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Since He Is There To he is there to Fiona from the shadowsVaucoeur served in the military with Fiona s brother James and read Fiona s loving letters to the man He fell for the girl in those letters and since he carries a secret which he believes would keep Fiona from returning his feelings and since he carries a secret which he believes would keep Fiona from returning his feelings just watches her from the shadows for ball after ballLittle does he know that Fiona is aware f his gaze and Peppermint Tea of his identity and that she hungers for him almost as much as he does for her When the ballroom ceiling topples Fiona and Vaucoeur are separated from thether dancers and have a chance to Sunny Holiday open up to eachtherThis story had a lot Zhang Xin: On the Return to China of potential but it was weighed down by the heightened rather purple language For example But did she know all For if she did not and they finally spoke he could not withhold from her the truthOther examples her insides pirouetted I pictured a miniature ballerina in Fiona s belly and Her throat caught upon a swellf awe Another problem with the story is that Vaucoeur s baggage was heavy and involved Fiona s brother yet these serious issues were cleared up in the blink 親指の恋人[oyayubi no koibito] of an eyeDespite the language and the heavy baggager perhaps partly because f them Ashe conjures an atmosphere filled with tension both sexual and romantic There is good chemistry between the characters I give this ne a CAshe mentions in a note after the story that these characters have appeared in a couple Eureka Street of her books so I wasn t sure if their romance is followed in thosether books as well Turkestan Solo: A Journey Through Central Asia or not This left me with mixed feelings becausef my response to the Maya Rodale story Once Upon a Dream by Maya RodaleAnnabelle a newspaper columnist is desperately in love with her boss Derek Knightly Since Derek seems blivious Annabelle asked her readers for advice n how to attract a man s attention One I nostri giorni con Anna of them Marriage Minded Mama from Mayfair has suggested arranging to be caught in a compromising position with the man she lovesAnnabelle dresses to a ball in something referred to as The Dress designed to catch a man s eye She gets Knightly s attention Soon they are in a private alcove kissing and going further until she snaps awake from the daydream Like thethers this is not a long story and the daydream takes up a full third Ferrugem Americana of it When I realized Annabelle had been dreaming everything I felt thwartedUnfortunately the latter two thirdsf the story aren t any satisfying Another dream takes up another third Storie ciniche of the story And in the final third everything is resolved in a rushed unsatisfying wayA second huge issue I had with this story was that it lacked conflict either externalr internal Yes we were told that Annabelle couldn t get Derek s attention but everything we were shown indicated Party in the Blitz otherwiseAlmost as soon as Derek appears in this story it s clear he is attracted to Annabelle and a pager two later he gets very serious about her His commitment to her comes The Russians Tender Lover (The Sisterhood, outf nowhere at least to this reader who has not read the books that are linked to this storyFurther since I didn t know Annabelle Fred Cress: Stages or Derek from the previous books I needed a reason to connect with them I wasn t givenne here In a story this short the characters need to uickly become sympathetic The Nibelungenlied or fascinatingr at least a little compelling None Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend of that happened here so I was left feeling indifferent to whetherr not Derek an Annabelle ended up togetherI was further frustrated when I reached the end Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme of the story and read that Derek and Annabelle have theirwn book Seducing Mr Knightly That being the case I wasn t sure if any Happy Ever After: Escaping Narrative Traps About How to Live of the scenes in Once Upon a Dream were excerpted from Seducing Mr Knightly Whetherr not they were I ended up feeling I had been advertised to rather than entertained D The School Werewolf PTA of Wooing for Inept Book Collectors by Miranda NevilleThis story was the reason I purchased Once Upon a Ballroom After the Rodale story I was half afraid to read it I wondered if it too would feel like a marketing gimmick rather than a work designed to entertain I should have trusted the author Miranda Neville s Burgundy Club works have all been charming touching and funny and this little story was no exceptionBelinda Lawrence has recently lost her father and wonders what to do with his book collection James Lord Corton a childhood friend whom it was always assumed she d marry is thene she turns to for adviceBelinda has always loved James but he seems to see her as a sister He calls her Binny and doesn t look beyond her spectacles When she broaches the topic The Little Demon of the book collection she hopes that James will propose at last If they marry her books will have a loving home and so she ho. A wicked wonderful dream can indeed come true how sometimes behaving asne should not can lead to the most passionate results and how the truest love is a bond no scandal can shake Anything can happen at a ball. Four short fun stories from a uartet Prince From Her Past of very talented writers Certainly worth your 99 centsn Kindle 4 very short but very sweet stories Fun I really enjoyed the story by Caroline Linden which pushed up the Vademecum Per Gli Operatori Nei Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici overall score a lotIt really caused me to gnash my teeth though whenne Chicana Falsa: And Other Stories of Death, Identity, and Oxnard of thether authors referred to boxes f chocolates and how expensive it was for the gentlemen to give them to young ladies Bearing in mind that they would have had to have come through a worm hole from some fifty years in the future this is not surprising Free at Smashwords I m a Caroline
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this anthology beforethe linden story the truth about anthology beforeThe Linden story The Truth About stands alone and I don t think is connected to any ther series Archeologia del Sottosuolo Metodologie a Confronto (2 Vol Set) of hers and was a sweet and understated married couple remains steadfast a short short novellasnothing catched my eye except for the last story Caroline LInden s novella was the best in thisffering The rest just left too much Huh do I have to get the full story My favourite story was Miranda Neville s the School Buried Secrets of Wooing for Inept Book Collectors I read this before and liked it enough but re read it after reading the 1st2nd and 4th bookf the Burgundy Club series and enjoyed it so much better since now I knew who the secondary characters were and understood the inside jokesI am a fan Operación Primicia: el ataque de Montoneros que provocó el golpe de 1976 of all 4 authors but as an anthology thisne isn t as good as At the Dukes Wedding35 stars average with MN s story Why Pandas Do Handstands outweighing thethers The following review appeared at Dear Author ReadersRecently I purchased the self published anthology Once Upon a Ballroom Original Short Stories and Exclusive Excerpts I was drawn to this anthology by my interest in Miranda Neville s story The School f Wooing for Inept Book Collectors I ve enjoyed everything I have read by Neville by which I mean the four books in her Burgundy Club seriesTo a lesser degree I ve also enjoyed a couple f Caroline Linden s books and she too has a story in this anthology Rounding The List: el día en que mi vida cambió out the anthology are stories by Katharine Ashe and Maya Rodale neitherf whom I had read before but I was game to try them The anthology was priced at nly 99 cents so I figured I had little to loseEach story is followed by an excerpt from a novel by the same author but I will not be reviewing these since I consider excerpts I don t seek ut akin to advertisements I have a bit to say Submission With a Stranger on that topic at the endf the review but first reviews Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero of the four stories The Truth About Love by Caroline LindenBookish Miranda married the glamorous sought after Damien Earlf Roxbury and has been happy with him ever since Damien has been devoted and attentive to her so Miranda s faith in her husband remains unshaken when her gossipy sister in law informs her that Damien has taken up with another woman Helen MortonDamien was r less rdered by the Prince Regent to come to Brighton and give his advice The Rat and the Tiger on the buildingf the pavilion there He has written to Miranda regularly give his advice Pirate Princess on the buildingf the pavilion there He has written to Miranda regularly letters that assure her Otogi Zoshi: Volume 1 of his love But as and people hearf his affair and tell Miranda that she should not have married Damien and as the letter stop arriving it becomes harder for Miranda to keep the faithMiranda was a very sympathetic figure in this story and I could completely understand her reasons for believing in her husband even in the face Arcadia of evidence to the contrary I was glad when her faith was rewarded but this story like thethers in the anthology felt short to me I was expecting something novella length but it was The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances of a short storyr perhaps a novelette Il bicchiere scrivente on the short side Moren the length Damaged of content issue laterA bigger problem with The Truth About Love is that while there was uite a bit about Damien in Miranda s thoughts henly showed up in person so to speak for a couple Table For Two of pages at the endf the story After all the doubts that were cast Disney Manga: Descendants - The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Book 2 on him that really wasn t enough for me especially since it was basically his word against everyone else sI wanted evidencef Damien s faithfulness but even I wanted the L'ispettore Alì al Trinity College opportunity to know him better so that I could be sure he and Miranda were a good match This felt like a story about Miranda than a story about the twof them and the ending felt abrupt although the author has a nice voice For these reasons The Truth About Love gets a C C from me Ask Me To Dance by Katharine AsheIn this story Lady Fiona attends a ball in honor Kejsarn av Portugallien of the debut her friend Cecily a girlf low born gentility with two maiden aunts and no status to bring her Fol out This ball is described in the French Countf Vaucoeur s point The True Tale of Castaway Daniel Foss of view as a miserably unfashionable fete in a dilapidated townhouse. Anriginal anthology f short stories set in the glittering ballrooms f Regency England by Caroline Linden Katharine Ashe Maya Rodale and Miranda NevilleDiscover how a masked ball can turn friends into lovers how. .
Pes will sheJames has actually at last noticed Belinda but he does not know if she wants to marry him ¿Quién yo? or if she d prefer the freedom to choose another husband He almost works up the nerve to ask her to marry him but at the last minute trepidation gets the betterf himWhen he confides this to Taruin Compton a fellow member SJWs Never Lie: Censorship is Tolerance! Freedom is Slavery! Ignorance is Strength! of the Burgundy Club a societyf book collectors Taruin suggests that James needs the Taruin Compton School f Wooing for Inept Book Collectors Taruin advises James to discard his plan to dress as Henry VIII to an upcoming masuerade and wear
A Highwayman Costume Instead Behind highwayman costume instead Behind highwayman s mask Taruin promises James will find it easier to woo BelindaOf course Taruin s stratagem doesn t go ff without a few hitches The humorous and emotional situations resulting from the change The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang of costume are half the fun but the endearing characters were even central to my enjoyment James and Belinda both felt kind and sympathetic but never ingratiatingr cloyingI sometimes think that half the reason I prefer flawed characters is that so many times with sympathetic characters I can see the author s hand manipulating me to like them The thing I so appreciate about Neville s writing is that I never get this feeling with her books Her characters are likable and even sweet but in a way that feels fresh and realIn this way they resemble the execution f the storyline in The School f Wooing for Inept Book Collectors There is nothing new in a storyline about a heroine who has always loved the hero from Collectors There is nothing new in a storyline about a heroine who has always loved the hero from and a hero who hasn t noticed her until now It s the same premise used in Rodale s Once Upon a Dream but whereas in the latter I didn t care in The School Bellezza crudele of Wooing the same familiar premise sang to meSmall touches such as Belinda s reminiscencef her father reading Robinson Crusoe to her when she was young and James cradling the same book as carefully as he would an infant wit sprinkled here and there and most Encanto: New Poems of all a certain tenderness in the characters make this plot feel as fresh as the Belinda and James doWhat keeps thisne from an A range grade is that even here the story feels a touch too short I wish I had the chance to know these two people betterThere are also times when I want just a little emotion There s a moment near the end The Return of the Dancing Master of the story when James does something boneheaded that hurts Belinda He apologizes uickly and it s resolved very fast a bit too fast for my taste I wanted the chance to feel Belinda s hurt and anger a little longer since that would have made James s apology that much sweeter So this story gets a BBefore I close this review I want to say a bit about the lengthf the stories Again these are not novella length stories but shorter works I was expecting novellas and that led me to disappointmentOnce Upon a Ballroom was 1757 locations long The Mother of All Meltdowns on my Kindle According to this post a location translates to roughly 22r 23 words If true this means that the anthology is somewhere around 40000 words in length The four stories are each according to my calculations between 7000 28 pages and 9000 36 pages words in length Together they make up about 79% The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future of the anthology while around 16%f the rest is comprised Dark Wind of excerpts from the authors upcoming novels and roughly another 5% is About the Authors contentI was inspired to getut my calculator and figure all this Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Infernal Devices out because he brevityf the stories and my feeling that three Banana: A Global History of the four ranged from so so to downright frustrating caused me to feel cheated before I read the Neville story despite the low 99 cent price And even after I read that story I didn t feel that anthology was the bargain it had seemed to be at firstConsidering that I can spend the same 99 centsn the De twijfel van Salaì occasional good full length novel that sn sale Brendan Behan's New York or something like Milan s The Governess Affair I feel that with this anthology I got less for my dollar and importantly less for the time I put inOnce Upon a Ballroom is alsoften available free Happenstance 2 of charge At such lowno cost some readers may find it worth checkingut but expectations should be adjusted according to the length Porter of the content and the proportionf excerpts to complete storiesSincerelyJanine Ballard Not great not bad just Max Havelaar: Ovvero le aste del caffè della Società di commercio olandese okay Overall a cute collectionf stories I ve read books by each Argentina Indigena - Historia Argentina 1 of these authors and uite enjoyed mostf them so this anthology was a nice readMaya Rodale s story was a bit disappointing though It was basically a prologue Margot of sorts for the same book that is then previewed Thether three were all complete short storiesMy favorite was Miranda Neville s and I also uite liked Caroline Linden s This is definitely worth checking Waco's Badge ou. Scandal passion disaster and true loveFeaturingThe Truth About Love by Caroline LindenAsk Me to Dance by Katharine AsheOnce Upon a Dream by Maya RodaleThe Schoolf Wooing for Inept Book Collectors by Miranda Nevil. .
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