Sunday, December 10, 2023

RETURN TO HAWTHORNE HOUSE Novella Collection by Kristi Ann Hunter, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

Three Novellas Anthology
Always a Lady
"Do you commonly quote Shakespeare to your dancing partners?"

Is it enough to say that I absolutely loved this second-chance, later-in-life romance with all of my heart? Having previously read the entire original collection it was nice to know that Caroline, Duchess of Riverton's desires for her children came to fruition in a myriad of ways, in spite of (and maybe because of) her unforeseen change in course with William, the dashing Earl of Blackstone, whose love relentlessly pursued her in witty, winsome, and wildly attractive ways.

"As long as I know you are ready to walk with me, we can go at whatever pace you wish." - Always a Lady

A Lady of Esteem
"Why don't we start with you telling me who you are since I don't believe for a moment that you work for me.

When a lovely young innocent meets a reformed rogue (while hanging upside down off his library ladder) interesting things are bound to happen . . . and they do. There's just one little missing detail, Anthony Pendleton, Marquis of Raebourne, failed to learn her name!

Embarrassed beyond words (quite literally) Amelia Stalwood flees the situation without divulging that valuable commodity . . . only to find herself on the doorstep of one Lady Miranda Hawthorne who has delightfully managed to fit the pieces of the puzzle together; thus, the sweetest of stories commences between a man who is more than his mistakes and the woman who loves him. - A Lady of Esteem

 The Lady's Maid
"Sometimes God puts people in our lives who have the abilities and resources needed to overcome the problem . . . Do not reject a blessing simply because it was given instead of earned."

Can a kind and generous aristocrat have more up his sleeve than Lydia and Finch give him credit for? Absolutely! Readers will love spending more time with Lord Trent Hawthorne and two of his household staff who find themselves in a bit of a quandary . . . they "like" each other a lot! - The Lady's Maid

An outstanding spin-off collection from a much beloved series!
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars
BackCover Blurb:
Always a Lady
Despite the fact that her daughter is not cooperating, Caroline, Duchess of Riverton is determined to ensure every one of her children marries someone they love as much as she loved their late father. William, the widowered Earl of Blackstone, is delighted to have his days of escorting daughters approaching an end. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to a woman who is just starting such a journey. Are they each too set in their ways to grasp this chance to have a second love?

The Lady’s Maid
When Lydia Smith began her career as a parlor maid, she knew love and marriage wasn’t likely in her future. Dreaming about the boy next door as she dusted seemed harmless until he started working as the new valet under the same roof. When Finch needs her help with a special project, will it give them a chance to defy expectations and find love or ruin their happiness forever?

BONUS - PRINT ONLY - A Lady of Esteem

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