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12.31.2013

In Love and War ~ Review

In Love and War
By Carla Kelly

In Love and War is a compilation of four regency romances by Carla Kelly.   Included in this collection is The Light WithinA Hasty Marriage, Something New, and The Background Man.

In The Light Within finds Lord Thomas Waggoner trying to stop his older brother from ruining the family.  But through a mistake in identity he accidentally spirits away the wrong woman.  

Blessing Whittier and her mother-in-law are trying to get the British Admiralty to admit that they sank her husband's ship.  But the lords of the Admiralty have little time for American women and their troubles.  When she receives a letter promising to settle her matter - she believes that this is the answer that she's been waiting for.

The Light Within is a short yet delightful story that will give you a pleasant and enjoyable afternoon.

In A Hasty Marriage a runaway old maid of 32 (ouch!) and a widowed captain are about to be caught up in the early days of war.  Captain Hiram Titus has brought the Hasty to England, but the threat of war may make this his last voyage for a long time.  Meanwhile Ann Utley is a spinster of independent means who escapes from a coming proposal by way of a tree.  When they meet in Portsmouth they are attracted to one another but with such a short acquaintance nothing can come of it.  Or will the efforts of well-meaning friends speed things along?

In Something New Major John Redpath's duty to a young French orphan is about to throw a wrench into the upcoming nuptials of his friend Lieutenant Sir Edmund Parkhill.  With a fiancee who in her sister's estimation is becoming an ogre this is a wedding to be remembered.  Maire Deux is a delightful addition into their home in widowed Audrey Winkle's opinion, but her mother, Mrs. Caldwell and her sister Emmeline only find fault and scandal in the four year old orphan.  But Marie's presence is about to play matchmaker.

In The Background Man Charles Mortimer is overseeing the opening of the Grand Hotel.  He is acting as a temporary manager until Mr. Simmons recovers from his gout.  Malaria has kept Charles from advancing in his career, but he occupies his time by recording his memories of Wellington's time in India.  But Miss Millicent Carrington is about give him something else to occupy his mind.  But what will Charles choose - the rules of the Grand Hotel or his heart?

Four delightful stories from the Regency period to wile away the winter hours...  If you've read Carla Kelly before you won't be disappointed in For Love and War.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:
Beloved romance writer Carla Kelly shares a treasured collection of wonderfully written stories of dashing war heroes and the sassy heroines who can’t help falling for them. From daring sea captains to genteel lords, there’s a little something for every heart’s fancy. Readers everywhere will adore these four regency romances—now available together for the first time in one must-have book!

About the Carla Kelly:
Award-winning author Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.