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The One That Got Away Anthology
The Authors did an excellent job on these stories. You are not sure who the hero is at first or what direction the story will go. They have one suitor that you think is the main character but then a new one shows up. Or it will seem that their lives have such huge chasms between them that there can be no bridges, but with love there is always a way.
The Trouble With Charlotte by Victoria Alexander
Marcus Pennington is close to falling in love with Charlotte, a widow of six years. He is relaying his story to his friend, Reggie, a month after the incident. Both Reggie and Marcus are from the Effington Series. Just as Marcus shares a wondrous kiss with Charlotte her dead husband walks back into her life. Will she give Hugh Robb a second chance? Another great read from Victoria.
Much Ado About Twelfth Night by Liz Carlyle
The war hardened Edward Addison is now burdened with bringing back Sheridan to it's former glory after his brother Reggie had run it down and put it in debt. As the new Earl it now fell on his shoulders.
Sophie has cared for Edward more then she even realized. He once asked her to marry him eight years ago but she knew like all things, he was doing it out of duty. Now they are heading to a house party at Sheridan and she is hoping to buy a prized racehorse from him that his brother had overpaid for just to have, Twelfth Night.
Between intercommunicating and eavesdropping that was misunderstood Edward and Sophie just don't seem to connect even though they really both want the same thing. Great story.
A Fool Again by Eloisa James
Genevieve had fallen for her neighbor when she was eighteen. Where she was taught to be lady the Darby boys were mischievous and always having fun. So she went off to Gretna Green with Tobias only to be caught by her father before they get there, but not before she was ruined, Tobias never offered for her and she was married off to a stingy old man instead. Now she is a widow but must marry a man of his choosing to keep any inheritance. So she chooses Felton. And then Tobias returns. Can she give up being the sophisticated lady she striven so long for or will the passion between Tobias and her reunite?
Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell
When the love of Sir Dane Pendleton marries another, it sets him on a course that hardened his heart and gained riches. Whereas Jemma ended up in poverty after the death of her husband who did not handle his money well. With all his wealth it seems he is still empty. Can Jemma and Dane find their way back to each other after ten years of choices that took them further apart?
Yvonne L. reviewed The One That Got Away: The Trouble with Charlotte / Much Ado About Twelfth Night / A Fool Again / Nightingale on + 929 more book reviews
Four stories about rekindling lost love. I was only able to read two out of the four:
Victoria Alexander's "The Trouble with Charlotte:" I'm not a huge fan of Alexander. She is kind of a hit or miss for me and this one was a hit. Charlotte has been a widow for six years and has decided to venture out and start an affair only to have her lost love return for her. Some of the scenes had me laughing out loud. I also liked that she used different points of view for the story. Such a fun read.
Liz Carlyle's "Much Ado About Twelfth Night:" I couldn't get pass the first chapter of this story, mostly because of writing style. Carlyle is very flowery. She's probably not a bad writer, just not my thing.
Eloisa James' "A Fool Again:" I've read a few of James' books and I don't like the way she introduces a lot of extra characters that do not add to the story. She does that here as well but it's manageable. I read half of the story and then realize that it was boring. Nothing seems to happen other then Genevieve saying she loves Felton and is going to marry him, then makes out with Tobias. It goes back and forth like that a lot so I gave up. Sad because the beginning had so much promise.
Cathy Maxwell's "Nightingale:" I have read several of Maxwell's books and like most of them. This is a straightforward story of Jemma trying to get Dane (her ex-love) to back down from a duel with her drunken brother. The ending is a bit too simplistic but I do like the reasons Jemma gave for not choosing Dane in the past. That part isn't sugar coated at all. Decent read.
He was the first ... he was the best ...
He was the one that got away!
Now he's back ...
but do you still want him?
Every woman remembers that one special man who slipped through her fingers, leaving her not only asking the question "What happened?" but also wondering aboutwhat could have been if she hadn't let him go.
Now, four of today's bestselling historical romance writers -- Victoria Alexander, Liz Carlyle, Eloisa James and Cathy Maxwell -- show us what can happen when the man you thought was out of your life forever returns.
In this stirring quartet of original novellas, four sets of star-crossed lovers are given the golden opportunity to relive the passion ... and set the past right. Fate has brought these couples back together, but only love can determine if each is just momentary madness or a reunion that will last for all time.
About the Author
Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back.
Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two teenaged children, and a bearded collie named Sam. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it's never too soon to panic.
Carli F. (carli) reviewed The One That Got Away: The Trouble with Charlotte / Much Ado About Twelfth Night / A Fool Again / Nightingale on + 7 more book reviews
(from the back cover) "In this stirring quartet of original novellas, four sets of star-crossed lovers are given the golden opportunity to relive the passion... and set the past right. Fate has brought these couples back together, but only love can determine if each is just a momentary madness or a reunion that will last for all time."
A great compilation of short stories from well-known historical romance authors. Some of them include appearances by characters from other books. The authors are Victoria Alexander, Liz Carlyle, Eloisa James, and Cathy Maxwell.
He was the first...he was the best...he was the one that got away! Now he's back... but do you still want him?
Every woman remembers that one special who slipped through her fingers, leaving her not only asking the question "What Happened/" but also wondering about what could have been if she hadn't let him go