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Autumn Glory and Other Stories Hardcover – 17 August 2015
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- Publisher : Untreed Reads Publishing (17 August 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1611877865
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611877861
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.6 x 22.86 cm
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AUTUMN GLORY is an old story, but I very much enjoyed Metzger's take on it. Three daughters, the first two spoiled by their mother, the youngest somewhat disdained, are to be wed (at least their mother has decided so). Enter several eligible bachelors for the Hunt and the Hunt Ball, only no one ends up with whom Lady Bannister had plotted. The youngest daughter--Irmagard!--is definitely the star of the show and a heroine to remember!
THE MANAGEMENT REQUESTS was my favorite of the stories--the heroine, Hope, mistakes the hero, Arthur, for the manager of the hotel, an impression he does not initially correct because he thinks it doesn't matter, but of course it ends mattering a lot. It is ridiculous--and quite funny--yet also believable. Arthur, a war hero who feels pretty embarrassed about his limp, is also smart and kind and perfectly ready to marry Hope--if only she hadn't exaggerated and made him think she was engaged to someone else! This is the only regency I have read that is almost entirely in a hotel, and I found both the history and the love story wonderful.
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN--OR HELL really startled me at first--St. Peter and the Devil begin and end the story arguing over who will get a wicked duke's soul when he dies on the battlefield. They end up saving his life in order to settle a bet, and the Devil send an imp (in the shape of a dog) to ensure the Duke doesn't meet any "worthy women" who might save him. The imp is perfectly terrible at his job, leading to hilarity and a greet spin on an old cliche.
Autmn Glory - 5 stars. This story delivered what I expect from Ms. Metzger. I liked it. The heroine had inventive ways to prevent her mother from forcing her and her two older sisters to marry men they don't love. With the help of the hero, of course.
The Management Requests - 4 stars. The story line was fine. But I was surprised by references to 'the little soldier standing at attention.' It wasn't necessary, even if the phrasing was slightly amusing. And one of the things I like about Metzger's books is the squeaky clean romance.
A Match Made in Heaven - or Hell - 3 stars. Beginning the storywith a conversation between Saint Peter and Old Nick was different. Reminiscent a bit of the start of It's a Wonderful Life. I liked the dog Imp that Old Nick sent to prevent the romance. This story has a wee bit more sex than the one before. There are no steamy, explicit scenes, but it is just not quite as clean as I was expecting. Barbara Metzger can write wonderfully and doesn't need to rely on this to pull her stories through. Also, I just didn't care for the hero and heroine as much in this story. They weren't as likable or as developed as some of her others. I liked Saint Peter, Old Nick and Imp better.
Greetings of the Season is a better collection of stories. It is the reason I bought Autumn Glory.
My favorite books so far are Miss Lockharte's Letters and The Primrose Path.
As fun as any Metzger story I've ever read, with a predictable ending, but the joy is in the journey, not the destination.
The Management Requests
I liked how each chapter was titled in such a way as to be a request from the management of the hotel where Arthur and Hope meet. It was cute and clever plus the chapters followed along those lines in many ways without reading like a list. Metzger shows her humor in the telling of this tale as well.
A Match Made in Heaven-Or Hell
I was somewhat confused in the very beginning this somewhat omniscient narration going on that turned out to be good and evil arguing over Hugh's soul, but as soon as I understood what it was I loved that element of the story. It added a certain pizzazz to the story and plot. I truly loved every story in this collection and I highly recommend it to both fans of Barbara Metzger and lovers of regency romance. A great collection where each story would be worth something on it's own, but put all together for the reader's convenience!