Join the virtual book tour of A SEASIDE SUMMER, a collection of novellas by bestselling authors Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore, August 23-September 19, 2021. Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in Regency romance, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of the release of the 17th book in the bestselling Timeless Regency Romance Collection with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new anthology set in Regency England.
- Title: A Seaside Summer: Timeless Regency Romance Collection (Book 17)
- Author: Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore
- Publisher: Mirror Press on August 24, 2021
- Genre: Historical Romance Anthology
- Pages: 307
- Formats Available: Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: None
Many thanks to Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B. Moore, and Mirror Press for providing me with a paperback copy of A Seaside Summer with a request for an honest review. I also wish to thank Laurel Ann from austenprose for allowing me to participate in this tour and for providing me with all the materials needed to make this post.
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About The New Countess, by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.
About Mishaps and Memories, by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.
About Moonlight Summer, by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.
A Seaside Summer is a delightful collection of three historical romances that take place near the sea. Each one is amazing and the perfect length for a quick afternoon read. Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore are gifted storytellers. Each story is unique, yet all hit the right spot in your heart.
Josi’s story, About the New Countess, tells the tragic story of a pair of widows who come together in a loveless marriage. One wants an heir, the other needs security. But, when the barriers come down, the love they find is oh so sweet.
Martha penned About Mishaps and Memories. We have a lovely tale of an arrogant gentleman and a lovely lady without a society pedigree. She loathes him, and he doesn’t notice her. When he turns up unconscious and without his memory, the lady has a bit of fun. Will they ever come to an understanding?
Heather’s novella, About Moonlight Summer, gives us a glimpse of love at first sight. He saves the day, and she’s smitten. Our gentleman and our lady find themselves forever meeting in the moonlight. Through all obstacles, their love blossoms until forged in true love.
I adored each one of these novellas. They are all outstanding stories of love that I read through in two afternoons. The seaside theme made me wish for the ocean and the magic that lives there. The descriptions of the sunsets, waves, and the moonlight all made me feel like I could taste the salt in the air.
While each story is wonderful, my favorite is Heather’s. The reason why this one resonated so significantly is the deep sadness mixed with the love. I felt as if these two deserved to be happy after all they had been through. They find each other and fall in love in the moonlight. It made my little romantic heart swell like the Grinch on Christmas.
But, Josi’s story also made me cry. It felt so real. I could understand the angst on the lady’s part. She was lonely, and she wouldn’t let her real self come out. The sheer relief I felt when the barriers were down was like gulping air after almost drowning. There is so much to love in this tale.
Martha’s story made me laugh so hard. I couldn’t help myself, and I annoyed my kiddo and all three of my cats while I read through that one. From the very beginning to the very end, I laughed until I cried. But, when the real feelings came out, I admit, there were tears there. Shocking, right?
I award A Seaside Summer a full 5 out of 5 stars. There is something to love for everyone. Whether you enjoy angst, laughter, or some magical moonlight, you can’t go wrong if you pick up this book. I can’t wait to read more of these Timeless Regency collections. I’ve found a brand new genre that I love.
About the Series
Since 2015, Mirror Press has been presenting the Timeless Regency Romance Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. In October the Timeless Regency Romance Collection will present its 18th anthology, The Inns of Devonshire, including stories by Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.
About the Authors – Josi S. Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance, Timeless Romance series, and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton’s Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children
About the Author – Martha Keyes
Martha Keyes is a Whitney Award winning author born, raised, and educated in Utah—a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.
Word crafting has always fascinated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.
About the Author – Heather B. Moore
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She’s lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.
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