Book Review: The Inns of Devonshire Compilation


Title: The Inns of Devonshire

By: Sally Britton, Annete Lyon, Deborah M. Hathaway

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 300

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Publisher: Mirror Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Three novellas, three times the romance, and three times the love . . . in this brand new Timeless Regency Collection: The Inns of Devonshire

After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?

Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?

THE COACHMAN'S CHOICE by Deborah M. Hathaway
Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who's immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his pursual of Mary becomes more than just a game...


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I am thoroughly enjoying these compellations.

Story 1 -
I found this wonderful love story by Sally Britton a sweet read. The characters worked well together and their story was well written. Britton has mastered the powerful woman who is also soft around the edges. A great read.

Story 2 -
Left me wanting more. This was a wonderful Cinderella type story that brought together a man of wealth with a woman who has worked her whole life. Matthies was a wonderful character that was swoon worthy and a thing of dreams. Loved.

Story 3 -
Although a wonderfully sweet story, it felt a little lack luster for me. I wanted to like it, but just couldn't get into it.

3 great reads worthy of a rainy day.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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