About the Book
Title: To Kiss a Wallflower
Series: Timeless Regency Collection (Book 19)
Authors: Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B. Moore, & Anneka R. Walker
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Mirror Press (June 21, 2022)
To Kiss a Wallflower is the nineteenth book in the Timeless Regency Collection, a bestselling anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from acclaimed historical romance authors whose stories reveal that eventually, all wallflowers will have their chance at love . . . This is where it begins.
“The Wallflower’s Dance,” by Jen Geigle Johnson
Lottie Hughes likes people, as long as they aren’t too close. Does it bother her that no one asks her to dance? Yes, but she’s not sure how to drum up dance partners when she has almost no dowry, no title, and freezes up when anyone tries to talk to her. When she suddenly inherits a huge amount and is the new center of attention all over London, her secret dreams might come true but also her worst nightmares. Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Men ask her to dance. And she is inundated with interested suitors. She fights to stay close to the few friends she knows are true. One man saw her before her life changed forever. But does she want to accept his help when he, too, might be insincere?
“Letters to a Wallflower,” by Heather B. Moore
Ellen might be beautiful and considered a diamond of the first water by Society, but she is so very tired of the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so that her beauty won’t go to waste. When her cousin Dinah dares Ellen to attend a ball with no frills and to stand with the wallflowers, Ellen takes on the dare. What’s in the wager for her? The prize cuttings of her aunt’s extraordinary roses. But what Ellen isn’t expecting is Lord Ravenshire to engage her in the most interesting conversation. When she confesses to him of her opposition in marrying for a title, he confesses his distaste of the London scene. They strike a bargain together, one which will either push them apart or lead to a future sweeter than either of them could have imagined.
“To Marry a Wallflower,” by Anneka R. Walker
Charlotte Winters is destined to spinsterhood until she turns down an unwanted proposal and everything changes. With gossip rampant, her father attempts to salvage her reputation by betrothing her to another. Soon she is sent off to her aunt’s to meet Lord Templeton, her intended. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe Lord Templeton from afar before their introduction. She never planned to pretend to be her fictional cousin to learn more about him, or to fall in love with Lord Templeton’s friend in the process. Lord Templeton dreads returning to the empty halls of Newcliff Manor. When his father’s old friend, Mr. Winters reaches out for assistance, Lord Templeton finds himself returning home engaged to a woman he has never met. Desperate to learn more about Miss Winters, he befriends her cousin. He wouldn’t have spoken to her, or lied about his identity, if he’d known the quiet woman would sneak into his heart.
ABOUT THE SERIES: Since 2015, Mirror Press has been presenting the Timeless Regency Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories featuring bestselling authors from the contemporary and historical romance genres. The collection has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.
- “5 STARS – I loved the unique twists that each author used in their stories and how they tied them into the theme.”— Julie Carpenter, Goodreads
- “What a great set of stories! If you have read any of these three authors you know you are in for a treat. If you aren’t familiar with them, prepare to add their names to your list of favorites.”— Shauna Jones, Goodreads
- “I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these novellas. They were lighthearted, fun, and took me away from my worries for a while.”— A Bookish Romantic, Goodreads
About the Authors
Jen Geigle Johnson
An award-winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and LDSPMA Praiseworthy’s top award for Romance, Jen Geigle Johnson has more stories circulating in her brain than can possibly be told. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. History is her main jam. Her literary heroes include the greats: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. But she has modern sensibilities as well.
She loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.
Heather B. Moore
Heather B. Mooreis a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She’s lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.
Anneka R. Walker
Anneka Walker is an award-winning author raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor’s degree in English and history. When she isn’t dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she is busy living her own with her husband and adorable children.
“The Wallflower’s Dance” by Jen Geigle Johnson
What a sweet story! This is my first read of a Jen Geigle Johnson story, but it will not be my last. In fact, I just purchased one of her full-length novels because I loved this novella so much. For a short story, “The Wallflower’s Dance” reads like a full and complete, wholly satisfying story. The pacing is excellent. I love Denny and Lottie. Their best-friends-to-lovers storyline had me chuckling a couple of times, and cheering for them the whole story. I especially appreciate the focus on friendship, and that true friendship is one of the purest, loveliest forms of love. “The Wallflower’s Dance” is a novella I would read again and again.
“Letters to a Wallflower” by Heather B. Moore
“Letters to a Wallflower” by Heather B. Moore is a fantastic short story. I love Moore’s novels, so I knew I would love this novella. I really did enjoy every minute spent in this well-paced Historical Romance. Ellen and Aaron are great characters. I enjoyed watching their plan to “just be friends” evolve into something more — something lovely and lasting. I love the use of letters between the two protagonists. What a fun way to advance time in a short story so the pacing of the chemistry and romance is more realistic. Moore is clearly a clever and gifted storyteller, which is clearly illustrated in this delightful novella.
“To Marry a Wallflower” by Anneka R. Walker
“To Marry a Wallflower” is a super fast, super sweet novella. I’m not a fan of the hidden-identity trope, but I do feel Walker utilized this trope well. My issue with hidden identities is the fact that the characters lie throughout the majority of the text. And this is actually a big issue that Charlotte and Luke deal with — the lying. I appreciate that they wrestle with the fact that they are actively lying in order to get information they want out of each other. I really like Luke’s character. He is a genuinely kind man. Yes, he is a handsome, and Charlotte notices this right away, but what stands out more is his character. I like that the hero is more than his money and good looks. I also appreciate Charlotte’s predicament. Through ZERO fault on her part, her reputation is ruined. She is then forced into a marriage of convenience to a perfect stranger. I love how she gets upset by the unfairness of it all. She is a character who feels so genuine and relatable.
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.