Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on October 3, 2017
The Queen of Regency Romance wrote so many delightful tales and I was in high anticipation when I saw the release of this short story collection featuring all the stories released in the Pistols for Two anthology and three brand new short story releases. A young lady anticipating her first ball could not have been in a bigger fervor than me. I enjoyed my re-acquaintance with the Pistols for Two stories and these other sparkling new ones.
Twelve stories in all, Snowdrift and Other Stories delivered Heyer’s signature wit and shine, engaging characters, and people who are not exactly as they seem. Poised and clever older heroines or coming of age and a little absurd younger ones. Hopeful heroes to cynics who lead London Society. The variety and stylings of the characters, the town and country settings and the elegant yet comedic plot make anything the author writes something I will snatch up.
This collection produced many stories of elopement and journeys it seemed and the age-old misunderstanding to further the twist that comes when all is made known. Some stories were moderately enjoyable, but there were a few fasts favorites that I know I will want to sample again and again. I loved seeing in these shorter pieces some of the bones for fully developed novels that came later. The intro by Jennifer Kloester who has written two wonderful books about the author was a great bit of extra.
My favorite stories were Snowdrift, the first entry about a shining young lady set out to visit a misery grandfather and ends up stuck in the snow until a debonair rescuer comes and finds himself captivated by his traveling companion, and A Husband For Fanny in which a middle-aged widower finds that love and romance are not only for the young. Hazard, when an aristocrat wins a lady at a card game and then Incident on the Bath Road when a bored earl gets an adventure.
So, the reunion with several familiar stories and a few new ones reminded me once again why I adore this author’s work. Fans of Heyer must pick this latest collection up for themselves and its a good place for new readers to encounter the author’s work.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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