"A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: Summer in New York Collection," by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon and Lisa Mangum, Mirror Press, e-book $4.99, 188 pages (f)
With towering skyscrapers, historical landmarks, Central Park, Broadway theater and a host of eclectic residents and tourists, New York is an ideal backdrop for a new clutch of novellas in the latest Timeless Romance Anthology collection.
A recent recipient of the 2014 Rone Award for their “Autumn Collection,” three experienced Romance Anthology writers have teamed up with three fresh female authors to create the newest member of the anthology family, “A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection.”
Now in their eighth compilation, these Timeless Romance Anthologies have become a sturdy fixture in the arena of romantic collections. Local authors Heather Moore, Sarah Eden and Annette Lyon spearheaded this project from the start and submitted stories for each of the standalone collections, including this latest work.
Janette Rallison, Luisa Perkins and Lisa Mangum, newcomers to this edition, each add their own voice and creativity to this array of stories.
Parked in modern-day New York, each of these tales lends a distinctive perspective to life in the city and romance under unusual circumstances.
In “Job Hazards,” Rallison presents the tale of an undercover cop who accidentally snares an old flame while running a police sting.
Moore carries readers into the competitive world of art in “A Taste of Sun,” which follows a hermit-like artist with a persistent neighbor intent on helping her see the beauties of the city around her.
A devoted nanny is the center in Perkins’ piece, “Dulce de Leche.” She works miracles with her autistic charge, but her handsome employer learns there is more to her than just being a nanny.
La Guardia Airport is the setting for “Take a Chance,” Eden’s work, which traps a recently jilted boyfriend with his ex thanks to an extended weather delay.
In her story, simply titled “&,” Mangum brings the protege of a successful publisher into a battle of words with two eligible men.
“Firsts and Lasts,” by Lyon, tells the story of a would-be starlet on her last dime who bumps into a handsome stranger on her final tour of the city before heading for home.
Because each tale splays from a different angle, the collection offers a broad view of New York life and the romantic moments that could easily be born there.
The compilation moves quickly, and the stories are sweet and simple with characters who are relatable and engaging. As with the previous collections, “Summer in New York” is free of foul language, overt sexuality or any described violence.
“Summer in New York Collection” is available in e-book format. The next Romance Anthology, “Silver Bells,” will contain six Christmas-themed historical romances and will be available in October.
Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is email@example.com, and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.