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New Release Review! THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE: Timeless Regency Collection (Book 18)

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Title: The Inns of Devonshire: Timeless Regency Collection (Book 18)
Authors: Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, & Deborah M. Hathaway
Genre: Regency Romance,Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Mirror Press (October 5, 2021)
Length: (300) pages
Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 
Tour Dates: October 4-17, 2021

Three novellas, three times the romance, and three times the love . . . in this brand new Timeless Regency Collection

The Seventh Star Inn, by Sally Britton

After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?

The Truth About Mr. Blackmore, by Annette Lyon

Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?

The Coachman’s Choice, by Deborah M. Hathaway

Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who’s immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his pursuit of Mary becomes more than just a game…

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Review:

An absolutely lovely collection of novellas from three new-to-me authors!

There’s not a single duke, earl, or marquess to be found here–instead the heroes of these stories are a newly-inherited landowner, an up-and-coming author who was born in poverty, and a coachman. All three are newcomers (or at least mere visitors) to the small towns in Devonshire where their heroines have been living their similar, non-aristocratic lives: one across the street from an inn with her widowed mother, another essentially as a servant at her aunt and uncle’s inn, and the third as proprietress of an inn with her mother. None of them are expecting love, but that doesn’t stop love from finding them.

The first two stories–Collin and Susan’s in The Seventh Star Inn and Mattias and Leigh’s in The Truth About Mr. Blackmore–feature couples who have recently met and fall in love fairly quickly, yet their relationships don’t feel at all rushed or unrealistic. Robert and Mary of The Coachman’s Choice have known each other longer, though for much of that time their relationship was routine flirtation on his end and mild annoyance with him on hers. Eventually they become friends, though, and that gradually grows into something more.

In two of the stories–The Seventh Star Inn and The Coachman’s Choice, the heroes think they know what they want out of life until the heroines show them, one more directly than the other, that they might need to re-examine their way of thinking and choose a different direction. Love helps them to open their eyes to new possibilities. The Truth About Mr. Blackmore is a Cinderella story of sorts, with two artistic souls who may or may not be helped along to their HEA with a little fairy magic.

These were all quick reads, and were ultimately quite satisfying. All three couples were easy to root for and their stories made me smile–I’d read more from any of these authors in a heartbeat.

Rating: 4 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the series:

Since 2015, Mirror Press has been publishing the Timeless Regency Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.  

About the authors:

Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.

Sally primarily lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, and Izzie the Aussie Shepherd. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.

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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. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, and some 120+ articles. She’s worked as a professional editor for publishers and bestselling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.

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Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she devoured Jane Austen’s novels while watching and re-watching every adaptation she could. She finds inspiration for her novels during her travels with her English husband to the United Kingdom, where she draws on the beauty of the country in such places as Ireland, Yorkshire, and her beloved Cornwall. Be sure to sign up for Deborah’s Newsletter to stay updated on new releases, free and discounted Clean Romance novels, and more!

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Join the virtual book tour of THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE, a collection of novellas by bestselling authors Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, & Deborah M. Hathaway, October 4-17, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in Regency romance, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of the release of the 18th book in the bestselling Timeless Regency Collection with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new anthology set in Regency England.

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