An Autumn Kiss by Laura Rollins, Annette Lyon, and Lisa H. Catmull
An Autumn Kiss is a collection of three novellas in the Timeless Victorian (romance) Collection.
Genre/Categories: Fiction, Historical Romance, Victorian Romance, Short Story Collection
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My Summary of An Autumn Kiss:
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An Autumn Kiss is a Victorian romance novella collection. All three stories are set during the Autumn months and feature closed-door romances.
- “The Plucky Miss Ruth” by Laura Rollins
Highly imaginative Ruth Hughes entertains the idea that she is caught in a time loop. Ruth’s favorite genre is time travel, so she knows she must complete a task to break the loop. While on her daily walk, she meets the handsome Lord Lambert who agrees to help her. This story is sweet and lighthearted with delightful dialogue and likable characters.
- “Mr. Dowling’s Remedy” by Annette Lyon
Beverly Stanton and Crandall Dowling meet in an insane asylum. Beverly is committed because of “hysteria” (but seems perfectly sane) and Crandall suffers from verbal and physical tics (which are misunderstood as something to fear). In addition to becoming close friends and confidants, they figure out ways to make the best of their situations and also experience a growing attraction for each other. Tragedy strikes the asylum and it might change both of their lives.
- “A Railway Through the Roses” by Lisa H. Catmull
Mr. Adrian Everard must marry an heiress before Christmas to fund a desperately needed railroad. For the railroad project to proceed, Lady Anne Baxter must agree to sell her garden which stands in its path. Adrian and Anne are childhood friends. She is a bit jealous and sabotages his marriage prospects and he is fearful of losing his best friend (and perhaps the woman he really loves).
If you are in the mood for three gently-told Victorian romance stories, you might enjoy this collection. All stories are chaste (closed door romance) with no graphic details, violence, or profanity. Perfect light reading for an afternoon by the fire with a cup of tea or mug of hot chocolate.
I adore the first sweet and lighthearted story. However, the second story is my favorite because it reminds me of other books I’ve read about women in this time period who were committed to insane asylums on a word from their husbands or fathers. See my reviews for Woman 99 (histfic) and The Woman They Could Not Silence (narrative nonfiction). “Mr. Dowling’s Remedy” is thoughtful and page-turning. Beverley and Crandall are likable and well-drawn in this novella-length story. I love the engaging plot and the realistic and hopeful ending.
Readers who are fans of Victorian romance and are looking for light reading and chaste romance might enjoy this engaging hisfic/romance novella collection.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Authors of An Autumn Kiss, Laura Rollins, Annette Lyon, and Lisa H. Catmull
Laura Rollins has always loved a heart-melting happily ever after. It didn’t matter if the story took place in Regency England, or in a cobbler’s shop, if there was a sweet romance, she would read it. Life has given her many of her own adventures. Currently she lives in the Rocky Mountains with her best-friend, who is also her husband, and their four beautiful children. She still loves to read books and more books; her favorite types of music are classical, Broadway, and country; she loves hiking in the mountains near her home; and she’s been known to debate with her oldest son about whether Infinity is better categorized as a number or an idea.
Annette Lyon is a USA Today Bestselling author. She’s won a Whitney Award (2010) and is an eight-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal for fiction and short stories. Lyon is the author of more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, and some 120+ articles. In addition, she’s worked as a professional editor for publishers and bestselling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.
Lisa H. Catmull is the author of sweet contemporary and historical romances. Her books have been nominated for Swoony, RONE, and Whitney awards. She earned a Bachelor of Art in English from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Catmull currently lives between a canyon and a lake in Utah with her husband, two cats, and two rambunctious children.
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The second book was my favorite as well, but they were all good. Wonderful reviews!
Thanks Wendy! They were a nice change of pace!