Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: "Timeless Love: Romantic Stories that Span the Ages" Anthology

Sometimes you just need a good novella—a quick romantic read—you know? I heard about the Timeless Love anthology because Dawn Crandall, one of my favorite historical romance writers, has a story included. I could've just read and reviewed her entry, Enchanting Nicholette, but where's the fun in that?

This collection is available for preorder for 99¢. It releases June 19 and will be available until July 3. After that, the anthology will no longer be available, but each novella will release separately at a later date.

I'll review the collection as a whole here, and I'll publish reviews of the individual entries closer to their solo releases.

Enjoy seven romances through the ages in this Timeless Love limited time ebook. An open invitation to fall in love with the writing styles of a few new-to-you multi-published authors of your favorite Christian romance eras.

Give Me Thine Heart (1812) by Andrea Boeshaar
Moira loathes the man she is set to marry. But when she meets Samuel Stryker, she soon guesses that he's from the colonies. When she finds a deep secret, Sam must make the decision: kill her or take her with him.

This Freedom Journey (1833) by Misty M. Beller
Adrien Lockman left France to finally live life on his own terms, but when he discovers a half-starved and half-frozen woman in the treacherous Canadian mountains, the truth soon becomes clear--the only way they'll survive is together.

The Heart of Home (1865) by Stephenia H. McGee
Opal Martin aspires to scrub the remnants of the War Between the States from her tattered life. When a nearly drowned soldier appears and asks if he can die on her porch, she must guard against the sudden revival of her heart's hope for love. Tristan Stuart wants to escape the pain of war. He wakes up at a house that's too much like home, with a woman determined to mend him he may discover a life worth fighting for. To save the last of what Opal holds dear, will he become the man she needs or let the troubled waters carry him away?

Enchanting Nicholette (1893) by Dawn Crandall
Young, widowed, and newly out of mourning, Nicholette Everstone is an heiress yearning to be loved. Her parents had arranged for her to marry her loving late husband, but the marriage ended tragically on her wedding day. Returning to Boston after being away, she finds there's someone new to her set of friends and family she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices this man takes on, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears at bay?

Teach Me To Love (1899) by Kari Trumbo
Izzy Lawson has taken her last abuse. When her husband dies, she rushes to Belle Fourche to stay with the only friend she has. The wall she's worked so hard to build crumbles in the arms of a man so different from her husband. Conrad Oleson can't read and it's shamed him for longer than he can remember. As Izzy reveals her painful past, he can't stay away. He'll do about anything, to get closer. Including, teach her how to love.

Façade (1942) by Pepper D. Basham
Olivia Rakes has excellent observations skills for facts and details, but stumbles through matters of the heart. When her brother goes missing in German-occupied France, Livy enlists her services with a group of search-and-rescue spies, who not only thrust her toward espionage, but...romance. Agent Christopher Dawson has avoided Livy since she broke his heart. When the search for his best friend brings them together, the heart takes on a mind of its own. In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can they work together to complete their rescue mission before the enemy catches them?

Bookishly Ever After (2018) by Sarah Monzon
It all started with a bet and a book.

Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She'd take curling up with a novel over a night on the town any day. But then her best friend, Tate Woodby, accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and he makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends...instead of just reading about them. With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past.

This 7-novella romance collection will only be available until the first week of July, and then it will be "unpublished" from sell sites. *The ebook edition of the collection will remain on the buyer’s device after the ebook is disbanded. 

And then all of the novellas and short stories in the collection will be published separately in print and ebook! Look up each author for sneak peeks of all the gorgeous covers for these upcoming novellas!

All proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to the LiveStrong Foundation.

This is definitely one of the better novella collections I've read. Usually, there's at least one "dud" in the bunch, but I would rate them all at 3-1/2 stars or higher, and I enjoyed reading each one.

My favorite is Bookishly Ever After, Sarah Monzon's entry. It's so adorable and romantic! I also loved Enchanting Nicholette (Dawn Crandall) and Façade (Pepper Basham).

I really enjoyed how each novella was set in a different era ... though I would've liked to see one set in the '70s, '80s, or '90s, as five entries are set in the 1800s, while the 1900s and 2000s only have one entry each, and it's a pretty big jump in time to go from the 1940s to the 2010s.

At just 99¢, Timeless Love is a steal—I'd pay that much for Monzon's, Crandall's, or Basham's entries alone. 4 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Basham's A Twist of Faith (3-1/2 stars), Charming the Troublemaker (4-1/2 stars), and Just the Way You Are (4 stars); Boeshaar's Uncertain Heart; Crandall's  The Hesitant Heiress (4 stars), The Bound Heart (5 stars), The Captive Imposter (4 stars), and The Cautious Maiden (4 stars); and Monzon's All of You (3-1/2 stars).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from one of the authors. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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