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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The British Brides Collection

With a Hall of Fame cast of authors, the publishers have put together nine endearing romances taking place in the British Isles. Each story is independent of the others, so there's no story line to have to follow. You can read one a day like vitamins or read one a week or as your schedule allows.

Most of these stories I have read before, but it has been long enough, they were like new stories for me. That I liked, a lot! There was only one story in this collection that did not resonate with me, and that was A Treasure Worth Keeping by Kelly Eileen Hake. While the names she chose may be authentic names, they seemed a bit too contrived. That is the worst criticism I have for the whole collection. My favorites were Moonlight Masquerade by Pamela Marie Griffin, Fayre Rose by Tamela Hancock Murray, and English Tea and Bagpipes again by Pamela Marie Griffin. The others in this book are: A Duplicitous Facade by Tamela Murray, Love's Unmasking by Bonnie Blythe, Apple of His Eye by Gail Gaymer Martin, and Fresh Highland Heir by Jill Stengl.

Threats of duels, masquerade balls, poisonings, highway robberies, other attempted murders, gardeners, orchardists, gentry and commoners make up the plots and casts of characters in these novellas. While all are historical, some go back to the feudal system and others happen in the Victorian Era. Even though not every story was my cup of tea, any reader will find at least one or two that will entertain them for a while and that alone is worth buying the book. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a cup of tea on a cold day.

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