About the Book
Title: Her Country Gentleman
Series: Timeless Georgian Collection (Book 1)
Authors: Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, & Rebecca Connolly
Genre: Historical Romance, Georgian Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Mirror Press
Her Country Gentleman is the first book in the Timeless Georgian Collection, a new anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from bestselling historical romance authors whose stories reveal that not all love is found in London.
“Spring at Tribbley Hall,” by Sian Ann Bessey
When Charlotte’s grandmother invites her to accompany her to Norfolk, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit the sea and escape the fuss surrounding her sister’s wedding preparations in London. Lord William Cheston, on the other hand, is most unhappy when his mother informs him that her old friend and a granddaughter are coming to stay. Not only is it lambing season, but he’s also dealing with the mysterious loss of several sheep. The last thing he needs is a child underfoot. When Charlotte and William first meet, he does not realize that the lovely young lady is the granddaughter in question, and she assumes that the man dressed in work clothes in the barn is a servant. Soon afterward, however, Charlotte stumbles upon a clue to William’s sheep’s disappearance, and when her life is placed in jeopardy, William is forced to choose between saving his unwanted houseguest and catching the thief.
“Love of My Heart,” by Sarah M. Eden
Cordelia Wakefield has never lived anywhere but London and is not overly happy when her family is forced to retrench to a small estate near Teviotbrae, Scotland. An ill-fated game of battledore and shuttlecock brings her face-to-racquet with Sebastian, who runs the home farm at nearby Teviot Castle. What begins as a clash of personalities, expectations, and preferences, soon leads to a friendship neither had expected. As the magic of Teviotbrae weaves its spell, the possibility of something more than friendship begins to blossom. But what future is there for a lowly farmer and a London lady?
“Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire,” by Rebecca Connolly
Martha Smith wants to marry for love and will not be persuaded otherwise. She is highly sought after in Society for her beauty and status but refuses to consider any suitor whose only claim is that his prospects meet with her mother’s approval. Her widowed mother has had enough of Martha’s romantic sensibilities and is sending her to stay with unfortunate cousins in Wiltshire to show her that marrying for love is a risk that is too great. Benjamin Steele, Lord Hillier, is working on his new and dilapidated estate when he first catches sight of the striking Martha Smith. Becoming Lord Hillier has only brought him a house that needs significant repairs, tenant farms that had been abandoned, and only the money he’d already possessed. He wants meaning in his life, and he’s more than willing to work for it. Though worlds apart in all else, on this point they can agree: a life of meaning would change everything.
About the Authors
Sian Ann Bessey
Born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales, Sian left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then, she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today bestselling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.
She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she’s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
Sarah M. Eden
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award’s “2014 Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs.
Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.
Rebecca Connolly is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest girl, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She’s always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place.
She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She received a master’s degree from West Virginia University, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.
“Spring at Tribbley Hall” by Siann Ann Bessey
What a fun and engaging story! Bessey packs quite a bit into this short novella. I enjoyed the pacing of this story. Yes, things progress quickly, but the events of this sweet story never feel contrived or implausible. This includes the delightful romance that develops between Charolotte and William. They are a very cute couple, and I felt their relationship progressed nicely. All in all, “Spring at Tribbley Hall” is a charming and enjoyable novella that I highly recommend.
“Love of My Heart” by Sarah M. Eden
I always enjoy a story by Sarah M. Eden. “Love of My Heart” is a delightful story I liked from the start. Eden crafts lovely protagonists: both Sebastian and Cordelia are well-crafted, well-rounded characters who quickly win over the hearts of readers. I enjoyed watching Sebastian and Cordelia navigate the main conflicts of the story and found they resolved things well and realistically. My only issue with this novella is that it ends too soon!
“Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire” by Rebecca Connolly
What a fun and delightful short story! It did take me a minute to get into it — it starts a little slowly — but once I got past the parts that felt slow to me, I really rather enjoyed Miss Smith’s adventure. I loved the characters the best in this delightful read. Both Benjamin and Martha are well-developed and quite endearing. Martha is a hoot! She would definitely be someone I would be thrilled to befriend. Benjamin is a lovely hero — very manly, very sweet, and quite the diligent worker. I enjoyed the friendship that develops between Benj and Martha and felt their chemistry and romance to be realistic and very sweet. All in all, “Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire” is a wonderful read!
Overall, Her Country Gentleman is a delightful anthology of very sweet and enjoyable Historical Romance novellas. I highly recommend all three stories and can’t wait to read the next installment in this new series.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Mirror Press, via AustenProse PR. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.