Summer House Party: Timeless Regency Collection, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes SUMMER HOUSE PARTY:
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Join three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M. Eden, for three new novellas in SUMMER HOUSE PARTY.
AN ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE by Regina Scott: Kitty Chapworth is nearly a spinster, and an orphan living on the charity of her uncle, with nothing to recommend her for the marriage mart. Her primary purpose is relegated to acting chaperone for her cousins until she can see them successfully married. Kitty remains focused on her duty even though she knows her future is bleak. When Quentin Adair returns from a long ten years working in Jamaica and proposes a wild charade to Kitty, she agrees, although the plan might reawaken her old feelings for Quentin. Can a reformed rake convince the perfect chaperone to overlook propriety for love?
A PERFECT MATCH by Donna Hatch: Genevieve attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can't wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect... for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, Genevieve must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who's obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.
THE PAUPERS' HOUSE PARTY by Sarah M. Eden: It's a rare event that Edward Downy and his brother are invited to a house party by a member of the ton. But when they arrive, Edward quickly realizes this house party is different than any other. All invited guests are quite destitute, fallen members of Society barely hanging onto their homes. The hosts of the house party, the Warricks, then make a stunning announcement - they intend to gift all their properties to one fortunate guest. As the guests race to impress the Warricks, Edward finds a fast friend in Agatha Holmwood, who shares his same aversion to the horrible expectations. But their growing fondness for each other only makes the game more painful.
Other books in the Timeless Regency Collections:
A MIDWINTER BALL
SPRING IN HYDE PARK
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS (Coming October 2016)
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, Sarah M. Eden|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 26, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #107,078 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#321 in Victorian Romance
#447 in Romance Anthologies & Short Stories
#1,032 in Regency Romance
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The secondary characters include Lucy, Kitty's young cousin. Lucy doesn't seem very bright but she wants to be loved. She turns out to be a better character than I expected. She even has her own romantic subplot. Her older sister Eugenia is a MAJOR mean girl. Bollers the manservant adds a bit of lightheartedness to the story but he also adds a darker aspect, subtly showing what life was like for those who had to work for a living. The other gentlemen and ladies at the house party are typical vapid aristocrats. None of the suitors, except one, deserve Lucy. Finally, Lucy's father, the villain, rounds out the cast of characters. He is a truly evil, sadistic man. I did not like that about him. If he had been the typical selfish male nobleman, that would have been one thing but he's more than that. He's not very nuanced. I have no idea why he's so sadistic. I do see why he did what he did to Quentin 10 years ago, any father would have done the same, but not now. His treatment of Kitty and even his own daughter is appalling. I disliked how evil he was because it made the story darker than the summer house party setting should allow.
A Perfect Match by Donna Hatch is part of a series which I have not read, as such I felt a bit lost as to why Christian is so insistent on not marrying. I had no idea what supposedly dark secrets Christian holds or what happened to his brothers except perhaps what we would call PTSD. I liked most of the plot but the ending threw me off a lot. The presence of a nasty villain really makes this story darker than the summer house party theme should be. He does showcase what life was like for women at that time-however-Genevieve has a father to protect her ... and Christian. Like my friend Tadiana, I looked ahead at the sequel and didn't like the synopsis. Too much melodrama.
Mattie is very much like Mr. Bingley. She's happy, energetic and falls in love quickly. I really liked her and wanted her to be happy but I didn't like the outcome of the story. I was hoping for something different. She would be better off with her friend Reggie. Even though he's young, he is kind and devoted to Mattie. I wanted to like Genevieve because she's dark haired, quiet and thoughtful like me but I couldn't relate to her. First there's pretty much the next best thing to insta-love though in this case she has her reasons for being drawn to Christian. Then she violates the girl code! How could you! I did feel bad that she was being pursued by a predator and her parents had a personality transplant and tried to force an unwanted marriage on her.
This is my least favorite of the three stories.
The Paupers' House Party by Sarah M. Eden is so different from any Regency story I've ever read. This is a powerful story. First of all, the whole point of being nobility and upper gentry was to act like you have money, therefore, I feel like the story requires some suspension of disbelief. Barring that, I felt this is the strongest and best written story in the collection. Instead of a traditional villain we have a wealthy couple who can't see past their own egos. It makes them feel good to play benefactor to a bunch of shabby genteel people. This goes above and beyond the Austens hanging around waiting for a rich relative to die and leave Mrs. Austen their money. This is intense, cut throat competition among those who are desperate to save their homes and carve out a future that doesn't involve the poorhouse.
Through Edward's thoughts and dialogue we see just how nasty the Warricks actually are. Their games are silly and the constant praise is all false flattery. I really expected the story to go in a different direction than in did and was surprised to discover I was wrong.
I liked getting both Edward and Agatha's points-of-view. Edward is contentious and kind. He's a loving son and brother and I can see why Agatha falls for him. He also understands her the way no one else does. Agatha is one of the best heroines I've ever met. Her satirical comments were laugh out loud funny. I got it right away because I have the same sense of humor. I can see the two of us getting along and teeming up to mock everyone else. (Enter Jane Austen and her pen). I felt awful for her that she was reduced to begging and her father was such an idiot he didn't appreciate his own daughter. Mr. Holmwood could also be called a villain, if there is one in this story. He's a horrible father.
Edward's brother Tom is also kind and practical but more lively than Edward. I like Tom's sense of humor and his outlook on life. It's the only thing he can do. As a younger son of an impoverished family, he has a dim future. His story is a little more interesting than Edward's and the romance is sweet.
At the end of the story I felt like saying "Aww!"
I enjoyed this anthology quite a lot and would be interested in reading other sweet Regency anthologies.
A Perfect Match 2 Stars The writing and characters in this are well done. I was enjoying it until the ending when it just...ended. It is a cliffhanger and you must buy the next book to finish the story. I won't be buying the rest of the story since it is obvious how it will end and who the villain is going to be. However, I enjoyed this author's work and will look for more of her books if I can be sure they are BOOKS and not just portions of books!
The Pauper's House Party 5 Stars This is one of the best that I have read in some time. The plot is truly unusual as a wealthy couple throws a house party and invites only impoverished people to attend. The couple announces that at the end of the party they will be giving their entire estate to one lucky person. The dialogue is witty, the characters are well done, and I loved the HEA. This is an author that is now on my 'to buy' list.
No language or sexual situations to offend any reader
The second story is about Genevieve and Christian. While trying to convince Christian of the great value of her best friend,she finds herself falling for him herself. Christian finds that Genevieve might just be the very thing he needs in his life, but he's not alone in pursuing her affections.
The third story made me laugh multiple times. Edward's poor a penniless and so is everyone else invited to a house party on the Warrick Estate. All guests find that they are to be competitors for being named heirs. Avatar is also there, but she and Edward share the same disdain for the competition and degradation. Her sense of humor had me laughing out loud often. It was quite enjoyable!
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die helden und heldinnen in den timeless regency sammlungen sind nicht unbedingt die strahlenden society misses, sondern mauerblümchen, blaustrümpfe, arme verwandte. das macht zum einen den charme aus, zum anderen muss man aber auch aufpassen, wie viel davon man sich am stück einverleibt - es kann zu ähnlichkeiten kommen.
wenn man nur dieses buch liest und danach was ganz anderes, ist es bezaubernd.
Three stars from me.