First Line Friday: Serving Up Love

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Serving Up Love (A Harvey House Brides Collection) by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Jen Turano. This fun collection of stories are sure to not only entertain you, but to bring a smile to your face and a flutter to your heart! CLICK HERE to see my full review.

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A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson
August 1929
Gretchen Gottsacker stepped from the train and looked around at the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico–pronounced Mar-see-all by those of Spanish descent and Mar-shall by the white settlers.

 

More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer
Gainesville, Texas  1902
“I’m not going to marry her, Mother.”
Caleb Durrington bit the inside of his cheek to keep the rest of the words piling up on his tongue from escaping.

 

Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings
Emporia, Kansas  1898
The breakfast rush had ended, and Willow Kentworth had already reset her station. There was nothing to do now except patrol her table and guard against horseflies dying on the starched tablecloth or lilies wilting in the crystal vase.

 

Grand Encounters by Jen Turano
El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, Arizona  1908
“I know you mentioned you’ve sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark and–need I say–Delicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he’s sitting in your section.”

 

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  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

 

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Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

About This Collection:

Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “More Than a Pretty Face,” a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers “A Flood of Love,” where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings’s “Intrigue a la Mode” delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano’s “Grand Encounters” heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself.

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

My Thoughts:

I loved this super fun collection of stories!  The heroines were filled with just the right amount of spunk and sass, all while having the strong moral character required to work as a Harvey Girl. Each story brought it own unique flair. Somehow I had missed the Judy Garland classic movie “The Harvey Girls”, and reading this fun collection of stories has made me want to find a copy to watch. Can’t get enough of the Harvey Girls!  Although I have a sneaking suspension that the dynamic authors of this collection can not possibly be outdone by Judy Garland.  I mean, how could a movie possibly be any better than this delightful collection from Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer and Tracie Peterson?!

I don’t want to give anything away with these stories, so I’ll just wrap it up by saying that you truly do not want to pass up the opportunity to read and enjoy this fabulous stories!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Authors:

Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana. You can connect with Tracie on her website: http://traciepeterson.com

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes.
Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Regina Jennings
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. You can connect with Regina on her website: www.ReginaJennings.com

Jen Turano
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

 

First Line Friday: The Highlanders

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Today I am excited to be featuring The Highlanders (Smitten Historical Romance Collection). Never underestimate the heart of a Highlander in these four romantic novellas set across two centuries from 1715 to 1915. CLICK HERE to read my review.

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Night Fox by J’Nell Ciesielski
Scotland, 1717
Another Carriage on parade, another plump pheasant ripe for the plucking.

 

A Tender Siege by Naomi Musch
His Majesty’s Forces at Bushy Run, Pennsylvania  August 6, 1763
Lachlan McRae pressed his chest to the earth behind a fallen chestnut tree.

 

The Year Without Summer by Janet Grunst
1816
Cold wind blew off the loch as Grant Cummings headed toward Loch Ness Tavern, one of the inns in Fort Augustus that catered to the men working on the Highland’s Caledonian Canal.

 

The Violinist by Jennifer Lamont Leo
Sandpoint, Idaho  May 1915
Callan MacTavish never saw it coming.

 

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The Highlanders (Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

Never underestimate the heart of a Highlander

Synopsis:

Night Fox

After the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, war-weary Deven McLendon returns home to discover a thief creating chaos on his lands. But this thief isn’t like any other. When Rooney Corsen sets out to steal jewels to repay her family’s debts and keep a roof over her little sisters’ heads, never does she imagine snagging the laird’s heart instead.

A Tender Siege

Pontiac’s War, August 1763: “I beg Ye to take me.” Wounded in battle in the American wilderness, Lachlan McRea of His Majesty’s 42nd Highlanders pleads with God, yearning to be reunited with his lost wife and child. As death hovers near, he is discovered by Wenonah, a native widow doing all she can to survive alone while avoiding the attentions of a dangerous Shawnee warrior. In aiding one another, their perils increase. If Lachlan can let go of the woman he once loved, he might find healing for both body and soul.

The Year without Summer

Shoved off his family’s land in Scotland in 1816, Grant Cummings looks for work in Ulster, Ireland. He needs money and a home to raise his young brother. Molly MacGregor loses her father and his income, but she has no time to grieve as she sews and spins to earn enough to keep her and her young brother alive. Renting out the hut on their land might be the answer, but only if she can overcome her prejudice against the handsome Highlander who moves in. Her heart might soften toward him, but not when he plans to set sail for America.

The Violinist

In 1915 Idaho, homesick lumberjack Callan MacTavish despairs of ever seeing his Scottish homeland again. With kindness and patience, music teacher Rose Marchmont reaches a part of Callan’s heart he’d long ago locked away. She sees beyond his rough exterior to the artistic heart beneath. He longs for more than he can offer her, but she doesn’t know about the secret trauma that keeps him from crossing the sea.

  The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection)

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed my time reading this fun collection of stories, each with its own braw Scottish Highlander! From a mysterious thief causing chaos and keeping the local laird on his toes, a wounded soldier who faces his past in the most unlikely of places, a young man who’s life is richly blessed by unexpected changes and a homesick highlander with a secret so deep it will take a tender heart to help him open up and move beyond his past.

If you enjoy historical stories with handsome Scottish Highlanders, then look no further! This book is sure to entertain and charm you right from the very first story, all the way to the last. I would have happily enjoyed reading more of these stories!

Each author brings her own unique writing style, and they blended together well with this overreaching theme of love and handsome Scottish Highlanders.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Authors:

 J’Nell CiesielskiWith a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
Learn more at www.jnellciesielski.com.

Naomi MuschNaomi loves stories rich in American history, but occasionally writes in other genres as well. She pens stories from the pristine north woods, where she and her husband live as epically as God allows near their five adult children and passel of grandchildren. She has worked as an editor for a small press, a staff writer for an EPA award-winning newspaper, a ghost writer, and has published dozens of magazine and internet articles for the encouragement of homeschooling families and young writers. Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Lake Superior Writers, and the Wisconsin Writers’ Association. She loves engaging with others and always discovering kernels of a new story. She is available for speaking and book groups. Her newest novel is Mist O’er the Voyageur, and she anticipates re-releasing several of her back-list novels in 2019.
Connect with her through her website:
http://www.naomimusch.com

Janet GrunstJanet is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her debut novel, A Heart Set Free was the 2016 Selah Award winner for Historical Romance. The second book in the series, A Heart For Freedom was released 2017. A lifelong student of history, her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith, as well as entertain, bring inspiration, and encouragement to the reader.
Visit her at:
https://JanetGrunst.com

Jenifer Lamont LeoAuthor of You’re the Cream in My Coffee and Ain’t Misbehavin’. With a passion for all things historical, Jennifer Lamont Leo captures readers’ hearts through stories set in times gone by. She is also a copywriter, editor, and journalist. An Illinois native, she holds a deep affection for Chicago and its rich history. Today she writes from the mountains of northern Idaho, where she shares her home with her husband, two cats, and abundant wildlife.
Visit her at A Sparkling Vintage Life (
http://www.JenniferLamontLeo.com/blog)

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First Line Friday: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas

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Today I am excited to be featuring Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep. This wonderful collection of Victorian Christmas novellas is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! CLICK HERE to see my review!

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The Old Lace Shop
London 1855

I have long abhorred black. It is a great abyss, sucking in the colours of the rainbow and wringing the life from them. The moniker of death.

 

I couldn’t help but toss in a couple extra lines for you! The words just flow from the page like liquid quicksilver.  This is one collection of stories you won’t want to miss.

 

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Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

Pour yourself a cuppa, get lost in the merriment of the season, and enjoy a Dickensian Christmas in three stories from fan-favorite Michelle Griep:

12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

A Tale of Two Hearts: Pleasure seeker William Barlow needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and Mina Scott is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?

The Old Lace Shop: Recently widowed Bella White is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome Edmund Archer, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed each of the three stories in this charming Dickens Christmas collection. The first two stories, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts each were first printed on their own. The new story in this collection is The Old Lace Shop. Since I have previously reviewed (and loved) the first two stories on their own, I will focus my attention on this review primarily with the new story, The Old Lace Shop.

Right from the very first page our heroine, Bella captured my sympathies and my heart. She chose to rise above the situation she found herself in and grab life by the reigns. Unconventional and determined, Bella is a strong heroine. I enjoyed watching her grow in this story.

Edmund Archer kept me on my toes. One moment I liked him, and the next I wanted to purse-whomp him. He was full of surprises! He isn’t the picture-perfect hero, he has his flaws. But just maybe that is what makes him so endearing, and unforgettable.

The setting of the story, while industrial, and dreary in its drab corner of England, is lit by its vivacious characters that rise above the backdrop and add color and life into their surroundings. I appreciate the fact that the author invites us into a less seldom view of a Victorian Christmas.

This collection of stories makes the perfect gift for the book-lover on your list and it is sure to become your new favorite Christmas tradition!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

2754194 I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Finding Ever After: four fairytale-ish novellas

 

About the Collection:

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairytales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

Finding Ever After

My Thoughts:

BetweenStairsAndStardustPepper Basham brings this Cinderella-like fairytale to life in Between Stairs and Stardust. A sweet story of a young lady who has lost her self-worth in a tangle of lies told by devious outsiders, and a young heir-apparent, who is quite unconventional. Will the secrets they each hold, keep them apart? With a look at how fairytales shape our lives and give us the freedom to imagine the seemingly impossible, this delightful story is sure to capture both your heart and your imagination and have you reaching for the stars.

With The Biltmore house as the backdrop, Pepper Basham brings this beautiful fairy tale to life!

 

EntanglementsWith the wedding date set, Esther knows that this match with Thomas Wheatherton would help solidify her father’s business with the connection that joining the two families. Given a last chance to sing a concert of her own, Esther sets out to make the best of the crumbling practice hall and the pianist that her fiance arranged.

Nic Ricci has a gift for music. He spends his days teaching math and tunes piano’s on the side. After the death of his mother in a horrible molasses accident, he has made taking care of his father is his primary goal.

Will two people from different walks of life find a connection with the music that speaks to their hearts? Can their vision of the future be altered to make room for the unexpected? Find out in Rachel McMillan’s Entanglements.

 

TwiceUponATimeFilled with Southern flair, a dash of humor and plenty of tea this sweet novella is one that is sure to charm your socks off! I enjoyed my time immersed in the lives of Emma and Sawyer. Two dynamic characters that I won’t soon forget!

Emma has known her share of disappointments and heartbreak, she has avoided going back home for the past several years, but the time has come to make a decision about the family home, and the pecan farm that her grandparents started many years ago. With a heart of shattered dreams weighing her down, can Emma look beyond the past to envision a new future? Find out in Ashley Clark’s Twice Upon A Time.

 

OnceBittenBook store owner Maggie Craft is facing another holiday get-away with her Step-mother and Step-sister. In an effort to thwart their constant nagging about her singleness she invites the local repairman, Griff to join her as her fake boyfriend. When sparks start to fly and the tall tales catch up with them, will it be too late to repair the damage?

This fun twist on the beloved fairy tale, Snow White is sure to have you laughing out loud and turning pages to see how things will all turn out.

 

(All thoughts an opinions are my own. I purchased a copy of this novella collection for my own personal enjoyment. I am not required to write a review.)

About the Authors:

To learn more about each author, click on the name below and you will be taken to that author’s web page.

Pepper Basham

Rachel McMillan

Ashley Clark

Betsy St. Amant

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First Line Fridays: Ladies of Intrigue

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring Ladies of Intrigue (3 tales of 19th-century romance with a dash of mystery) by Michelle Griep. Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won’t soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

I’ll share with you today the first few lines from the first novella in this wonderful collection.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?

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Port village of Treporth, Cornwall, England

Pretend I am courageous.
Pretend my heart still beats.
Pretend all manner of blissful things…
and that I shall find him alive.

Reaching a worn scrap of foolscap, Helen Fletcher tucked the paper into her valise, then snapped shut the clasp, wishing most of all she’d never received such horrid news. No one had ever warned her about the dangers of parchment.

Ladies of Intrigue

 

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Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham

Synopsis:

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

My Thoughts:

From the first sentence until the last word on the page, I was blissfully along for a literary journey with Jane and Titus. Our story begins in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains and then we travel to Bath England, where I was swept off my feet by the quirky Titus Stewart.

Ladies, Titus is sure to steal your heart! He is a prince charming in black-framed glasses, who occasionally get’s lost in his own creative genius story writing. Titus is quirky and a more than a little unsure of himself. But this just adds to his appeal. He has a heart of gold and is willing to go the extra mile to help a friend.

This fun novella is full of sleuthing mystery and Pepper’s signature light-hearted romance. You are sure to fall in love with Jane & Titus in this delightful story!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

pepperbarnsmile  Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

You can find “Jane by the Book” in the Once Upon A Laugh Novella Collection

Once Upon A Laugh: Eight Novellas filled with laughter 

 

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All for Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas of Love and Laughter

Synopsis:

Three of Christian historical fiction’s beloved authors come together in this romantic and humorous collection of novellas featuring prequels to their latest series. New and loyal fans alike will enjoy these novellas previously released only as ebooks. Connealy’s “The Boden Birthright” journeys to the Old West, where ranch hand Chance Boden’s determination to be his own boss is challenged by his employer’s pretty daughter. Hunter’s “A Lady of Esteem” follows a Regency-era young lady whose chance at love and reputation in society are threatened by a nasty rumor. Turano’s “At Your Request” tells of a young woman who is humbled at her newly lowered status in society when she is reunited with the very man whose proposal she rejected.

My Thoughts:

A little something for everyone can be found in this enjoyable collection of stories. From heart-broken, handsome cowboy with a huge heart and an adorable son. To feisty heroines in the Regency era that are sure to keep you on your toes!

I went from gasping from surprise to laughing in merriment! The talented authors in this collection didn’t hold back from writing delightful, page-turning stories that are just the right length when you are needing a little break from the daily hum-drum. The perfect escape back in time to explore a different setting.

A fun trio of stories is sure to bring a smile to your face and keep you turning pages late into the night. I give this collection 4-stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Authors:

MaryConnealyMary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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KristyAnnHunterKristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

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JenJen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.

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  All for Love: 3 Historical Romance Novellas of Love & Laughter