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Fall In Love: an Anthology
by Nell Dixon, Rebecca Ruger, Jessica Raymond*


Fall In Love cover art Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Fall In Love: an Anthology
Author: Nell Dixon, Rebecca Ruger, Jessica Raymond*
Publisher: Moonlit Romance
ISBN: 0-345-47699-9
Release Date: September 2006
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary and Historical Romance
Year/Setting: England
Overall Rating: 4.0
*Little Shop of Dreams: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: N/A
Websites: See below

September Song, a contemporary romance by Nell Dixon www.nelldixon.com:

Erin has a spare ticket to a concert and nobody to go with. Her employer at the cafe suggests Dan, one of the regulars and heís thrilled. Not only does he love this band, heís been wanting to get to know Erin better.

Erin has just come out of a terrible relationship that hurt her deeply. Sheís not looking for romance or a man. Danís disfigurement keeps him from stepping out and asking Erin out. Will his scars keep him from ever trying again?

This is a nice boy meets girl story. Itís fast moving and easy to follow. While it didnít have the grand passion we often see in current romance books, it was a poignant and sweet story that was enjoyable to read.

Autumn Splendor, a historical romance by Rebecca Ruger www.rebeccaruger.com:

Isabelle Covington knows today is the day she will meet her mate. She is out sketching the beautiful autumn foliage when she breaks a branch off of an ash tree. When she counts the leaves on the branch, she counts an even amount. Itís well known folklore that an even number of leaves means you will meet your mate this very day. When Christian Noble, Earl Somersby shows up while sheís sketching, sheís not at all surprised. Both of them are surprised when her four siblings attack the Earl and dunk him in the stream.

Christian is not in the market for a wife. Heís left London to relax at a friendís hunting lodge and escape the society mamas trying to trap him into marriage with their daughters. Heís jaded and tired of people who only have ulterior motives. Isabelle and her family are a breath of fresh air in his life.

Christian decides he canít see Isabelle any longer as he might ruin her reputation or break her heart. However, it seems that fate may want him to take a different course. Can he ever relax enough to fall in love or will he break Isabelleís heart?

Ms. Ruger obviously loves fall and has a great knowledge of certain plants and trees. She writes with such a poetic style that the story wraps around you like a shawl to comfort you. This story is a delightful romp through the forest with characters glittering like morning dew on the leaves.

Little Shop of Dreams, a Contemporary romance by Jessica Raymond www.jessica-raymond.com:

Tess Worthington is living her dream. She owns her own gift shop in the heart of the Olde Oxford shopping arcade. She has finally made the final payment on a bad phase in her life and is moving on happily into the future. The storefront across from hers has been for rent for a while and it looks like it may be filled soon. The hunky "mystery man" keeps coming by and taking measurements and appears to be in negotiations.

When Tess tries to get one more look at the hunk, she falls into her display and is mortified to find out her rescuer is the "mystery man" live and in person. Mack Brady finds her to be attractive, too and pursues a relationship with her. When Tess gets a letter with Mackís name on it that could destroy her dream, will their love ever have a chance to survive?

This is a wonderful romance novella that reminds me of the romances I grew up reading. I appreciated the feeling of being at home with the characters. It was a fast read and was just a breath of fresh air in the romance industry. I did wish that it was a full-length instead of a novella and I would like to know more of Mackís family better. Iíd hope we might eventually see books with the stories of his siblingís romances and how they got together. His family is one that you would love to visit again and again.

I loved this story and look forward to reading more of Ms. Raymondís work.


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