Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Mirror Press
Genre: Regency Romance
Dates Read: October 24-25, 2020
Format: Paperback copy provided by authors
Rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows:
Rule 1: Be a widow.
Rule 2: Have an impeccable reputation.
Rule 3: Don’t fall in love again.
AN HEIR TO SPARE by Rebecca Connolly
Widowhood has changed much for Anna—Lady Lyndham—but an unconventional heir to the estate was not something she had anticipated. Nor had she anticipated that he would have no intention of forcing her out, although he has every right to. And she certainly did not anticipate finding him handsome, charming, and unfailingly generous. But Ned Richards, the new Lord Lyndham, has a world of surprises in store for her, and not anticipating them will become quite the adventure.
THE WIDOW OF LAVENDER COTTAGE by Jen Geigle Johnson
As a widow, Lillian Hunter has never been in love and plans to never marry again, so the rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows suit her just fine. Her days are spent attempting to transform her newly inherited Lavender Cottage into a livable space until Oliver Wentworth shows up, asking for her late husband. Anxious to establish himself as a landed gentry in Somerset, Oliver is none too pleased to discover that a widow lives alone in a tiny run down cottage bordering his new property. The fact that she’s young and attractive only adds frustration to his sense of responsibility over her. And confound her, she challenges his every attempt to help manage her affairs.
A PROMISE FORGOTTEN by Heather B. Moore
Charlotte Ashford never thought she’d marry a vicar, and she never thought she’d find herself widowed with a young child to care for on her own. She certainly never thought she’d return to Somerset to live with her mother again, and Charlotte never thought she’d see him again. But Lord Wilshore has never forgotten her, and he has never forgotten their promise made long ago. Charlotte would love nothing more than for Lord Wilshore to forgive her, but too much heartache and too much time might make that impossible. Friendship is all she can hope for, but that hope may be dashed as well.
First off, I absolutely LOVE these three authors. I also really love a good collection of short stories, so this one was a favorite before I even got it, but now that I have read it, I can say that this one is definitely fabulous! If you’re a Regency fan, the story of these widows is fabulous, and I think you’ll enjoy them as well!
I thought that the strength of these women was portrayed wonderfully, and each had such a unique and lovely story. I loved the get-togethers and “lessons” that the secret widows society held, as you got to meet some of the other widows (side-characters) in the stories. I would absolutely love to see another collection with more of the widows stories!
Special thanks to the authors; Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B. Moore, and Rebecca Connolly who sent me a paperback copy. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.