Join the virtual book tour of THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE, a collection of novellas by bestselling authors Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, & Deborah M. Hathaway, October 4-17, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in Regency romance, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of the release of the 18th book in the bestselling Timeless Regency Collection with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new anthology set in Regency England.
- Title: The Inns of Devonshire: Timeless Regency Romance Collection (Book 18)
- Author: Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, & Deborah M. Hathaway
- Publisher: Mirror Press on October 5, 2021
- Genre: Historical Romance Anthology
- Pages: 300
- Formats Available: Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Emotional Abuse, Death of an Animal
Many thanks to Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, Deborah M. Hathaway, and Mirror Press for providing me with a digital copy of The Inns of Devonshire 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 Seventh Star Inn, by Sally Britton
After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?
About The Truth about Mr. Blackmore, by Annette Lyon
Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?
About The Coachman’s Choice, by Deborah M. Hathaway
Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who’s immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his pursual of Mary becomes more than just a game…
The Inns of Devonshire is a fascinating compilation of three historical romances set at inns located in Devonshire. Each one has its own style and sense of prose. Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway show flair with a pen. While each portion tells a different story, they all come together to make you feel special.
Sally’s story, The Seventh Star Inn, tells the story of a mother and her unwed daughter who’ve fallen after hard times after her husband, the vicar, passes away. The community takes care of each other, and these two are no different. Until a newly wealthy landlord arrives in town with his little daughter in tow. This man has the power to break her and her town. Will he make the right choice in the end?
Annette writes The Truth About Mr. Blackmore. Our lovely young lass in this story is a dreamer yet must toil away under difficult circumstances. One day, she comes across a stranger in the rain. This man takes patronage at the inn where the lass works. Though, he isn’t who he says he is. Will the truth come out in time to save everyone from disaster?
Deborah’s short story, The Coachman’s Choice, gives us a true enemies-to-lovers tale. The coachman is a flirtatious rogue, and the young lady of choice doesn’t care for his forward ways. She’s been burned by love in the past, by another coachman. She has no time to dally about with this one. But, as they get to know each other as friends, they find reasons to enjoy each other. Will the coachman break her heart, or will he follow his?
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed these stories. This book is my second Timeless Regency Romance anthology, and it is just as amazing as the first. I love that each novella takes place in an inn. I can’t help but think that country inns are the most romantic locales in all of England. One day I will get to the UK to enjoy all the delights that I can’t get here in the US.
My favorite story has to be Deborah’s. Each one is wonderful, but the coachman captured my complete heart. This one reminds me of the kind of man I wish I could have. At first glance, he is not anyone I would ever fall for, but as we get to know him, his emotions and lack of a real home caught me unaware, and I lost it then. As most of my readers know, once I lose it, the tears flow freely. I cried so many tears I had to stop reading a bit because I couldn’t see through the pearls of water dripping from my eyes.
But, Sally’s and Annette’s stories are also unique in that they made me think. Neither one had any tears, but they both drew out strong emotions in me that I still can’t quite explain. Though, I do know that the addition of a child always captures my heart.
I award The Inns of Devonshire a full 5 out of 5 stars. Each story offers something for everyone. There is a childlike wonder, two dreamers who found each other by accident, and a rogue who needs a butt-kicking by a feisty young lady. No matter what kind of romance you enjoy, you will find it here. I received a gift of another Timeless Regency Romance volume, and I am sure it will be just as magical as the two I’ve already read.
About the Series
Since 2015, Mirror Press has been publishing the Timeless Regency 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. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.
See my Review of Another Timeless Regency Collection Volume: A Seaside Summer (Book 17)
About the Author – Sally Britton
Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.
Sally primarily lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, and Izzie the Aussie Shepherd. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.
About the Author – Annette Lyon
Annette Lyon is a USA Today Bestselling author. She’s won a Whitney Award (2010) and is an eight-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal for fiction and short stories. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, and some 120+ articles. She’s worked as a professional editor for publishers and bestselling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.
About the Author – Deborah M. Hathaway
Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she devoured Jane Austen’s novels while watching and re-watching every adaptation she could. She finds inspiration for her novels during her travels with her English husband to the United Kingdom, where she draws on the beauty of the country in such places as Ireland, Yorkshire, and her beloved Cornwall. Be sure to sign up for Deborah’s Newsletter to stay updated on new releases, free and discounted Clean Romance novels, and more!
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