Annette Lyon Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 12) by: Annette Lyon
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The ANNETTE LYON COLLECTION contains brand new contemporary romance novella OUR SONG, as well as five hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Annette’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of three contemporary and three historical romance novellas.
In OUR SONG, a charming romance novella, Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares.
In the sweet novella GOLDEN SUNRISE, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time.
FIRSTS AND LASTS, an enchanting novella, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.
In the compelling novella WAR OF HEARTS, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test.
The captivating novella BETWEEN THE LINES follows Jane Martin, who is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find true friendship. The program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected, and unknown to Jane, one of the men in her city becomes her writing friend. Thomas Allred has always known shy and quiet Jane, but reading her letters written to his secret persona, opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. The only trouble is, Jane doesn’t know that the man who she is falling in love with through letters is also Thomas, the man who is falling in love with her in person.
In the charming novella A TASTE OF HOME, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of the past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday, with William.
I love Annette's books. The are so light hearted and clean. They are books I love sharing with both my Mother and my Daughter. She always writes in a way any age will love her stories. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review so here they are:
I loved this novella and I love visiting Yellowstone. Cassie found herself trying to compare her relationship with Matt to the one her friends were trying to make her believe they had. My favorite part of this story was: “Even hidden beneath a mountain, the magma is always there. It will always be hotter and last longer than any firework display. Fireworks may look flashy for a few seconds, but they burn right out.” She went onto her toes and pressed her lips to his briefly again. Then she pulled back slightly, so their noses nearly touched. “I thought I wanted fireworks. But I forgot that I already had— that we already have— the real thing: magma.” Sometimes it takes looking at something again to realize things are really as bad as they first seemed and what you have is already pretty great!
Natalie and Adam were high school sweethearts but after a bad break up at graduation the last thing she wanted was to reconnect. When they end join Vegas for a wedding of their best friends they can't seem to avoid each other. Vegas holds a special place in my heart because my husband and I were married there. I love that they were both able to reminisce about their good times together and in the end got their happy ending!
FIRSTS AND LASTS
I loved this story. The chance of meeting someone on the street that you can form an instant bond with is pretty rare. Dani and Mark were fast friends with a lot in common. My favorite line from this story is, "And I can’t help but think that no matter how miserable all of the hard parts will be, they’ll be easier if you’re there going through them with me.” Everyone needs someone to help them they the hard parts of life! They got their happy ending!
WAR OF HEARTS
Anna and Pete had broken up and in their attempts to run away from each other it only led them back to one another. Sometimes it takes being apart to realize that you really are meant to be together. This story also teaches the importance of communication I think things would have been a little easier for them if they would have been able to talk it out. All in all though it was a great story!
BETWEEN THE LINES
The Love Letter collection is one of my favorites of the Anthologies! This novella is so sweet I love how Jane and Thomas were able to form such a wonderful relationship through letter writing and in turn it helped their in person relationship at the same time. If you loved this story defiantly get the Love Letter Collection!
A TASTE OF HOME
I love the magic of Christmas time. I love how these 2 childhood 'enemies' where thrown together during Christmas time. How they were able to make the best of the situation and to fall in love! It shows how even the smallest kind gestures can really go a long way!