I don't know what happened. Normally I would like the genre of novellas, but somewhere along the line, there was a disconnect between the stories and me. Tracie Peterson wrote two of the stories that resembled a novel I read years ago, but the other author treated the plot line better. While the description of the novellas says that the stories take place during the middle ages, one does not take place then. It was in the 1800's and it was by far, the best book of the olio.
A Stranger's Kiss is the one that I liked best. Jenny has been promised to a man her cousin has her eye on and she'd rather marry almost anyone else than him. At their "engagement" party, Jenny's intended ends up dead from poisoning, and Jenny is accused of his murder. When a stranger/benefactor posts bail for her, hires an attorney, and moves her to his estate, Jenny does not know what to think. There are mysteries surrounding Jenny, her parentage, and her very being. She has been mistreated since her father passed away, lied to, and otherwise kept beholden to her relatives for taking her in. As she is questioned by the attorney, he gets more and more ideas of whom the real culprit is and using Perry Mason type techniques, he exposes the real criminal during Jenny's trial.
While this one story is a five star tale, the rest of the book doesn't fair as well. Three stars.
My thanks to Barbour Books for allowing me to read and review this book.