Can a single note can change a life, start a romance, or drive two people apart?
Waiting for the Post by Esther Hatch
Now that Harrison Chase has finally made his fortune as a working man, he will risk it all to save his factory workers from starvation. In the middle of his charge to reverse the Corn Laws, his housekeeper helpfully mails a letter she finds languishing amongst his things. A six-year-old love letter. With no other choice, he rushes back to his childhood home on Christine Stone’s estate. If he can’t get his hands on that letter before she does, Christine will discover what a pitiful and pretentious fool he had been. The one thing he hadn’t counted on was the mail being delayed. Now Harrison must decide which is worse—waiting with Christine as he not-so-slowly falls back in love with her, or leaving, knowing once she reads his letter he can never return.
A Ring of Gold by Nichole Van
Viola Brodure longs for something more from her life. So when that something more arrives in the form of a letter from the renowned Highland Poet, Ethan Penn-Leith, she seizes her chance. After all, Mr. Penn-Leith merits every swoon-worthy adjective Viola can muster. What woman wouldn’t want to be in her shoes? But after journeying to Scotland and meeting the poet himself, Viola faces a difficult question: What happens if you don’t want the thing you thought you did?
A Rose by Any Other Name by Annette Lyon
As an orphan whose only home has been the Foundling Hospital, Rose is tasked to work in the fine houses of Bloomsbury. She knows her duty—take care of the family upstairs and never forget her place. But her traitorous heart won’t follow the rules, and she falls in love with Oliver Withey, a man far above her station. Though she feels like she’s found a home in Oliver’s arms, his mother has other plans for her oldest son—and marrying a servant isn’t one of them. She’ll do anything to keep Rose and Oliver apart, including making a devil’s bargain that ensures they’ll never see each other again. When a mysterious old woman appears, she seems to have answers to Rose’s past. Could those long-held secrets hold the key to the future with Oliver that Rose longs for?
I love these different anthologies and always love to read them. This is a Victorian one which I’m not as familiar with the historical/political times but I was still able to enjoy it.
Esther Hatch’s story is sweet. Harry is determined to make something of himself to prove to Christine that he’s worthy of her love. Not that it ever mattered to Christine. I love how the reader meets the two and what Christine does to Harry, who definitely deserved it.
I could NOT stop reading Nichole Van’s story. It was different and I was sucked in from the first chapter when she compared catching a man’s attentions and the self-depreciation to a hydra.
Annette Lyons was short and once I started it, I worried how much of a story could be told when you’re at 75% of the book. At first, I thought Oliver was a child who was hanging out with the servants in the kitchen. Hoping to have a treat but then Rose is talking about Oliver’s lips on hers 😳 nope he’s not a child 😅 It was somewhat predictable, knowing how the note of change would come about, not quite all of it, but seemed unfinished. Why did it take Minnie so long? Shouldn’t Oliver learn of his parents dealings and get satisfaction from not obeying them?
I would say this book is a 4.5 star for me. It seems to be the general consensus that many felt the third was lacking more. And I agree.