Four Stars, Low Language, Low Violence, Lucy McConnell, Moderate Romance

Leaning

While these aren’t necessarily confessions, they’re more like facts I’ve state on numerous occasions, they’re both pertinent to this collection of books. 1. I love anthologies. I love the collaboration of great minds working together creating something vastly entertaining. I love that I can read one story in a sitting and get to come back for more tomorrow. 2. I really enjoy Lucy McConnell’s writing style. Consequently when I saw that she had combined all her novella’s from the different Echo Ridge Anthologies into one collection, I was excited to say the least.

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While You Were Skiing (Silver Screen Kisses vol. 3)
Mia Davis’s new job in guest relations at Ruby Mountain Ski Resort gets complicated when the gorgeous Ryder Montgomery falls off the ski lift, tells everyone they are engaged, and then loses consciousness. 
Worried about a head injury, Mia plays along, making him lunch, kissing in the front entryway and planning a future together; a future Mia wants with all of her heart. 
Things become all the more complicated when Ryder’s estranged family gets involved. Caught up in the fantasy and romance, Mia has to tell the truth or risk losing a part of herself and the man she loves forever.

An adorable nod to While You Were Sleeping with a tender twist, complete with leaning and creamy mashed potatoes.
Brand New Second Chance (Second Chance Kisses vol. 4)
With a broken heart and an unsure future, Abigail Martin moves home to Echo Ridge to capture the parts of her teenage years she missed out on because she’d had a steady boyfriend. Kissing a random guy, flirting with strangers, hanging out at Fay’s after a football game – all of it. Carter Montgomery offers his help, because he’s a helpful kind of guy, and she quickly falls for his quiet humor, kindness, and heated kisses. Fearing that she hasn’t lived enough of life to settle down, Abigail must decide if she’s going to break Carter’s heart or give love a new second chance.

This cute story especially showcases Lucy McConnell’s beautiful imagery.  She made me feel nestled into fall “where promises and possibilities feel around like golden leaves in the wind.” See, she paints the most lovely scenes with her words.

The Lion, the Witch & the Library (Kisses between the lines vol. 2)
Jennifer Solomon’s birthday wish is for the one thing she’s been too shy to go after: Kirke Staples, Echo Ridge’s resident playwright, an avid mountain biker, and her best friend. 
Hoping for a birthday kiss that will change everything, she arranges an “accidental” meeting with the handsomest man on the library board. Her carefully laid plans are thrown off track when the beautiful Bay Barington sweeps into town and casts a spell over Kirke. In her efforts to win Kirke’s heart, Jennifer is forced to take a look at her inner self and decide what type of woman she wants to be, a lion or witch.

For most of this story I wanted to throttle Kirke, how can you want to be with a person like Bay Barinton, when you’ve got Jennifer right there!? Then a heavy dose of reality hit me and I realized I was Kirke. The amazing man I call my husband became my good friend in High School, but it took me almost 8 years and a few “Bay Barrintons” to realize he was the type of crazy I need in my life and I couldn’t live with out him. Sometime love is blind and grows oh so slowly. Lucy McConnell wonderfully showcased the gentle nudges and little realizations that sometimes a person needs to be led to love.

The Candy Counter Heiress (Christmas Kisses vol. 1)
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s Department Store; but someday can’t come fast enough when Kenworth’s manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her family from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. 
Her deception deepens as she ropes the handsome computer guru, Andy Edwards, into helping her expand the business through an online retail site. Unfortunately for Reese, she can’t mold life like she can a chocolate Santa. Between a fire in the department store that destroys their stock and Andy discovering her deception, Reese stands to lose everything she’s been working for. 

I have to admit as much as I loved all these stories (Lucy McConnell’s tended to be some of my favorites in many of the Echo Ridge Anthologies) there was something lost when they were pulled apart. The different backgrounds and characters blending in an overall ambiance is missing when you didn’t have all the stories tying each other together. I think I’d prefer to read them in their original anthologies, but when I need a little Lucy McConnell fix, this works too.

 

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