A Grand Tour – Timeless Victorian Collection – Review

Posted November 19, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

A Grand Tour – Timeless Victorian Collection – Review

A Grand Tour
by Anthea Lawson, Jennifer Moore, Heather B. Moore


Series: Timeless Victorian Collection
Published by Mirror Press
Publication Date November 17 2017
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Written for: Adult
Pages: 305

Synopsis:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series, comes our new Victorian Romance line, with A GRAND TOUR.

Three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Anthea Lawson, Jennifer Moore, and Heather B. Moore.

Books in the Timeless Victorian Collections:SUMMER HOLIDAYA GRAND TOUR THE ORIENT EXPRESS (coming 2018)

Books in the Timeless Regency Collections:AUTUMN MASQUERADEA MIDWINTER BALLSPRING IN HYDE PARKSUMMER HOUSE PARTYA COUNTRY CHRISTMASA SEASON IN LONDONFALLING FOR A DUKEA NIGHT IN GROSVENOR SQUARE (coming 2018)ROAD TO GRETNA GREEN (coming 2018)

I would like to thank Heather B. Moore for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Summer Holiday

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A Lord's Chance
by Anthea Lawson


Series: Timeless Victorian Collection
Published by Mirror Press
Publication Date November 17, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Mediterranean Sea Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Written for: Adult

Synopsis:

After her first romance ends in disaster, Miss Isabelle Strathmore vows never to fall in love again. She will travel, certainly, and see the world, but it will be a spinster’s life for her. She has learned the most painful lesson of all—that her heart simply cannot be trusted.

Gavin Reed, the Earl of Jasper, is unexpectedly charmed by Isabelle. Past encounters have made him wary of taking a chance on love, but by the end of the Grand Tour, he is determined to make Miss Strathmore his wife. But fate has more in store than either of them guesses. Beneath the Mediterranean sun, can Isabelle and Lord Jasper find their happily ever after before disaster strikes?

I would like to thank Heather B. Moore for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Summer Holiday

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This story was a sweet adventure through the Mediterranean on a cruise.  With a stop in Morocco and one in Athens, the author used great imagery to convey the sights and sounds of these foreign countries.  With Isabelle and Gavin going from mistrust of one another to friendship and encountering a number of adventures, this was a fun journey.

I would have liked to have gotten more details on the betrayal that Isabelle experienced as a younger woman.  And I disliked the reference to Gavin praying to all the gods when he was desperate, though I understand the reason for that was that he was desperate and they were in Greece.  It was probably period appropriate, but. . .

Falling in Rome
by Jennifer Moore


Published by Mirror Press
Publication Date November 17, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Italy Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult

Synopsis:

Chaperoning two young women on their grand tour is the opportunity of a lifetime for Eleanor Doyle. Although she’s an expert in many languages, her gender has made further education impossible. If the tour is successful, the young women’s parents have promised her a position at a university in London. Eleanor hopes to instill her charges with a love of Rome, but not until they meet up with a group of young gentlemen and their fascinating professor, Russell Kendrick, do the young ladies show any interest at all. Attraction blossoms between Eleanor and Ken, but Eleanor’s future depends on maintaining propriety. The headstrong charges have other ideas, and Ken and Eleanor will have to decide which is most important, accolades in the academic world, or being with the one they love.

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This book had me absolutely charmed.  I loved the interactions between Eleanor and Ken and the way they both cared for their charges, and enjoyed the fact that their connection was through archaeology  and scholarly pursuits.

A Secret Arrangement
by Heather B. Moore


Publication Date November 17, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Egypt Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Main Character Ages: 18-25
Written for: Adult

Synopsis:

Evelyn Tucker has finally graduated from finishing school, but dreads living with her widowed aunt. On the appointed day, Aunt Margaret comes to collection Evelyn, and Margaret informs her that they’re going on a Grand Tour to spend as much of the estate money they can before a distant cousin inherits all.

When Henry Gaiman discovers he’s inherited his distant uncle’s estate, he loathes the thought of returning to England since he’d rather continue with his archaeology dig in Egypt. Return he must, and there, he meets Evelyn, a woman who will change his world in more ways than one.

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This was another story with archaeology and a love of history.  Though I know that the use of first names was reserved for intimate acquaintances at this time in history, the way Henry reacted to being able to refer to Evelyn by her first name was so very sweet.

About Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels which are set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She’s not old and doesn’t remember the time period, so Google has become a great friend. Although she spent several years living in the Middle East, she prefers to forget the smells. Heather writes historicals and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies. Heather’s USA Todaybestselling titles include Heart of the Ocean, Mail Order Bride, Mistress Grim, and Poetic Justice. Heather also writes Young Adult speculative under pen name Jane Redd, which includes the Solstice series. Foreign publications include Das Grab der Konigin(Germany), Drommen om lykke (Norway), and Sommer og kjaerlighet (Norway).

Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

About Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

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