“AGAINST THE ODDS
“AGAINST THE ODDS
The only problem with most novellas is that the story isn't long enough. The same is so with this story. I would have liked for it to be about twice as long. It is nice however to finally get Dr. Jake Lindly's story. He has appeared in a number of books and I have admired him through them all. I can't imagine what it was like to be a doctor during this time period. There was so much that was unknown. So many that died that we can prevent now. Dr. Lindly has always retained his friendly manner and his sense of humor. It is good that he finally finds a woman that will make hi happy.
Lydia Craven was a little bit of a surprise. First she is a genus at math and science second she is a very practical woman. Overall a perfect fit for Dr. Lindly. She will understand his having to go out at all hours on emergencies. She might also be able to help him with is work. Plus she has a family to keep both of them firmly grounded and among the living.
I was also delight to get a glimpse of Derek and Sara Craven's life. I loved their story and after reading this I am going to have to go back and re-read that book. Ms. Kleypas has once again prove that she can tell a wonderful story even when it is too short.
I read a review that this is the beginning of the series Brotherhood of the Sword. That can't be true since Draven and Sin are already married in this book. Anyway this is a very good story and while it would have been nice to have had it a little longer it is close to perfect as is. I am not normally a fan of medieval story but this one is short enough and well written enough to keep from thinking about how people could live in such primitive conditions. They, of course, didn't consider the conditions primitive but it makes you wonder. Simon is a wonderful hero. In fact, is what all heroes should be, brave, loyal, fearless, and compassionate. He is also a rarity as he can read and write which was not common during this period. Since he is the second son and base born he has no land or titles and therefore has no way to support a wife. He falls in love though and of coarse Ms. MacGregor finds a way for the couple to marry and live happily ever after. It isn't contrived either.
Kenna is a very progressive female for her time. She is willing to marry for alliances but would rather marry for love. Kenna is an even rare female for the time as she can also read and write. Which means she is intelligent as well as caring and compassionate. She is a loving individual that is the cousin to the king of Scotland and has money and titles that make her quite the catch. I like her simply because all of that didn't matter to her when she found the person that she loves.
While the story is short it is a full story. It never feels rushed. I will warn readers that you might want to keep tissues handy as the last few chapters and heart rending. Overall this a good enough story to make me curious about the rest of the series.
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
Thank heavens for Julia Quinn and her wonderful ability to write stories that can make you laugh out loud. This story is the perfect complement to follow Ms. MacGregor's story. The witty banter between Ned and Charlotte or Ned and his sister is outstanding. This story has an unusual twist to it and I loved it. Edward "Ned" Blydon is a wonderful man that desires to have a wonderful wife that he can love and cherish. It might seem at the beginning of the story that this won't happen but Ms. Quinn gives a nice love story with a happy ending. Charlotte Thornton is a witty and intelligent girl. She is quite honest and loyal although she can be a chatter box at times. She and Ned share many of the same interests and they seem to finish each others sentences from the first. Ms. Quinn even gets in a spicy love scene. It would have been nice to have a longer story however there is enough character building and quality time spent with the couple to establish a relationship. This is a great addition to the anthology. Ms. Quinn is a wonderful writer and that shines through in this story.”
“Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
I love the idea of this anthology, short stories about secondary characters from other books getting their HEAs. I find I end up loving a well drawn secondary character almost as much as the main ones so I thought this was a fabulous idea!
Against the Odds by Lisa Kleypas
This novella was the reason I was so eager to read this anthology, I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas, and Dreaming of You is one of my favourite books, so seeing a novella that has my book husband Derek Craven in it had me very excited. Lydia, is Derek and Sara's daughter and like her father she is very mathmatically minded but also very sensible and makes decisions using her head and not her heart. But, could this be the right thing to do when chosing a husband?
Although short I did really enjoy this. With a relatively small number of pages Lisa Kleypas created a likable hero and heroine who had explosive chemistry and deep feelings for one another. And, it was not only great to see a new romance blossom, but also to see Sara and Derek 20 years later and still just as much in love. If you are a fan of Lisa Kleypas this is a must read, and if you haven't read her before this is a nice taster.
Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor aka Sherrilyn Kenyon
Before I start this review properly I should warn you that I am not really a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing style, and that is the main problem I have with her books and unfortunately this book was no different. I liked the idea of two people falling in love through letters and then finally coming face to face, it was very sweet, but, as I always do, I found the writing over the top and a little cheesy.
If you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor though you will love this book, and you shoudl definietly read it, even as someone who isn't a fan I still liked reading it, but I did find myself a little relieved when it ended.
A Tale of Two Sisters by Julia Quinn
I love a good Julia Quinn book! She can write the most amusing light hearted banter and sweet romances, making her books so readable that I find I have finished them before I have even realised I have begun! A Tale of Two Sisters is very much the same, a funny smart girl and a sightly wicked but essentially nice guy who fall in love with eachother. If this were a full length novel I would have a few issues with how quickly they managed to fall in love, but as it was a novella I find that it is much easier to forgive.
A great quick read that will have you chuckling to yourself!
“A Tale of Two Sisters”Kristyna wrote this review Thursday, June 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Predicable but still enjoyable fluffy reading”walkbyfaith wrote this review Monday, February 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed all 3 stories - Even though they were really short! By far Julia Quinn's was my favourite! ”Mya B wrote this review Sunday, October 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved Lydia and Jake's story. It made me want to reread Dreaming of You. Ned's story finishes off the Blydons series perfectly.”Roxhill wrote this review Tuesday, September 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Only read this book for Kinley MacGregor’s story about Simon from the “The MacAllisters/Brotherhood of the Sword” series. So I have been itching for a story about Simon after seeing so much of him in past books. Since first seeing him with his brother in “Master of Desire” and especially seeing him with Sin in “Born of sin” I keep wanting to see a happy ending for him. This book did not disappoint in the sense of story but did in the aspect that it was so short. Did I mention its short??? So you don’t get to much dept with the relationship between Simon and Kenna, but you understand that they have background because they have been sending each other leaders for a year, even if Kenna originally thought it was Stryder sending them. I loved seeing Sin in this book since he is my favorite character right now in this series, I also enjoyed seeing how Simon’s “Family” consist of Sin, Draven and Strdyer, which to me are the character who have so much depth, even Stryder who I haven’t read about yet only referenced once in a past book. A little touch to the book that I found cute and well placed is the letter Simon leaves for Kenna on the day of the tourney where he states at the end that the S doesn’t stand for Stryder. Also the part with Sin saying he doesn’t want to participate in the tourney so not to embarrass Stryder. The meaning at the end with Simon and what he sacrificed for Stryder shows you the character he is, and the loyalty he gets even with his brother taking care of him. Kenna’s final letter to Simon was creative and touching and now I hope to see Simon in the next book, along with everyone else from his “family””
“Partially read: Lisa Kleypas - Where's My Hero?”Zoe H wrote this review Wednesday, August 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No