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The School for Heiresses (Anthology 4-in-1)

by Sabrina Jeffries (Contributor), Renee Bernard (Contributor), Liz Carlyle (Contributor), Julia London (Contributor)

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Four short stories about four girls who went to the same finishing school.

Ten Reasons to stay by Sabrina Jeffries features an Anglo-Indian lord who discovers a horse thief isn't who he appears to be, and in fact isn't a he at all. Rescuing the lovely lady is going to compicate his life. This one is probably the best of the bunch, the descriptions of her finding erotic prints is hilarious.

After Midnight by Liz Carlyle is the story of the daughter of a courtesan who discovers love. She's never thought that she would find someone who would accept her and her heritage.

The Merchant's Gift by Julia London is the story of a nouveau riche heiress who finds love where her father will never approve. Her father has invested a lot of energy into her marrying an earl not a common merchant but her heart can't be guided as easily as she thought.

Mischief's Holiday by Renee Bernard is the story of a woman who seems to attract chaos who finally finds someone who seems to still it, or at least laughs with her rather than at her. She also brings him out of his serious scolarly life and makes him laugh.

Not bad but not stellar, I enjoyed it but it can go. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 3, 2015 |

As always these stories are too short. There never seems to be enough detail and they are often unsatisfying. There are authors that can pack a good deal of emotion and background into a novella to really make the reader feel like they have read a full length book. This story while well done is still short on something.

There is emotion in the story especially at the end but maybe it is that Grace Holcomb seems so mercenary. I understand in this time period marriages among the gentry were often arranged and had little to do with love but Grace is just so blind to the possibility. Most of this blindness is her father’s greed to have a titled gentleman as a son-in-law. Grace has been raised to be the wife of a titled man and that is all she knows. Unfortunately it takes the entire story for Grace to even question that she might want.

Barrett Adlaine is a self-made man. He has come up from very little and accumulated quite a fortune. He hasn’t considered needing a wife until he meets Grace. He has known her for most of her life but he is stuck with what a lovely woman she has become. It isn’t long before he is courting Grace and trying to win her heart.

There is only one very short love scene in this story and while steamy it was not very fulfilling. There is only one other character in the story worth wondering about and that is Sir William. I felt very bad for him when Grace rejected his suit. I hope that he finds his happy ending soon. ( )
  LadyIsis | Apr 7, 2015 |
Lady Wombat says:

School for Stupid Chits would have been a better title. With the exception of Liz Carlyle's story, the others all featured rather brainless heroines and unreal plots. Carlyle stands out for her character development and plot that, while unlikely, is not entirely improbable or anachronistic for the period. Though this was written as a prequel of sorts to Carlyle's later Neville series, I certainly appreciated it more having read those books earlier; I think someone who hadn't would have found the secondary charaters' actions rather confusing.
  Wombat | Sep 12, 2010 |
Four short Regency romance novellas. Each story revolves around a student from Mrs. Harris's Finishing School for Young Ladies. Each of them are returning home for Christmas. Each of them have been carefully trained on how to catch a husband by Mrs. Harris, each tries to follow the rules in her own way and, in the process, gets it all wrong but still catches a man.

Ten reasons to stay by Sabrina Jeffries (C) - Eliza is on the run from her drunken uncle, who is forcing her to marry against her will, and is caught in the stable by Colin, the new earl of Monteith, when she tries to "borrow" his horse. Colin doesn't believe Eliza's hard-luck story, so he holds her at his house until she tells him the truth. Thought she was a bit of a tart personally but there you go.

After Midnight by Liz Carlyle (DNF) - Another wanton young madam. Martinique arrives at her relative's estate quickly becomes sexually involved with the handsome neighbouring lord with a sketchy past. Stopped reading very quickly - just could not get enthused about this silly girl.

The Merchant's Gift by Julia London (B) - A really sweet story that presents Grace Holcomb, daughter of a wealthy tradesman who expects her to marry into a title and move up in society. When the story opens this is what Grace wants also - then she meets the handsome and provocative mill owner Barrett, her childhood playmate, and starts to question her long-held beliefs.

Mischief's Holidays by Renee Bernard (B) - Is a very good story as well, with an adorable accident-prone heroine called Alyssa. No matter how hard she tries her all too frequent mishaps get her into trouble make her wish she could be invisible. However her father's business friend, Leland Yates, is overwhelmed by the urge to protect her. ( )
  sally906 | May 3, 2009 |
Four short Regency novellas. All entertaining and satisfying for fans of the authors. ( )
  Elishibai | Dec 16, 2008 |
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