Review – A Gentleman for All Seasons by Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, and Vanessa Kelly

A Gentleman for all SeasonsThe tiny village of Hemshawe is the sort of place where nothing ever happens…until a handsome ex-soldier and his matchmaking sister let the imposing manor house at the edge of town. The friendly Londoners shake up the staid people of Hemshawe, and villagers see each other in a new and oh-so-appealing light.

Suddenly long-sparring enemies become lovers, a town festival heralds a new start for a fallen woman and a dandy, and a man who has given up on love gets a second chance with the woman he never forgot. And the matchmaker herself? She won’t rest until she finds her own happily-ever-after…

A Madness in Spring by Kate Noble

Adam Sturridge has made Belinda Leonard’s blood boil since childhood, and the feeling is mutual. But when a would-be matchmaker arrives in the village of Hemshawe, she’d determined to erase the thin line between love and hate. Now, Belinda and Adam are faced with falling for someone they’ve always considered an enemy — can they overcome old prejudices and discover how to rub each other the right way?

The Summer of Wine and Scandal by Shana Galen

When viscount’s son and dandy Peregrine Lochley is temporarily exiled from London to the country for his misdeeds, the last thing he expects is to encounter an intriguing woman. But Caroline Martin has a secret to hide, and it just might be too scandalous for even this debauched rogue.

Those Autumn Nights by Theresa Romain

Ten years ago, wealthy Eliza Greenleaf broke lowly soldier Bertram Gage’s heart—but the last decade brought changes in fortune to them both. Now that he’s made his mark on the world, a twist of fate brings the Greenleaf family under his power. Will this war-hardened officer triumph over his former lover…or will Bertie and Eliza give love a second chance?

The Season for Loving by Vanessa Kelly

Miss Georgie Gage, matchmaker extraordinaire, is resigned to life as a spinster—almost. When notoriously aloof bachelor Fergus Haddon arrives from Scotland to spend Christmas with the Gage family, Georgie thinks she’s finally found her own perfect match—if, that is, she can get the handsome Highlander to agree!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Gentleman for All Seasons is a collection of four novellas which takes place over the course of a year in the village of Hemshawe.  I love how the same characters appear in each story, and one by one, they find their happy ever after.  The characters and situations are diverse, making for an enjoyable read


A Madness in Spring by Kate Noble

Nine year old Belinda came to live with her uncle when her parents died.  She immediately got off on the wrong foot with twelve year old Adam Sturridge, and for the next fourteen years, they have been sniping and picking at each other.  A new resident in town, Georgie Gage, observes them and immediately comes to the conclusion that they’re in love.  She manages to let each of them know that the other is in love with them, causing them to look at each other through new eyes.  Can a decade of being civil enemies be put aside to explore this new and scary attraction?  Fans of the enemies to lovers trope will enjoy this story.

 The Summer of Wine and Scandal by Shana Galen

Caroline Martin is ruined, and shunned by almost everyone in town.  She disappeared from home for six months, and all the gossips assume she had a child.  The truth is so much worse and so much sadder.  A visitor to town, Peregrine Lochley, is the son of a viscount, who has been temporarily banned from his home by his father.  He meets Caroline when his vehicle is stuck in the mud, and she manages to help him, allowing the dandy to keep his clothes clean.  He invites her and her family to dinner, not knowing that she is persona non grata.  Caroline fully expects the invitation to be cancelled once Lochley hears the gossip about her, but the invitation stands.  Though wary of men, Caroline continues to meet Lochley, and they are soon falling in love.  Then Lochley hears the truth in a most awful way.  Can there be any chance of future happiness?  Lochley is a dandy, but he turned into a most wonderful hero to a woman most deserving a happy ever after.

 Those Autumn Nights by Theresa Romain

Bertram (Bertie) Gage wants to take his sister, Georgie, out of the city and to the country where she can fully recover from her bout with pneumonia.  The opportunity to lease the home of the woman who jilted him ten years ago is too good to pass up.  Back then, Bertie was only a soldier, and Eliza’s family did not find him a suitable match for her.  They made plans to elope, but Eliza didn’t show.  Now the tables have turned – Bertie is well-to-do, and Eliza’s family is down and out.  Eliza never wed, and surprisingly calls on Bertie and Georgie, very friendly and very eager to renew her acquaintance with Bertie.  It would seem that she regrets their parting ten years ago, but she is holding back a secret.  Fans of the second chance at love trope will appreciate this story, though I confess that I never could fully warm to Eliza.

The Season for Loving by Vanessa Kelly

Georgette (Georgie) Gage is recovering from a serious bout with pneumonia.  Her newly married brother, Bertie, is suffocating her with his concern and good intentions.  It’s especially difficult now that the house is being run by Bertie’s new wife – Georgie has nothing to do.  She wants to return to town, but Bertie won’t allow it.  Then Fergus Haddon arrives in Hemshawe.  Fergus has most reluctantly been forced to leave his beloved Scotland and socialize with English ladies, one of whom his family hopes will become his bride.  Fergus isn’t interested in England or English ladies, he just wants to return home, and acts the male equivalent of a wallflower.  This dour Scot captures Georgie’s interest, and soon she suggests that they concoct a fake courtship.  Fergus is soon entranced with Georgie, and would like nothing more than a real courtship, but he is also hiding secrets.  This was my favorite story of the book, and I really liked Fergus, and enjoyed seeing Georgie, the matchmaker, find her own perfect match.

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