Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Night in Grosvenor SquareA Night in Grosvenor Square by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Night in Grosvenor Square is an anthology with three Regency romances. I received a free copy via eBooksforReview in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit I enjoyed all three of the stories but, the first story, A Match for Princess Pompous, was my favorite. Each of the stories has the main characters interact in some way with Grosvenor Square in London. Confections and Pretense and Little London are the other stories. Little London is about Ellen Humphries who has no plans for having a season and lives all of her life in the country where she imagines herself dancing and being courted by the very Marquess she was pretending to dance with whom she only knew by name not sight. It makes for a cute, warm read, especially the Marquess' brother who enjoys teasing his older brother about everything and nothing.

Confections and Pretense chronicles how Anne Preston meets her gentleman, love interest, who just happens to be an American. This story is a bit more intense as Anne continues to have run-ins with what seem like harmless workers from one of the places where she makes a delivery of one of her cake masterpieces. It turns out that the works are not so harmless and it is a good thing that Davis is nearby to help her when things get too tough. This story is more of a reminder of how women had so little individual rights and that made it even harder for Anne to get the help she really needed. Finally, my favorite of the stories was A Match for Princess Pompous which is about Adelaide the matchmaker that has been hired by Odette's parents to help her find a match because her reputation is taking a beating due to her forthright attitude and assertiveness in public which in this era is a negative. The great thing about this story is it reminds you that things are not always as they seem. It also shows how sometimes people can see the good in someone even when they might not be showing that good. These anthologies are a great break from work and some of the dark mysteries I tend to read.

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