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A Seaside Summer by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore | #BookReview #Giveaway @Austenprose @heatherbmoore #ARC #HistoricalRomance

An idyllic Regency seaside summer

A Seaside Summer is an anthology that transported me in place and time and warmed my heart.

Our thanks to Mirror Press, and  Austenprose for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Print Length: 307 pages
Publisher: Mirror Press (August 24, 2021)
Language: English

Book Description

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.


Since 2015, Mirror Press has been presenting the Timeless Regency Romance Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at In October the Timeless Regency Romance Collection will present its 18th anthology, The Inns of Devonshire, including stories by Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, and Deborah M. Hathaway. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.   

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From the Publisher’s Blurb


The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack

This novella was about a widow facing the challenges of a new marriage, this time to a sophisticated Earl, including having to make it work for their kids from their previous relationships and being pregnant with the Earl’s heir.

I loved this plot so much! Diane was so put together; she was relieved to be able to escape a little from her arranged second marriage and be able to enjoy the kids during a holiday by the sea.

When her toplofty husband came unannounced to the seaside cottage, Diane couldn’t help but feel annoyed with him and the changes he imposed on her holiday plans.

But maybe a holiday break is all these two lovely people needed to really get to know one another and find friendship and love.

Simply lovely! I enjoyed every page!

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes

Judith was a poor gentlewoman who rescued a man from the sea, just to realize he was James, the man who mocked her and destroyed her chances of making a suitable match.

Like in ‘Overboard,’ after realizing he had lost his memory, Judith told wealthy and fashionable James that he was her sister’s servant.

I know it is a bit cliche, but I love amnesia tropes. I can’t help but enjoy the myriad of possibilities it brings to the plot.

James was a sweetheart, and Judith had to fight her growing feelings for him and the guilty of lying.

For a novella, the characters were well developed, and the story so very romantic.

Loved it!

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore

In Moonlight Summer, Dottie was being forced to marry a stranger while on holiday with her new stepfather’s family. Still, her heart had other plans, and all of them included the unsuitable Mr. Rosewell.

It was heartbreaking to witness Dotie being treated like a burden and clearly not belonging anywhere.

I loved both protagonists of this novella so very much! They were honorable, dutiful, but most of all kind and sweet. 

This novella is full of innocent and romantic encounters by the sea. Sweet romance at its best!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Yay, a Giveaway!

Mirror Press is pleased to offer one digital copy of any of the 16 previous books in the Timeless Regency Romance Collection to one unique winner at each stop on the tour. 

To qualify, please leave a comment with this blog post before 11:59pm, September 26, 2021. Visit each stop on the tour and leave a comment to increase your chance to win a book. 

This contest is open internationally. The winner will be drawn randomly from the comments and announced on each blog on September 27, 2021. The winner must claim their prize before October 04, 2021. Good luck to all! 

*Terms and Conditions – This giveaway is brought to you by the author/ publisher/ tour organizer and is in no way sponsored or administered by this blog.

And the winner of the giveaway is…

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About the Authors

Josi S. Kilpack has written twenty-five novels, a cookbook, and several novellas. She is a four-time Whitney award winner, including Best Novel 2015 for “Lord Fenton’s Folly, and has been a Best of State winner for Fiction. Josi loves to bake, sleep, eat, read, travel, and watch TV–none of which she gets to do as much as she would like. She hates to talk on the phone, learn how to do new things, and sweep–all of which she gets to do a lot.

Josi and her husband, Lee, have four children and live in Northern Utah. 

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Whitney Award winning author Martha Keyes was born, raised, and educated in Utah–a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.

Word crafting has always fascinated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.


Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

Heather writes historical novels and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including the Pine Valley series, The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies. Heather’s USA Today bestselling titles include Heart of the Ocean, Mail Order Bride, Mistress Grim, and Poetic Justice. Heather also writes Young Adult speculative under pen name Jane Redd, which includes the Solstice series. Foreign publications include Das Grab der Konigin (Germany), Drommen om lykke (Norway), and Sommer og kjaerlighet (Norway).

Heather is a hybrid author, traditionally publishing with Thomas & Mercer, Kindle Press, StoryFront, Shadow Mountain, Covenant Communications, Tantor Audio, Brilliance Audio, Cappelen Damm, and Amazon Crossing. She is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret Literary Agency. Foreign rights or subsidiary rights inquiries, please contact Lauren Abramo: labramo (at) dystel (dot) com

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