Summer Holiday (A Timeless Victorian Collection) – Review

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Summer Holiday

by Nancy Campbell Allen, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon

Series: Timeless Victorian Collection
Published by Mirror Press
Publication Date August 1, 2017
Summer Holiday (A Timeless Victorian Collection) – Review Genres: Romance, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: England Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Pages: 225

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Synopsis:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series, comes our brand new Victorian Romance line: SUMMER HOLIDAY. With three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Nancy Campbell Allen, Sarah M. Eden, and Annette Lyon.

BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S by Nancy Campbell Allen:
As Tessa Baker competes for the supervisor promotion at Sommerpool Department and Mercantile, she’s faced with a ridiculous list of tasks to complete in order to “win” the job. Tessa would love to be the first female supervisor ever to work at the Sommerpool, but her competitor is cheating at every turn. Discouraged, Tessa agrees to let David Bellini, a family friend and Italian Conte who is new in town, help her. When she discovers that he’s the new owner of Sommerpool’s, but wants to evaluate the employees unobserved, Tessa has mixed feelings. She soon realizes that she’s falling for David, but what chance does a working-class woman like her have with an Italian Conte? And would falling in love with the store’s owner mean giving up her dreams of a groundbreaking career?

HOWEVER LONG THE WAIT by Sarah M. Eden:
Carina Herrick says goodbye to the man she hopes to marry, knowing their separation will be temporary. Grant Ambrose is off to follow his dream and become established in business so that he can provide for Carina and a life together. He promises to write; she promises to return his letters. Yet, only a few months pass and already their letters become shorter and fewer. Finally, Carina is forced to give up on Grant if only to protect her breaking heart. Her parents are dead set against her becoming a spinster and insist she accept the proposal of the odious Mr. Baskon. With no hope of another marriage proposal, Carina is forced to make a difficult decision, one that can lead her either to happiness or misery.

THE LAST SUMMER AT IVY HOUSE by Annette Lyon:
Every summer Sarah travels to Ivy House in London as one of the household servants to the Millington family. This summer, she’s particularly looking forward to seeing Jacob, a servant who lives at Ivy House year-round. They’ve been exchanging letters since the previous summer when their friendship deepened. But when Sarah arrives at Ivy House, Jacob seems more reserved around her and less forthcoming. Has she put greater meaning in their budding relationship than she should? When Sarah discovers that Jacob has a dark secret and wants her to give up her dreams in exchange for helping him, she’s not sure if she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

Books in the Timeless Victorian Collections:
SUMMER HOLIDAY
A GRAND TOUR
THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Books in the Timeless Regency Collections:
AUTUMN MASQUERADE
A MIDWINTER BALL
SPRING IN HYDE PARK
SUMMER HOUSE PARTY
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
A SEASON IN LONDON
FALLING FOR A DUKE
A NIGHT IN GROSVENOR SQUARE
ROAD TO GRETNA GREEN

I am grateful to Heather B. Moore for giving me a copy of this book. The fact I received this book for free does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: A Grand Tour, A Lord's Chance

Breakfast at Sommerpool’s by Nancy Campbell Allen –   This story was simply delightful.  What girl doesn’t swoon at the idea of a handsome Italian conte coming to her rescue?  Yet Tessa wants to stand on her own merit in earning the position she desires at the store.  David, the charming conte watches her integrity, determination and ingenuity and can’t help but admire her.

However Long the Wait by Sarah M. Eden –   Everything was just as expected in this story of miscommunication.  Grant and Carina are both convinced the other no longer cares, and both are pining for the other.  It was a good story, but nothing in particular stood out to make it fantastic.

The Last Summer at Ivy House by Annette Lyon –  Jacob and Sarah’s story was sweet.  The one thing that bugged me was Mrs. Roach, the housekeeper, who apparently was a spinster.  So why was she called Mrs., not Ms.?  Hmm.  Overall it was a good story.

Posted August 10, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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