book in the Timeless Regency Collection.

It’s 1813 in “A Happy Accident,” Jonathan Burles, the Earl of Rensfield, is traversing through a torrential rain storm. But when he stumbles upon a carriage stuck in the mud and attempts to help the beautiful Maryann Croft, its occupant, his fate is forever changed. Proclaiming her reputation has been tarnished, Maryann’s father forces the earl to marry his daughter. Surprising both of them, sparks fly as the newlyweds attempt to negotiate their new relationship.

Moore’s novella has the perfect amount of romance and intrigue with memorable characters. Getting caught up in “A Happy Accident” is a wonderful read for clean regency lovers.

Although happy that her younger sister, Lavinia, has found romance, Lady Sophronia Huffington is not excited about the upcoming wedding festivities in “The Disdainful Duke.” Lady Sophronia has been paired with the Duke of Mayfield, and he’s made it clear she is far beneath his notice. But when Lavinia performs a makeover on her older sister and the duke takes notice, he quickly realizes Sophronia is more than just a pretty face.

Vandagriff merges romance with the charity needs of early 19th-century London in this fun, short read. “The Disdainful Duke” shows that sometimes romance needs multiple chances.

Arabella Heartstone has plenty of money, but she’s keenly aware of society’s expectations regarding unmarried women in “The Invisible Heiress.” So she tricks Colin Radcliffe, the Marquess of Blake, into what he thinks is a business meeting and proposes marriage. He responds negatively and gives her advice regarding what her true future could be. Fast forward several years later and Arabella finds herself in love with Colin. Now all she has to do is get him to notice her.

Van’s novella puts a fun spin on this unusual regency romance. She shows that even a shrewd businesswoman can lose her heart and fall madly in love.

“Spring in Hyde Park” is an almost impossible to put down read with romance that doesn’t go beyond kissing. The wonderful plots in this highly entertaining volume are made even better by integrating clean language and zero violence.

Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. She blogs at agoodreid.blogspot.com.

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