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Together Mass Market Paperback – 16 Aug 2017
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Now back in print with the addition of the beloved classic "Switch," New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller's breathtaking anthology is filled with the promise of love. Five unforgettable tales, together in one volume . . .
Together . . . for a second chance at life and love--THAT OTHER KATHERINE
Together . . . when misdirected desire unexpectedly leads to lasting happiness--STORE-BOUGHT WOMAN
Together . . . as mistrust turns into steadfast devotion--THE SCENT OF SNOW
Together . . . a couple once torn apart by greed is now reunited by a vow of eternal love--IN ALL SEASONS
Together . . . twin sisters change places with romantic consequences in--SWITCH
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This book has 4 short stories about love. I absolutely love to curl up on a cold day with a hot cup of tea and re-read these stories.
When I started reading Together, an anthology of five novellas by Linda Lael Miller, I had an “ut-oh” moment because the first was a historical and I tend to stay away from most historicals. However, the writing was compelling, so I stuck with it.
Reading romance novellas requires that the reader suspends some of the expectations that they bring to novel reading. Obviously characters can’t be as developed as they are in novels and there is more of a chance of insta-love. Of the five novellas, four were historicals, although one involves time travel (or something like it), and I found that I didn’t really care about the insta-love. In most cases, the two already people knew each other, which kind of quells ragings about insta-love.
What I loved was Miller’s use of swoon. For some reason a lot of romance writers are forgetting the build-up in order to get to the main event, which is kind of sad because in real relationships all of the build-up is very swoon-worthy, the smoldering looks, the flirtation, the kisses…. Anyway, before I go any further into a tangent, Miller’s stories have swoon. If you’re a fan of that, you may love these stories.
I enjoyed all of the novellas with the exception of the last one. Please note, the blurb above is wrong for the last novella in this anthology. It’s called “Switched.” While it does incorporate a cat named Lazarus, very cool cat by the way, it isn’t about sparring families but about a pair of twins who switch lives. “Switched” falls into more of the romantic suspense line and I feel it would have been better as a full-length novel. Unlike the others, it is not historical and the “insta-love” to me felt really unbelievable. As I said, it would have benefited from a longer treatment.
My favorites of the novellas were “That Other Katherine,” which had a time travelish kind of theme and “The Scent of Snow,” about a woman who pretends to be a man’s wife and taking over his plot of land because she thinks he was killed.
These novellas are great to slip in when you have a short amount of time and just want a snack kind of read.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
IN ALL SEASONS takes place in medieval times where two young hearts were torn apart by betrayal. A few years later the young couple meet again, one deathly ill and the other devoted to the church. By working through their differences, they find their love never truly died.
THE SCENT OF SNOW is a touching story about a young lady devoted to her two younger sisters. Her devotion includes taking over the claim of a homestead and making a home out of very little. Later, the real owner comes to claim his home. Having suffered a lenghtly illness, he was delayed in claiming the plot of land he'd worked so hard to attain. He arrives in town to find that he's married...and that his "wife" is a woman from his past...
STORE BOUGHT WOMAN takes place on a farm...a mail order bride is abandoned by the ne'er-do-well brother of a steady man. The bride, coming from the East, is appalled at being abandoned but her good nature comes through and she and the brother rub along well, so well in fact...
I'm not a fan of science-fiction/time travel, but THAT OTHER KATHERINE was a good read. Both Katherines (one good and one bad) are in life threatening situations. One exists in modern day, the other in colonial times - they switch places through both making a wish to "die" at the same time. Only one survives... and she must win the trust and love of a special man.