"Three fine related romantic novellas"
Yesterday's Magic by Jacquie D'Alessandro. In 1820 Cardiff
Maxwell buys a hope chest at Gibson's Antiques and
Curiosities just before Amanda tries to purchase the same
item. He is cold to her efforts to buy the chest from him.
Though the earl is known as the "Crazed Killer of Cardiff"
due to the Scandalous Incident, he and Amanda fall in love
due to the "matchmaking" of the hope chest.
Today's Secrets by Julie Kenner. While Ryan celebrates his
taking over as head of Kinsey Applied Sciences, reporter
Marty reflects on how disappointed her father, head of
Allied International Technology, is in her. Marty and Ryan
meet and are attracted to one another, but when he sees her
hope chest with a special formula written on it he becomes
fascinated with that. She wonders if he loves her hope
chest or her.
Tomorrow's Promise by Susan Kearney. In 2705 Mars,
womanologist Kendar looks back three centuries to doomed
heroine Sara, a Martian archeologist, who tried to shut
down a machine that ultimately obliterated the female
population. While visiting Station 32 the site of Sara's
doom, Kendar is sent back to 2405. He meets Sara. Together
they must interpret the ancient Martian writings on the
machine, a hope chest, or women will vanish from the planet.
This anthology contains three related romantic novellas
that is fun to follow as readers gradually learn the
secrets of THE HOPE CHEST. Each tale is unique with Ms.
D'Alessandro providing a Regency; Ms. Kenner a
contemporary; and Ms. Kearny a futuristic science fiction.
Yet each tale is linked by fine writing that stars
delightful protagonists and the overall lead the Hope Chest.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted March 14, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 29, 2006