Linda Lael Miller
July 25, 2017
Blurb from Goodreads: For the first time in over ten years comes New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller’s breathtaking stories filled with the promise of love.
Five unforgettable tales, Together in one volume…
Together…for a second chance at life and love—THAT OTHER KATHERINE
Together…when misdirected desire unexpectedly leads to lasting happiness—STORE-BOUGHT WOMAN
Together…as mistrust turns into steadfast devotion—THE SCENT OF SNOW
Together…a couple once torn apart by greed is now reunited by a vow of eternal love—IN ALL SEASONS
Together…a cat in the family way helps ignite love in two sparring neighbors—FAMILY AFFAIR
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
When I started reading Together, an anthology of five novellas by Linda Lael Miller, I had an “ut-oh” moment because the first was a historical and I tend to stay away from most historicals. However, the writing was compelling, so I stuck with it.
Reading romance novellas requires that the reader suspends some of the expectations that they bring to novel reading. Obviously characters can’t be as developed as they are in novels and there is more of a chance of insta-love. Of the five novellas, four were historicals, although one involves time travel (or something like it), and I found that I didn’t really care about the insta-love. In most cases, the two already people knew each other, which kind of quells ragings about insta-love.
What I loved was Miller’s use of swoon. For some reason a lot of romance writers are forgetting the build-up in order to get to the main event, which is kind of sad because in real relationships all of the build-up is very swoon-worthy, the smoldering looks, the flirtation, the kisses…. Anyway, before I go any further into a tangent, Miller’s stories have swoon. If you’re a fan of that, you may love these stories.
I enjoyed all of the novellas with the exception of the last one. Please note, the blurb above is wrong for the last novella in this anthology. It’s called “Switched.” While it does incorporate a cat named Lazarus, very cool cat by the way, it isn’t about sparring families but about a pair of twins who switch lives. “Switched” falls into more of the romantic suspense line and I feel it would have been better as a full-length novel. Unlike the others, it is not historical and the “insta-love” to me felt really unbelievable. As I said, it would have benefited from a longer treatment.
My favorites of the novellas were “That Other Katherine,” which had a time travelish kind of theme and “The Scent of Snow,” about a woman who pretends to be a man’s wife and taking over his plot of land because she thinks he was killed.
These novellas are great to slip in when you have a short amount of time and just want a snack kind of read.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: Together
4 out of 5 butterflies