An Autumn Kiss is the seventh book in the Timeless Victorian Collection, a bestselling anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from acclaimed historical romance authors whose stories reveal if one kiss will change the lives of the three heroines.
“The Plucky Miss Ruth,” by Laura Rollins
Miss Ruth Hughes is certain she’s caught in a time loop—every day she wakes to find it exactly as the one before. A thrilling prospect to be sure. If the many books she reads on time travel has taught her anything, it is that to break free she must complete an all-important task. For Ruth the task is straightforward: reunite a couple, once desperately in love but forced apart by society. Unfortunately, things are not always as easy as they first appear. Struggling, Ruth opens up to the handsome Lord Lambert and he readily agrees to help. With autumn on the brink of turning into winter, time is running out for Ruth to help the ones who need her most. And, with a bit of luck, perhaps she can even find a little time for her own happily ever after.
“Mr. Dowling’s Remedy,” by Annette Lyon
Crandall Dowling’s aspirations of becoming a physician collapse when he
develops symptoms that land him in an asylum. He’s been at Sherville Retreat long enough for autumn leaves to appear when Beverly Stanton arrives. She’s held under the dubious diagnosis of “hysteria” but seems perfectly sane, unlike Crandall, though his verbal and physical tics don’t seem to scare or even bother her. Beverly and Crandall develop a friendship fueled by an undeniable attraction that under other circumstances could become more. But in an asylum, one cannot plan a future, let alone one of love or marriage. Then tragedy strikes, testing staff and patients beyond anyone’s training. When the dust settles, Beverly’s diagnosis may be reversed, but if she leaves, what will become of her? What of Crandall? And what of their autumn-born love?
“A Railway Through the Roses,” by Lisa H. Catmull
Mr. Adrian Everard has tried everything to keep his father’s factory open, but a single solution remains. Marry an heiress before Christmas to fund the
desperately needed railway. The local landowner, Lady Anne Baxter, will not
agree to sell her garden—or her heart. Indeed, his childhood friend is determined to sabotage all his efforts to find a wife. As the deadline for Adrian to choose a bride draws close, one thing becomes painfully obvious. Saving the factory will mean losing the woman he loves forever.
About The Series:
Since 2015, Mirror Press has been presenting the Timeless Romance Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories featuring bestselling authors from the contemporary and historical romance genres. The collection has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.
5 STARS – “…a fun collection and each of them have something unique from most of the romances I’ve read. Very enjoyable reading.”— Maria Thomas, Goodreads
“This anthology is truly wonderful. Each story is very distinct from the others, and each is also very compelling. It will keep you reading and wanting more with each page and chapter.”— Shauna Jones, Goodreads
5 STARS “absolutely adored this collection of short stories! I would recommend this collection to anyone who needs an escape for a couple of hours.”— Jzcotter03, Goodreads
I love these Timeless anthologies. Give me all the fall + sweater weather + crunchy leaves vibes and I’m there. This book had sweet stories and many you just wanted to cuddle up with a cozy blanket.
The Plucky Miss Ruth by Laura Rollins
⏰ This is a very short novella but I loved how Ruth was confident in being her bluestocking self and read as much as she could about time travel abs time loops – think Groundhog’s Day but during Victorian times in a garden. Ruth sets out to right a past wrong for her cousin and in the process stumbles upon a few gentlemen in the garden.
Mr Rowling’s Remedy by Annette Lyon
🏥 Beverly is wrongly put in an asylum for hysteria where she meets Crandall. He suffers from Tourette’s which wasn’t known then and the treatment there is painful to read. It’s a sweet story of two people who feel an instant connection to each other in an unlikely place. Will they ever get out? Will they continue to be labeled by their diagnosis? Can they even dream of a future?
I do feel that Lyon addresses the situation well because many were placed in asylums for minor ailments at the time but they just didn’t know but it was still shocking to read about in a romance book. And with Tourette’s, the person can’t control their body or language. I do want to mention that “whore” is said frequently in Crandall’s outbursts. The dramatic start of this book with its unusual surroundings eases into the middle of the story and then I wanted to cheer for the couple.
A Railway Through The Roses by Lisa Catmull
🌹 This is a new to me author but I loved the plight of Anne. Her unrequited love for her next door neighbor Adrian as he overlooks her for a house party where he’ll pick his bride. She unknowingly and knowingly tries to throw off his picks by letting nature take its course. All the while she’s grieving for the death of her parents. Autumn is a time for change and the melancholy weather can depress others but after the darkness comes the light. Adrian while thickheaded was so charming.
Thank you to the publisher and Austenprose PR for the e-arc copy of this book. These are my own thoughts and opinions.
Laura Rollins has always loved a heart-melting happily ever after. It didn’t matter if the
story took place in Regency England, or in a cobbler’s shop, if there was a sweet
romance, she would read it.
Life has given her many of her own adventures. Currently she lives in the Rocky
Mountains with her best friend, who is also her husband, and their four beautiful
children. She still loves to read books and more books; her favorite types of music are classical, Broadway, and country; she loves hiking in the mountains near her home; and she’s been known to debate with her oldest son about whether Infinity is better categorized as a number or an idea.
Annette Lyon is a USA Today bestselling author, a 9-time recipient of Utah’s Best in State medal for fiction (three times for novel-length works and five times for short fiction), and a Whitney Award winner for BAND OF SISTERS. She’s the author of over a dozen novels, at least that many novellas, a cookbook, a popular grammar guide, and over a hundred magazine articles.
She’s a founder and regular contributor of the Timeless Romance Anthologies line of sweet romance stories, which she served as editor for its first three years. She’s also one of the four co-authors of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. She graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.
Lisa H. Catmull
I write clean and wholesome romances in the Victorian era and sweet contemporary romances. My books have been nominated for Swoony, RONE, and Whitney awards.
I taught Middle School English and History for seven years before pursuing screenwriting and writing. I currently live between a canyon and a lake in Utah with my husband, two cats, and two rambunctious children.