An amazing collection of British romance. My only complaint is that every story seemed too short!
Three of the novels followed a certain white mask, used at once to conceal features and reveal true love. My favourite of the three, Love’s Unmasking, tells the tale of Matthew Leighton and Amaryllis, both of whom are surprised to find themselves engaged. The decision to conceal their true natures from the other is nearly the undoing of their engagement; which actually, come to think of it, was their point. Good thing God sees the heart of the matter!
Three other novels highlight a certain type of Highland Rose, first grown by a serf for her lord, and kept alive through the generations following. Of these three, my favourite was English Tea and Bagpipes. When a prejudiced Scotswoman finds out her sister is eloping with an Englishman, she rushes across Scotland to stop them. She is joined on her journey (entirely against her will) by the brother of her sister’s intended. By the end of the journey she is almost ready to change her tune.
The other three were stand-alone novels, but interesting in their own right. A terrified governess, a library renovators’s maiden daughter, and a persistent young debutante are the heroines in these stories. The heroes are: a horse-trainer, a bookish and exasperated nobleman, and an orchard-tender. Has your curiosity been piqued yet?
Thank you to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Barbour Publishing Inc. for providing me with this excellent novel to read and review. I think I’ll be adding it to my personal library as soon as possible!