sunnuntai 8. tammikuuta 2017

Courtney Milan: A Novella collection

Courtney Milanin novellikokoelma sisältää neljä historiallista viihteellistä tarinaa, joissa kussakin on sisäänrakennettuna jonkinlainen yllätys: A Novella collection (NLA Digital Liaison Platform, 2013; ISBN 9781937248130).

Olin näistä novelleista lukenut aiemmin jo kolme, mutta nopealukuisia kun ne ovat, tulin silmäilleeksi läpi kaikki neljä, eivätkä ne ollenkaan huonosti toimineet, toisellakaan lukukerralla. Kevyttä viihdettä, mutta tarinoiden naishahmoissa on kuitenkin potkua enemmän kuin tässä lajityypissä yleensä.

The Governess Affair

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was sacked. Now she's demanding compensation from the man responsible: a petty, selfish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. Hugo Marshall handles all the duke's dirty business, and he's been ordered to get rid of her by fair means or foul. If only he didn't find her so compelling...

A Kiss for Midwinter

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. Still, no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the dark secret that nearly ruined her life. But someone else knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him... or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way...

What Happened at Midnight

Fleeing the consequences of her father's embezzlement, Mary Chartley takes a position as a lady's companion, only to find herself a virtual prisoner at Doyle's Grange, her employer's house. And then the nightmare truly begins: the man she loves, who also happens to be the man from whom her father stole, shows up at her door seeking recompense. And she has no way to pay him...

The Lady Always Wins

Railway financier Simon Davenant has waited seven years for a second chance with Virginia Croswell, his childhood sweetheart and best friend. He's not about to let his impending financial ruin destroy the opportunity. This time, he'll do anything he can to secure her hand in marriage--even if it means losing her heart for good.

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