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A Midwinter Ball

(Timeless Regency Collection)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  137 reviews
From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance.

Join three bestselling regency romance authors, Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, and Michele Paige Holmes, for three new regency romance novellas in A MIDWINTER BALL.

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth. Two years have passed since Lord Northrup declared his intentions f
ebook, 300 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Mirror Press
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Katie W
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's something so charming about a Regency era ball and in each of these stories, the heroine is not the belle of the ball, which makes each offering even more endearing. I love to visual the settings--the gowns, the anticipation, the romantic. I found each book in the set to be satisfying, although they're each just about 100 pages long. Of course, I would be happy with more length, but each was perfect to pick up here and there.

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING gives us a feisty young la
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
A Midwinter Ball consists of three different regency stories, all novella length and each by a different author. Regency romance is one of my favorite genres so I was excited to read this! I love the pictures regency romances paint in my head- especially at the ball!

Sometimes when I read novellas I feel a bit disappointed because I feel like they were over too fast and I wanted more of the story. These stories were all perfect though. I felt like I knew the characters and had a firm beginning, m
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a satisfying Regency Romance compilation. This book contains three novella's written by different author's. All three centered around a ball, but there is more to the story than a mere ball.

I liked all of the stories, but one stood out to me. That was the final story by Michele Paige Holmes. It may be because the love interests were unlikely characters. They were both fresh and unspoiled by society. Alex Darling has lost the use of his arm and Ella shows him that he can function and be
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these Timeless Regency Collections because the stories are longer and the characters can be more developed. These 3 Regency novellas all take place at a midwinter ball.

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth--Analisa Lloyd-Jones has been engaged to Lord Northrup for the past two years. His declaration and threats have scared off all the eligible men who might have even danced with her, needless to say she's not happy at it. At 20 years old, she's the oldest of the young women at Mrs. Smi
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 stars

I don't know what it is about reading stories from historical England, particularly the Regency period, but I know that I always enjoy them with their charming gentleman, proper etiquette (that can add to some wonderful humor and romance), their lovely dresses, and some sweet romance when the couple is looking for love and not just wealth or station. A MIDWINTER BALL represents all of that as its three novellas involve, in some way, dancing or a ball. I loved seeing the various women's
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Much Ado About Dancing by Heidi Ashworth – Lord Northrup is determined to marry Analisa. When he left for the continent two years ago, he put in place measures to ensure she would still be unwed when he returned. Analisa has no desire to marry the arrogant, hot-tempered Lord Northrup. She hasn’t even opened most of the letters he has sent the past two years. When he returns, he seems to have changed. Now Analisa must discover if her feelings will change as well.

I liked Lord Northrup and felt for
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished the Timeless Romance Anthology A Midwinter Ball over the weekend and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

The first one is Much Ado About Dancing by Heidi Ashworth. I mentioned to you last week how easy it was to lose myself in this one. Analisa's angst was real and I felt so bad for Lord Northrup. Even though this was a novella, I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the characters and how fleshed out the story was. I really enjoyed it.

The second one was Sweeter Than Any Dream by A
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this collection! First, I get to read regency romances by authors I can trust to write them clean. Second, I have another collection to read while I wait for the next Timeless Romance Anthology to come out. Like the Autumn Masquerade, this collection did not disappoint!

A Merry Dance

Analisa considers herself firmly on the shelf after three seasons and no proposals. She never even gets asked to dance! It's all Lord Northrop's fault. Having decided years earlier that they were going to
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This is a wonderful compilation of novellas that involve a winter ball in the setting. In each story the event propels the plot forward and serves as a catalyst for change in the relationship between the main characters. There's something special and almost magical about the energy of a dance that is so looked forward to, especially in those times. I enjoyed all the stories and felt drawn into the conflict and resolution each presented. The first story was a bit choppy, but I really liked the pr ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

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I really liked this new book in the Timeless Regency Collection series. The romances are clean and sweet and fun. You can't go wrong in reading these books! :)

See my full review here:

In Much Ado About Dancing, Lord Northrup has to find a way to convince Analisa that he's a changed man from the one that left two years ago. Analisa has to find a way to forget and forgive the man that he was when he left and learn who he is now. A well written novella with a
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
4.5--I adore the regency period, but I have to say, I am so glad I didn't have to feel like a spinster at age 20!! Even Olivia in book two was 28. Girls are getting married later these days so 28 being considered a spinster is almost laughable! And here I thought I married young at 24. ;)

Anyway, these were all delightful regency romances. None of them left me feeling like they were missing anything. They were all adorable, enjoyable stories!

Much Ado About Dancing:
This was a sweet story. I liked
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Between 3 1/2 and 4, on account of the first story.

The first story was really hard to get through, and I had to force myself to finish reading it. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and the plot managed to be both vapid and convoluted. I can't recommend this story at all.

I liked how the second story was about an "older" miss who learns to stand for herself and the gentleman who sees her true worth.

The last story was my favorite, about an independent, unconventional miss and a gentlema
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The first in this anthology was a clunker and the author left me confused with trying to determine who the heroine was falling for as the clues were contradictory. The second wasn’t bad the though I wanted a more dramatic “rescue” than the one offered (from either of them). The last was my favorite and interesting though the twist in the end about the father was a little over the top and perhaps the secret admirer thing could have been omitted entirely.
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
Loved these novellas!
3.5 stars

Three novellas taking place at winter balls.

Much Ado About Dancing by Heidi Ashworth takes place at Mrs. Smith's annual house party and ball to find husbands for young ladies. Analisa Smith-Jones, self-proclaimed old maid, is staying with Mrs. Smith to help the younger ladies prepare for the ball. She has no hopes of finding a husband for herself. Lord Northrup, Analisa's unwanted suitor is making finding a husband extra difficult with his letters. When he turns up in person, Analisa i
Donna Weaver
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of the three stories, MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth, SWEETER THAN ANY DREAM by Annette Lyon, and AN INVITATION TO DANCE by Michele Paige Holmes, I'm really torn as to which I liked the best. The first story didn't resonate very well with me, but the last two were delightful stories. I loved the characters and sympathized with them. DREAM had a case of insta-love, but I enjoyed the characters anyway and the ending was sweet. Perhaps it was the INVITATION, then, that wins. It's ending w ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
I may need to stop reading so many Regency stories. :) But since it's summer break....
Heather Jemmett
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book!! I loved every story!!!
Kristina Applegate
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-for-review
Another Timeless Regency Collection, have you caught a theme yet? I LOVE anthologies and I LOVE regency romances!

Miss Analisa Lloyd-Jones may as well have the plague for as much attention as the men give her. She sits as a constant wall flower at the dances, she’s become the running joke among the ladies, and men don’t even give her a second glance when in the same room as her. Her plague comes with a name: Lord Northrup. Lord Northrup has made it clear th
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is a collection of three novellas. All three had great characters, great story lines, and were fun to read!

Much Ado About Dancing - Analisa Lloyd-Jones is almost 20 years old, but after three seasons she believes she is an old maid. Lord Northrup is the young earl who fell in love with her when she was younger and was convinced she was the right woman for him. So unknown to her, he scared off all the other suitors before he left for a few years. When she finds out that he is responsible for
Melissa Nichols
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I really struggled with the first two books in A Midwinter Ball. The first one especially (Much Ado About Dancing) just didn't seem to flow easily for me. I will admit that Regency Romance is not my favorite type of romance to read but I really struggled with Much Ado About Dancing. I never could figure out what it was that I never could get into the book but it just was not my favorite.

The second book was a little easier for me to read. Sweeter Than Any Dream is the story of Olivia and her emot
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of 3 novellas that are all in the regency time period and each story has a midwinter ball in it. The first one Much Ado about Dancing is about Analisa who is unofficially promised to Lord Northrup. She is at a house party and he shows up after traveling for 2 years. Analisa has had no prospects for 2 years because Lord Northrup has scared them off. She is mad at him but as she gets to know him again she realizes he has changed. Is this actually a love match? The next story S ...more
Rob Savage
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Timeless Romance books are always great to read. They are fun and always clean. I really like this collection because I’m a huge fan of regency romance. These novellas are reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. They are funny, witty and romantic.

MUCH ADO ABOUT DANCING by Heidi Ashworth is a nice story about Analisa, who has been betrothed for 2 years but hasn’t seen her intended, Lord Northrup for that time. She has been upset and hasn’t read any of his letters. This sets the stage for misunderstan
This is a collection of three novellas, and all of them take place during regency times in December.

Much Ado About Dancing by Heidi Ashworth-4 stars. Really enjoyed this one. I was really unsure what was going to happen at the beginning of this one, and that is rare for a novella. It kept me reading and I really enjoyed this one.

Sweeter Than Any Dream by Annette Lyon-3 stars. Our main character is a 28-year-old spinster who dreams of the perfect man. Then she meets our hero, and her dreams sta
Maria Thomas
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: clean
My rating is probably more a 3.3. I found that I had a hard time with the beginning of Much Ado About Dancing. I had a hard time even following the story initially and then became irked when it was obvious that she was going to end up with the man that had been such a jerk. Eventually I liked him but I was quite disappointed in the beginning. I don't know why the story was hard to follow for me. I have enjoyed other Heidi Ashworth books quite well. But this one didn't measure up for me.

The othe
Book Chick (Tori)
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Eh. That's kind of how I felt while reading this collection and after I finished. It was collection of 3 regency novellas. Usually I'm a big fan of novellas because they are a nice escape when you don't have a lot of time. These 3 just didn't do it for me. It took me longer than normal to read and I felt bored and no real connection. All 3 seemed like they would have been better as full length novels, with more detail. I think writing a novella can be tricky because it is suppose to be a complet ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The whole novella, short stories, have caught me up - I am loving reading entire stories in one day, often in one sitting. And this collection of three novellas was a completely joy.

While the Regency genre is not always my go to, since these were short stories I was willing to give it a try.

Granted there was one story that wasn't really my cup of tea, but still it was interesting enough to read, mostly... the other two were great, and I really enjoyed them. Plus I feel good about reading three
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I seriously loved these stories! Regency romance is my favorite.
I always try to keep realistic expectations for novellas- they're short so I try not to expect too much in the way of deep characters or plot or romance but these stories delivered anyway!
I read the first story and thought "that was great so even if the other two suck, at least I had that first one" but the other two were great as well.
As usual, reading good novellas makes me want to read a full length novel from that author.
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Award-winning, best-selling author Heidi Ashworth lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes sweet, traditional, Regency-era romance, romantic comedy, and mystery. She is the author of the Miss Delacourt series, published by Montlake Romance. The third book in The Lord Trevelin Mysteries releases September 2019.

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