About Widows of Somerset

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Rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows:
Rule 1: Be a widow.
Rule 2: Have an impeccable reputation.
Rule 3: Don’t fall in love again.

AN HEIR TO SPARE by Rebecca Connolly
Widowhood has changed much for Anna—Lady Lyndham—but an unconventional heir to the estate was not something she had anticipated. Nor had she anticipated that he would have no intention of forcing her out, although he has every right to. And she certainly did not anticipate finding him handsome, charming, and unfailingly generous. But Ned Richards, the new Lord Lyndham, has a world of surprises in store for her, and not anticipating them will become quite the adventure.

As a widow, Lillian Hunter has never been in love and plans to never marry again, so the rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows suit her just fine. Her days are spent attempting to transform her newly inherited Lavender Cottage into a livable space until Oliver Wentworth shows up, asking for her late husband. Anxious to establish himself as a landed gentry in Somerset, Oliver is none too pleased to discover that a widow lives alone in a tiny run down cottage bordering his new property. The fact that she’s young and attractive only adds frustration to his sense of responsibility over her. And confound her, she challenges his every attempt to help manage her affairs.

Charlotte Ashford never thought she’d marry a vicar, and she never thought she’d find herself widowed with a young child to care for on her own. She certainly never thought she’d return to Somerset to live with her mother again, and Charlotte never thought she’d see him again. But Lord Wilshore has never forgotten her, and he has never forgotten their promise made long ago. Charlotte would love nothing more than for Lord Wilshore to forgive her, but too much heartache and too much time might make that impossible. Friendship is all she can hope for, but that hope may be dashed as well.

My review

Book collections like this make me happy. I love having short books by several authors to read. It makes things fun. And I loved the common denominator of the Secret Society of Young Widows in this one.

First up is An Heir to Spare by Rebecca Connolly. I liked Anna. I also liked that she was the introduction to the Secret Society of Young Widows. She kind of showed us what it was and how it worked before she moved on. This one was kind of funny with Anna versus Ned. She was Lady Lyndham, and he was Lord Lyndham, but they weren’t married. Which seemed kind of awkwardly funny. But these two grew close through living life the way they did. And it was sweet to watch. I loved it!

The Widow of Lavender Cottage is the next story in the book. Jen Geigle Johnson did a good job with this one. I loved the independent way Lillian plans to live her life. Only Oliver shows up and basically throws her plans on the ground and stomps on them. One of my very favorite scenes was the rooftop scenes where Oliver has to save the day. And it’s hilarious when the Secret Society of Young Widows comes calling unexpectedly. Such a great story!

And last in this book is Heather B Moore’s A Promise Forgotten. This one started off sad with Charlotte leaving her husband’s grave for the last time with her young daughter. But then she finds out that Brand, the man she was promised to didn’t die the way she thought he did. And that’s when things become fun! I loved this second chance type story. The author did a fabulous job with the characters. And the plot was cute.

If you haven’t read any of these collections, you should read this one!

I was sent a copy of Widows of Somerset as a gift from the authors. All opinions are my own.

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