Once Upon a Star by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman
Once Upon A StarRomance and starlight go together. Stars have special meaning in many human myths and beliefs. Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman have each written a short story using some version of a star as a focus. These are charming stories and attractive romances.
In Roberts’ “Ever After”, Allena enters a small shop full of charms and spells and walks out with a star necklace. Instead of meeting her OCD sister she finds herself on an isolated island off Scotland with a man who has recently returned to his birthplace after living in Dublin for most of his adult life. Allena doesn’t know a thing about the legend of Conal’s family. She falls in love with him immediately. Conal knows the stories and refuses to give in to his supposed fate. It’s hard to resist Allena, though..
Jill Gregory goes back to mediaeval England in “Catch a Falling Star”. Princess Lianna is forced to marry Ambrose the Barbarian while hoping for her cousin to raise and army and rescue her father’s kingdom. She knows her duty but keeps hoping something will happen to prevent the marriage. Ambrose is said to have killed his first wife. She can only hope the same doesn’t happen to his second wife before she can be rescued.
History keeps repeating itself in Ruth Ryan Langan’s “The Curse of Castle Clough”. Lord Robert Cameron is about to lose his family home to his ex-brother-in-law. Castle Clough has been in the Cameron family for hundreds of years. He has a Scottish antiques specialist fly from New York City to appraise and sell as much of the castle’s heirlooms as quickly as possible. Perhaps Professor Estelle Sinclair can help raise the money owed to keep his home. But the two men and Estelle are tied up in an ongoing feud and hatred that has gone through the generations. The past and the future are tied together in ways they hadn’t guessed.
And what is a good group of fantastical romance stories without at least one time travel tale like Marianne Willman’s “Starry, Starry Night”? Lily Kendall is taking a vacation in Cornwall while she considers her future in Washington D.C. She has been offered a promotion she isn’t sure she wants. When she gets lost in the fog one evening on the dangerous coast, she is rescued by sea Captain Rees Tregarrick. She spends the night in his home. The next morning she discovers the house is really a museum and the Captain died a century earlier. She could have sworn…
Once Upon a Star is relaxing and enjoyable. These short romances with a touch a magic are heartwarming. Take a break and curl up with Once Upon a Star, an easy romance book.
Notice: Strong sexual content