The School for Heiresses

Written by Julia London Liz Carlyle Renee Bernard Sabrina Jeffries
Review by Audrey Braver

A delightful collection of four passionate Regency-era short stories by different authors is tied together through the heroines, all pupils at The School for Heiresses. The first, “Reasons to Stay” by Sabrina Jeffries, begins when the hero catches a runaway heiress stealing his horse to escape an arranged marriage. In Liz Carlyle’s bedroom farce, “After Midnight,” the unorthodox heroine is trapped into marriage by circumstances. Julia London’s heroine in “The Merchant’s Gift” is a dutiful daughter of a wealthy tradesman torn between her father’s demand to marry a title and the tradesman she loves. The final story, “Mischief’s Holiday” by Renee Bernard, has a madcap, clumsy heroine who gets stuck in the window of her broken-down carriage, which presents her enticing rear-end to the hero as he comes to her rescue. Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, and Julia London are established, well-known authors. Renee Bernard, a relatively new author, has proven to be their equal. This is as good as it gets for an anthology.