by Victoria Hinshaw, Julia Parks, Donna Simpson

January 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7436-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Valentineís Day is the day for revealing love in its many forms. From a stubborn beautyís unexpected love to an innocent maidenís unrequited love to a lost loves unexpected return, Cupidís job is a challenge.

In The Valentine Poem by Victoria Hinshaw, Miss Susan Kimball has ignored the attentions of any number eligible young suitors for her hand. Susan has dreams of journeying to Italy. She secretly engages the services of an intriguing young Italian tutor to help prepare her. But there is more than just good grammar to this mysterious man. This is a wonderfully sweet story of finding love in the most unexpected places. A delight for regency romance fans everywhere.

Then in The Ugly Ducklingís Valentine by Julia Parks, Lady Claire Lester is convinced that she does not hold a candle to the rest of her family. But a secret admirer endeavors to show Lady Claire that through loves eyes she outshines them all. This is a sweet story about a young womanís emerging confidence that leads to the discovery of a love like no other.

Finally inValentine Dreams by Donna Simpson, Hartley Edwards, Lord Kentigern, dismisses any talk of love and romance. But when he receives an invitation to a masked ball and attends in the hopes of finding a new love. To his surprise he rediscovers his lost love but resists the feelings she rekindles. A beautiful story of lost love found and passions rekindled in spite of a cynical heart.

This book was an absolute joy to read. The storylines were well plotted and plausible. The characters were delightful and right out of a Jane Austen novel. These three authors make a great team and I hope they will be working with each other again in the future.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Cynthia.