Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the book tour for The Inns of Devonshire: Timeless Regency Collection. I can’t wait to share this anthology with you all, plus I have an exclusive excerpt to tempt you with.
Firstly, thank you to Laurel Ann from Austen Prose Book Tours for the invite.
About the Series
Since 2015, Mirror Press has been publishing the Timeless Regency Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories set in early 19th century England. Featuring bestselling authors from the historical romance genre, the series 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.
About the Book
Three novellas, three times the romance, and three times the love . . . in this brand new Timeless Regency Collection
The Seventh Star Inn, by Sally Britton
After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?
The Truth about Mr. Blackmore, by Annette Lyon
Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?
The Coachman’s Choice, by Deborah M. Hathaway
Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who’s immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his pursual of Mary becomes more than just a game…
The Coachman’s Choice, by Deborah M. Hathaway
Robert Northcott traveled the final distance to the Golden Mermaid and pulled his team to a stop at the back of the inn, the passengers filing away from the coach as the ostler and stable boys rushed forward. Robert climbed down the side of the coach, planted his heavy boots on the ground, and arched his back with a groan and a satisfying stretch of his arms overhead. A few of his bones cracked as they settled back into place.
The journeys were getting longer. Not necessarily the distance but his ability to withstand the shifts of no sleep and short stops, constantly riding from post to post and inn to inn.
“Fine journey, sir?”
Robert glanced to the ostler, Mr. Berry, who worked with nimble movements to remove the carriage gear from the horses.
“Mostly,” Robert responded, stroking the sweaty, matted hair of the black horse nearest him—a gelding known as Onyx.
“Fair weather?” Mr. Berry asked next, his common accent thick.
“Fortunately. Not a cloud in sight the entire journey.” Robert firmly patted the horse—the only way he could express his gratitude to the creatures who pulled him and his passengers from county to county.
Mr. Berry removed the first horse, the stable boy racing the exhausted animal to a nearby stall and returning swiftly for the next.
“We must’ve taken all the rain from ye,” Mr. Berry continued. “T’only just let up this mornin’.”
Despite carrying on the conversation, the man’s work never faltered. Robert wasn’t surprised. Mr. Berry was as quick an ostler as he’d ever seen. He could change a horse in nearly under three minutes’ time and never appeared anxious while doing so.
Another horse was led away as Robert continued stroking Onyx. Though none of the horses belonged to him, and they were changed every journey, he felt a certain kinship with them all. They worked together as a team with Robert at the head. He did his best not to push the horses to their limit, but what could be done when he, himself, was so beholden to a schedule? A schedule that, if not kept, could lead him to lose his position as a coachman forever.
As the ostler handed over Onyx to the stable boy, Robert winced at the sweaty markings spread across the animal’s body from the tack. “Give them all a good rubbing down for me, will you?” he asked. “They rode well for me this journey.”
“We will, sir.” Mr. Berry nodded without missing a beat. He tacked up the four new horses in quick succession then looked past Robert’s shoulder. “Nearly ready for ye, sir.”
Robert glanced back to see the next coachman approaching from the inn. The man readjusted his gloves and stifled a yawn, grey circles framing his eyes.
Robert knew the man’s exhaustion all too well. The dread of beginning a route was almost worse than the journey itself.
With an understanding nod, Robert passed him by and headed for the back door of the Golden Mermaid. Now was not the time to dread. Now was the time to put off the strain of his work and rest. To sit back by a warm fire and eat a hearty meal. To revel in his lack of attachments and responsibilities. To visit with other guests and converse with someone other than the coach’s guard.
And to finally have the chance to speak with Miss Thorne again. She was always the one to help his loneliness subside the fastest.
“Mr. Northcott, may I have a word?”
Had his thoughts caused her sudden appearance?
With an instant smile, Robert turned to greet the woman. “What excellent timing, Miss Thorne. I was just . . .” He paused, taking in the sight of her. Typically, he did so in a slow manner, admiring her from head to toe—though never too improperly. Just enough to unsettle her under his gaze.
This time, however, he was ruffled. Brown stains tainted her dress, and her hair no longer hung in pretty ringlets at her temples, merely dripping straight in a stringy, wet mess. He’d never seen her in such disarray. It was rather . . . endearing.
“Miss Thorne, what on earth has happened to you?”
She gaped, propping her hands on her hips. Partially dried mud stained the tops of her fingers in long, dark streaks. “As if you do not know.”
About the Author’s
Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.
Sally primarily lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, and Izzie the Aussie Shepherd. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.
Annette Lyon is a USA Today Bestselling author. She’s won a Whitney Award (2010) and is an eight-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal for fiction and short stories. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, and some 120+ articles. She’s worked as a professional editor for publishers and bestselling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.
Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she devoured Jane Austen’s novels while watching and re-watching every adaptation she could. She finds inspiration for her novels during her travels with her English husband to the United Kingdom, where she draws on the beauty of the country in such places as Ireland, Yorkshire, and her beloved Cornwall. Be sure to sign up for Deborah’s Newsletter to stay updated on new releases, free and discounted Clean Romance novels, and more!
Blog Tour Schedule
Join the virtual book tour of THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE, a collection of novellas by bestselling authors Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, & Deborah M. Hathaway, October 4-17, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in Regency romance, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of the release of the 18th book in the bestselling Timeless Regency Collection with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new anthology set in Regency England.
Oct 04 Fire and Ice(Review)
Oct 04 Austenprose (Excerpt)
Oct 04 Timeless Novels (Review)
Oct 05 Lu Reviews Books (Review)
Oct 05 Beauty in the Binding (Spotlight)
Oct 05 For Where Your Treasure Is (Excerpt)
Oct 06 Probably at the Library (Review)
Oct 06 Our Book Confessions (Review)
Oct 06 Bookworm Lisa (Review)
Oct 07 Literary Time Out (Review)
Oct 07 Reading with Emily (Review)
Oct 08 Bringing Up Books (Review)
Oct 08 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)
Oct 09 Becky on Books (Review)
Oct 09 Books and Socks Rock (Review)
Oct 10 The Christian Fiction Girl (Spotlight)
Oct 10 Heidi Reads (Review)
Oct 11 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)
Oct 11 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)
Oct 11 Wishful Endings (Review)
Oct 12 So Little Time…(Excerpt)
Oct 12 The Caffeinated Bibliophile(Spotlight)
Oct 12 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
Oct 13 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
Oct 13 Storeybook Reviews (Excerpt)
Oct 13 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)
Oct 14 From Pemberley to Milton (Spotlight)
Oct 14 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Excerpt)
Oct 14 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)
Oct 15 A Darn Good Read (Review)
Oct 15 Relz Reviewz (Spotlight)
Oct 15 Reading is My Superpower (Review)
Oct 15 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
Oct 16 My Bookish Bliss (Review)
Oct 17 The Book Diva Reads (Spotlight)