RETRO REVIEW: In Love and War: A Collection of Love Stories by Carla Kelly


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Beloved romance writer Carla Kelly shares a treasured collection of stories starring dashing war heroes and the sassy heroines who can’t help but fall for them. From daring sea captains to genteel lords, there’s a little something for every heart’s fancy. Readers everywhere will adore these four regency romances—now available together for the first time in one can’t-miss ebook!


Publisher and Release Date: Cedar Fort, Inc., February 2012
RHR Classifications:
Location and Setting: Regency England
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

Review by Lady Wesley

Carla Kelly writes some of the best, most thoroughly researched Regency-set historical romances on the market today. If you haven’t read her, this book is an excellent introduction to her work.

This ebook is a reissue of four utterly charming short stories about the men who fought for England in the early 19th century and the women who came to love them. These are not a lot of lords and ladies but rather real people living real lives. As might be expected from a short story, each couple falls in love rather rapidly, but in a quite believable manner.

* The Light Within – A Quaker widow from America is helped by the younger brother of a spendthrift marquess who has returned from Waterloo believing he has no future.

* A Hasty Marriage – While visiting a friend in Portsmouth, an upper class spinster finds herself attracted to an American sea captain from Boston, but war is breaking out and he must flee before his ship is confiscated.

* Something New – A Scots artillery major returns to England with a four-year-old French orphan, and “decent” people seem to think he should turn her over to an orphanage. The widow of a Navy captain, however, sees things differently

* The Background Man – Although he was only a clerk for the East India Company, a mild-mannered young man fought beside Wellington in India. Now he runs a high-class hotel and is content with the hum-drum nature of his life until an unusual guest arrives and shakes him up.

I would give this more than five stars if possible. It was my first Carla Kelly book, and I have gone on to read almost all of her Regencies. She also writes books set in the American West, so if that appeals to you, give one a try.


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