Book Review

‘A Midwinter Ball’ by Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, Michele Paige Holmes

amb ha al mphSTORY: MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth. Two years have passed since Lord Northrup declared his intentions for Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones and forbade any other man to court her. Angry at the neglect, Analisa stopped reading his letters, never even breaking the seals. Tired of waiting, Analisa joins the house party at Mrs. Smith’s famous country home, determined to find a beau. When Lord Northrup unexpectedly joins the party, Analisa discovers she is no longer repulsed by the man who first laid claim to her hand.

SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon. Olivia Wallington is firmly established as a spinster, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the perfect man. Ever since her father’s death, Olivia has been forced into seclusion by her mother. When her brother and his wife come for a visit, they discover the extent to which she lives under their mother’s thumb. With their help, Olivia sneaks out to attend a local ball, where she meets Edward Blakemoore. For a few divine moments, all of her dreams seem possible. But even someone like Mr. Blakemoore would be hard pressed to get past Mrs. Wallington’s fortress of protection—or past Olivia’s pride.

AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes. Lady Ella has been isolated on her father’s estate since her mother’s death as her father travels the world. When Alex Darling arrives with a letter from her long-dead fiancé, and a demand that she travel to London for a series of engagements, Ella thinks her father instigated the strange demands and agrees. In London, she discovers the truth behind her fiancé’s death, and that new love might be possible in the arms of the most unexpected man.

REVIEW: “A Midwinter Ball” – Three Novellas

“Much Ado About Dancing” – Heidi Ashworth

England – 1817

Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones, age 19, lives with her parents. Currently, she is staying Mrs. Smith Dance Hall where along with her friends, she is taking dancing instruction. Mrs. Smith also hosts dances inviting eligible young men to attend.

Lord Northrup, an Earl, has just returned from his Grant Tour. Unknown to Analisa, Northrup and her father had agreed some time ago to a contract for him to marry her. He had written letters to her during his time away expressing how much he missed her and how he looked forward to returned and marrying her. However, she was never given the letters from him.

At a soiree, Mr. Callerton is quite forward and very demonstrative with his compliments to Analisa which charms her. When Northrup arrives, he mentions the letters he has sent Analisa. Puzzled as to why she never received them, she finally accesses them. When she reads them, she is quite smitten with Northrup. But what about Mr. Callerton? Whom will she chose?

A clean little romance.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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